Vincent's wife is blind and he's thinking of using a Harmony remote and the screen reading app on her iPhone to use it. How does that reader work? Leo says that's a great idea and some phones have free built-in infrared, making the phone a smart remote. The Harmony remote can talk to the phone via Bluetooth, though. The iPhone also has great accessibility features, if the app developers take advantage of them. But Leo says that the iPhone is the best option.
Mark is looking for a good Bluetooth keyboard for his iPad Air and his smaller Android tablet. Leo says it would work with both, but he'll want to be sure he gets one that has a slot, and not one that doubles as a case. Microsoft makes a folding one that gets really tiny and expands. It's called the Universal Foldable Keyboard, and it's $100 list.
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Dan wants a keyboard for his iPad. What one would be best? Leo says that any bluetooth keyboard will work with the iPad. Many companies make keyboard cases, such as Logitech. But Apple's own bluetooth keyboard is excellent for a standard bluetooth keyboard. Caller Rob likes the KeyFolio Pro 2.
Another option is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard, like the iLepo on Amazon.
Paul got his mother a Harmony remote to make using her TV system easier to use. Leo says he'll want to be sure he sets it up right. That's the complicated part. Logitech has an online database that will allow him to connect it to the internet program it. He can also program custom buttons for his favorite shows, so Paul's mother could just press one button and everything would turn on as it should.
Pat has a mobile mouse called the Anywhere Mouse. Leo says that mouse works on any surface. But Pat says it constantly shows a low battery warning. It comes with a recharging unit. Chances are the mouse battery is dying since it's five years old. There's only so many recharging cycles for those.
Richard's wife is considering replacing her laptop with an iPad. Would that be a good idea? Leo says it largely depends. If it's just surfing the web, getting email, and doing casual gaming, it's ideal. For 90% of users, it's the right choice. However, she's not going to write the great American novel on it. Then again, she can use a portable keyboard with it.
Bruce built his own Windows 8 rig recently. Leo says SSD drives would be great because Bruce doesn't have to wait for the drive to hunt and search for files. Bruce installed a RAM drive, something that Leo hasn't seen in awhile. RAM drives will always be fastest because it uses RAM to run the directory. Sounds like a machine that's as fast as he can get except that a RAM drive does have to push out the files and save them to the drive before shutting down. Bruce can always up the speed later with a GPU driven video card.
Jim wants to get one universal remote so he can eliminate the need for having three different remotes. Leo says Logitech makes a programmable universal remote called the Harmony Ultimate which is around $350. It has additional benefits such as a big LCD screen on it, and it's very easy to program.
Leo says he highly recommends this webcam. The only issue Leo has found with Logitech cameras is that some of them do not have Mac drivers. But since Don is using it with Windows, it should work great.