Lynn gave an iPhone 6 Plus to her dad and he loves it. Now she wants to get him a computer for Christmas and he wants a desktop. Leo says at her father's age, he really doesn't need a Windows or Mac desktop. Leo recommends the Chromebox. It's a desktop version of the Chromebook. It'll be far easier for him. With new versions able to support Android apps, it's a great bargain.
Marty is a Ham who uses his computer to run his Ham radio sessions. But the other day it stopped working. So now it's time to upgrade. He wants to find something inexpensive. Leo recommends the Intel NUC. It comes with everything he'll need and it doesn't take up much room. Since Marty already has the keyboard, mouse and monitor, a NUC is an ideal way to create a dedicated Ham radio computer. He may need to add a hard drive, but it's a great solution. Another option is the Raspberry Pi 3.
Jim bought a new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and he only gets a few hours of battery life. Leo says that Microsoft is sorely aware of the issues and is promising to push out an update to patch it. The issue is the new Intel Skylake processor that Microsoft says has an issue with power management. Leo says it will get better.
Alex is thinking about getting an AMD processor because they seem more affordable. Leo says they are, but really not enough to justify the performance gap. Also, Broadwell processors aren't out yet, but they will certainly be even faster. Leo likes that AMD is out because it keeps Intel honest, and pushes Intel to keep innovating, keeping prices down. That's what competition is for. But sadly, AMD is just not as fast.
Leo recommends consulting PCper.com to research the components for building his own PC.
Jim had one of the original iMacs and he heard a 'pop' and the display died. A Cinema display he had connected also went down. So he has to buy a new computer. He's wondering what the difference is between th i5 and i7 processor. Leo says about $300. They're very similar.
The i7 does multithreading, which is great for video editing. Multithreading allows each core to do two things at once. He can check out this site for more in depth comparisons - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/.
Slim has some twenty year old photo morphing software that he'd like to run on his new Mac. Leo says no way. There's no way to run it on a modern Mac. No emulator, no compatibility. He's just plain out of luck. It's one thing that Apple is willing to do that Microsoft isn't. The best he can do is buy an old Mac and run it there.
Leo says that Morpheus Photo Morpher is a good alternative to the old Griffin photo morpher.
Gary needs to replace his 12 year old laptop. He's been told that Dell's Celeron won't give him much these days because it's super slow. Leo says that's inaccurate. The new Celeron processor is a name that has been reused, and is based on the Haswell chip. It's light years faster than the original Celeron design.
Christopher Mims of qz.com wrote that Intel is poised to start competing at the low end of the processor market to compete with the budget computer categories. The high end computer market is shrinking, as is the cheap PC market. So Intel is looking to compete with ARM, which most mobile devices work on.
Robert wants to know more about the Intel NUC. Leo says it's an ultra compact PC that looks like a Roku box. It may even be designed for home theater computing. Leo also says that Intel designs ideas like the NUC, and then gets others to manufacture it. But in this case, they are actually making the kits.