Uses

My Computer

These are some things I use – mostly tech related, but not completely. An eternal work in progress.

Computer

2021 14" MacBook Pro M1 Pro

2021 14" MacBook Pro M1 Pro

  • M1 Pro 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

It might not be THE most amazing computer, spec-wise, but Apple Silicon Macs are game changers. It's quiet, it's cool, it's fast, and it's instant-on. I've traditionally hated laptops because of their massive compromises, and this removes them all.

Keychron Q1 Keyboard

Keychron Q1 Keyboard

  • 84 key (75%)
  • BT and wired
  • QMK for greater customization
  • Gateron Pro Brown switches
  • 6063 aluminum CNC machined body

Shhh... no one tell my K2 (see below), but the Keychron Q1 is in a whole other leaque. Wow, built like a TANK, as Jason from Hemispheric Views says. I love the feel of the switches, the sound, the weight, the look, the feel, the everything. I'm not sure I'll ever use another keyboard again. Also... come on. Look at those shades of blue. It is available in other colors, but why??

Keychron K2 Keyboard

Keychron K2 Keyboard

  • 84 key (75%)
  • BT and wired
  • Gateron Pro Brown switches

I love my clacky Keychron K2, especially with my Artifact Bloom Ocean Wave keycaps. Don't tell it though, but I have another favorite keyboard now...

OWC 11-Port Thunderbolt Dock

OWC 11-Port Thunderbolt Dock

  • Thunderbolt 4

I prefer the OWC 11-Port Thunderbolt Dock to the eternally popular CalDigits. The external SSD always wakes and connects (not always true with my previous CalDigit), and it's rock solid. I mounted it under my desk, which has pluses and minuses, but overall I prefer it to having it on top of the desk.

Podcast Recording

Shure Beta 87A

Shure Beta 87A

  • Supercardiod condenser
  • XLR

My voice is bad, and most mics make it worse, but the Shure Beta 87A is easy to get a relatively neutral sound out of. If you don't like my voice, you're not alone, but it isn't the fault of the mic.

Elgato Wave XLR

Elgato Wave XLR

  • Single XLR input
  • Capacitive mute sensor
  • Clipguard software feature

I've used a few mic interfaces over the years, and my favorite by far is the Elgato Wave XLR. Unless you need multiple mics in one interface, you won't find a nicer one for podcasting.