Computers

Computers

M1 MacBook Air

My primary computer is an M1 MacBook Air (Gold) with 16GB of memory and 256GB SSD. The battery life and display are incredible. The screen is a little small for my liking but I wasn't willing to shell out the extra grand and a half for the 16" MacBook Pro.

At home, the MacBook docks to a single 27" 1440p IPS monitor as well as my peripherals (see below) via a Plugable USB-C dock. I use a Uni USB-C Hub for connecting storage and devices.

Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro

I picked up this Optiplex for super cheap to originally use as a Minecraft server. It briefly saw use as a home server but now sits unused. It's going to be used as a test server when I get the time to set it up again. It has an i5-6500T, 16GB of memory and dual 512GB SSDs.

Raspberry Pi 3 B+

The Pi simply runs PiHole and nothing else.

Peripherals

Mouse

I've been committed to using a trackball for a few years now and I could never go back to a mouse for desktop use. The Logitech M570 is great. I tried the M575 refresh and MX Ergo but still prefer the shape of the original M570.

Keyboards

I love keyboards so much that I started an Etsy store for them. I primarily use the Con Corne, a monoblock Corne keyboard that I designed. It has 35g Silent Alpaca switches which are by far my favorite. When I'm on the go, I use a Corne LP with 25g tape-modded Purpz.

I also use my HHKB Pro 2 from time to time. It was my first ever mechanical keyboard and I adore Topre so much I'm willing to use the standard ANSI layout instead of my preferred 42-key keymap. It has 55g Realforce domes, lubed purple Type-S sliders and original silencing rings, essentially making it a 55g HHKB Type-S and not the 45g standard HHKB it started as.

Headphones

I've tried quite a few headphones but settled on the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pros (250ohm) connected to a FiiO E10K. I prefer the boosted bass and in-your-face treble over clinical and neutral sound. I came from 770 Pros but the treble is noticeably harsher with the closed-back model and I no longer use them.

I also have a pair of cheap Koss Porta-Pros with YAXI pads and FAAEL Snow Lotus since IEM tips are not comfortable to my ears.

Desk/Chair

I have a height-adjustable IDASEN frame with a GERTON (discontinued) tabletop, both from IKEA. I don't stand but do adjust height if I'm writing or soldering so I don't have to crane my neck.

My chair is a generic office chair (presumably from Amazon) I found in like-new condition sitting next to the dumpster. It was missing a wheel and assembled incorrectly, but after a few dollars and half an hour of time I fixed the issues. This chair will definitely be replaced in the future, but it works for now.

A BenQ Screenbar lights up the work surface of my desk.

Software

coming soon