chromebook

What Should I Get For a New Computer?

Dell

Episode 1598

Eddie from San Diego, CA

Eddie wants to buy a new Windows PC. What should he get? Leo says that he recommends a new Dell Tower. But HP and Lenovo work too. How much RAM? Well, for general stuff, 16GB of RAM will keep him comfortable. Get an Intel 8th Gen i5 processor, or even an AMD processor (they're cheaper). 

But for what Eddie is doing, a Chromebook or Chromebox would probably be a better buy. Windows machines are really overkill now. 

How can I connect a Chromebook to my computer monitor?

LTE

Episode 1569

Doug from California

Tim has a remote access account to his business server that he uses his Chromebook for. The one downside is the smaller screen. Leo says that Samsung favored portability with their LTE Chromebook, and as such, they tend to have smaller screens to extend the battery life. But how can he use a larger computer monitor with it? Leo says a $35 Chromecast would work. He could then cast wirelessly to it through an HDMI port. Windows RDP expects people to use a Windows machine. But there may be a Chrome extension. If not, write to the developers to enable it.

How can I restore my Chromebook?

Acer Chromebook

Episode 1555

Ken from Mountain Home, ID

Ken has a Acer Chromebook, but he's having issues with his keyboard after doing an update. Leo says first thing he'll want to do is a Powerwash. That will wipe everything out, reinstall the OS, and bring it back to the factory defaults. He should also make sure that if he has stored anything locally, that he backs it up. That way, if anything in the update was corrupted, it will clean that out. If that doesn't fix it, then he'll need to contact Acer for a repair.

Why do I have to log into my Chromebook every time?

Lenovo Chromebook

Episode 1503

Sue from Illinois

Sue took Leo's advice and bought a Lenovo Chromebook. But she's having difficulty adapting to it. She doesn't know where anything is. Leo says that's because everything is in the cloud. It also asks for her password all the time and she's tired of entering it. Leo says that can be frustrating, but it's vital to protect her data in the Cloud. In the settings, there is a feature that would enable her to turn on a PIN, which would let her log in with a simple 4-7 digit code. She'll have to enter her Google password from time to time yet, but the PIN is a good way around this issue.

Can the new Google Pixelbook replace my laptop?

Google Pixelbook

Episode 1430

Craig from Frederick, MD

Craig has a 15" laptop and he travels a lot, so he's looking for a smaller alternative. He's getting the Pixel 2 XL this week and the Pixelbook is another option. Chromebooks are a good option for travel because they are light, secure, and with the new Android app support, there's a myriad options including Microsoft Word on Android. A better option than Windows for most people.

Google Announces Several New Products

Google Home Mini

Episode 1428

This week Google announced a ton of new products, including a new Google Home and a donut sized version of Google Home (called the Mini) that Leo says may be better than Amazon Echo. Though Leo says that Amazon has a huge lead, in the long run, Google may have the advantage. Meanwhile, Amazon did get a shot in the arm this week with the announcement that Sonos will partner with Amazon to bring connectivity of Sonos to the Amazon Echo. But that may be short-lived since Sonos plans to work with Google and Apple as well.

How can I print from my Chromebook?

Canon Pixma MG6300

Episode 1402

Monica from San Clemente, CA

Monica bought an Acer Chromebook and she loves it. How can she print, though? Leo says that Google Cloud Print is the way to go. She'll just have to have a cloud print capable printer. With Google Cloud Print, she'll be able to print from any device wherever she is located.

Most printers nowadays are Wi-Fi capable, and many of them also support Apple's AirPrint and Google's Cloud Print. AirPrint and Cloud Print are separate from the printer having wireless capabilities, though, so when buying a printer it's good to check that it can do those things.

Could I use a Chromebook to digitize old videos?

Dell XPS 13

Episode 1382

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike wants to get a Chromebook. Can he use it to digitize video? Leo says no. It's just a browser and keeps everything in the cloud. As such, it can't do specialized applications like video conversion, because it doesn't have the hardware and software to do it. Chromebooks don't have a lot of storage, either. So what he'll want is a regular PC like a Windows or Mac. He'll also need a Firewire converter. The best laptop makers are Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer. Those are the top five.