Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can My Computer Handle More Than One 4K Monitor?

Dual Link DVI

Episode 1822

Gary from Cheektowaga, NY

Gary has a computer with a gaming video card to connect multiple monitors. Can he use three 4K monitors or a QuadHD monitor? Leo says it doesn't matter. Modern video cards can display 4k with no problems, even in HDMI. You can also add a monitor through the display port. What is dual-link DVI? Leo says that was something they came up with for the Display port to drive higher resolution monitors.  But HDMI can handle 4K now, so that doesn't matter. 

Is My Chromebook Safe to Use if It Doesn’t Get Updated Anymore?

Chromebook

Episode 1822

Anne from Studio City, CA

Anne wants to know why her Chromebook isn't getting updates anymore. And can she keep using it? Leo says that the older your Chromebook is, the more likely Google will stop updating it. But it'll be fine for a while. Chrome is very secure. The issue though will be if your browser is still updated. If your Chromebook is one of the first, and as such, its end of life, then it may be time to get a new one.

Sam Abuelsamid and the Recalled Bolt

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1822

Sam joins Leo to talk about the recent Chevy Bolt recall. This isn't the first recall that Chevy has faced of the Bolt's battery having the potential to catch fire. Seven fires triggered the recall. Sam says there are suggested settings to prevent your car battery from overcharging. Including not charging it over 90% or deep discharging it. Read the recall notice for details. Also, GM recommends parking your car away from your house just in case.

The Giz Wiz ... massaged

Dick

Episode 1821

It's August and that means it's back to school! The Swissdigital Design massaging backpack has plenty of pockets for laptop, tablet, cellphones, books, water bottle, hand sanitizer, mask, and other essentials. A built-in USB power port allows you to charge on the go. A front of the backpack power connection lets you power up vital accessories without having to open any of the 14 pockets. (You use  your own  battery bank, none are included.) The backpack body materials are made from water resistance coating to keep valuable items inside dry.

Should I Max Out RAM on a New iMac?

M1 iMac

Episode 1821

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris is looking to buy the new iMac and wants to know if he should go 16GB RAM and 1TB storage to future proof his M1 iMac. Leo says it depends. While ideally, he doesn't really need to have 16GB. Apple has really streamlined the RAM use so 8GB is optimum. But if he's doing heavy apps like video editing, etc. 16GB may be a good idea. But if not, then 8GB is fine. Definitely go for the 1TB drive though. But Leo suspects that Apple may be putting out a larger iMac later this year. There's talk of a 32" screen. So if he wants to wait a few months, it's probably worth it.

Is C. Crane a Good Company For WiFi Radios?

 C. Crane

Episode 1821

Micah from Maine

Micah recently got a new WiFi radio from C. Crane that uses the new backend called SkyTune. And the good news is, that should SkyTune go out of business as Receiva did, he will still be able to manually input the radio station URL. Leo says that one of the things he likes about C. Crane is that they will stand behind their products, even when something happens that is out of their control. But sometimes, he runs into a problem where the stream won't work because the URL doesn't end in mp3 or m3u.