What I use

PC

Recently, I migrated my PC into a small form factor case, the Silverstone SG13. It is really small and weighs only 7kg.

Specs


CPU:Intel Core i7 4790K @4.5GHz / 1.21V
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler 620
Motherboard:Asus Z97I-Plus
RAM:16GB A-DATA XPG V2 DDR3 2400 CL11
Video Card:MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G @1500MHz/8000MHz
SSDs:Samsung 850 Evo 500GB
HDDs:Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB
Display:Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 2560x1440 @96Hz
Case:Silverstone Sugo SG13
PSU:Silverstone 750W SST-ST75F-GS
Mouse:Logicool G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Mouse Pad:Steelseries QCK / Razer Sphex
Keyboard:iBUFFALO 107-Key US Layout USB keyboard
Headphones: AudioTechnica ATH-AD500X
Speakers: Logicool Z623
Webcam: Logicool C910



Tablet

I bought my first Tablet at the end of February 2013. It was a Dell Latitude 10 Essentials tablet running Windows 8. (You can read a full review here.) But it had a lot of issues, so I sold it and bought a new one - the Asus Transformer Book T100 running Windows 8.1 and with the new Atom BayTrail CPU. (You can read my initial impressions of it here.)

I like this tablet very much. There are very little hardware issues with it. Most of the issues I have are with Windows 8.1 and the (lack of) Metro apps. But the major apps are coming to Windows 8 slowly, so in time it would become a nice platform. Right now, going with a Windows tablet was the easiest way to stream content from the desktop PC to the tablet because we don't need a middleman. 

Laptop

I had an Asus UL20A laptop earlier and I sold it to get the 2011 MacBook Air. I did not have to pay the whole price, because I bought it with a new internet connection. I got a JPY35,000 discount. It's a pretty big deal. That's about $435.

I hardly use the MacBook Air. My wife uses it. I keep her away from my trusty Windows 8 based desktop PC. The only thing I do with the MacBook Air is updating the software and troubleshooting for my wife.

One of things I do not like about the laptop is that is gets very hot and at the same time very loud when doing something resource intensive. It is unfortunate that even watching YouTube videos can be considered resource intensive with a MacBook Air.

Specs

Dimensions:    H: 0.11-0.68" (0.3-1.7cm)
W: 12.8" (32.5cm)
D: 8.94" (22.7cm)
Weight:2.96 lbs (1.35kg)
CPU:           1.7GHz dual-core Core i5
Graphics:      Intel HD 3000
RAM:           4GB DDR3-1333
SSD:           128GB SSD
Display:       1440 x 900
Ports:         Thunderbolt
2x USB 2.0
SDHC slot
Composite audio in/out jack
OS:            Mountain Lion

I recently upgraded to Mountain Lion by paying JPY 1,700. I only did an update install, not a clean install. I do not like to play with the laptop as much as I like to play with the desktop. I would have done a clean install without any second thoughts with the desktop.

Phone

After using an iPhone 3GS, 4S and a 5S, I finally moved to Android at the beginning of 2015 due to the stability issues experienced with iOS 8 and also to experience something new. The phone I chose was the 32GB Google Nexus 5, which has since been discontinued. Both my wife and I switched phones, and weirdly enough, my wife hasn't been too annoyed with Android.

The phone is unlocked and we had to switch carriers (from Softbank to AU to Y-Mobile) to get this phone. We could have bought it from Google Play Store but setting it up with the existing Softbank connection would have been complicated. Plus, we received a decent promotional offer in the process as well.

The phone originally came with Android 4.4.3 and I manually upgraded it to 5.0.1 and 5.1. Currently, both my wife's and my phones are running Android 5.1.1 builds.

Both of us use cases as we do not intend to upgrade phones in the near future. Both cases were bought from eBay but they are not identical. I use a rugged, black case where as my wife uses a slicker, pink case.

Although I expected that switching from iOS to Android would not be a smooth transition, luckily I haven't had any major issues to regret that decision. Sure there have been issues, but those don't outweigh the benefits.

Camera

I recently bought a Canon EOS 70D-W DSLR with the 18-135mm IS STM lens kit. I used to have a Canon PowerShot S95 camera and loved it for the compactness, but it wasn't doing anymore.

For me, there have been two issues with DSLRs. First one is the size and the second one is the need for change lenses. The first one is pretty hard to avoid. There are a lot of compact DSLRs coming out, but they are not as good as the big guys when it comes to the feature set and the image quality. But I could avoid the second issue by going with a zoom lens that has decent range. Eventually I might want to get another lens or two. But I don't see that happening anytime soon. I can manage with this 18-135mm lens.

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