Terry wants to create a touchscreen gaming table. Leo says that Microsoft's idea with the Surface table was similar to that. But they were mostly for industrial and casino uses. Hardware is easy, but the difficulty always comes in the software.
Paul is going to college to study mechanical engineering and he needs a good laptop that can handle the work load. Leo says ideally, he'll get more bang for his buck with a PC. He'll also get more choices. Also, it's always best to check with the college or university for what they prefer. They may require more powerful hardware and specific software. He'll also want an SSD because it'll boot up faster.
Rich has a 27" Dell XPS All-In-One PC and he wants to turn off the touch screen. He tried deleting the driver, but the next time he reboots the computer, it just reloads it. He also tried disabling it, but that didn't work either. Classic Shell and StarDock's Object Desktop is designed to turn things off and replace stuff that's been taken out, so he could try those. It could also be that Dell has an underlying utility that keeps turning it back on.
Jane wants to know if there's a website where she can input what she wants in a computer for gaming and get a recommendation. Leo says that kind of exists, and she can find it at The Wirecutter. She can find out what they say is the best for her needs.
Robert wants to buy a personal computer that is well built and runs Linux with a 17" screen. Leo says that most laptops top out at 15", but there are a few 17" models still available. Lenovo is one of the few manufacturers that ship laptops with Linux. Lenovo's P51 has a 15.6" screen. Lenovo's X1 Yoga has a great 15" model with an excellent keyboard.
Mike wants to get a Chromebook. Can he use it to digitize video? Leo says no. It's just a browser and keeps everything in the cloud. As such, it can't do specialized applications like video conversion, because it doesn't have the hardware and software to do it. Chromebooks don't have a lot of storage, either. So what he'll want is a regular PC like a Windows or Mac. He'll also need a Firewire converter. The best laptop makers are Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer. Those are the top five.
Rocky is looking to get a Dell 2-in-1 laptop/tablet. Is that a good buy? Leo says it's a great buy! But if she wants a better screen, she should get an XPS. It's more high end. She doesn't need an i7, so just stick with the i5. Leo also suggests avoiding Sony or Toshiba. Both are getting out of the laptop business.
John's old Vista laptop can no longer get updates so he's looking to buy a new laptop. His budget is around $600. Leo says that Acer and Asus make good budget laptops. HP's Spectre is really good. But for what John does, a Chromebook is even better. Dell, Asus, and Acer all make them, and for $500, he can get a lot of machine. They're also more secure.
Kathy is looking for a new laptop. Her Lenovo IdeaPad is starting to get a bit finicky. Leo says that the life of a laptop isn't really all that great, especially with the lower priced models. At this stage, she should make sure she has it all backed up. What is her main priority? Performance? Portability? Battery life? Price? Memory? Answering all these questions will help her hone in on what make and model she'll need. Leo recommends getting an SSD in it, and avoid the hybrid drives. They really don't do a good job at either.