Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Randy's wife is Chinese and he'd like to get her a laptop that she could use in both Chinese and English. Leo says that he can get a laptop in Chinese over the internet and then switch it to English when she would need to. Or, he can just buy a Chinese USB keyboard. Leo recommends the Lenovo Yoga, which could double as a laptop and a tablet.
Another, more expensive option would be the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It's a tablet that also has keyboards she could snap onto it, and Randy could probably get her both a Chinese and English keyboard to go with it.
Jim had one of the original iMacs and he heard a 'pop' and the display died. A Cinema display he had connected also went down. So he has to buy a new computer. He's wondering what the difference is between th i5 and i7 processor. Leo says about $300. They're very similar.
The i7 does multithreading, which is great for video editing. Multithreading allows each core to do two things at once. He can check out this site for more in depth comparisons - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/.
Becky wants to get her daughter a computer for college and needs some advise. Half the family is on Mac, half are on PCs. She wants a Mac, but Becky wants her to look at PCs. What should she do? Leo says one thing to do is to call the college and ask what their recommendations are, especially with access to printers. Networks, labs, and special software can determine what computing platform is best. If there's a support group for students, then call them.
There's a new gadget called Nomiku which does sous-vide cooking, which cooks in warm water. Anything from eggs to steaks and everything in-between. Most Sous-vide machines costs thousands but the Nomiku is $299. You seal the ingredients in a plastic pouch to make sure there is no air inside. You can use a bag sealer, or just Ziploc-type bags. Food is cooked in constant temperature circulating water for minutes or hours or sometimes days. There is a discounted price of $299 available on the company website with shipping in 6 to 8 weeks. (As of 11/20/14). But wait, there’s more!
Greg thinks Black Friday is barbaric. Leo agrees and says that fighting over a few items that are marked down is usually not worth it. Cyber Monday, however, is another story.
Adam wants to build a PC. Should he get stuff during Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Leo says he doesn't recommend building computers anymore because he can get it cheaper from a company like Dell, and he'll get at least some support for it. It's a great project though. But he'll have to be his own support.
Leo recommends calling NewEgg to find out about their price matching policy, so if he buys something now and it's cheaper on Black Friday, he'll get back the difference.
James is bummed that Apple stopped selling all iPod Classics. Apple says they stopped making them because they couldn't get the parts. James doesn't know why Apple had all stores sent them back, though. Could it be that Apple is going to use them for parts? Apple is very good about controlling the supply chain. They probably weeded out most of them through sales. Apple is a very good "just in time manufacturer," and there really isn't a very deep backlog of inventory to pull from.
Debbie just bought a new computer, and it's not working properly. She gets lots of popup windows. Leo says that it's likely that Debbie has been infected with malware. Leo says that Debbie is a prime candidate for something much simpler like a Google Chromebook or a tablet. Windows really requires knowing more about security.
Joe bought a pair of Pebble watches, and he's thinking of getting something like the Moto 360. Leo says that the Apple Watch will only work with an iPhone. The Moto 360 only works with Android. The Microsoft Band works only with Windows Phone. So that's where the state of the art is right now, and it largely depends on his plan and what phone he wants.
Leo bought the largest Android phone on the market, the Google Nexus 6.It does come with Android 5 - Lollipop. And he says it's a beautiful phone. However, when it comes to battery life, it leaves Leo a bit concerned. Although it has a bigger battery, it also comes with a quad HD screen, which is gorgeous, but really sucks up the battery power. He likes the dual front facing speakers though. And that makes sense.