Yeah that’s me looking at Reddit lol. I’m day 3 on the 8/128 surface go and so far have used it mainly as a laptop vs a tablet. I’m looking to see if this can replace my MacBook 12inch and 9.7 inch iPad Pro.
So far it’s been pretty good as a laptop. Sure it was laggy during the first few hours during updates but it’s performed pretty well on all the software I use for work which is Office 365 and Chrome.
Today I’ve finally decided to just use this as a tablet laying on the couch. Chrome runs like garbage in tablet mode. However, Edge runs very well. As well as Safari in the iPad except with much more versatility since the Surface Go runs on a fully functional operating system.
Still wish the Go had better hardware though and i would definitely pay more for 16GB RAM and a better CPU on this form factor. Excited to see what Microsoft will announce in October.
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I was always intimidated by 3D printing because in my mind, it sounded complicated, messy and too time consuming. All of my assumptions were WRONG. It was super easy, this took 5 minutes to setup and the printer did all of the work.
Right out of the box you get the 3D Printer, a memory card with the instructions on it along with a CAD file to print a lucky cat, and filament barely enough to create that lucky cat.
The build quality of the unit itself was pretty solid and well constructed. I’s about the size and weight of a blender and takes up about the same amount of space.
Setting up was really easy. However a printed quick start guide would have been nice and I did have to watch a few YouTube videos to make sure I was doing everything correctly.
Setting up the software was also easy. I just downloaded CURA for my Mac, added the MonoPrice printer and boom, I was set to go. Loading the filament didn’t take too much work and I was ready to print! All I had to do was pop in the memory card with the CAD file, preheated the filament and then hit print and it started.
The process of printing a 3D Lucky Cat took about 2.5 hours, which I did a time lapse on. After printing the cat, I was almost out of the the filament it came with so definitely pick some up if you intend to create more than that.
Again, this is my first 3D printer ever and the first time 3D printing anything so I can’t really compare it to anything else. But at the price point that this is at, and how easy it was!
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I have a cat, live in Austin where it gets humid and the pollen is just horrible especially in the spring. And yes I am highly allergic to all of those things so I tried a bunch of allergy medication like Flonase, Allegra, etc. I’ve also tried different air filters and they are either really loud, ineffective, look like something out of the 70s or all of the above. Honestly, I don’t really care how it looks as long as it works.
I did my research and it came down to a few filters. One being the Honeywell HPA200 Air Purifier and the Oregon Scientific Air Purifier. Both are really good and they actually work. I however decided to go for the Oregon Scientific Air Purifier because it looked a lot sleeker, and most importantly the HEPA and Carbon Filters were cheaper to replace. Air quality in my house is a lot better, no one can really smell the cat, and my allergies have really improved. The unit also runs really quiet and doesn’t sound like a jet engine so it’s not annoying.
Amazon Prime Day deals just keep coming and coming which about a day left to wrap up their huge annual sale. A few of the things that I personally picked up included the iRobot Roomba 671 Vacuum for $229.99 which is great for pet hair (I’m a cat owner) and I needed to replace my old 500 series Roomba that’s about 6 years old! The Roomba 671 features:
I also picked up a Vitamix Explorian Blender for $189, which is now sold out!
If you need a really good Android Smart Phone without breaking the bank, pick up the Essential Phone right NOW before this runs out. Phone currently goes for $499, but is now only $249 for Prime Day! The Essential Phone features:
Kicking off Prime Day, Amazon has put on heavy discounts on their Fire TV devices. All of these included a remote and is a great travel companion when you don’t want to watch the garbage they have in the hotel rooms or when you’re staying at places that don’t have a Smart TV and you need your fix of Stranger Things and Arrested Development. Visiting your in-laws or grandma won’t be so bad after all!
All the Fire TV devices come with a remote so you can still sit on your lazy ass and enjoy your Netflix, Hulu, and Prime TV!
When I got my first 4K TV (a really nice LG display), I thought I would be able to deal with the built in speakers. I was too lazy to setup a true surround sound system and more importantly, couldn’t really afford it. The sound coming from the TV’s built in speakers were garbage. It was hard to hear any of the dialogue and a lot of the sound was muffled mainly because the built in speakers projected downward due to the thin build of the TV.
Then I discovered the sound bars. They are a practical, low cost solution in getting great sound without needing to break the bank. The TaoTronics Sound Bar is an example for getting really good 2.0 stereo sound for $70 and it doesn’t require any drilling, mounting, and takes up very little space. Here’s what it features:
Don’t want to spend $6699 on an “underpowered” MacBook Pro 2018 and want to ascend to the PC Master Race? You can put that money to good use by buying a kickass Nvidia EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition graphics card and build your own desktop for a lot less money. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the best way to experience all your games such as Far Cry, Skyrim, PUBG, Overwatch, Rocket League, Battle Front, Dark Souls, and your Oculus VR games at maxed out settings. The Nvidia EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition features:
Seriously, if all you do is play Fortnite, you don’t need that kind of power. Stick with the Switch or a Mac! I’m kidding. Sort of.
Pick up the Nvidia EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition!
In case you missed it, the moment all Mac and Finalcut Pro fanboys and fan girls have been waiting for… Apple has released a spec bumped upgrade to their MacBook Pro 13 and 15 inch with Touch Bar. The biggest changes are:
The videocard is still the AMD Radeon 560 and display resolution is 2560×1600 native at 277ppi so if you are looking for better graphics performance, it’s the same as last years. If you max out the specs, you’ll be paying whopping $6699 plus tax. Majority of that cost is $3200 to add on the 4TB of SSD!
With the new MacBook Pro release, Blackmagic has also released their eGPU powered by the (non removable) AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of DDR5 RAM for $699. Keep in mind that any Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pros running high Sierra is needed to support an eGPU which includes the Razer Core.