Category Archives: Computers

Pro Kwality Case

More than five years ago, when I retired my desktop Motoko, I thought I was done with desktops for good. Reasons for eliminating desktops from the “fleet” had ranged from size to dust to depreciation, but boy have times have changed. In early 2014 I replaced my T430 with the DC53427HYE, and that addressed all the previously mentioned concerns about desktops. In fact I even upgraded that to a better version of the same thing in 2015.

In late 2015 I started playing World of Warships, and ultimately became enamored with playing with all the settings turned up at 1080p. WoWS is not a particularly demanding game at 1080p, but I still needed to borrow my brother’s desktop with the Q6700 and HD6850 to max it out; my ThinkPad Yoga with the i5 u4300 can barely handle the *lowest* settings at 1080p. I was/am also in the process of playing Tales of Zestiria on the C2Q desktop. So, in the late summer of 2016 (now) after borrowing it for far too long, I finally decided to look at rolling my own.

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Fanless Computing: Intel NUC DC53427HYE and Akasa Newton V

I’ve been waiting for this for a really long time, at least since I dabbled with my fanless E6400 so many years ago.

About a year and a half ago, I got my T430 with the intent of using it as a desktop replacement. The idea was that the laptop draws less power, makes less noise, and takes up less space than even an SFF conventional desktop. It also has a built-in UPS (the battery), and you can obviously use it as a laptop in a pinch. This is all fine and dandy, and the T430 has been great so far, but it’s still a stopgap between that SFF conventional desktop and a machine that makes no noise and takes up even less space than a 14″ laptop and dock. Such a machine wasn’t really a practical option when I bought the T430… but it is now!

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Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p Thoughts

Last year there were three products that I wanted or wanted to try, and they were all delayed and more expensive than advertised. The first was the Helix. The second, which I have not mentioned, but may write about in the future, is an update to the Corsair K60 with new switches and backlighting. The third, which has been delayed by far the longest, is the one I’m talking about today, the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p.

I’ve been complaining for a while now that there are basically no good convertible tablets out there anymore, and as of now I’m going to stick with that. Everything comes in a gimmicky form factor with the wrong digitizer in an overweight or under powered package (I’m not really one to care about compute power, but I don’t want an Atom even in my secondary notebook). As such I’ve been looking to go back to using a “conventional” tablet along with an awesome ultraportable, but with a tablet more like a Cintiq than an Intuos. I was very close to shelling out and buying a Cintiq, but then, maybe early last year, I heard about the LT1423p.

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LG Optimus G Review

So I call these posts “reviews”, but these aren’t meant to be nearly as comprehensive as formal hardware reviews by any stretch of the imagination. It’s really just my thoughts on stuff that’s important to me, and if that does or doesn’t help anyone, so be it.

My last phone was the venerable Droid X, about which I haven’t actually written since I got it. That’s really a good and bad thing: on one hand, the phone has really done everything I need it to do, but on the other hand, I’m not really much of a phone power user. A large part of the reason I’m actually switching is because my contract expired in August and my family is changing over to one of these bulk plans (I think we’ll have 8 of 10 lines when all is said and done) from AT&T, and my Verizon Droid X wouldn’t work on the AT&T network.

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