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:
--- 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-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 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 Monterey.

I currently have my M1 Mac Mini paired to a macOS-oriented bluetooth keyboard, as well as an Apple Magic Mouse 2. Accessories include my 8TB (2x4TB) G-RAID in a RAID 0 configuration, and my pair of AirPod Pros.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

After having the iPhone 12 Pro Max since March 2021, I figured it was a good time to get a new iPhone at launch. After some heavy consideration, I ended up going with the Apple iPhone 14 Pro in Deep Purple. The slightly smaller 6.1" display (when compared to my iPhone 12 Pro Max's 6.7" inch display) is a really nice for one-handed use. As soon as the phone was activated, I went ahead and installed the iOS 16.1 developer beta, as I am a part of Apple's Developer Program. This time around, I'm breaking things down into 4 core areas (design, internal specs, display, and software).

From a design aspect, the iPhone 14 Pro is a gorgeous, premium flagship smartphone, with an (almost) all-screen front, featuring Apple's durable Ceramic Shield glass technology. The rear only sees a difference in the size of the camera module, which is substantially larger than the iPhone 12 Pros and slightly larger than the iPhone 13 Pros. While keeping the same 3-camera design in the camera module, there are some major upgrades, but we'll get to that in a minute. The outer frame, made from stainless steel, has the same button placement as the iPhone 13 Pro. The only difference (on U.S. models only) is the absence of the SIM tray, with the iPhone 14 series going eSIM only in the United States market.

Next, we have the internal specs that power the iPhone 14 Pro. Starting off is Apple's new 4nm A16 Bionic chip, the main processor with a 6-core CPU, 5-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 a 48 MP wide-angle with ƒ/1.8 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/2.8 aperture. Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6, NFC, Emergency SOS via Satellite communication, 6GB of RAM, and more are all featured in the iPhone 14 Pro models. My specific model has 128GB of internal, non-expandable storage. All of this is powered by a 3200mAh battery.

Moving onto the display, the iPhone 14 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. 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. While this a potential area of trouble for battery life on the iPhone 14 Pro models, I'm going to continue testing the feature to see how badly it impacts the device's overall battery life. My biggest gripe with the Always-On Display on iPhone 14 Pro models is that the brightness can be fairly high, depending on how the standard screen brightness is set. This new display also features the Dynamic Island, a new 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. The Dynamic Island also has some neat software features I'll discuss later on.

When it comes to software, the iOS 16 beta was super stable on my iPhone 12 Pro Max during the entirety of the beta period, and that hasn't changed with iOS 16.1 on my iPhone 14 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, Ello, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Reddit. Utility apps include Speedtest, Authy, and LIFX. Apple Music, YouTube, Disney+, Xfinity Stream, and Paramount+ are my current picks for entertainment.

My current accessories for my iPhone 14 Pro include a ZAGG tempered glass screen protector, an Apple leather MagSafe wallet, a pair of AirPod Pros, Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm), and Belkin's 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe, which snaps on nicely and stays attached to my clear OtterBox phone case.

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 iPadOS 15.4, which is essentially just iOS 15.4 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.

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 Speedtest, LIFX, and GeekBench. 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 Logitech Touch Combo keyboard case (which takes advantage of the Smart Connector pins on the rear of the iPad Pro.