Piltch Point (Video)

Piltch Point (Video)
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About this podcast
Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space. Avram also showcases new technology, gadgets and concepts, as they are announced or released. Review products include smartphones, smartwatches, wearables, laptops and tablets.
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Latest episodes
Feb. 11, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch has got some new advice to help you save some money if you are considering purchasing a new laptop or desktop computer. Companies offer all sorts of add-ons and configuration options, but for most people, there are some that can simply be skipped, while others are absolutely essential. For example, never buy a laptop with a resolution below Full HD (1920x1080). The quality of the picture and, in particular, the crispness of text, will be painful to look at. Also, go for the SSD and skip a traditional hard drive. It will speed up your performance more than you might think. Avram's got a short list of features to skip, too. Check it out. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Jan. 29, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the most disappointing trends in laptops: screen resolution. It's hard to believe that in 2018, as televisions are moving to UHD and screens are full HD or better, laptop screens are still shipping with 1366x768 resolution. It's not just a small number, either. 51% of business notebooks sold in 2017 were below full HD. In consumer laptops, the numbers are worse: over 60% of laptops sold were below full HD. This is a problem whose solution came a decade ago, so manufacturers should stop offering these low-end screens. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 22, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses a toy that is both strangely priced and strangely timed: the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot. This toy was released just this week, only days before Christmas, and commands a premium price of $300. This isn't the only programmable device to charge a price in this range, but it is possibly the least featured programmable toy in this price range. The companion app offers a strange use for augmented reality, in which the AR itself does not add to the experience. In fact, during this game, the robot itself doesn't add anything to the game. But does the promise of future updates make the robot worth the price? Avram's got an answer. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 18, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses the changes that came to the US regarding the internet, and what it could mean for you. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission revoked guidances put in place in 2015, that discouraged internet service providers, or ISPs, from blocking or throttling websites for any reason. The intention of the guidances, referred to commonly as net neutrality, was to ensure that all internet users in the US would have the same access to content, no matter who their provider was. Now, with these guidances gone, Congress has the opportunity to step in and enact a binding legal framework. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 11, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch has the much anticipated results of LAPTOP Magazine's AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile versus Intel Cire i5 tests. For this showdown, nearly identical models of the HP Envy x360, one featuring an AMD processor and one featuring the comparable Intel processor, were run against the same tests. While the results are mixed, they are very different from what you might have expected from an AMD vs Intel showdown from a year ago. For example, the Geekbench test goes to Intel, while the Cinebench test goes to AMD. The ultimate question, however, is which model should you buy? Avram's got your recommendation. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 4, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the more nostalgic gifts that you can find for your friends and family. Whether you're looking for the new, modern Teddy Ruxpin or a Casio calculator watch, or maybe you want a Polaroid camera, Avram's got some interesting ideas. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Nov. 27, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses an important topic this time of year: laptops that make great gifts and are good for kids. The requirements are different: screens size should be smaller, platform should be chosen based on school's selection, price should be manageable and durability is must. Luckily, LAPTOP Magazine has tested a lot of laptops and can recommend the right one for you. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Nov. 20, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch helps you prepare for Black Friday, which has expanded into a whole season, with deals over the next couple of weeks. Those deals can be overwhelming, with mass hysteria generated over televisions, laptops and more. Avram recommends making a plan by deciding what it is you are looking for, and what price would constitute a deal, and not jumping in just because something seems like a good price. In addition, he shows off a new laptop he reviewed this week, the Acer Spin 1. This inexpensive laptop has an aluminum case and a screen better than some laptops triple its price, but it is powered by a Celeron processor. Who is it good for, and should you consider it? Avram's got the answer. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Nov. 6, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses a topic that many of us have forgotten about: bloatware. Over the past few years, the concept has changed, but has not gone away. Instead of Internet Explorer toolbars, today Microsoft and manufacturers pre-install casual games and other software. The question is, is the software that comes pre-installed a problem? Avram's got the answer. In addition, Avram gives us a preview of the Asus Zenbook Ux430, the latest laptop to receive an Intel 8th Generation Core upgrade. While the review is still in-process, Avram's got some of the early results for this refreshed laptop. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Oct. 30, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses the introduction of AMD's Ryzen chips for laptop computers. This is a big move for the company, who has languished in the laptop marketplace for years. Following their successful Ryzen series for desktops, however, they will be challenging Intel's dominance and their 8th Generation Core processors. While we do not know all of the information about pricing, etc., we do have a lot of information about the processors themselves, as well as the first three laptops that will sport the processors this holiday. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products