Marilyn's TV suddenly stopped working. Is it worth repairing or should she just buy a new one? Leo says that these days, LCD TVs are simply not worth repairing. Even if it's a simple fix, the cost of repairing it with parts, she can buy one that is larger and 4K. Then there's the fact that the TV repairman is a lost art nowadays. So get a new one.
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Matthew's 2012 retina Macbook Pro recently died and he wants to know if he should repair it or buy a new one. Rich says that $900 is a pricey repair for a laptop that's 7 years old. He is better off using that money to buy a newer and faster one.
Scott joins Leo to talk about LEDs that are stuck too bright on the screen. The question came from yours truly, James DeRuvo, who says several of his backlit LEDs are too bright on the screen. There are six LED lights that are brighter than the rest intermittently. Scott says that unfortunately, that's not an easy or affordable fix since it's in the screen. It would be cheaper to buy a new one.
Felix has a Sony 4K TV and the screen is going black. He's only had it for two years. Leo says it sounds like it could be either a bad power supply or a failing component within the TV. Is the TVZ still under warranty? If so, contact Sony to get it replaced or repaired. But if it's not under warranty, it may not be worth repairing.
Sam has a Panasonic Viera Plasma and wants to know if he should repair it or replace it. Leo says that if the repair is cheap enough (like $100) then it's worth a try. Plasmas are great. But LCDs have gotten much better and with new power consumption requirements, Plasma sales dropped to the point where it was no longer profitable to make them. And now, OLED is emerging and is getting cheaper.