Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Cynthia plugged her iPhone into her laptop and when she did, it shut down her Mac. She was told that it could do that with a third party USB cable. Leo says it's not likely a compatibility issue, but it could be a short in the cable. What about a message that says "battery needs service?" Leo says that's more likely the issue as batteries do stop charging after about 500 recharge cycles. So Leo believes the shut down was coincidental. Getting a new battery should solve that problem.
Chuck runs Windows 7 via Boot Camp on the Mac. After Windows did an update, it wouldn't boot up anymore. It would just keep rebooting by the time it would get to the login screen. He can boot up into Safe Mode and do a restore, but it doesn't help.
Linda wants a Windows laptop for doing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Quickbooks, and storing photos. Leo says any Windows laptop will be able to handle that, as those tasks aren't very demanding. She will need plenty of storage, though, for the photos. Linda doesn't mind if it's heavy, but she does want a big screen on it. It's basically a desktop replacement. She'd like to find something under $500, if possible. Leo recommends not going too far under $500, though.
This week's gadget is the Pancake Bot. Using Lego Minestorm and two ketchup bottles, the inventor of the Pancake Bot created a computer controlled app on the iPad to draw out and 3D print Pancakes! He took the idea to kickstarter and raised nearly a half million dollars! By using a combination of compressed air and a vacuum, the Pancake Bot controls where the batter is dispensed. Onboard controls let you fine-tune the dispensing of the batter as it glides over the griddle. Suggested retail price mentioned at the show was $299.00.
Jesse is an audiophile who loves high resolution music. He wants to be able to listen to his music on any device without having to rely on an internet connection to do it. He was thinking about using Plex, but isn't sure how it works. Leo says that Plex doesn't pull music from the internet. It relies on local storage and then can route it to any device on the network. He could then send it to Roku to play. He should be able to stream 192 kb audio just fine over Wi-Fi.
Carla is looking to get a laptop for school, which she can have her textbooks on for under $1500. Leo says that an ultrabook like the Asus ZenBook with a 512GB SSD will be good enough. That will also give her room for music, movies and photos. She can get a less expensive laptop with a spinning drive, but an SSD is faster.
George bought a cheap LCD monitor and he has trouble seeing it from an angle. Leo says that's how cheaper monitor brands save money, but using LCD screens that have poor angles of view. He can see, but the angle gets pretty dim. Leo advises avoiding places like Fry's and go with NewEgg.
Should George get rid of it? Leo says not really. But most computers do take multiple monitors, so why not get another? If he can return it, however, maybe that's a better option.
Theo's daughter has $500 and wants a computer for school. Leo says he likes Chromebooks, and $500 will get her quite a bit. It's all web based, so if that's her main focus, it's a great choice. It does have 16GB storage for offline access.
Marcus has a new cochlear implant that uses Bluetooth and he wants to know if he can get a regular Bluetooth headset for the other ear and get stereo sound. Leo says it's doable, but he'll have an issue with sync. He'll want to be sure that his implant is A2DP compliant so he can get the best quality sound.
This week's gadget from Dickie D is called Perfect Drink, which uses a scale to perfectly mix the best cocktails. You can even tell it what alcohol you have, and it will suggest recipes. The scale is connected to your mobile device and you use the app to mix your drinks. No need to measure anymore. It includes a scale that's accurate to 1 gram, stainless steel shaker, 3.5mm connection cable and stand for your iPad, Smartphone, etc. It retails for $49.99, but it’s only about $42.00 at the Amazon link below.