Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Apple Set to Announce New iPads and iMacs

iPad Pro

Episode 1785

In addition to the upgraded A14X processor (which is the M1 processor for iPads), Apple is set to announce new iPads this month, and Leo says that they could also be bringing mini LEDs to their displays. Additionally, there may be 32" M1 iMacs coming by the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The new iMac is rumored to have up to 20 cores, 16 high performance, and 4 proficiency.

The Giz Wiz and the Hydra Light

Dick Debartolo

Episode 1784

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the HydraLight Flashlight, a water-powered flashlight. Its operation was not great. Here's what the company says about them: NO POWER NO PROBLEM: Activates in 15 seconds by wetting the base; no batteries, plug-in, or power source required; Flashlights run for 72 hours total; Switch off to extend time with hand light. Perfect for power outages, blackouts, flashlight emergency preparedness. Compact size ideal for pocket, pack, first-aid kit; Take camping, hiking, in the auto glovebox, travel flashlight survival flashlight.

What's a Good Do It Yourself Home Security Solution?

SimpliSafe (a sponsor of the TWiT Network)

Episode 1784

Jazz from Temecula, CA

Jazz wants to know what a good option for DIY home security is? Leo says that SimpliSafe (a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is the one he'd recommend. RING is getting into it, but they are late to the party. Simply Safe also has cameras now, so it's a very good all-in-one solution. 

Another company worth looking at is WYZE. They are new to the home security game, but they are VERY affordable. Check out The Wirecutter for their reviews.

How Long Should a Thumb Drive Last?

SanDisk Thumbdrive

Episode 1784

Joe from Uttica, NY

Joe wants to know if thumdrives should last a long time. Leo says that they have a limited life span, but it's gotten better and better. But they are primarily for short-term storage.  Even then, a thumbdrive wears out by writing to it over and over again, not reading from it. So if you load it up with music to listen from, for instance, it won't overheat due to reading from it. That happens when you write to it.

Is the Garmin Fenix a Good Smart Watch for Runners?

Garmin Fenix 5

Episode 1784

Melia from Lancaster, CA

Melia wants to know if the Garmin Fenix 5 is a good smartwatch for runners. Leo says that he uses the Apple Watch, but Garmin is one of the best in the category. If you're a road runner, Garmin is much better though, according to the chatroom. Much more accurate. Leo also says the displays are very good. And if it's a good price, why not?

How Long Can a USB Cable Get?

Sabrent USB Hub

Episode 1784

Joe from West Hollywood, CA

Joe has a USB touch monitor. How can he plug it into a power adapter to go over 15" away from his computer? Leo says that the biggest challenge may be the length of your cable. Monoprice sells one that's 32' long and has a dongle on it that amplifies the signal. You'll also need a USB hub that can get you the power, but you may lose too much signal to get the data. 

Can My SSD Wear Out?

Solid State Drive

Episode 1783

Carman from Akron, OH

Carman is worried that his new SSD will wear out over time as flash memory does. Leo says that modern SSDs use "wear leveling" to keep the SSD even and extend the SSD's life. It's gotten so good that they can last as long or longer than a spinning hard drive. So there's nothing to worry about.

Why Are the Keys in My New Keyboard Sticking?

Logitech K360 Keyboard

Episode 1783

Phil from Arvada, CO

Phil plugged in a new Logitech wireless keyboard, but now he has a problem with repeating keys. Leo says it should recognize it as a standard keyboard device. It's most likely a physical defect that's causing the keyboard to be stuck in key repeat. You may want to look in the settings to turn up key repeat delay. That'll be a setting in Windows, under Keyboards. Also, check your accessibility settings to see if Sticky Keys has been turned on.