Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid on Car Tech

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1565

The news lately is that electric vehicles have a hard time in extreme cold weather. Sam says it's because a lot of its power is being used to heat the cabin and that dramatically cuts into your driving range. Sam says the best option is to preheat your car overnight during an overnight charge. That'll cut down on the amount of battery life you lose on a cold day.

Can I upgrade my old computer video card?

GTX 1060

Episode 1565

Jeff from Bakersfield, CA

Jeff has a ten year old Dell XPS computer and it still works great. However, the newer games are only DirectX11 compatible and Dell says he has to get a new computer. Is there a card for him out there? The power cables are 6 slot and the new ones require 8 slot. Leo says he can get an adapter, but that age computer means it will be PCI, whereas the latest video cards are PCIExpress. Modern games use both CPU and GPUs in concert. And Jeff's power supply is probably underpowered.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1564

This week's Giz Wiz Gadget is the Joby GripTight Micro Stand. Dick recently bought the Amazon Fire 8 tablet, which he's planning to use on his boat to watch videos. But he has nothing to hold this small tablet. The GripTight Micro Stand for Smaller Tablets from JOBY provides a compact stand for smaller tablets 3.8 to 5.5 wide with or without a case attached.

How can I use a YubiKey authenticator without NFC?

Titan Security Key

Episode 1564

Cheryl from Palmdale, CA

Cheryl has a Motorola Moto G6, and she wants to use a YubiKey for password security. But her phone doesn't have NFC. What can she do? Leo says that she can get a Bluetooth authenticator key like YubiKey that works with Google's Authenticator app. The Google Titan Security Key is the one to get. It's $50. There's a USB and Bluetooth key for one price. So it'll work with her laptop too.

Is there a small computer that I can connect to a monitor?

Mac Mini

Episode 1564

Fiona from Calabasas, CA

Fiona's computer died and she wants to know if she can buy a computer without a monitor or keyboard. Leo says yes. The Mac Mini is a great option for that. There's also Chromeboxes and NUCs. All three do all the work as a regular computer, but could save her a lot of money. But with a Chromebox, she'll need internet access to use it. She can get an Asus ChromeBox 3 for around $460.

How can I perfectly set the audio levels in my Tesla?

Tesla

Episode 1563

Greg from Whittier, CA

Greg just a Model X Tesla and he wants to know if there's a midline for music. Leo says that it's mostly personal taste. Start with "Flat" on the EQ settings, that is, in theory, how it was mixed at the recording studio. Then, adjust to his preferences. But a lot of music today is overly compressed as part of the current pop music trend. And he can't fix that. So just play with it until he can get a mix he will like. There's no perfect.