Sara is a painter and is traveling to Florence, Italy to showcase some of her art. She's worried she may not be able to bring her laptop back when she returns, though. Leo says that policy hasn't been decided yet on airlines from Europe. But it could, and if so, she'll have to check her laptop in her bag. Or she could ship it back. She will be able to return with it, just not in the main cabin.
Leo says if she has a tablet or iPhone, she could use that instead, and Excel runs quite well on iOS.
When a story came out recently that a JPL Engineer was detained and his work phone seized, it caused Leo to do some research about your legal rights coming back into the country. Turns out that the 4th amendment's protection against unlawful search and seizure has been suspended when you're in "international waters," and that's what an airport technically is. So the Border Patrol and the TSA have the legal right to take your phone, computer and tablets and demand the password to access all your data.
Sarah wants to get a new Mac laptop. Leo says that Apple is likely to announce a new MacBook tomorrow, with Intel's new Kaby Lake processors. They'll be faster, and they'll have higher resolution screens, but that's about it. That means the time is right to make "the Switch." She'll want to look at the Mac keyboard, though. She should go to the Apple Store and try it out, because it's different. It also only has one connector, and she'll have to buy adapters to add external devices.
Jane wants to know if there's a website where she can input what she wants in a computer for gaming and get a recommendation. Leo says that kind of exists, and she can find it at The Wirecutter. She can find out what they say is the best for her needs.
Bernie bought a Toshiba laptop. Leo says that the Portege was great back in the day, and the new version is pretty sweet. So if he liked the Toshiba Satellite, then who's to say what's better? It comes down to what he likes and Toshiba still makes a 17" laptop. The customer service isn't great, but that's true of most PC makers unless he were to buy their gold support package.
Al's iMac is starting to act up and he's thinking of getting a Chromebook. Leo says that before he does, he should take the iMac into the Apple store or call Apple Care and see if there was a recall. Leo had the same problem and they fixed it for free.
Rocky is looking to get a Dell 2-in-1 laptop/tablet. Is that a good buy? Leo says it's a great buy! But if she wants a better screen, she should get an XPS. It's more high end. She doesn't need an i7, so just stick with the i5. Leo also suggests avoiding Sony or Toshiba. Both are getting out of the laptop business.
Joanne is looking at getting a new MacBook Pro, but it's missing all the ports she needs. Leo says the trend is towards a Type-C connector that can be used for everything from power to monitor connections. So Macs can have fewer ports. She'll end up spending money on dongles to connect her older technology. That will be a brief inconvenience. Her card reader will work faster as well as any Thunderbolt connections.