About My Tech

Provided below are answers to some basic questions with the intent for you to better learn about me. Feel free to ask me anything that you want by clicking Ask Me Anything in the sidebar.

Custom Gaming PC - "r0gue0ne"

Here are the main specs (full info can be found here.):

Case: NZXT H700i
CPU: Intel i9-9900KF
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i (360mm)
GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (2x16GB) @ 3600MHz
PSU: EVGA 1000W P6
Storage: 2TB Samsung Evo Plus NVME SSD, 2x1TB HDD in RAID 0 configuration

Accessories and peripherals used with my PC include:
--- SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Gaming Headset
--- Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
--- Logitech G502 X Plus Gaming Mouse
--- Elgato Stream Deck
--- Helicon GoXLR Mixer
--- Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller
--- Logitech G29 Racing Wheel with H-Shifter
--- Tobii Eye Tracker 5
--- NZXT Puck (in blue)
--- 2 LG 27-inch 4K60 Monitors

2020 Apple M1 Mac Mini (Editing) - "macr0"

As a successor to my 2017 MacBook Pro, I picked up the 2020 M1 Mac Mini in 2021. Named "macr0", it handles video editing in Final Cut Pro, vector graphic design in Adobe Illustrator CC, as well as finalizing graphics in Adobe Photoshop CC. And by handle, I mean it. The M1 chip features an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. I have mine spec'd on the low-end. I chose to go with 8GB of RAM, and it's clear I don't need more. I decided on 256GB of flash storage, because I use an external Thunderbolt 3 SSD and HDD RAID configuration for editing videos, and mostly everything else that I do is stored in Adobe's Creative Cloud, as well as iCloud. The Mac Mini also features 2 Thunderbolt-3/USB-4 ports, 2 USB-3.1 (Gen. 2) ports, a 1Gb/s Ethernet port, HDMI output, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It runs the latest version of macOS, which is currently Sonoma.

I currently have my M1 Mac Mini paired to an Apple Magic Keyboard, as well as an Apple Magic Mouse 2. Accessories include my 4TB SanDisk Thunderbolt 3 SSD, 8TB (2x4TB) G-RAID in a RAID 0 configuration, and my pair of AirPod Pros.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

After the heavy weight and bigger size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, I decided it was time to cut it back a bit and settle for the iPhone 15 Pro model this time around. Just like last time, I'm breaking things down into 4 core areas (design, internal specs, display, and software).

From a design aspect, the iPhone 15 Pro is a gorgeous, premium flagship smartphone, with an (almost) all-screen front, featuring Apple's durable Ceramic Shield glass technology. While this is a minor upgrade from the iPhone 14 Pro-Series, the design does change a little bit, with the move to a titanium build.

Next, we have the internal specs that power the iPhone 15 Pro. Starting off is Apple's new A17 Pro chip, the main processor with a 6-core CPU, 6-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. The front-facing camera is a 12 MP wide-angle, with ƒ/1.9 aperture, which sits in the Dynamic Island with the Face ID system. The main rear-facing camera is a 48 MP wide-angle with ƒ/1.78 aperture. The rear-facing ultrawide camera is a 12 MP with ƒ/2.2 aperture. A telephoto completes the list of cameras in the rear, with ƒ/1.78 aperture. Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6E, NFC, Emergency SOS via Satellite communication, 6GB of RAM, and more are all featured in the iPhone 15 Pro models. My specific model has 128GB of internal, non-expandable storage. All of this is powered by a 3274mAh battery.

Moving onto the display, the iPhone 15 Pro features a 6.1" Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion. ProMotion was introduced on the iPhones with the iPhone 13 Pro models, allowing for 120Hz refresh rates, making the general use of the devices feel much smoother. Just like with the iPhone 14 Pro models, there is the ability for the display to go all the way down to 1Hz, enabling Always-On Display. This display also features the Dynamic Island, a feature that replaces the notch (featured on all-screen iPhones since the iPhone X) with a Pill & Hole Punch cutout near the top middle of the display, which houses the front-facing camera and needed sensors for Face ID.

When it comes to software, I'm currently running the iOS 17.3 beta on my iPhone 15 Pro. The animations are fluid, the Dynamic has been an awesome little feature that changes how I navigate my phone (I'm constantly listening to music, running timers, and more in the background, which show up in the Dynamic Island), and the Always-On Display has been helpful since I usually keep my phone facing up on my desk. My social apps include Discord, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Reddit. Utility apps include Speedtest, Authy, and LIFX. Apple Music and YouTube are my current picks for entertainment.

My current accessories for my iPhone 15 Pro include a ZAGG tempered glass screen protector, a PopSocket MagSafe wallet, a pair of AirPod Pros, Apple Watch Ultra, and Belkin's 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe, which snaps on nicely and stays attached to my Apple Silicone MagSafe phone case.

Motorola Razr+

One of fun parts about working in the job that I have is the many vendors. While some vendors may pop in from time to time to provide information on upcoming or newly-released features, others present opportunities to try out their products. Motorola has given me that opportunity, and sent me the 2023 Motorola Razr+ in Pantone Color of the Year, "Viva Magenta".

Since initially receiving the Razr+ back in July, I've been having a ton of fun with it, from taking pictures in ways I thought not possible, to quickly responding to messages and scrolling through memes on the front screen. It's been a beast when it comes to battery life, as well, which is suprising when it comes to a foldable phone. One of the things I find very nice about this phone is the narrower screen ratio, which helps ultrawide videos fill almost all of the screen without getting cut off.

My current selection of accessories include a clear case from Tech21 and a ZAGG screen protector for the front display.

2021 Apple M1 iPad Pro (12.9")

I recently got myself the 2021 Apple iPad Pro in Space Gray. Some specs include Apple's powerful M1 chip (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine), 8GB of RAM, and a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, with ProMotion technology to keep the display running at a smooth 120 frames-per-second. It also features Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, and 5G.

As for the cameras, the rear sports a 12MP Wide camera, a 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and a LIDAR sensor, while the front features a 12MP TrueDepth Ultra Wide camera. All rear cameras are capable of 4K images, 4K60 videos, and 1080p240 slow-motion videos.

My iPad Pro is currently running the iPadOS 17.3 beta, which is essentially just iOS 17.3 for iPads. My favorite feature at the moment is Universal Control (announced during Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote), which allows me to seamlessly take control of my M1 Mac Mini, M1 iPad Pro, and 2017 MacBook Pro from one keyboard/mouse when they're in proximity of each other. Univeral Control also allows me to, under the same conditions, drag and drop items (photos, files, videos, etc.) between devices without every connecting a wire, as if they're one machine. My other favorite features include widgets, trackpad support, and Continuity.

Social apps include Discord and Reddit. Utilities include Speedtest, LIFX, and GeekBench. Media apps include Apple TV, Apple Music, YouTube, Disney+, Paramount+, and Xfinity Stream. My games of choice are Mini Metro, Mini Motorways, and Plague Inc, though I've also been trying out Steam Link a little bit.

The current selection of accessories that I use with my iPad Pro are a pair of AirPod Pros, the second generation Apple Pencil, and a Logitech Touch Combo keyboard case (which takes advantage of the Smart Connector pins on the rear of the iPad Pro.