Wendy has a Lenovo G580 computer that's been developing problems now that it's out of warranty. She turns it on and the monitor shows the Windows logo and then it goes blank. Leo says that since she can see the logo, that means there's no issue with connections. But that doesn't mean it's free from hardware issues. It goes off after about an hour and a half, and that leads Leo to think it's a hardware issue that will require a repair. Time to call Lenovo again.
Pam bought a netbook instead of a tablet and she just hates it. So she's getting a new computer. Leo says that they're rather junky, very cheap, and woefully underpowered. She's thinking about getting the Lenovo Ideapad.
Leo likes the Yoga. It's well built, can convert into a laptop, and worth every penny considering Pam already experienced what Leo calls "a false economy" with netbooks.
Only a year after buying it, Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo. While Google is keeping all the patents, it is believed they are losing quite a bit by selling it. This move indicates that Google believes it can make more money from Android alone, rather than making phones themselves. This also means they may have made a deal with handset makers like Samsung to provide a pure Google experience for their phones.
Leo got a deal of $100 off on an unlocked Moto X. The cool part about it is that it came with a Walnut wooden back. Two days after Leo bought this phone, Google sold Motorola to Lenovo. Google kept most of Motorola's patents, though, which was vital to protect against patent wars.
Google also has convinced Samsung to either stop putting junk on its phones, or make them removable by the user. The agreement included a deal for Google to not sue Samsung for a decade.
TJ is looking to buy a new laptop and she wants to know the minimum requirements she should be looking for. Can she update her old Windows ME computer? Leo says that TJ could put Linux on it, but that's about as best as she can get with that. Leo says that for what TJ wants, she could look at the Microsoft Surface 2, which comes with Windows RT and a free Microsoft Office suite. Since it comes with a keyboard, it's a nice hybrid. It's a tad small at 10", but it's a great mobile option. TJ wants a 15" screen, though.
Corey's girlfriend has a MacBook Pro and wants to get a new Windows laptop for school. Leo says that she doesn't have to get a new laptop, the Mac makes a great Windows computer using Bootcamp. If she doesn't want to do that, she could get a Microsoft Surface Pro and keyboard.
Dan is looking to get a Lenovo Ultrabook for home use, but wants to know what model he should get and how much RAM to put in. Leo says for everyday use, an i5 Ultrabook with 4GB of RAM would be ideal. The only reason he'd want 8GB of RAM would be for media applications like Photoshop or video editing. For that, he'd want not only 8GB of RAM, but the i7 processor as well.
Carl is sick and tired of his old laptop because it's too slow for video editing, and is thinking about getting an AlienWare laptop.
Leo says that AlienWare is owned by Dell. They run really well, are well made, and use superior components, but they aren't cheap. They tend to be heavy, too. They are aimed primarily at gaming, but will work just fine for video editing.
Barbara has an old Gateway computer that's finally given up the ghost. So what should she get? She wants to be able to rip her husband's albums and burn the music to CD, so she'll need a computer with a CD burner.
Lou has a netbook and it's really slow. He likes the size because it's compact and doesn't take up a lot of room, but he's ready for something with more performance and quality. Size is still a factor, though. He does edit video for his website, so it has to handle that, and he's always been a Windows user.
Leo recommends the ultrabooks like the Acer S7. Lou wants a spinning drive for more capacity, but Leo says he can get an external drive to handle all the storage.