laptops

What's a Good Laptop for Photo Editing?

Thinkpad

Episode 1707

Ted from Apple Valley, CA

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.

What's a good gaming laptop for under $1200?

Mobius Gaming Laptop - Doghouse Systems

Episode 1694

Erin from Pasadena, CA

Erin's son wants a good gaming computer that he can also use for video editing. He also wants a laptop. His budget is around $1200. Leo says that the good news is that a good gaming computer than do video editing easily and vice versa. Laptop gaming machines, however, are less powerful because of heat issues. They are also difficult to upgrade so that you won't be able to future proof it. That's why a desktop is likely a better option. And you'll get more bang for your buck too.  But if a laptop is a must, Leo recommends starting at Alienware; it's the gaming arm of Dell.

Is a Windows Computer Still Necessary?

Windows laptop

Episode 1689

Sue from OFallon, IL

Sue wants to know what new Windows computer she should buy. Leo says that he's noticed that 99% of what he does right now is through a web browser. So that means a Chromebook is ideal. For most people, Windows is really overkill and requires people to become an expert in the OS, especially in security. But a Chromebook offers much better security for just about everyone and if something goes awry, they can simply "powerwash" it... and they're back up in minutes. So for most people, the default really shouldn't be a Windows PC these days. 

Will Chromebooks continue to be updated?

ASUS Chromebook

Episode 1680

Mike from St. Cloud, MN

Mike wants to get his parents a new Chromebook, but he's concerned that Google won't update them after a few years. Leo says that Google says that they will update them up to five years. But one, Chromebooks are extremely secure by design, so even after its end of life, you still can use it online and two, Chromebooks are cheap to replace. Worst case, you may run into issues visiting some websites. Check out about Chromebook's end of life and Auto Update policy here.

Which Laptop Should I Buy My Wife?

MacBook Air

Episode 1679

Gary from Woodland Hills, CA

Gary's wife is a teacher working at home and he wants to know what to get to make her job easier. First off, Leo says to get a more comfortable chair for her. He also needs a computer for her. Leo says a laptop would be good and Apple's new MacBook Air is about as close to the ideal laptop as you can get. Great screen. Faster. Yet light. And since Gary's wife uses a Mac at school, the MacBook Air is perfect. And she could get an educational discount. The only negative on the MacAir is that it doesn't have any ports other than a single USB-C connector.

Apple Announces MacBook Air and iPad Pros

MacBook Air

Episode 1679

Apple announced a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air this week. And Leo says that the iPad Pro costs as much, or more, than a fully equipped MacBook Air. Also, there isn't much difference between the previous iPad Pro and the new model, so Leo isn't sure it's worth upgrading to, and if you're looking at it for a new purchase, the MacBook Air will have more workable apps, vs. the tablet based iOS apps. 

Why is my thinkpad screen so dim?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Episode 1678

Gary from Scottsdale, AZ

Gary uses a Lenovo Thinkpad and the latest 7th generation laptop doesn't seem as bright as an older 6th gen model. Is that normal? Does going 4K sacrifice brightness or is something wrong? Leo says that due to battery life, laptops never go to full brightness by default. You can look in the BIOS settings for brightness and see if it's set lower. Leo found his set at half. Press F12 on boot to access. Also check the Thinkpad SubReddit. That's a good place to ask.

What Laptop Should I Get?

Chromebook

Episode 1677

Joseph from Riverside, CA

Joseph needs a good laptop for browsing, email, and syncing to his phone. Leo says that he's recommending Chromebooks now. They are the most secure because they work with just the Chrome browser. Data is stored in the cloud. Samsung makes a great one. The only hiccup is the photo browser. But Leo recommends using Google Photos on the phone and let it back it up to a Google account. If he has to have a Windows laptop, look at Dell, HP, and Lenovo. An iPad is another option.

What Can I Do With a 32GB Laptop?

HP

Episode 1677

Justin from Manitoba, CAN

Justin bought a small HP laptop with 32 GB of storage. But he cannot update Windows on it. Options? Leo says the PC is so desperate to get a low price point, they're making products that are basically useless. Leo says if Justin feels comfortable with Linux, there are flavors that are designed to run in small, constrained and older laptops. Puppy Linux is one. He can also install an open-source Office suite like Libre Office