Stan wants to know what he should get for his first real computer. Leo advises a Chromebook. Namely the Acer Spin. Easily the best choice, especially for someone who already has an Android phone.
Laurie just needs a basic laptop for checking email, doing homework, surfing in the cloud. Leo says that if she doesn't need special software, a Chromebook is ideal. They are less expensive and more secure. But if she has to run a specific program, then she needs a Windows Machine for that. Then Leo recommends either the HP, Dell, or Lenovo. All three make solid machines and stand by them. HPs are thin and light with excellent battery life. If tough on the hardware, then the Lenovo Thinkpad is built like a tank. Dell is in the middle.
Ted is a photographer and he's looking for a good laptop to do his photo editing on. He's looking at the Asus Pro Duo, but it's pretty heavy at 5 lbs. Leo says that Asus makes a good laptop, but it may be better to use a better workflow and go with Adobe Creative Cloud and a lighter laptop. But the Asus Pro Duo is a good model. And it's heavier because it has a desktop-class video card. Leo also likes the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon, it has a gorgeous OLED screen, which is great for accurate color reproduction. Go for it. Max out the RAM though.
John is working from home and needs to get a new computer. Would a Chromebox work? He already has a Chromebook, but it's too small for daily use. Leo says that you can get Chromebooks in just about any price and performance level. It just depends on how much John wants to spend and what he needs. John's budget is $500. Leo says that the ASUS Chromebox 3 is a good option starting at $300. It's an i3 processor and 4K graphics. But you can upgrade to an i7. But that's almost $1000. If you want a Chromebox, that's the brand Leo would go with. What about Linux? Can he buy a Linux machine?
Wifi router setup: Change the password. Turn off WAN Administration (so bad guys can't log into your router). Turn off UPnP (an Xbox technology that is less useful on most routers). Turn On WPA2 encryption (or WPA3 if present) for a password requirement. Turn on automatic firmware updates, or check up monthly for the latest firmware. A security flaw in your router would be a big problem!
Carl bought a new Asus Mesh Router and he's worried about privacy since they also use Trend Micro drivers. Should he be concerned? Leo says there's always a risk, but Asus is a reputable company and if they made a deal with Trend Micro, they would mention it in their privacy statement. But he doubts that there's much if anything to worry about. There's too great a risk to lie about such things.
Steve bought an Asus 536 2 in 1 notebook, which comes with a 256 GB storage, and a 2TB data drive. Good buy? Leo says they're great. What's the battery life about? Leo says that the battery life may be short, read the reviews. Leo recommends keeping all your data on the 2TB drive, and the programs on the 256GB drive. You can specify that in WIndows settings.
Bob is buying the new Apple MacPro. He was thinking of getting the XTR monitor, but he's not high on paying $1,000 for a stand. Leo says that the monitor is really a color reference monitor for professional colorists. It's a beautiful work of art, but it's also $6,000. So for 99.9% of us, it's not necessary. But if you're doing video, you're going to want a very color-accurate monitor. Apple will likely continue to sell the LG UltraFine 5K monitor as well. It's expensive as well, but not nearly as much as the Apple monitor.
Ken needs to replace his ASUS WiFi Router. He likes the router, but he was thinking about getting a Ubiquity model to handle the WiFi. Leo says you'll have to put it in bridge mode, but it would work as long as ASUS continues to update the router.
Caleb has made the switch to a Google Pixel Android phone and has moved everything to over. He's replaced everything except his iPad, so now he's looking for an Android option. Leo says a Chromebook is a good choice and many are convertibles.