Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1412

Dick DeBartolo

Just in time for back-to-school, Dickie D has a gadget for students! Use just a tablet with this portable keyboard called the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding, aluminum alloy keyboard with Bluetooth and 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS, Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. It's full size, and folds to fit easily in the included carry bag.

What's the best monitor for my laptop?

Episode 1412

Cathy from Laguna Nigel, CA
Dell 27" Monitor

Cathy is looking for a monitor that she can use with her laptop when she's at home. Leo says that any modern laptop will have an HDMI port and that will connect to an external monitor. In fact, some can support up to three monitors!

What size should she get? Leo says to go with the Dell 27". It's very affordable and the color quality is really good. ASUS also makes monitors, and they are very wide for gaming. It would be great for what Cathy needs as well.

How can I get Microsoft to replace my laptop?

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Episode 1412

Johnny is a Microsoft developer and he has noticed that his laptop battery has expanded, creating a bulge and warp. So he had to get it repaired. But Microsoft wants $600 to repair it!But there's a silver lining in that Microsoft replaced the laptop for free instead. But it took a few months. Leo says that's irresponsible because a laptop with a bulging battery is basically a bomb waiting to go off. Leo says it's stories like that which led Consumer Reports to ding Microsoft for its terrible long term reliability.

Consumer Reports Downgrades Microsoft's Surface Line

Episode 1412

Microsoft Surface

Consumer Reports has been seeing poor long term reliability in the data they are collecting from readers on Microsoft's Surface line of products. It's so bad that they've downgraded their recommendation to "Do Not Buy." Leo says that long term reliability is something that Consumer Reports goes to great expense to analyze and that they're probably on the money with their decision.

Read more at money.cnn.com.