chromebooks

What's a good laptop for an elementary school student?

Episode 1499

Caesar from Chula Vista, CA
Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Caesar's daughter gets all her homework assignments from a website online, and he's going to have to update their computer so it will work better. What should he get? Leo recommends Chromebooks because most schools are using them now. Leo prefers Acer because they have a wide array of models in his price range. Leo recommends going down to a local Best Buy and see which one is best. The 15" is a great option for about $200, but the 11" may be good enough.

Why is my Chromebook screen resolution so poor?

Episode 1494

Barb from Rancho Mirage, CA
Acer Chromebook 14"

Barb bought a Chromebook and the screen really isn't that great. Leo says that with a Chromebook under $400, corners have to be cut somewhere and it's likely the Chromebook manufacturer opted for a lower quality screen. If she paid more, she could get a better screen. The Acer 14" model Chromebook has a nice screen. Or, she could return the Chromebook and get a Chrome Box that she could use an external monitor with.

What budget laptop should I buy?

Episode 1492

Dan from San Francisco, CA
Acer Chromebook

Dan has to buy a new laptop. He likes Apple, and is getting an iMac. So what low budget laptop with a good screen should he buy? Leo says to look at an Acer Chromebook. It's only a few hundred dollars, and it's ideal for being on the move. 99% of what he does can be done with a Chromebook. If he does need a full OS laptop, then Dan should wait until after Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. Apple will be announcing new laptops, including an $800 MacBook. Good Windows PCs include Acer, HP, and Lenovo.

Is my Chromebook secure for online banking?

Episode 1476

Ray from Homosassa, FL
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Ray has a Chromebook and he wants to use it for online banking. When he logs into his account, though, it doesn't take his password. He has reset the password, but after one login, it locks him out. Leo says that Ray is probably not inputting the right password. He could be mixing up a few letters. Using the Chromebook's autofill feature would be a good idea. That way, the first time he logs in, it will remember it. And the Chromebook is very secure, so Ray shouldn't need to worry about security.

Should I get my dad an iPad?

Episode 1475

John from Massachusetts
Apple iPad Pro

John is trying to get his dad involved in computers and wants to get an iPad Pro so he can learn, send emails, etc. Leo says he got his mom a 12" iPad and she loves it. The accessibility features are great for elderly people, but the display can be hard to read for a senior. Another option is a Chromebook. They are super secure and easy to use, only working with a Chrome browser. He could also get a Chromebox which is essentially a desktop version. But iPads are great for seniors who are doing light typing and internet access.

What's the best computer for an elderly person?

Episode 1469

Bruce from Anaheim, CA
ASUS Chromebook Flip

Bruce just moved into a retirement home and most of the people there aren't very tech savvy. He's trying to find computers for them that will be easy to use and affordable. Leo says that a Chromebook is a great idea. Chromebooks are ideal for email and surfing the web. They're very secure too. They will also work with any web-based email system as well. Leo recommends Gmail for that.

Can I connect an external drive to a Chromebook?

Episode 1465

Nam from Lake Forest, CA
Acer Chromebook 15

Nam is debating whether to get a Chromebook or a laptop. Leo says that you can pretty much do anything on a Chromebook that he could do on a laptop, within reason. There are some higher-end professional uses, like video editing and gaming, that are better on a Windows computer. But most other activities can be done in ChromeOS through a browser.

What computer has the best security?

Episode 1455

Mary from Van Nuys, CA
Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT

Mary is a Luddite who hates the obsession with technology. She feels that she's being forced down the road of technology and she'd rather not, especially since she's been hacked twice in the last six weeks. Leo says that for what Mary uses a computer for, she doesn't need Windows at all. Mary would be better off with a Chromebook. It's far simpler and not hackable. It's a very simple and highly secure operating system that she can just directly connect via ethernet, and when she turns it on, it will go straight to the web browser.