Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Paul is a full time editor with a Mac Pro and he really needs to upgrade the video card. Leo says that he was very disappointed with the "trash can" Mac. It seemed pretty impressive, but it wasn't state of the art. The dual ATI Radeon cards aren't up to date and there isn't an upgrade path to beef them up either. He can attach stuff though, through dongles.
Laura has had an iMac for 9 years and is wondering if she should upgrade her Mac to a new one. She's looking at the 5K iMac. Leo says it's a beauty and the best computer that Apple makes. Leo says that's a beautiful choice, but she shouldn't feel like she needs to buy a new computer if all she needs to do is replace the hard drive in the old one.
Gary picked up a second hand New Balance runner's watch and he needs to get a USB charger for it. Leo says that NBMonitors.com is where he can go if it uses a proprietary connector. It uses a Pogo pin plug, though, and that means he can't just pick up a third party charger.
If Gary can find out what model number it is, he may be able to go to eBay and pick one up. He should definitely get it from New Balance, though.
Robert wants to know if digital antennas are going to get any better or have they reached the peak of their performance window? Leo says it's likely that they won't improve any time soon, but maybe using the right antenna for his area is the key. Robert should check out either TVFool.com or AntennaWeb.org to see recommendations for his area.
This week's gadget is perfect for the summer. It's the Kool Max Cooler. This is a 40 qt. cooler that holds up to 48 cans or 28 bottles and keeps ice frozen for up to 3 days. Inside the lid is a detachable cooler flashlight (3 AAA batteries not included) which can be used elsewhere at night. Other features include a 350 watts amp with Bluetooth digital music player and FM radio with two built-in 6.5” Hi-Fi water-resistant speakers and two 2” high performance tweeters. It has XLR microphone/instrument input, 1/4 inch instrument input for entertaining with live music.
Doug has been taking a lot video classes with Adobe Premiere and After Effects, but his HP computer performance isn't all that great. Leo says that when you buy a computer at Costco you're not going to get a pro-grade device. If Doug is being slowed down by rendering, he'll not only want a lot of RAM, but he should also put in an SSD. A good NVidia or ATI Radeon video card will give him a fast GPU to handle the rendering instead of his PC's processor. That's what Premiere relies on -- the GPU.
Chris is still using Windows XP, but his computer is slowing down and his internet connection isn't that great. Time Warner says that if he upgrades to Windows 10, it'll give him faster internet performance. Is that true? Leo says it's true that the older a computer gets, the slower it becomes. He calls it "kruft." Leo backs up his data, reformats the drive and reinstalls Windows once a year. Chris can do that and upgrade to Windows 10, sure, but Leo advises going to Windows 7 if he can. If he gets a new computer, he will get it with Windows 10.
Noah is looking for an OBD2 device like the Automatic that can give him an alarm if he passes the speed limit, but lets him set the speed. Leo says that the Automatic would alert him if he goes over 70. They were the first to do the iPhone version, and now does Android.
Ed is blind and has trouble controlling his HAM radio with his computer. Leo says if he has software that is designed to control it, and a cable that converts USB to RS232, then it should work. The chatroom says that they haven't gotten it to work on Macs either. Macs don't work because they don't recognize COM ports. Windows, by contrast, is backwards compatible and has support for that. He'll also need drivers. If the COM port adapter came with software, then that could also be the issue.
Warren is looking to buy the Dell XPS and he wants to know if he needs a touch screen. Leo says that the concept of touch screens mostly started with iPad. People are now used to touching the screen to do things, so Microsoft decided that Windows needed a touch screen option. Windows 8 worked with touch and PCs began to come with it. If Warren likes touching the screen to interact with it, then by all means get one. Windows 10 doesn't require a touch screen and works perfectly well with keyboard and mouse, though.