Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I buy a NAS or repurpose an old iMac with Plex?

WD 8TB My Cloud EX4100

Episode 1647

Brian from Pittsburgh, PA

Brian recently bought a MacBook Air. He wants to know if he can repurpose his old Mac as a server to run Plex. Leo says that Brian's old dual-core iMac isn't super fast, but you can run Plex on an Atom processor, so it'll work on that iMac, but it may struggle with 4K. In that case, getting a dedicated NAS, like Synology, would be a better option. You'd also have a lot more storage space. It'll also sit and a closet out of the way. You'll also have to fit drives into it. So that'll be an extra cost.

Is there a good 4K monitor for my computer?

Dell U2718Q

Episode 1647

Mike from San Diego, CA

Mike is looking to upgrade his PC display with a 4K monitor. Is there a monitor out there as good as the 5K iMac? Leo says that you can get a 5K monitor that is comparable. Costco has a 43" Dell 4K monitor. Will it be pixely? Or will it look good? Leo says that Dell makes really nice monitors. But Dell has two lines: an inexpensive line that's less color accurate, and an expensive line that is color calibrated. So it depends on what you want and need. If you're into photography and video, you want a calibrated display that can give you the full-color gamut.

What's a good printer to buy?

Epson ET-3750

Episode 1647

Grant from St Paul, Minnesota

Grant wants a printer that he doesn't have to spend a ton on ink. Leo suggests the Epson Eco Tank printer (Epson is a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show & the TWiT Network). It comes with all the ink you'll need for two years - a great buy.

Grant also wants to know how his parents can get better reception in their area? Leo recommends TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. It'll let you know what channels are available in their area. But living in a remote area may be an issue. So Leo recommends streaming via YouTube TV. SlingTV is another option.

What WiFi router should I get for my mom?

Netgear AC1200

Episode 1647

Jack from Stone Mountain, Georgia

Jack's mom is moving into an assisted living facility, and he wants her to have her own WiFi. What router should he get her? Leo says it's a good idea to give her own WiFi access point. It'll protect her. NetGear makes great WiFi Routers. How about a basic wireless access point? Leo says that the router will be better for security, but a WAC is fine. 

Should he get a Samsung Galaxy Note 10? Leo says that since Jack has a note 8, he can trade it in and get a great deal on a Note 10. Go for it.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Mached

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1647

Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Ford Mustang Mach E, Ford's first dedicated electric vehicle. Leo says he's pretty excited about this one. Sam said Ford didn't want to create a "compliance car" to meet regulatory requirements. They wanted to create a car people would talk about. So they called it a Mustang and got designers to create something in the Spirit of Tesla, that's fast, has the Mustang DNA, and gets people excited. Sam says he thinks the Mach E is going to be a winner. It may not look like a Mustang, but Sam says that the performance will rival a gas-powered Mustang.

Can I bring my Echo with me while traveling?

Amazon Echo Dot

Episode 1647

John from Indianapolis, IN

John recently returned from vacation to Prague, and he brought his Amazon Echo dot with him. He connected it to his travel router and reconfigured it for the Czech Republic, according to Leo's instructions. John had no problem with it. He could listen to music, podcasts, news from home. And it was his alarm clock. It worked great. Leo says it's a great idea to take that along with you.

Is My Modem Fried?

ARRIS

Episode 1646

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Johnny has an ARRIS modem that he bought in 2017 and has gigabit service. But after a power outage, his internet didn't come back up. A technician came out and said that the power outage fried out his modem, even though the power light is on. Leo says it can happen when the power surges into a home as it gets turned back on. That's why people need a surge protector. Leo also says that if they fried the modem, the power company should get him a new one.

What is a Good Computer for a 12-year-old Kid?

iMac

Episode 1646

Vivian from Long Beach, CA

Vivian wants to get a computer for her 12-year-old daughter, but she's in the dark in what to get her. She's into gaming on Apple Arcade. She also wants one that she'll use for a long time. Leo says that a desktop is a better choice because they aren't that mobile and as she becomes a teenager, Vivian is going to want that computer in a public area! Leo recommends getting an iMac, ideally. Another option is a Chromebook, because she probably uses them at school. They will be limited for gaming, but that's a good thing. The Google PixelBook Go is a good option.

I Can't Play Netflix Anymore on My Blu-ray Player, What Happened?

Netflix

Episode 1646

Marty from Orange County, CA

Marty got a message from Netflix that his Blu-ray player won't support Netflix anymore. Leo says that can happen when an upgrade can break connectivity. And it sounds like Netflix isn't going to support that anymore. The good news is, smart TVs have Netflix, as do players like the Roku and AppleTV. He can even get a $35 Chromecast and do it. Go with Roku!

Is There an All-in-1 PC for Gaming?

Episode 1646

Alan from Wakefield, MS

Alan wants to get an all in one PC for gaming and watching TV. Is this possible? Leo says that games are the most challenging applications for a PC. They usually require a more powerful processor, more RAM, and a faster hard drive. But the main piece is the GPU or graphics card.. All -in-1 would make it a challenge, but you can get one with a better GPU. Leo recommends the Lenovo A940. Dell's XPS27 is also a good choice. It would also enable him to do graphics, photoshop, or video editing.