Should I get an Apple or Windows laptop or tablet?

Episode 1024

Colby from

Colby's parents are going to get him either a laptop or tablet. Apple or Windows? Leo says it largely depends on what the school uses, usually. A tablet for school work is a tedious affair. So you'd have to buy a bluetooth grade keyboard for another $100. Microsoft will be coming out with the Surface 2 in two days. Also check out the HP ChromeBook. A real laptop, but it runs the Chrome OS. You use Google Docs and you' have all you need and the price isn't all that bad at $279.

Are there any programs to help people on disability get computers? (Part 2)

Episode 996

Jake from Goldendale, WA

Jake is on disability and is wondering if there are any programs that may help him get a new computer. Leo suggests trying a computer recycling center to see if they have any programs like this.

From the chatroom, BigJinge says there may be some veteran groups in the area, and Riddler says he could check with United Way. Another suggestion is to get a Chromebook since they are very affordable at around $250.

Can a Chromebook run Java?

Episode 980

Lynette from Azusa, CA

Lynette watched all of the speeches at Google I/O this week, and thought all the talk of the Google environment was interesting. She was thinking about getting a Chromebook but doesn't know if it'll run Java because she loves playing games online. Leo says she'd have to hack the Chromebook to get Java on it, and Leo doesn't advise that. She should just look at a regular laptop.

Google Announces ChromeBook Pixel

Episode 955

Google announced the ChromeBook Pixel, which is essentially an internet browser that relies on Google Docs. At $1300, everyone is scratching their heads. Sure, it has a retina display with touch enabled capability. USB, 5 hour battery life, an i5 Intel processor with 4GB RAM and a 32GB hard drive, with WiFi. The problem is, there's no OS and no apps. Very little storage. The original ChromeBook for $300 is a cheap alternative for education. A high end $1300 ChromeBook, in Leo's opinion, is baffling.

Is a Google Chromebook worth buying?

Episode 933

Lorenzo from Keyport, NJ

Lorenzo's wife wants a Google Chromebook, but he wonders if it's really worth it. Leo says it is if he gets the Samsung model. It's important to know that the Chromebook is just a computer with a built-in web browser. So his wife would have to live on the web. For basic web surfing, it's certainly enough of a computer though. The issue is going to be finding it, though, because Google has sold out of them.