Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why is my netbook so slow?

Episode 1487

Debbie from Milpitas, CA
GPD Pocket

Debbie has a GPD Pocket netbook computer and it's really slow. How can she get it to run faster? Leo says that an Acer netbook computer is slow because it's cheaply made and underpowered. She was paying for the size, not the power. A better option is to go with a Google Chromebook. It's light, cheap, and has far more power. Another good option is to take that GPD Pocket and install Linux on it for more speed.

Why can't I play music using my Echo Dot and my Home Theater?

Episode 1487

Ryan from Sacramento, CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131292477@N08/25219116374/

Ryan uses Amazon's Echo Dots and he tries to connect them to his home theater system, but when he tells them to play multi room, the music plays from the Dots only. Leo says the problem could be Bluetooth latency from wirelessly playing from one Dot to another, causing an echo chamber. Leo says using a hardwire option would probably make it work. It could be an intentional design decision that triggers via Bluetooth limitations.

What mixer do I need for a podcast?

Episode 1487

Carl from California
https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-XR18-Digital-Mixer/dp/B01JMYNDN0

Carl wants to start up a podcast running four different XLR mics through a mixer. He wants multiple channels for each one. Is the mixer what he needs? Leo says that while condenser mics are more accurate and hear everything, he really wants a coiled diaphragm mic, which doesn't pick up everything - just the voice. Leo uses a Heil PR-40. But for a budget, the Shure SM58 mic is very forgiving. Leo says for a mixer, the Behringer XR18 is great. He can control it from an iPad, it has great mic pre-amps, and is simply a good choice.

What new tech toy should I buy?

Episode 1486

Scott from Orange County, CA
LG OLED B7A

Scott wants to buy a new toy with his tax refund. What's coming that he should buy? Leo says that the Worldwide Developer's Conference is one event coming next month, where Apple could announce something new, and we're expecting new laptops. Especially MacBooks, which weren't all that great the last time. There's also some great Windows computers coming that may be worth it. Facebook didn't really have anything new, just new ways to mine user information. Augmented reality is still a way's off. This may be the time to get a new 4K HDR TV, though. Prices are really dropping.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1485

Dick DeBartolo

This week, Dick's gadget is the Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Here's what the company says about cold brew: “Using hot water on your coffee granules creates a more acidic bitter drink while using cold water with coffee and allowing it to steep as with the Asobu cold brew creates 80% lower acidity, smoother, naturally sweet taste and also gives it that extra punch of caffeine. Making cold brew coffee is easy, but once you mix the coffee and water, you have to wait 12-24 hours for it to be ready to drink". See the whole process in the video below.

Bob Heil

Episode 1485

Bob Heil

Bob Heil is a legend in the broadcast and music recording industry. He's also an amateur radio enthusiast. He is the creator of the Heil PR40 mic, which Leo uses on the radio show. Bob is currently doing an interesting project called the Pineboard Project, which teaches people how to solder electronics. The idea is to build electronics on a pineboard to design your gear. To date, he's had over 100 people involved.

What digital TV antenna should I buy?

Episode 1484

Joyce from Hollywood, CA
Mohu Leaf Glide Indoor Antenna

Joyce is getting a new TV. Who makes the best digital antenna that can boost the signal? She gets some terrible coverage, even though the FCC says her signal should be moderate. Rich says that the FCC's rating is conditional. She may not get as good as it says she can. Rich says that the Mohu Leaf is a good one but not for Joyce's situation. The Leaf Glide is a better model for $90.