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What is a good tablet for note taking?

Microsoft Surface Pro

Episode 1337

Matthew from Wrightwood, CA

Matthew wants to take paper notes with handwriting recognition and he wants to know if the Surface Pro will suffice. Leo says that the Surface Pro is fantastic. It's a tablet with an attachable keyboard (he should get the type version). It comes with a stylus. He can use OneNote to do it as it's tightly integrated.

Acer also makes these, as does Lenovo with the Yoga. The category is called 2-in-1.

What laptop should I buy?

Dell Chromebook 13

Episode 1330

Les from Anaheim, CA

Les has an older PC and he's having issues accessing his data. He's looking to get a new PC -- should he get a desktop or laptop? He uses Photoshop a lot. Leo says that Photoshop is available on both Mac or PC. Les is on a budget so a Mac is out. What about a Chromebook? Leo says that a Chromebook is great because he could use Android apps now. There are Android apps that are just as capable of photo editing as Photoshop. Snapseed, for instance.

Is a Chromebook a good computer for general use?

Acer Chromebook

Episode 1284

Tim from San Diego, CA

Tim wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for general purpose computing. Leo says absolutely. The Chromebook is great because it runs on a simple browser without any other operating system or application required. With Google's services like Google Drive, Mail, Contacts, Photos, etc, he can do just about anything. They're very secure and reliable as well.

What laptop should I get?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Episode 1184

Dana from Redondo Beach, CA

Dana is looking at getting the Blackberry Classic smartphone on T-Mobile, and she wants a new laptop with Windows 7. She's looking at an HP with an Intel Core i7. Are those choices good? Leo says those are good, sure. He's not really a huge HP fan, preferring Dell, Asus, and even Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 instead. The Surface has a great screen, but the keyboard isn't all that great. But it is nice that it can convert from a laptop to tablet.

Why is my Acer Iconia tablet freezing up?

Acer Iconia Tablet

Episode 1173

Brent from Hamburg, PA

Brent has an Acer Iconia tablet and it's starting to freeze up when watching movies. Leo says if you can update it to the latest version of Android, that would be a good idea. Another idea would be to go into backup/reset settings and restore it to the original settings. Sometimes that helps with issues by starting from scratch. Just make sure you have enough space. Clear out the cache.

What laptop should I buy my daughter for college?

Apple MacBook Air

Episode 1138

Becky from Mission Viejo, CA

Becky wants to get her daughter a computer for college and needs some advise. Half the family is on Mac, half are on PCs. She wants a Mac, but Becky wants her to look at PCs. What should she do? Leo says one thing to do is to call the college and ask what their recommendations are, especially with access to printers. Networks, labs, and special software can determine what computing platform is best. If there's a support group for students, then call them.

Can I replace my computer with a tablet?

Acer Chromebook

Episode 1125

Tara from Venice, CA

Tara has a lot of computer stuff that she really doesn't need. Can she use an iPad and still do online banking securely? Leo says Tara can, but it's more dependent on the security of the bank than the iPad. If the bank's security is up to date, then absolutely she can do it. Leo also says she can keep her Wi-Fi and use a Wi-Fi enabled Chromebook instead. It's essentially a browser based computer with nothing else. Just about everything she does is online these days, and that makes the Chromebook an excellent and secure alternative.

What's a good, low priced laptop?

Acer C720

Episode 1112

Tina from San Diego, CA

Tina is a software instructor and her Dell Laptop is dying. So she bought an Asus 10" laptop and now her Asus is being recalled. She's returning that and now she's got no backup laptop to do her job. She's looking for something small that she can use.

Leo says that an ultrabook is ideal for Tina. It's thin and light, and has a decent sized 13" screen. It's also great on battery life. Tina's budget is $500, so Leo advises Lenovo's business class laptops.