gadgets I love, software I use, and other things I recommend.
I'm a big believer that we should invest in good tools to make our daily work more enjoyable and also improve our quality of life.
14" MacBook Pro, M1, 32GB RAM (2021)
This beast of a machine has everything I ever wanted in a MacBook: jet engines don't turn on, longer battery life, better keyboard, mag safe charging cable, physical escape key, and the left and right arrow keys are not stretched in height.
GMMK Pro 75% Keyboard
Got this when I was exploring the mechanical keyboard hobby during the pandemic. It's a great entry point into the hobby. It's rocking Apalca V2 linear switches and Geekark BoW PBT keycaps with light blue accents.
Apple Magic Trackpad
My workflow consists of using gestures a lot. This is basically extending the MacBook's world class trackpad into my stationary setup. Let's be honest, there's no other trackpads that can compare.
Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse
My 2S was going strong for almost 5 years. My biggest complaint with the 2S was that the clicks were too loud. The 3S has 90% less click noise. Like the trackpad, I also created custom gestures/shortcuts for my workflow. This mouse is a huge productivity booster. It's a big W in my books.
Apple AirPods Pro (2st Gen)
One of my favourite gadgets. Extremely comfortable and the active noise cancellation is a must. Seamlessly switches between my iPhone and my MacBook as well. Replaced my 1st gen AirPods Pro because I wanted the better noise cancellation and volume controls.
Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Headphones
Replaced my Bose QC 35 II after 5 years. This was a great upgrade with better active noise cancellation. It's extremely comfortable and an essential for long sessions and long-haul flights.
Dual LG 27” 4K Monitor
Decent monitors that I have no complaints about. My MacBook drives both displays with no framerate issues.
Fully's Jarvis Dual Monitor Arm
I enjoy the flexibility and adjustability this monitor arm has compared to a static monitor arm. If you're rocking a dual monitor setup, get yourself a dual monitor arm to save desk space.
Fully's Jarvis Standing Desk
With my move to the US, I didn't want to buy another Ikea desk setup and I wanted to invest in my space that I will spend the majority of my time. This is a great quality standing desk with a 1-button click to change the height. I have no complaints and a lot of people have complimented my setup.
Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair
This is the chair I have yet to with me to the US. It's a comfortable chair and hold it's value over time. I'm temporarily using a random Costco office chair from my girlfriend.
Roller Blade Wheels for Office Chair
Highly, highly recommended must buy, if you're using your office chair on a hard surface. You will not regret it. If you have an Ikea office chair, get 10mm ones, otherwise get 11mm.
BenQ ScreenBar Monitor Light
Gives me much more flexability and usability with my space because it makes my eyes feel less strained. It also doubles as a good reading lamp because it removes the shadow of my head from the room light on my book.
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Visual Studio Code
My editor of choice. Very lightweight and extremely customizable and extensible for my dev process.
This is the new terminal on the block. I'm enjoying how it feels like a code editor than a traditional terminal. It has cool features like searching for commands/workflows and copying terminal input/outputs.
For API development, Insomnia is very lightweight and the UX is intuitive.
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It's 2022, you NEED a password manager. I have 450+ items in my private vault and this is arguably the BIGGEST improvement to my quality of life. I don't need to worry about obscure accounts I made 5+ years ago and try every password variation I've created just to find out I've hit the retry limit and if I fail one last time, my account is deleted. I can also safely share passwords with my girlfriend. She's happy, I'm happy, we're all happy. Well worth the money.
Window management has been neglected for far too long for Mac users. Rectangle lets you snap windows like on Windows. You can full screen the current window with a keyboard shortcut.
Better screenshots and screen recording. You can annotate, censor information, and perform scrolling screenshots. For teams, you can also immediately share a link to the image.
My all-in-one knowledge base for projects and personal life.
My email application of choice. IMO it has better UI and multi-email management.
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