The Giz Wiz found a cool mini computer called the Kangaroo Notebook. It's a way to keep your personal and family computer activities separate. It's just a notebook screen and a keyboard, then you insert a separate, removable Kanagroo Mini stick. Yes, the Kangaroo’s Notebook comes as a package with two modular PC Minis that can be swapped in and out of the laptop dock. Each mini is a self-contained PC running Windows 10.
This week's gadget is the Aukey Rechargeable Folding Lamp. It's a sleek, portable LED desk lamp that offers 2 brightness levels with a built-in push bottom on top. It's built of a handsome aluminum alloy that's 360° adjustable for easy positioning in any situation. It's great for reading, workshops, crafts, on the nightstand, etc. It has a rechargeable battery that runs for about 3 hours on a full charge. It's lightweight and low profile. It also folds flat for portability and only weighs 9.2oz; so it's ideal for travel too. Uses just 3 watts of power but generates 150 lumens of light.
Steve is ripping all his DVDs and putting him on his network so he can stream them via Roku. He's worried with all the DVDs he's ripping, that he'll wear out his computer. Leo says use does wear down the parts, but not as fast as he might be worried about. It should work fine for Steve's purposes.
Brandon wants a good display for his Raspberry Pi computer. David says that the official Raspberry Pi 7" Touch Screen display is available on Amazon for $75. Scott wonders if he can just use a tablet for that.
This week's gadget is the BiOrb Halo aquarium. It's got 16 color LEDs and remote control and you don't have to clean it. To maintain your BiOrb Halo 15 MCR, all you do is simply replace the filter cartridge every four weeks and change a third of the water. For safety and peace of mind, the lights and pump are low voltage and are backed by a 12 month guarantee. The aquarium itself is made from acrylic, which is ten times stronger than glass.
Gene wants to know if it's a good idea to use an LCD TV as a monitor. Leo says no. The reason is that computer monitors are much higher resolution than TVs, and as such, he'll really see the pixels when sitting up close to it. If he's using a 4K monitor, he can abate that a bit. A better choice would be to just get a larger monitor. He can get them pretty big these days. Scott Wilkinson says that 4K would be a better choice because he would need super clean text to make it easier to read.
John has a 2010 MacBook Pro and it's started to fail. Will there be a new MacBook Pro announced at WWDC? Leo says that he's been waiting for WWDC. They usually announce new Macs there. The word is that Apple doesn't have plans to do so, though, and they've gotten slower and slower in updating them. We can be pretty sure that Apple will have a new MacBook in the fall, but Leo says to not bother waiting. The update really isn't going to be that big of a deal.
(UPDATE: Apple did not release any new Macs at WWDC.)
Sam says it's time to get a new computer, and wants to know if he can bring along his old hard drive and put it in. His hard drive is pretty new, so can he swap one hard drive out and plug another in and start it up and get working? Leo says that would be nice, but it doesn't work that way. The Windows OS will look for the motherboards and chipsets and if it doesn't find that, it will have issues.
Mike has been watching Leo's VR Computer build and he wants to build his own PC as well. He's currently running a 6 year old Intel Core 2 Duo computer, but he's upgrading the video card so that he can play 4K video to his TV. Leo points out that he could run the Oculus Rift on the GTX 970 video card that he has as well. He's planning on upgrading the computer to the Intel Skylake i7 processor. He does a lot of transcoding, which is very CPU intensive, so that's why Mike needs a high end computer. It can be GPU intensive too, but modern Intel platforms do quite a good job with video codecs.