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What's a good computer for my retired dad?

Episode 1349

Lynn from Yorba Linda, CA
Asus Chromebox

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.

Should I buy a pre 5K iMac?

Episode 1349

Randy from San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apple iMac

Randy wants to buy a new, pre-5K 27" iMac for $1,000. Good deal? Leo says if it's a pre 5K it should have a pretty hefty discount, and Leo says that is a pretty good deal. So Leo recommends buying it. The processors aren't really that much better with the modern versions. The resolution on the screen is the major difference. He can save a lot of money going with the pre 5K model.

What computer should I give my grandson?

Episode 1346

Paul from San Diego, CA
Piper Computer Kit

Paul is looking to buy a PC for his grandson who needs it for school and who's into Minecraft. Can a Chromebook work for that? Leo says that a Chromebook is great for students, and he can use many apps online. But since he needs to use specific applications and is into gaming, he'll need a PC. Leo likes Dell and Lenovo. Getting one with a touch screen is a good idea, but that's going to get pricey. Black Friday sales are still going on, though. Acer is a good low cost, high quality laptop. He should Avoid HP.

Which laptop should I buy?

Episode 1336

Justin from Oxnard, CA
HP Spectre

Justin is back and he's trying to decide which Windows computer to get. He's looking at the Dell XPS 13 and the Sony Vaio 13. Leo has several of the XPS 13s, they're very reliable, and have gorgeous bezel-less displays. The only downside is that the camera is placed on the bottom of the screen, not the top because of that design. If Justin does a lot of video conferencing, he'll have to keep that in mind.

Whats a good audio system for a dedicated home theater?

Episode 1332

Brian from Winterhaven, FL
Emotiva Air Motiv 7.1 speaker system

Brian wants to build a home theater system with a regular projector. Leo says if he has enough depth in the room he's using, it's always better over a short throw. He also wants a flat screen permanently affixed to the wall. Leo says that works, but he can also get one that can be pulled down with a remote control. He should go to MonoPrice for that. He can install it himself and save some money.

What laptop should I buy?

Episode 1330

Les from Anaheim, CA
Dell Chromebook 13

Les has an older PC and he's having issues accessing his data. He's looking to get a new PC -- should he get a desktop or laptop? He uses Photoshop a lot. Leo says that Photoshop is available on both Mac or PC. Les is on a budget so a Mac is out. What about a Chromebook? Leo says that a Chromebook is great because he could use Android apps now. There are Android apps that are just as capable of photo editing as Photoshop. Snapseed, for instance.

Should I buy an LG 4K TV?

Episode 1329

Jeff from West Los Angeles, CA
LG 4K TV

Jeff is looking at an LG 43" 4K TV with WebOS. Leo says that LG makes excellent TVs. 43" is kind of small for watching, though, especially for sports. If he can afford to go larger, Leo says he should. It all comes down to the "spousal acceptance factor." Would it be better in a dark room or lighter room? Leo says that LCDs are better in rooms where he can't control the lighting.

What's a good two channel stereo system?

Episode 1327

Joey from San Diego, CA
ELAC ELEMENT SERIES EA101EQ-G INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

Joey wants to buy a good, simple two channel stereo system. Scott says that for a budget system, Elac makes a really nice system. They recently hired Andrew Jones from Pioneer and he designs some amazing, affordable systems. Elac just released a really buttery two channel amp for about $1,000. He could get a few bookshelf speakers and he'll be good to go.