Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What printer should I buy?

Episode 1363

Taj from Oregon
Epson EcoTank

Taj likes the idea of the new Epson EcoTank Printer. Is it worth the money, though? Leo says it absolutely is. It costs more up front, but he'll get 2 years of ink with it.

Do all Epson printers have that feature? Leo says no. Taj will have to look at what features each printer has. Not all are wireless or come with 2 years of ink. The wireless feature is great because he could scan to the cloud. The Epson EcoTank printer, while admittedly an advertiser, has some really great features.

Where can I get a soundbar with an audio jack?

Episode 1362

Lorne from Turlock, CA
Samsung HW-K360 2.1 Channel 130 Watt Wireless Audio Soundbar (2016 Model)

Lorne uses headphones with his DirecTV set top box, but when he's streaming Netflix or Amazon content from his TV, he can't hear it through the headphones. Leo says he'll need to use the ARC (audio return channel) to the set top box. There should be a label on one of the TV's ports for that. That will send audio from the TV back into the set top box.

Why does Windows 7 keep saying it's preparing to delete files?

Barbara from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1361

Barbara is getting a message that Windows 7 is preparing to delete her files as soon as she turns on her computer. Leo says that if Barbara has left files in the recycle bin, it may be that when she turns on the computer, it wants to delete the files in the recycle bin because it's full. She should try emptying the recycle bin, assuming she doesn't want anything in it, and then that should solve the popup. If she reboots and the message is still coming up, there could be something wrong with her system.

How can I send a fax online?

Episode 1361

Kenny from Springfield, IL
Fax machine

Kenny needs to send a fax. How can he do it these days? Leo says that eFax is a great subscription service, if he has to send a lot of faxes. It doesn't make sense for a single fax, though. There are free fax services, which puts ads on the cover page. FaxZero is the one of them. Doctor Mom in the chatroom says that if he needs a HIPAA compliant fax service, Doximity is what he'll want.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1360

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget comes from the International Boat Show. Captain Dick has a boat and he loves to attend this to see the latest in maritime toys. This year he noticed the Sea Ray SLR 400. It was conceived as the ideal entertaining vessel for socializing with large groups of family and friends. For entertaining, there's a well-appointed wet bar with refrigerator, sink and available dual grills. The transom entertainment zone — featuring a stereo, sprayer, and comfy aft-facing seating overlooking the integral extended swim platform.