Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Brian travels a lot and would like to have a travel router to protect him from an open and unsecured internet. Leo says he uses one when he travels and it not only works as a firewall, but it also turns into a wireless hotspot for multiple devices. He uses one from TinyHardwareFirewall.com.
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.
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.
DeLois wants to know how she can print using her Chromebook. Leo says that Google uses Cloud Printing, which will enable her to print wirelessly from anywhere in the world. Her printer just needs to support Wi-Fi.
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.
Paul is interested in Noise Canceling headphones. Are they like earplugs? Leo says not exactly. It uses "anti sound" to cancel out the noise around him. But it doesn't work perfectly. It's great for low rumbling constant noise, but for sudden, brief noise, it can be lacking. For that, Leo recommends in ear monitors.
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.
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.
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.
Sundip was going to get a RING doorbell but then heard about their privacy issues. Leo says that Amazon bought RING and has addressed the issues. So RING is pretty good right now. But Google NEST also makes a doorbell, so if you'd prefer an alternative, the NEST is a good option.