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My first iPad

In 2019 September, I bought my first ever iPad: the iPad Pro 11″ 2018. I remember how excited I felt when I finally got it. The reason why this took 8 years since the launch of the first iPad for me to get one was for two simple reasons.

  1. I was poorer back then
  2. iPad was still using iOS and the software was limited

The moment that they announced iPadOS, it really piqued my interest that I can potentially have a small portable tablet that can act as a laptop replacement. The “meh” part about this is that the cost of the iPad is pretty much the same as a laptop; but at least I get to experience an entire different class of computing device.

You might be looking at the date of this post and think, what took you 1.5 years to write about this tablet that has already been outdated by the latest 2020 iPad lineup? I was taking my time to evaluate the things that I do on it, and how those activities change over time. It’s absolutely not because I procrastinated and forgot to write about it.

Leisure 📺

If I had to choose the one thing that the iPad does well, it would be leisure and content consumption. My desktop setup consist of a 32″ 4K Curved Monitor with Logitech Z623 (THX) Speakers, yet I absolutely love watching Netflix on my iPad. Consuming media on the iPad provides a really satisfying experience, and it’s an experience that I can bring with me on my commute.

At the beginning I felt like I was standing out like a sore thumb for being “that guy” who watches shows on a tablet on the train/bus. But after a couple of months, I completely internalized that people really care a lot less about you than you think (the spotlight effect) and just focus on finding a comfortable position for my journey and not watching any questionable content (p.s. please don’t watch Redo Healer in public).

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Review: Filco Majestouch Ninja TKL

TLDR; this is my favourite mechanical keyboard of all time.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

The love story began roughly 3 years ago. At this point I’ve had experience with 3 different mechanical keyboards (all Cooler Masters) and have a pretty good idea what I am looking for next. It needed to be a no-frills keyboard aimed purely for typing. I did not care for any “gaming” features or RGB, I want it to be built like a tank.

Enter the Filco Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless (cherry mx brown switches)

filco majestouch ninja tkl

It may not be the “best” or the most premium keyboard out there, but I have not regretted a single moment with it. This keyboard does not have lights, or macros, gaming features, or any multimedia key to speak of. What it has, is quality, starting with a solid construction, followed by tight keycaps that give little to no wobble at all. This keyboard is build like a tank and there is no flex to speak of. However I do listen to a lot of music, and the lack of multimedia keys that can be controlled by the fn key bothers me. The workaround is to use an autohotkey script to bind some keys for multimedia, this is the only reason why this keyboard didn’t get a 5/5 rating from me.

The reason why I like it so much is really the consistency, it feels like no matter what I throw at it, it will always continue to function the same as it did on the first day that I got it. I have tried a few more keyboards since, some of which subjectively felt better for me, but this has always held a special place in my heart.

After using it daily for 2-3 years, it has held up to my vigorous typing. The keys have started to wear out and shine a little, but overall, it is still going strong. However, the inner geek in me decided that it is time to finally give it a new life by switching it out with custom keycaps.

These double shot PBT keycaps feels amazing to the touch and it gives it a more premium feeling compared to normal ABS keycaps. I’ve also modded it by adding a dampening pad below the PCB to dampen the sound of the keys hitting the board. This brings downs the pitch of the keys, making it sound more muted and “solid”. I really like this simple mod as it changes the characteristic of the keyboard. I’ve decided to add the dampener because my Leopold keyboard comes with it, and I’ve been hooked to how it feels ever since.

In summary, this is a high quality mechanical keyboard that does only one thing, but it does it extremely well: type. If your usage consists mainly of typing and not gaming, I would whole heartedly recommend Filco keyboards. Their quality has really withstood the test of time and it is why it is pricier than those gaming RGB keyboards that has many gamer functions.