I was using a docked MacBook until I realized that docking a laptop when you spend 95% of your time at home is a dumb idea. Also, fuck having not enough ports, too many dongles, listening to the sound of fans going crazy because you're running Slack, the monitors not waking up etc. Fuck. All. Of. That.
I wanted a desktop computer that can run macOS.
I settled on a Mac Mini 2018.
This is totally not worth the $129 price because it's just a piece of plastic. It didn't even fit the keyboard well so I had to add some small plastic bits to the sides so it fits snuggly. But, keeping the trackpad next to the keyboard was so annoying because I had to move my hands, so I wanted the keyboard and trackpad to be in a laptop-like layout.
The white keyboard and trackpad attract so much dust and debris that I couldn't stand looking down at my desk. I keep this handy gadget always charged so I can vacuum everything on my desk every once in a while.
I used a 3M sticker to stick this hub under my desk, so I can easily insert a USB or an SD card, instead of reaching to the back of the Mac Mini.
I'll be honest: I got this mouse after I started having wrist pain, and I immediately stopped using it when the wrist pain stopped. Now it's gathering dust in my closet, until I get wrist pain again.
I'm working with video editing so I need a lot of storage for my footage etc. I'm also using this disk for regular Time Machine backups.
I got this so I can store a lot of games because I thought I'd keep the Mac Mini as my gaming machine. It's still plugged into my computer but it's literally empty. Silly, silly, Kitze.
27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor
I got this mostly for gaming, but once you get used to the 144 Hz refresh rate, it's very hard to go back to a normal monitor. Even though I have a 4K monitor, I started using this monitor as the main one for work, and the 4K is sitting on the side.
This was my main monitor for a long time until I realized that widescreen monitors are mostly useless. Most of the time I didn't need that much space, and having a bunch of empty space around a centered window is pretty annoying.
I use 2 of these switches to easily share peripherals between my PC and Mac.
I'll explain my streaming setup in a separate post.
I loved using this mouse until the thumb(?!) key started glitching out and it was getting stuck all the time. I'm not the most patient person so I tried to open it with a screwdriver like a savage and I totally:
I'm gonna repeat this mistake so many times in my life until I learn my lesson. One device is not meant to do everything, Kitze. Learn the lesson already. Get different devices for different purposes.
First of all, for the price that I paid for the eGPU setup I could've built a solid PC. Second, even though the Vega 64 is on the list of supported GPUs for macOS, setting this up with Windows 10 and Bootcamp was a nightmare.
But Kitze, why Windows? What about gaming on macOS?
HAHAHA I love your sense of humor, you're funny!
Anyway. I tried so many combinations of cables, drivers, and ways of running it that it drove me crazy. I also had to downgrade Windows and block some updates until I finally found the version that works. When I got it to work, it was mostly fine, but I was expecting the setup to break every time there was a driver or a Windows update. Sometimes the Mac Mini wouldn't wake up, or it would randomly glitch out. Eventually, I got rid of Windows and Bootcamp, decided to build a separate PC, and nowadays I only use the eGPU setup for video editing.
I had 3 Apple laptops so far, and all of them had their fair share of issues. When everyone was jumping on the TouchBar + Butterfly Keyboard hype (kill me if I know why) I was still being stubborn and wanted to keep my 2015 as long as possible. Until Apple said the battery could explode (nice). The Air was a dumb mistake. Hopefully, I'll keep the 2019 Pro for at least 5 years.
After giving up on the MacBook Air, and after Apple finally decided to bring back the Esc key, I decided to get it. I was traveling a lot, doing workshops, etc. so I justified getting a maxed-out version of it. Then COVID-19 slapped me in the face and now this poor beast of a laptop is just gathering dust in a drawer. The specs are way better than the Mac Mini, so I tried to dock it and use it as my main machine, but I gave up after a few weeks. A docked MacBook is just a painful experience. Also, I immediately disabled the dynamic TouchBar and put 5 fixed icons for controlling volume and brightness. What an idiotic idea by the stubborn people at Apple.
I loved this laptop. It had all the ports and physical keys for everything. I was using a maxed-out version of it until they banned it from flights because the battery might expand and explode (?!). My exact model didn't have the issue , but I didn't want to argue with airport security about it and decided to move on.
This is the worst laptop I've ever used in my life. Period. I had to move on from the MacBook Pro 2015" because of the travel ban, but I hated the TouchBar and no-esc laptops so much that I decided to get a maxed-out Air. Worst mistake ever. I like that it's light, small, and all of that, but it's absolutely useless for serious work. Even for browsing, you can notice that it's super sluggish compared to a Pro. I gifted it to my girlfriend, she's super happy with it and says that it's smooth af. That's because she's haven't felt the pain of installing node modules while running Slack on it.
I'm using the Mac Mini for playing guitar, piano, and recording some music, but I'm also using the same audio setup for listening to music, having a meeting, etc.
Professional Studio Boom Arm
Powered 5" Two-Way Studio Monitors
Desk-Mount Headphones Hanger
Microphone Pre-amp Processor. I stopped using this when I got the GoXLR.
The sound is okay, but I still miss the M50x. These headphones look comfy when you look at them online, but you'll be disappointed when you put them on for the first time. One thing that I miss the most from the M50x is the detachable cable. The cable on these headphones gets so tangled all the time so it's a massive PITA to manage it, and unfortunately, it's not detachable. I stopped using these headphones.
Adjustable Monitor Stands. Stopped using them because they cluttered the room.
I was using these headphones for the longest time, and I still think they're the best headphones ever. They started wearing out and they looked like a complete disaster (but they still worked perfectly fine) so I gifted them to my dad so he can restore them and use them for recording music.
Custom Plus GX, Black Cherry
Electro-Acoustic Guitar (Mahogany)
Performance Keyboard Controller
Microphone Stand with Boom Arm
Active DI Box. No idea why I got this.
Modeling Guitar Processor
Universal Sustain Pedal
1" Cardioid Condenser Microphone