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What's the best internet connected security camera?

Episode 1443

Debbie from Rolling Heights, CA
Lighthouse camera

Debbie is looking for an internet connected security camera to keep an eye on her mom. Leo says that there are plenty of those around, including the Nest camera. But there's also a good camera out there that will ping her if it doesn't see her mom for some time. It's called the Lighthouse and it has a time of flight 3D sensor, which is based on LIDAR technology. It'll also alert her when someone is in the house that it doesn't recognize. It'll also notify Debbie if her mom waves at the camera.

Should I buy a laptop or an all-in-one?

Episode 1443

Randy from Big Bear Lake, CA
HP Envy All in One

Randy is looking to get a laptop. Is Cyber Monday a good time to buy? Leo says that there will likely be some great deals. Leo prefers business grade laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad. They're very robust. There are great support plans available too, including a one day turn around fix or replace option. Dell's Precision line is also worth taking a look at.

What computer should I get for recording music?

Episode 1434

Kevin from Panorama City, CA
FL Studio 12

Kevin has a home recording studio for music and needs a new computer. Leo says that most music studios use Pro Tools. Kevin uses FL Studio, though. Leo says Macs are widely used in studios, but thanks to FL Studio and other programs like it, Windows machines are gaining ground. It really doesn't matter. It comes down to the software he uses. With FL Studio, any high end PC will do nicely. Leo likes Dell.

What camera should I buy?

Episode 1423

Linda from Quincy, IL
Panasonic Lumix LX10

Linda is going on an Alaskan cruise and is looking to get a good phone that has a great camera. She also wants to get binoculars, though. Leo says binoculars will probably be on the ship. She should take that money and put it towards a good camera. The problem with a camera phone is that the zoom is digital and it still won't be that good for her sole means of capturing memories. A nice point and shoot with 10x optical zoom would be a better choice. The Panasonic Lumix LX10 is a good choice.

What computer should I buy?

Sylvia from Lake Forest, CA

Episode 1422

Sylvia wants to get a new computer but can't decide between a laptop and a desktop. Leo says that in general, a desktop is best for business. A laptop is for personal use. Since Sylvia does video and photo editing, she also should get Adobe's Creative Cloud. She'll also need a minimum of 16GB of RAM, but for video, 32 would be even better.

What's the best WiFi BBQ thermometer?

Episode 1419

Gabby from Santa Rosa, CA
Williams Sonoma Smart Thermometer 2

Gabby is looking for a good smoker. Leo says that a Big Green Egg is his preference, but secret is the wood chips. He can even do that in his current BBQ. Gabby bought a Bluetooth thermometer that he can use with WiFi to extend the range or allow him to remotely check in. Leo says that Williams Sonoma has one called the Smart Thermometer 2 that works via WiFi with Android and iOS.