Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's the best computer for accounting?

ThinkPad T580

Episode 1546

Ken from Glendale, CA

Ken is starting his own accountant firm and wants to know what computer would be best for accounting. Leo says that the current trend is to use online bookkeeping, and what operating system he uses really doesn't matter. Having said that, he can save a lot of money with a Windows machine. Dell makes a great, professional platform. The Lenovo ThinkPad is also a good option. There is a ThinkPad with a number pad, too, which is ideal for data entry.

What's a good computer for a student?

Samsung Chromebook Pro

Episode 1546

Mel from Anchorage, AL

Mel wants to buy his grandson a new computer. He wants to spend around $400 or less. Leo would recommend a Chromebook for that price. There are Windows machines in that price range, but they're not very good. A Chromebook will give him more bang for his buck and it's really secure. But he won't be doing any gaming on it. Most school work is done on them, so it makes for a good school computer. Leo likes the Chromebook Pro, but the Chromebook Plus is also good.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1545

Dick resisted buying anything on Black Friday until around 10 PM, when he bought an Amazon Fire HD8 with Special Offers (and that means ads on your tablet) for $49.99. And ebates had an 8% cash back offer which dropped the price even further. But wait, there's more. Even at that price there was free one day shipping for Prime Members. It was amazing. As you'll see in the video, that low price includes ads, tons of ads! But you can pay $15 + taxes to remove them on Amazon. The new Show Mode is nice since it lets you see notices from pretty far away.

Why doesn't my touchpad work?

Laptop

Episode 1545

Greg from New Brunswick, CAN

Greg has a Samsung laptop computer. He had to reinstall Windows 8.1 and wants to upgrade to Windows 10. But his touchpad isn't working, even though Windows says it does. Leo says that he suggests using the actual drivers from the manufacturer. Often they will be different from the Windows driver and will be designed for that model. Chances are, it's a Synaptic touchpad. If that doesn't work, then maybe the touchpad is broken or the cable is loose. Also, the chatroom says that there is a function key, it could be F9, that will turn off the trackpad.

Why is the GPU on the Mac Mini so underpowered?

Mac Mini

Episode 1544

Mike from Spokane, WA

Mike was thrilled that Apple came out with a new Mac Mini, but he thinks that the graphic processor is a bit underpowered. Leo says that may be by design, so that users will buy their eGPU, which was built by Blackmagic. Leo says it's nice, but it's not upgradeable.

There are other options out there that are upgradeable. Leo recommends the Razor Core X. He can swap out video cards whenever he wants.

How can I use one monitor with two computers?

KVM Switch

Episode 1544

Charisse from Lancaster, CA

Charisse wants to know if she can connect a new Mac Mini to her Samsung TV. Leo says it will if she has the same connectors on that TV, but it won't really be that crisp.

Can she use one keyboard and mouse for both the Mac Mini and her Surface? Leo says she can, if she gets a KVM switch. She'll plug them both into the output plug, then plug everything else into it. Then she can use a button to move back and forth between the two computers.