Tara is going back to college to become an electrical engineer and is trying to find the right computer for the job. Should she get a tablet or a MacBook? She'll be doing coding as well. Leo says that if there's specific software, then she'll likely need to use the platform that supports it. She should talk to an advisor and ask them. Since she's doing electrical engineering and not computer science, then a Linux computer may actually work for her. She should get any laptop she likes and then she can put Linux on it. Most coders prefer it anyway.
Norene's Windows Vista computer isn't being updated anymore, so she needs a new computer. Leo says that Chromebooks are more secure, simpler to use, and can do about 95% of what a Windows machine can do. Norene should check out the Dell 13" Chromebook. It's around $400-650.
Kim is a trader and he's looking for a good computer for around $400. Leo says his use isn't that difficult for processing and viewing the information, so any computer will do. In fact, he doesn't even need a Windows machine. He just needs a good browser. Leo says that the dual monitor requirement may be a challenge, though. He can, however, use a USB driven monitor.
Jane is an author and is looking for the best laptop to run Windows and Microsoft Word. Leo says that just about any laptop, including Macs, can run Word. If she prefers a Windows machine, then Leo recommends a business class Lenovo X1.
Steve is planning to buy a new laptop and is looking at the Lenovo P50 because it allows him to use dual PCI drives built in, plus a third SSD for data. Leo says that makes it a bit heavy at 6 pounds and is mostly a desktop replacement. Steve says it's worth it because he's editing 4K video. Leo says it can certainly do that because it has a Xenon processor, up to 64GB of memory and supports Thunderbolt and USB Type C. It's a nice rig. What's remarkable is that reviews say it gets 8 1/2 hours of battery life.
BJ wants to know how the Motorola Moto X Pure stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Leo says that the Moto X Pure has a nice screen and a great pure Google experience. The Galaxy S6 Edge has a much nicer screen, but he doesn't like Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. BJ also hates the Motorola tech support. Leo says that Samsung's isn't much better and both expect the carrier to support it.
Steve has a Lenovo X1 that has intermittent boot up problems. Leo says that hard drives can fail or have "flakey spots" with corrupted areas. That makes them unreliable. He can use SpinRite to mark off the unreliable sectors and move the data to a better spot. Or he can just replace the hard drive.
Matthew has a Lenovo T410 Thinkpad for college. Leo says it's really good and has a great keyboard, but Matthew found Superfish on it! Leo says that's horrible and part of the reason why he doesn't recommend Lenovo anymore. Matthew cleaned it off, but it runs slower than he'd like. Leo says that one option is to replace the spinning drive with an SSD. But it depends on how the bus is connected to determine if the laptop can take advantage of the speed that an SSD buys him. He'll get some benefits, but the question is, how much?