About Tech

Below, you can find some information about the tech that I have. This includes computers, consoles, and mobile devices.

PC - VEKTR0mk2

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

Case: NZXT H700i
CPU: Intel i9-9900KF
GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (2x16GB) @ 3600MHz
PSU: Corsair RM850x
Storage: 2TB Samsung Evo Plus NVME SSD, 2x1TB HDD in RAID 0 configuration

Accessories and peripherals used with my PC include:
--- Audio Technica ATH-M50XWH Headphones
--- Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
--- Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse
--- Elgato Stream Deck
--- Helicon GoXLR Mixer
--- Logitech G533 Speakers
--- Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller (in blue)
--- Logitech G29 Racing Wheel with H-Shifter
--- TrackIR Head Tracking System
--- NZXT Puck (in blue)
--- 2 LG 27" 4K60 Monitors

Mac - 2020 M1 Mac Mini

I loved my 2017 Apple MacBook Pro, but it desperately needed to be replaced following some hardware issues, typical of a device of its age. I felt it was time for something more powerful, and I didn't really need a laptop anymore.

In October 2021, I ordered the latest available Apple Mac Mini, with the M1 chip. This powerhouse of a miniture desktop computer is the new hub of my setup. A lot of my creative work gets done on it, including the rendering, editing, and exporting of my 4k60 videos in Final Cut Pro. A lot of my graphic work gets done on the M1, as well, in Adobe Photoshop CC. The M1 chip definitely makes a huge difference when it comes to performance, when compared to my MacBook Pro. It's incredibly quiet, even at higher loads. It loads things so much quicker, and editing the 4k60 videos is a breeze. Plus the ability to continue my work from my other Apple devices, as well as being able to use the Mac Mini as an AirPlay destination are great. Audio-wise, my M1 Mac Mini is connected to my GoXLR mixer, so that I can listen to it through my PC.

Accessories include a bluetooth keyboard, the Apple Magic Mouse 2, my 8TB (2x4TB) G-RAID in a RAID 0 configuration, as well as my pair of AirPod Pros.

Phone - iPhone 12 Pro Max

Following the success of the Apple iPhone 11, I decided in March 2020 to upgrade to the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. Running on a beta of Apple's iOS 15, it's smooth, fast, and just an amazing mobile operating system, overall. The device itself features a 6.7" display with minimal bezels and a jam-packed notch featuring a front facing camera, speaker, proximity sensor, and more. The Super Retina XDR display keeps blacks black, and the screen is vivid with bright colors and bright whites. The speakers are powerful and don't distort at maximum volume. Some more specs include Apple's A14 Bionic chip, Ceramic Shield glass, a stainless steel frame, IP68 water resistance, 5G, MagSafe, and so much more.

Moving on to the rear cameras, let's take a look at the ultra-wide, first. We have a 5-element lens with 13mm focal length, 120º field of fiew, ƒ/2.4 aperture, and lens correction. The wide-angle camera has a 7-element lense with 26mm focal length, 1.7 µm pixels, ƒ/1.6 aperture, 100% Focus Pixels, and Sensor-shift Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The 6-element telephoto lens has 65mm focal length, ƒ/2.2 aperture, and OIS. Lidar, Dolby Vision recording, Smart HDR 3, incredible night mode, and ProRAW are all incredible features that are included, and all work with the front-facing TrueDepth camera.

My social apps include Discord, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. There are currently no games installed. Utility apps include Speedtest, Authy, and LIFX. Apple Music, YouTube, Xfinity Stream, and Paramount+ are my current picks for entertainment.

All in all, my time with this device has been awesome. Vlogs will be coming to my YouTube channel again, and I'm hoping my iPhone will be the main source of recording for those.

My current accessories for my iPhone 12 Pro Max include a pair of AirPod Pros, Apple Watch SE, and Apple's MagSafe Charger.

Backup Phone - iPhone 11

With the upgrade to the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, my iPhone 11 has gone into backup mode. I've deleted a ton of the default apps following a clean restore of the device. Current apps that are installed are my choice of two-factor authentication, in the event that I am unable to use my primary phone to log into websites and services. It currently runs whatever standard software update is available for the iPhone 11.

Tablet - 2020 iPad Pro

I recently got myself the 2020 Apple iPad Pro in silver. Some specs include Apple's A12Z Bionic chip, 6GB of RAM, and an 11-inch Liquid Retina display.

As for the camera, the rear sports a 12MP Wide camera, a 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and a LIDAR sensor, while the front features a 7MP TrueDepth camera. All cameras are capable of 4K images, 4K60 videos, and 1080p240 slow-motion videos.

My iPad Pro is currently running a beta build of Apple's iPadOS 15, which is essentially just iOS 15 for iPads. With features such as widgets (first introduced in iPadOS 14), dark mode (first introduced in iPadOS 13), and trackpad support (first introduced in iPadOS 13.4), it runs smoothly and I can be incredibly productive, especially when using my Apple Pencil 2nd Generation.

For the most part, I've installed nearly the same apps on my iPad Pro as with my iPhone 12. Social apps still include Discord and Reddit. Utilities include Fast, LIFX, GeekBench, and Antutu. Media apps include Apple TV, Apple Music, YouTube, Disney+, Paramount+, Xfinity Stream, and Photoshop. My games of choice are Mini Metro, Mini Motorways, and Plague Inc.

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 ZAGG bluetooth keyboard case.

Laptop - 2017 MacBook Pro

I loved my 2013 Apple MacBook Air, but also need to replace it due to hardware issues. In 2018, I picked up a 2017 Apple MacBook Pro, and have since used it for editing 4K60 videos with Final Cut Pro, as well as producing music with FL Studio 20 and creating high-quality graphics with Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC. It's currently running a beta build of macOS 12 Monterey.

Light on the specs, my MacBook Pro is equipped with a dual-core Intel i5 processor, 1.5GB of integrated graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage. Because of my purchase of the M1 Mac Mini, this laptop spends the majority of its life at my work, now.

I currently have my MacBook Pro protected with a Speck case. Accessories include my 8TB (2x4TB) G-RAID in a RAID 0 configuration, my pair of AirPod Pros.

Console - Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

I originally had a PlayStation 4 when the console initially launched, but later sold it as it wasn't getting used very much. Since then, there have been some great exclusive titles that have released. And, since my brother also has a PlayStation 4 and wants to play games together, I decided to grab the PlayStation 4 Pro. The best part about this console is the native 4k support. I don't game often on it, currently, just due to how busy I've been. I only have a few games on it, at the moment, but plan to pick up some of the exclusive titles when I get the chance to actually sit down and play them.

Console - Nintendo Switch Gen. 2

My new job involves a lot of sitting around and doing nothing, so I decided it was time get a Nintendo Switch. I had one, previously, but sold it as I didn't really have any time to play it. My current main game on it is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and rarely play it outside of work.