Jack is looking to get a new laptop and wonders if the Surface Pro would be a good option. Leo says that the Surface Pro is essentially a tablet with a detachable keyboard that isn't good. And it's very pricey. So make sure you type on it a lot before you buy it. Since Jack had a Thinkpad in the past, he should consider a new model. They're built out of carbon fiber, so they're thin and light. Look at the T490. It's excellent and they're built like tanks. If you really like the tablet feel, look at the Lenovo Yoga.
Ken is starting his own accountant firm and wants to know what computer would be best for accounting. Leo says that the current trend is to use online bookkeeping, and what operating system he uses really doesn't matter. Having said that, he can save a lot of money with a Windows machine. Dell makes a great, professional platform. The Lenovo ThinkPad is also a good option. There is a ThinkPad with a number pad, too, which is ideal for data entry.
Robert wants to buy a personal computer that is well built and runs Linux with a 17" screen. Leo says that most laptops top out at 15", but there are a few 17" models still available. Lenovo is one of the few manufacturers that ship laptops with Linux. Lenovo's P51 has a 15.6" screen. Lenovo's X1 Yoga has a great 15" model with an excellent keyboard.
Kim is a trader and he's looking for a good computer for around $400. Leo says his use isn't that difficult for processing and viewing the information, so any computer will do. In fact, he doesn't even need a Windows machine. He just needs a good browser. Leo says that the dual monitor requirement may be a challenge, though. He can, however, use a USB driven monitor.
Joe used to run the mobile division of IBM. He lead the charge to develop the Butterfly keyboard, which opened up the keyboard to be a full sized keyboard and then close back up when you closed the laptop. It was pretty slick and became the highest selling product in IBM history. But it was really expensive and eventually dropped from sight.
Michael has a ThinkPad with Windows 7 installed and he needs to put it in XP mode to run a few programs. How can he do that? Leo says to use the F2 key to get into BIOS and it's all about timing. But the logo may be in the way, and that requires hitting the escape key.
Alex, the TWiT Windows expert says that pressing the blue ThinkVantage button on boot up will get him to a BIOS menu.
Dick has a 7 year old ThinkPad, and he can't get on WPA2 Wi-Fi networks. Leo suggests buying a USB WiFi Dongle. That'll take the WPA2 signal for him.
The chatroom says that it's possible to change out the Wi-Fi card on the laptop, but Leo says it's cheaper to go the dongle route. Dick just has to be sure he's using the latest Service Pack of XP (SP3). He'll also get better reception that way.
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.