Our Gear

In this episode we discuss the tools that help us get the job done, with a specific focus on the hardware. Things like the PCs we use, the headphones we listen to, and some stories behind our hardware decisions.

Segment 1 - Desktop Setups

  • Matt's Desktop Setup

    • Custom PC

      • FX-8350 (8 core AMD processor)
      • 16GB RAM DDR3
      • 2x XFX 7970 (GPUs)
      • Windows 10
    • CM Storm Sentinel Advance 3 Mouse
    • Logitech G15 Keyboard
    • Blue Snowball
    • SteelSeries Flux
    • Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
  • Mike's Desktop Setup
    • Custom PC

      • Ryzen 1800x
      • 16GB RAM DDR4
      • Samsung 860 512GB SSD
      • Vega 64 8GB GPU
      • Windows 10
    • Corsair Strafe RGB Keyboard
    • Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse
    • Sennheiser HD 598 SR Open-Back Headphones
    • Blue Snowball
    • Server
      • Old used PC running Windows 7 Ultimate
      • NAS D-Link DNS-323 with 2x 3tb drives running raid 1

Segment 2 - Mobile Setups

  • Matt's Mobile Setup

    • Lenovo Y500 laptop
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S w/ pen
    • Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse
    • Jaybird X3
    • Sony MDR-ZX220BT
    • SteelSeries Vault-Tec Mouse
    • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    • BlackBerry KEY2 (silver, 64GB)
    • ASUS Zenwatch 2
  • Mike's Mobile Setup
    • ASUS Zenphone 5Z
    • ASUS Zenbook 330ua
    • Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse
    • Bluedio F2 Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
    • Bagsmart Convertible Laptop Backpack
    • Jakery 10000mAh quick charge battery
    • Cable clip organizers
    • Xiaomi 5000mAh

Segment 3 - Other Setups

  • Matt's Test Devices

    • iPhone 5
    • iPad Mini (original)
  • Mike's Test Devices
    • Lenovo Tab 10
    • iPad Air 2
    • Nexus 6P
    • Nexus 7 (2013)
    • Tablet mount holder (attached to desk)
  • Smart Home
    • Google Home Mini
    • Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
    • TP Link Smart Switch

Web News - Desktop PC vs Laptop w/ Dock

  • Desktop Computers

    • Pros:

      • Always more powerful
      • Easier to upgrade
      • Customizable features
    • Cons: 
      • Might be too much time investment for building
      • Can be finicky and tough to troubleshoot
  • Laptop with Dock
    • Pros:

      • Versatile 
      • Simple buy and use process
      • Easy warranty handling if you go with a good company
      • Is upgradeable now through thunderbolt 3 interface
    • Cons:
      • Usually more expensive for similar performance (in comparison to desktop)
      • Some stuff is not upgradable (soldered to board)
      • Once warranty runs out repairs can be expensive or impossible

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