Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

The Giz Wiz ... RoboPets!

Episode 1646

There's a new dog in town...  And it's a new Sony Aibo.This is a totally updated version of the original Aibo we saw at CES 2009. Sony is definitely not marketing Aibo as a toy. To show what their thinking is, here's some info from their Aibo website: Aibo is a one-of-a-kind autonomous companion robot designed to bring fun and joy to your household. Owners can form a friendship as they raise aibo and watch as it develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions.

What portable laptop should I buy?

Lenovo T490

Episode 1645

Jack from Los Angeles, CA

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. 

What's a good pair of EarPods that aren't expensive?

Amazon Echo Buds

Episode 1645

Doctor Mom from San Diego, CA

Doctor Mom recently picked up a pair of Amazon's Earpods. They were $129 and they look similar Bose earpods. Leo says that it sounds like a rebranded design. DM says they are noise-reducing, and Leo says that they seal the ears to block out the sound, while Apple's Earpod Pros uses noise reduction. Leo thinks that noise-reducing works better, in his opinion. But DM says that with noise reduction, you can still hear something. DM also says that you only really have to wear one and you can still listen to music.

Sam Abuelsamid ... under pressure

Sam

Episode 1644

Sam joins Leo to talk about tire pressure. When the weather turns colder, tire pressure will drop. Warm air expands, while cold air contracts. So you may find in the wintertime that your tires are under-inflated. If your tires are too low or too high, it can affect the wear of your tire, as well as the handling. It can also cause tire failure as well. So it pays to make sure your tires are properly inflated, be it in hot or cold weather. 

The Giz Wiz ... Happy Home Care

Dick

Episode 1644

The Black + Decker with Pria, a new automated medication management system designed for loved ones who desire to maintain independence while staying connected to their families. Pria is a voice-enabled tabletop device that can let caregivers know if loved ones at home have been taking their proper medication. It verifies identification through facial recognition or a PIN code, Pria before dispensing a scheduled dose into the pill cup. There's a back-up battery so the device can work during a blackout. Pria can hold 28 dozes of medication.