New keyboard in the form of a 6Gv2 SteelSeries using black switches
Coming from having used a rubber switch keyboard for a long time this was a very pleasant change.
I wonder, is that because you went from a membrane to a mechanical keyboard or was it specifically the Steelseries 6Gv2? If yes, then what makes it stand out according to you?
What is this? Stuff wrapped in plastic?!
I've got my case bits back from their powdercoating session!
It all looks very lovely, you can check out the rest of the pictures I quickly snapped here!
I think I'm still going to paint the exterior surfaces with a white HS colour for a nicer finish though My package of acrylic tubing should hopefully arrive by friday so I can have plenty of time to play with them this weekend.
Awesome! So wait, is this a new computer or are you redoing the case that you had from before?
Soooo... I got sick of having just one monitor. I knew I should have upgraded to the one that was VESA... but I loved the AH-IPS the ASUS MX239H has and the color is calibrated about as perfect as you can calibrate it, I think? It was only $200 for an A+ grade AH-IPS 1080p panel... I'm happy with that.
I must say though, my 5 year old Gateway 1680x1050 LCD monitor has better color reproduction than my 1 year old Acer S211HL... >_> See for yourself! (This was the best I could do to get this all to fit and work. The Gateway (Mr. Far to the Left) will just be like media player-type stuff.
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It's a snifter which is typically used for brandy/cognac. Whiskey doesn't 'officially' have a glass the way champaign has flutes/coupes, white/red wine have their stemware, and basic mixed drinks come in highball glasses. Traditionally whiskeys are served in a short glass with water on the side if it's close to cask strength, but one distiller has tried to invent a "scotch glass". I have a couple but rarely use them because they don't seem to improve the experience of drinking a scotch, I've also never seen one used at a proper scotch bar (though I have seen them at tasting events). The look sort of like a shortened highball glass but they're flared at the base slightly.
"Used for brandy and cognac, these wide-bowled and stemmed glasses with their tapered mouths are perfect for capturing the aromas of strong ales. Volumes range, but they all provide room to swirl and agitate volatiles.
Benefits: Captures and enhances volatiles. " from http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/101/glassware/
I don't see how a slightly messy desk makes someone a redneck...
Probably a combination of both. While going from a membrane keyboard to this one certainly helped its also quite sturdy built without any macro buttons that i have no use for just taking up space.I wonder, is that because you went from a membrane to a mechanical keyboard or was it specifically the Steelseries 6Gv2? If yes, then what makes it stand out according to you?
Decided to pick up a new laptop a few days ago. First laptop I've personally owned, always used my parents whenever I've needed to 'go mobile' (which is very rare).
Spec - PC Specialist Optimus V 15.6" (OEM Clevo W355ST)
CPU: Intel Core i7-4700MQ
RAM: 1x8GB 1600Mhz
GPU: On-chip Intel + GTX765M (Optimus support - autoswitch to Intel for general usage)
Drive: 1TB 5400RPM HDD - installed 1 of my 120GB Force 3's into the second bay, and replacing the optical drive with another 120GB Force 3 tomorrow
OS: Windows 8.1
Resolution/Screen: 1920x1080 60Hz Matte 15.6"
It's fairly standard in the mid-high range area as you can imagine. I'm totally stoked it can push 60 FPS in WoW at medium settings (though I've NOT yet tried out LFR or such, so I'd expect it 35 FPS at most). It struggles with SC2 even at low, especially when more units are brought in, but I figure that's because it was vs lots of AI. It manages BF4 at Medium preset with 45FPS which I think is pretty damn amazing. There seems to be more actual lag in-game, but this might be down to the wireless card (it's not FPS drops but evident network lag of some sort).
The sound quality from the onboard speakers is decent. It doesn't have bass, but it's got pretty sweet mid and high replication, and the volume is loud.
The GPU button in the top-left is a nice addition if a little confusing. Orange LED = Optimus auto control, Green LED = Only use Intel GPU. I understand it now - Green = Green Energy, but initially I saw Green as being 'NVIDIA' or simply 'Enabled' in the sense of using the more powerful GPU.
The keyboard being backlit is just fantastic for me. I'm a night-time person, so being able to see the keys in low light situations is good. It's also extremely nice to type on as far as laptop keyboards go. I've used some pretty awful laptops in the past (primarily the parents, but also used various ones my brother has bought over the years) but this one is just nice to type on.
Also, barring high usage and gaming, the system is damn near silent. If I take out the mech. drive, it can't be heard from more than a few inches away (i.e. ear right up to the fan vent).
I'm intending to use this primarily for development but also for work (which incidentally will be development in the near future). I'm growing tired of being 'stuck' in my room for coding, browsing, and light gaming. Sure the desktop was built for all that, and the monitor setup is more optimal for design work and the components are better for gaming, but for normal PHP coding, 1080p is more than enough for Aptana.
As with any laptop though, most of the advantages are that I can spend more time with family and take my projects with me.
Touchpad frustration! By default, the touchpad is frustrating to use. Windows 8/8.1 and it's 'touchpad gestures' meant I was constantly opening the charms bar by just swiping from the right side of the touchpad. Uninstalling the Synaptics driver and software fixed that, but it meant I couldn't disable the 'tap to click' option, which is a pet peeve of mine. After a few hours searching, I found a registry fix that allowed me to have Synaptics installed but disable the gestures, so no more problems. Touchpad is still a frustrating experience, but that's no problem as I'll be using a normal mouse whenever possible.
Fan max out. Let me be straight with you guys - the BIOS on these OEM laptops is VERY limited. There's no clocking options, nor any fan control options. Every now and again, the fan would seem to ramp up to max speed for no apparent reason, even at idle usage with the NV GPU disabled/Optimus enabled, and CPU temps in the mid 40's. This seemed to happen of it's own accord and the only way to 'fix' it was the completely power off the machine. I thought I'd found a fix ([FN] +  combo) but this doesn't appear to be the case. That key combo allows manual fan toggle but the fan still seems to max out for no apparent reason sometimes. I'd absolutely love to know if someone knows of a fix for this!
I've no real plans for upgrades other than adding a large SSD or 2 in place of the current drives. It doesn't make much noise as is, but I'd like to eliminate the mechanical drive anyway. Performance on it suffers a lot, but I do need a large amount of space for the sort of games I'd like to play on it and all the various dev tools I need installed. I might also see if I can upgrade the wireless - it's currently a 135-N Centrino. If I could replace that with something faster, that'd be fantastic. Failing that, I can always buy a USB option. If I find need for it, I'll also add another 8GB of RAM, but I don't expect that to be a concern.
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So we don't get called out for being off topic: here's my desk.
You can see a controller on the right, so it's clearly my gaming setup.
But there's a something in the bottom left corner...Enhance!
The glass on the left is what you'd drink brandy out of (cognac being a type of brandy, sort of like how champagne is a wine, and scotch is a whisky, it gets a special name based on where it's made). Ordinarily you'd warm a snifter with hot water from the kettle, select your liquor, then dump the water out and pour your drink. The water warms the glass which in turn causes the liquid to evaporate and making it easier to pick out flavors when you drink. The shape of the glass holds in the alcohol / water vapour which carry aromatics making them easier to smell--smell being about 90% of taste. You'll also see people drinking the glass by "cupping" the bottom of the glass with their hands rather than holding it like a champagne flute. The reason you'd do that is so that your hand keeps the liquid warmer and helps it to evaporate - again improving and intensifying the flavour.
Bonus round: if you pour a glass of brandy then lay the snifter on it's side the liquid should be right to the edge without spilling. Their design makes it easy to know if you're being ripped off (given that even something mid-tier like Remy XO sells for ~$15-20 in a bar, and a higher end drink like Hennessy Paradis will be about ~$150 per glass, that's a useful feature).
The glass on the right is called a 'lowball' or 'old fashioned' glass and is what you'd typically drink whisky, bourbon, etc. from. I've had scotch at maybe 2 or 3 dozen upscale bars around the world and it's always served in that style glass. A few companies have tried to make "whisky glasses" over the years but Glencairn is the only one to get any type real traction among scotch snobs. You see it at tasting events -- though you'll get all sorts of crazy glasses at those -- and rarely anywhere else. The only time I can recall receiving scotch in a snifter is at a hotel bar, the Fairmont chain is bad for that; which is a bit of a personal shame. It's not unheard of but at least in Western Europe, Canada, and Southern and East Coast USA it would be unusual to receive receive whisky in anything else unless it was a chain restaurant where the staff just doesn't know any better (the kind of place that serves whisky with ice in the glass)
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I'm tempted to get a Colorimeter and spectrophotometers are too expensive. You should've look into U2414H, the MX239 I believe isn't bad, but I can't remember off the top of my head.
In the end, software calibration > hardware. Mainly cause finer tweaking. (Provided there isn't hardware LUT).
windows 8 compounds this, but you can disable some of the touchscreen gestures in the registry
of all the laptop's i've used, the only ones with that have good touchpads are macbooks
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Looks quite neat though. My desk and setup is generally a little more messy from everyday use.
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