Chris wants to replace his hard drive with an SSD. Which one should he get? Leo says that SSDs have gotten cheaper and it's a good buy for speeding up a computer.
Dickie D joins us with the Kangaroo. It only costs $100. Now, it's not a marsupial, it's a Windows 10 machine. The smallest personal portable PC on the market. It offers a Windows Hello fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an integrated battery. It's powered by an Intel Cherrytrail (Z8500) processor and has 32GB of memory, along with a micro SD card slot to add more. It's available at Newegg.com, the Microsoft Store Online and a few other retail locations for $99.00.
CES invaded Las Vegas this week with hundreds of thousands of exhibitors and media types covering the latest in technology. But frankly, Leo wonders why CES even exists anymore. The hottest story seemed to be a refrigerator with a monitor and camera so you can see what's inside. And most products that get announced at CES never see the market. Also, major brands have been gradually leaving CES in favor of having their own events. This was started by Apple, followed by Microsoft and even Samsung. There weren't even any huge announcements. So clearly, why does it even exist anymore?
Glen is looking for a cheap UPS (uninterruptable power supply). Leo says that he'll get what he pays for and Leo recommends Tripp Lite. He'll want one that is compatible to his OS so that the computer can trigger the UPS to start up.
Jamie wants to know what Leo thinks of the Amazon Echo. Leo says he uses it all the time. In fact, he has two of them. He says that once you get used to talking to it, you think you're just talking to your house. Leo wants to get more of them, because they're affordable and very functional. He even uses them to read his audio books.
Dickie D brings us the Levitating Lamp -- a light shade that actually levitates three inches above the lamp and slowly rotates. It's by Hammacher-Schlemmer. The computerized coils make 1,000 adjustments per second to ensure the shade stays upright, even when bumped, while the swirling pattern accentuates the natural spinning motion caused by air currents. The lamp has nine bright white LED bulbs: six that shine upward into the shade, and three that shine downward to provide accent lighting for the brushed chrome stand.
Benny has the chance to buy a Dell XPS Laptop for around $500. Good deal? Leo says absolutely! Dell makes great hardware and considering that laptops used to be $2500, that's a bargain.
Doctor Mom likes the Amazon Echo because they keep updating it, and it gets better and better. Leo says he agrees, but he still hasn't gotten his. Doctor Mom says that the most interesting option is that it will stream Audible and whisper sync allows you to pick up where you left off on your phone. But Doctor Mom says that for $150 (for Prime members) it's fantastic. It also integrates with If This Then That, making it a great way to control things in your home by using your voice. Currently Amazon only allows you to buy one Echo, and they're taking forever to make them.
If you’re a fast typist, you may often find that your keyboard can’t keep up with you. This new Cherry MX Board 6.0 has beautiful red backlighting that illuminates every key. A few keys you use often, like the Windows key or the FN key, can be changed to blue backlighting if you like. This is a high-end keyboard with an all aluminum frame & nylon wrapped USB cable. If you like, you can rest your hands on the rubber cushioned wrist rest that’s included in the box. (Note the magnetic warning about putting media close to it.)
Roger has been working with developers on a social media platform through Drupal and he needs a new laptop to keep up with the workload. Roger says he needs something powerful. Leo says that processors have gotten so fast now, that pretty much any new laptop will be fast enough for just about anything he needs to do on the web. The issue is more about the storage, RAM, laptop size, battery life, quality of keyboard and trackpad, Windows or Mac, etc. If he gets a Core i5 processor, there's nothing on the web he can't run very fast.