What laptop should I get?

Episode 1049

TJ from California

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.

What PC laptops do you recommend?

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Episode 1032

Carl from Costa Mesa, CA

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.

What's the best small and lightweight PC?

Episode 1003

Arizona Lou from Hutchinson, KS

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.

Which laptop should I buy my kid for college?

Episode 1001

Daryl from Henderson, NV

Daryl's kid is going to college and needs a laptop. Which operating system should he buy? Leo says that previous experience is important. Daryl won't be going Apple. So, that leaves Windows. Leo says that Lenovo's Business line is awesome and he can choose either Windows 7 or Windows 8. If he goes with Windows 8, he should get the touchscreen. Leo likes the Yoga.

What are the best laptops to get for a college student with a budget of $700 to $800?

Episode 876

Jim from Temecula, CA

Look at the Lenovo Thinkpads. They're business focused, robust and well built. Leo thinks Jim will be able to get an excellent laptop for that price. Dell also has some great computers in that price range. He won't be able to get a Mac though, the cheapest Mac is $1,000. Jim was also wondering if the Thinkpads can play movies and music, and they absolutely can.

Should I buy a new laptop or just upgrade Windows?

Episode 876

Mike from New Jersey

Mike has an older laptop running an AMD 2.0 ghz Semperon chip and 4 gigs of RAM, which he downgraded from Vista to Windows XP. He thinks it's time for an upgrade. Leo doesn't think his processor is that bad, and he could easily upgrade that machine to Windows 7. In fact, Windows XP is slower than Windows 7, so he'd probably see performance improvements with that alone. Mike still wants to get a new laptop though, and is wondering whether or not to get one now or wait for the Intel Ivybridge processors.