Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's a good scanner for documents?

Epson WorkForce ES-500W

Episode 1528

Joseph from Holden, MA

Joseph wants to know what scanners and OCR software is the most accurate. Leo says that optical character recognition software has made great strides, but it isn't perfect. It still has issues with tiny letters and handwriting. If he's looking for a perfect copy of a text, it's not really going to give him a letter for letter identification. But it will be close. Nuance makes the best software out there.

Should I trade in my Series 3 Apple Watch for a Series 4?

Apple Watch Series 4

Episode 1528

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil has an Apple Watch Series 3 and he can trade it in for $225 to get a Series 4. Is it worth doing? Leo says that he's had every Apple Watch and the Series 3 was a huge improvement. But the Series 4 is equally as huge. Without the trade in value, Leo says he'd probably says it's not worth it. But with the trade in, it's very tempting. There's a larger screen, but a smaller battery. It's a lot faster thanks to a dual core processor as well.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1527

As you would expect at a top notch bike show leaning toward the high end biker, saddle comfort (a.k.a bike seat) is one of the top priorities. The folks at Landyachtz say that they have the world's only custom mold-able saddle. How do you know it will be the right fit for your sit bones? Because the seat has a built in heating element which is used to start the customizing process. You bring your bike to a Reform equipped dealer where it is put on a trainer, one of those devices that lets you peddle in place.

Can I upgrade my Chromebook?

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Episode 1527

John from South Bend, IN

John gave his mom an Acer Cloudbook and it's really slow. Can he replace or upgrade it? Leo says that the Cloudbook is part of Acer's cheaper consumer line, and it will likely cost more to repair than replace. And at 32GB, and 2GB of RAM, he'll be better off buying a newer one and spending a little more on their higher end line. Then he could give that Cloudbook to his son and let him play Minecraft with it.

Is a GoPro a good camera for a long trip?

GoPro HERO7 Black

Episode 1527

Thomas from Costa Mesa, CA

Thomas is going on a long trip and wants to document it. Should he get a GoPro? Leo says that he can, but the iPhone is really fantastic for shooting now. How does he backup all that video data? Leo says the best option is iCloud, when he's on the road. 200GB only costs about a buck a month. The advantage is that he doesn't have to think about it, it's automatic. And he can set it to backup only when he has Wi-Fi. Leo took the best pictures on his last trip with his smartphone.

Is the Echo Look good for the blind?

Amazon Echo Look

Episode 1527

Olga from Prescott, AZ

Olga wants to know if the Amazon Echo Look is a good option for the blind. Leo says that while the Echo is great for the blind in general, the Look model has a camera that is really only good for taking pictures of an outfit to make a fashion choice. Then it uses the pictures to compare wardrobe choices from the last week and to recommend outfits. Leo found it to be a bit silly, and it might not be her taste.