Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can companies really say you don't own something you buy because of software?

Louis from Hollywood, CA

Episode 1181

Louis is concerned that John Deere has taken the attitude that farmers don't really own the tractors they buy, and as such, they refuse to provide support to repair the software that drives the tractor. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle” but do not own it.

Is there a noticeable difference between a 1080p computer monitor and a 720p monitor?

Richard from Sana Monica, CA

Episode 1180

Richard wants to know if there would be a big noticeable difference between a PC monitor that is 1920x1080 and a monitor that is 1366x768. Leo says it is, if Richard's daughter is really accustomed to a 1080p screen, but a 1366x768 monitor is still considered "HD." Leo doesn't like the lower resolution displays because he's used to higher resolutions, but as a student, Richard's daughter should be fine with it. Leo recommends just getting the PC with 1366x768.

Should I switch to an iMac or Mac Mini?

Episode 1180

Jessica from Simi Valley, CA
Apple Mac Mini

Jessica is looking to make "the switch" to a Mac Mini from her six year old Windows Machine. She's a photographer. Leo says that the Mac Mini is going to be faster and with the ability to use her current monitor and keyboard, it's going to be an easy switchover. Is it worth getting a Fusion Drive? Leo says to get a solid state drive (SSD). They're faster. And she should get as much RAM as she can afford. Since she's into Photoshop, Jessica should have at least 8GB of RAM.

Should I fix my old MacBook or upgrade to a new MacBook Air?

Episode 1180

Mike from Raleigh, NC
MacBook Air

Mike called to ask Leo if he should put any money into his five year old MacBook or just upgrade. Leo says that it's high time to upgrade to a new Mac since he's going to want to move forward with Yosemite. If he can afford a new one, that's the best option. The connectors of a laptop can start going out after that time.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1179

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget from the GizWiz is the Onewheel, a new motorized sport where riders can ride as fast as 12MPH only by leaning toward their front foot. Leaning back slows down, or reverses direction. Powerful lithium iron phosphate batteries provide high peak power for acceleration and self-balancing, and it recharges in under 30 minutes using the fast charger option. The weight limit is 275 pounds and the range is 4 to 6 miles depending on terrain and other factors. Cost of a Onewheel is $1499.00 and it’s available only on the company website for now. (April, 2015)