Kelsa is still using Windows Vista and has finally decided it's time to get a new computer. What should she get? She's a freelance reporter and actor, so she needs a lot of space and the ability to edit video. Leo says that for video editing, she should be looking to get either an iMac or Windows machine. Since she's against Mac, she should get a better quality Dell with an SSD and then use a lower budget editing program like Adobe Premiere Elements for under $100. Leo gets Dell Inspiron workstations for editing video at TWiT. An i5 or the AMD Ryzen processor would be fine. 16GB or RAM.
Steve is looking at a Dell Inspiron 17" laptop. Leo suggests getting a laptop with a smaller screen and then dock it to a larger screen at home. That way he can get a larger screen and not sacrifice portability. Leo says to get an SSD to make it faster and then use a spinning external drive for his data drive. A 512GB SSD will work just fine.
Linda wants a Windows laptop for doing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Quickbooks, and storing photos. Leo says any Windows laptop will be able to handle that, as those tasks aren't very demanding. She will need plenty of storage, though, for the photos. Linda doesn't mind if it's heavy, but she does want a big screen on it. It's basically a desktop replacement. She'd like to find something under $500, if possible. Leo recommends not going too far under $500, though.
Stanley wants to use a computer to download talk shows and then burn them to archive them. What laptop should he get? Leo advises Dell. He can get an affordable Inspiron laptop for around $500 to 600, but he'll also need to add a CD burner because few laptops come with them now. He might also want to consider getting Dell's basic phone support as well, since that won't come with the computer.
Should he get Windows 8 or Windows 7? Leo says Microsoft doesn't allow Dell or any other manufacturer to offer Windows 7 anymore. So it'll be Windows 8.
Ron is looking to get a Dell computer and he's on a budget. Leo says that Dell makes two levels of computers: consumer grade and professional grade. The pro computers are made with better components, high resolution touch screens, etc. Then there's the lower grade budget line, like the Dell Inspiron series. They start at $500 without a monitor. The i3 is usually included, but for only $50 more, he could bump it up to the i5. Ron will want to get at least 4GB of RAM as well. He should also get the biggest monitor he can afford.