The "New Toys" Thread

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Made my first computer component purchase since middle school that isn't a harddrive. Bought a 2nd 8gb RAM module for my laptop so that I can play RDR2.

My laptop can already handle GTA V maxed out, and I think this one upgrade will be what I need to be able to play RDR2 with fairly high settings.
Annnddd it doesn't work. Ordered an identical RAM module that came in my laptop originally, was delivered today with no packaging save for an unmarked anti-static bag. Popped it into my laptop and nothing. Took it out and laptop worked fine. Swapped it with the module that was in there and nothing. Swapped them back and it worked fine. So guessing I got a faulty module. Sending it back and getting a branded matched pair of 8gb sticks.
 
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Replaced the top one with the bottom one.

The old Radeon 7970 served me well for a good few years, but just wasn't quite up to the task anymore. The lack of hardware x265 decoding and upgrading to a 4K monitor several months ago had me itching to upgrade for a while. Historically I've always gone ATI/AMD for my video cards, but the ongoing problems with AMD drivers being (extremely) buggy with a few older games I still play a lot (as well as with plenty of newer games) cemented the decision to switch to the other team. The driver situation really has become intolerable.

The new one is an RTX 2070 Super, just a Windforce model, no built-in overclocking or anything. Haven't tried too many different games with it yet, but the difference in Horizon 4 between the two cards is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
 

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iPad Pro 2020. Base storage (128 GB these days) and LTE because i actually use this thing on the go and tethering is annoying even if apple does make it seamless.

Expensive, but it’s a properly nice bit of kit. And as always with Apple stuff, there’s the mildly insane resale value. I financed part of this by selling my 2018 10.5” Pro. Got almost half the original purchase price back after two years.

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I've been using Makita's plastic Makpac boxes to organize my ever growing collection of 18V tools.

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They're stackable and can be latched together for easy carrying, but they're built from brittle plastic and I broke the hinge on one of them today so I would have had to shell out €30 for a replacement. There's also the pesky problem of them taking up the entire trunk of my car.

Spent €44 on one of these instead and it seems to be able to fit all my tools with a lot less wasted space.

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The longest side is about 70cm and it comes with a pair of wheels and a retractable handle so it can be wheeled like a carry-on suitcase. Awesome stuff.
 
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iPad Pro 2020. Base storage (128 GB these days) and LTE because i actually use this thing on the go and tethering is annoying even if apple does make it seamless.

Expensive, but it’s a properly nice bit of kit. And as always with Apple stuff, there’s the mildly insane resale value. I financed part of this by selling my 2018 10.5” Pro. Got almost half the original purchase price back after two years.
Very nice! I'm considering the same thing for myself, but I will go for more storage as it will have to replace my laptop (2010 13" MacBook Air with 256 GB). But I'm still waiting, as my laptop refuses to die.

The Covid-19 and home office situation meant that I had to buy some new equipment to make that work out. I bought a new keyboard and mouse. I went for the Logitech MX Keys and the Logitech MX Master 3 mouse. I love the comfortable keys, on that keyboard and the ergonomics of that mouse and how easy it is to switch devices between my desktop PC and my work laptop.
 

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I don't store things on my ipad, so 128GB will do fine, just like 64GB did on my previous iPad. It's just a satellite device for me.

I would have gone for 128GB even if they hadn't bumped the base storage though, just in case, because I plan on using this a bit more as an actual portable computer. I just need to get that keyboard. But I don't need a terabyte like I have on my Mac.
 

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I don't store things on my ipad, so 128GB will do fine, just like 64GB did on my previous iPad. It's just a satellite device for me.

I would have gone for 128GB even if they hadn't bumped the base storage though, just in case, because I plan on using this a bit more as an actual portable computer. I just need to get that keyboard. But I don't need a terabyte like I have on my Mac.
Until my iPad Mini (1st gen) went obsolete and slow, I stored my entire photo library on it, and that is mostly with photos shot with proper cameras, so big files. That library totals more than 50GB now. I frequently used it to show photos.

That new keyboard case for the iPad Pro looks very nice, it's just that it's very expensive, costs almost as much as a base iPad.
 

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I’m going to buy a keyboard case but I haven’t decided which one yet. The heavy and thick one with the touchpad and proper keyboard, or the cheaper and slimmer one with the fabric keys.
 

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I’m going to buy a keyboard case but I haven’t decided which one yet. The heavy and thick one with the touchpad and proper keyboard, or the cheaper and slimmer one with the fabric keys.
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By which I mean, buy the Brydge.
 

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By which I mean, buy the Brydge.
No, i’m going with either of the Apple ones. I’m guessing the Brydge is Bluetooth? I don’t want that when there’s a hardwired alternative.

I also actually like typing on the fabric keyboard, and it’ll obviously be a lot more resistant to dirt and crud.
 

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Just had a new 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD delivered, a picture just in case you didn't know what one looked like. :razz:

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Bought to replace the rather rubbish Kingston 250GB in my server as I've been disappointed with the performance. Should help boot times because it has been quite worryingly slow at times. It brings my total Samsung SSD count to six.

Edit: Moved the Kingston SSD to a USB 3 enclosure and it's still crap.
 
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Let me know how you get on with it, I saw the video and was very tempted but already have a Makita impact driver and the bigger version of that impact wrench.

Still tempted by the cheap electric ratchets they sell that use 12V Bosch/Dremel batteries, don't have one of those.
So, I finally got to properly test it, for changing tires. It undid my lug nuts just fine, but not my dad’s. The difference here that he gives ’er every single ugga dugga dug his air impact can deliver, while I typically dial it back a notch when I do mine. No, we don’t beleive in torque wrenches. :D

Electric definitely has the upper hand when it comes to treading the lugs back on. To borrow one of AvE’s words, the ”carefuling” mode on the fakita electric is a lot more gentle than any air gun I’ve ever used. You can start the thread using the fakita without risking cross-threading. When using an air gun I usually take the socket off and use it to start every lug by hand before I give it the ugga-dugs.
 

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Typing this on my iPad Pro with the ”cheap” keyboard case that finally arrived last week.

Not the fancy and really expensive Magic Keyboard Folio everyone’s swooning over and giving top marks in reviews. ”The keys are made from fabric” sounds insane but you really need to try it - I actually like typing on this. Scissor switches they are not, but it’s possible to type fast and accurately and it doesn’t add much bulk. It’s also completely sealed from dust and dirt and I have a feeling it won’t care much if I spill coffee on it either. If I was trying to replace my actual MacBook Pro with an iOS setup, the big iPad with the Magic Keyboard Folio would be awesome.
 

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My laptop got a tan! :eek:

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That's a late 2008 15" MacBook Pro on the left and a 2019 16" MBP on the right.

The former will continue to be used because I like Civ 3 Complete and that is from 2001. It's been a lot of fun tinkering with that computer over the years, but the hinge broke a few months ago and that was the final drop in the bucket.

The latter will hopefully last over a decade, too, just like its predecessor... or should I say ancestor?
 
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Wait... You didn't buy one of the butterfly keyboard MacBooks, right? Because just as of this Monday, Apple killed the last MacBook that used the butterfly keyboard, and that type of keyboard was notorious for its reliability issues.
 

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Oh, I wrote my post just after he posted (just didn't hit post because I was multitasking), and in his initial post he just put the pictures of the laptops, without any specs. Now that I reloaded the page, I can see he edited his initial post.
 

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Oh, I wrote my post just after he posted (just didn't hit post because I was multitasking), and in his initial post he just put the pictures of the laptops, without any specs. Now that I reloaded the page, I can see he edited his initial post.
:angel: Yeah, I made a few edits, mostly because I had taken the photos on my phone and uploaded them before adding text on the laptop.

And yes, I like this keyboard a lot more than what the spousal unit has on her laptop.
 

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Wanted a VR headset for a long while, wasn't sure which one to get and when. But after looking around for a while, eventually settled on the Oculus Quest. Reasons:

- Standalone play capability + PC-based VR in one unit (via Oculus Link)
- Good resolution, better than the Rift S and the same as the Valve Index
- No beacon installation required, inside-out tracking
- Relatively affordable.

Took some time to find one in stock at a reliable retailer, but eventually one showed up, and I got it. Now that a couple days have passed, I'm happy to report: complete success.

- Standalone play is awesome, it boots up really quick and works well. Beat Saber, Superhot and other "simpler" games run great and are a heap of fun.

- PC-based VR is even better than I expected: it doesn't need the Link cable! In fact the Link system is a bit crap using a third-party USB-C cable, and the original cable is both overpriced and not available. But there's a 20€ app called Virtual Desktop that allows wireless VR streaming from the PC, complete with SteamVR game support including controllers, using WiFi-5G. I didn't expect much from this, but was completely blown away by how well it works. Played several hours of Elite: Dangerous and Tabletop Simulator so far - there doesn't seem to be any noticable latency, picture quality is great, and it just works as if this was the way it's always been designed. Will be definitely getting HL:Alyx next, probably come weekend.

- Inside-out tracking works just as well as beacon-based tracking on the HTC Vive that I've played a bunch at a friend's place. Even when moving the controllers behind my back they are still tracked correctly for a while, the IMUs in the controllers seem to be doing the bulk of the work necessary there. Having four cameras in the headset also allows for a "passthrough" mode, and in contrast to the Vive it's full stereo and has a wide FoV, allowing one to actually walk around unimpeded and do stuff IRL without taking the headset off - which has come in handy much more than I expected.

- The only downside is the resolution. It's better than the earlier Rift developer kit headsets and the Vive that I've tried before, but still far from "really good". For simpler games, especially room-scale stuff where things are large and happening close to you it's absolutely fine. But in games like Elite: Dangerous with cockpit displays in the spacecraft you do notice the text bluriness, and sometimes you even have to lean in to a display a bit to read it properly, and far-away ships and space stations are hard to discern any detail on until you get very close indeed. However, it's definitely within the "good enough" zone even for that, and after getting into a couple dogfights in a dense asteroid field you completely forget about any bluriness or other issues :)

All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase, and am pretty sure the thing will see regular use with a whole bunch of games for me. And can definitely recommend one to anyone looking to get into VR.
 
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