refurbished

What's a good computer for making home videos?

Episode 1372

Alex from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iMac

Alex would like to make a video of his daughter growing up using video and pictures. He was thinking about getting a Mac for it. Leo says Macs have a great video editing program called iMovie that comes with all models for free. Leo expects new desktops to come within the next month or so, but even if he didn't wait, he wouldn't be losing out on performance. Apple's iMac would be ideal, but it would cost him more. He could save some money and get a 21", but Leo recommends spending more and getting the 27" iMac. The larger screen really helps.

Should I buy a used laptop to run Linux?

Justin from Savannah, GA

Episode 1298

Justin wants to get a high end laptop that will run Linux. Leo says that Linux always works best with older hardware, but Lenovo's laptops seem to be very popular with Linux users. Another option is Dell. They sell native Linux laptops called Project Sputnik.

Should he buy a used laptop? Leo says that nowadays he can buy a brand new Lenovo for $500. If he's on a budget, he should look at Lenovo's refurbished site. He'll save some money there. He shouldn't buy refurbs from anyone but the manufacturer, though. That way he can at least get a warranty.

Should I buy an HP or Dell computer?

Lou from West Covina, CA

Episode 1190

Lou has to buy a new laptop. He's looking at Dell and HP, and he hears that they are second and third best. Leo says that stats can be deceiving. On paper a laptop can look great, but in reality, his experience could be different. Usability is more than specs. He'll have to dig deeper. HP looks great on paper, but some features can be annoying. Another frustration of HP is that they traditionally have been loaded up with trial or bloatware. They've gotten better, but still nowhere near for Leo to recommend. They're also about to spin off the PC division. So its future is uncertain.

What laptop should I get my daughter for college?

Episode 1189

Eric from Chino Hills, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Eric's daughter has a Mac Mini and she's thinking of bringing it to school, but the monitor is so huge. So she's thinking of going with a Windows laptop. Leo says that the base model MacBook Air is $899 and that's a good choice, And the educational discount saves another 10%. Eric could also go to the Apple Refurbished site to save a few hundred dollars more.

Should I buy a used computer on Craigslist?

Episode 1183

Maria from Riverside, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Maria is looking to buy a used MacBook on Craigslist. Leo says that it's risky to buy other people's used computers because she'll be buying other people's problems. Additionally, Craigslist is the home of scammers. It can even be dangerous. Leo advises going to Apple and looking at their refurbished products. She can save a few hundred that way and she'll still get the warranty to boot. A MacBook Air is affordable, thin, and very powerful. The 13" MacBook Air is Maria's best option.

Should I buy a refurbished Mac from a third party?

MJ from Burbank, CA

Episode 1096

MJ is thinking about buying a refurbished Mac. Leo says that if he's going to go refurb, don't ever buy it from anyone other than the manufacturer. He should buy it from Apple. What about Mac Enthusiast in Santa Monica? Leo says he knows those guys and he'd consider that the exception to the rule. But remember that a warranty for a refurbished computer won't be from Apple.