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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.

What's a good, repairable laptop?

Episode 1409

Jerry from Hatfield, PA
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

Jerry runs a dart tournament and he runs it on a spreadsheet through his mobile phone. He wants to use a laptop instead to make it easier for him. Which one should he buy, and can he have two internal drives in it? Leo says that can be done and he'll want to use an SSD for his primary drive. They have special software called wear leveling that extends the life of the SSD. They are more reliable than spinning hard drives because there are no moving parts.

What's a good large format printer?

Episode 1403

Doctor Mom from New York, NY
Epson WorkForce 7620

Doctor Mom says her husband is a stamp collector and he has to put up pictures of his stamps. His old laser printer is dying and she needs a new one that can run heavy card stock at 11x14. Leo says an inkjet printer is a better option with photo paper. Leo says that Epson makes a good printer that can handle card stock. The WorkForce 7620 printers can handle 11x17 as well.

Should I buy a Mac for college?

Episode 1401

Thomas from Ohio
Apple MacBook Pro

Thomas is going to college this fall, studying computer science. He wants to get a new laptop to supplement his desktop at school. Should he buy a MacBook Pro? Leo says that he should and the reason is that Macs are built on the Linux kernel, making it ideal for computer programming. Before he buys anything, though, he should call the school and talk to the head of the Computer Science department and ask their recommendations. Worst case scenario, he can buy the Mac and then install Windows or Linux on it. The downside is that they are more expensive.

What waterproof action camera should I buy?

Episode 1399

Arthur from Maine
Olympus TG-5

Arthur is into underwater photography and he wants to get a sports action camera. Leo says that an action camera like a GoPro is small and has a serious wide angle. If he wants a camera that can get him stills as well, Leo likes the Olympus Tough TG5. Ricoh makes a similar camera. They're very versatile for doing double duty like action shots underwater and just grabbing your favorite still shot.