November 2020: A Review of my Tech Hardware

2020/11/21

Categories: hardware

Here’s a review of all the tech hardware I currently own.

Main Computer

This computer is my main gaming rig. I only play Steam games on Linux (the list of games I play is available on my Steam profile).

My linux distribution of choice is Archlinux. I use it with the i3wm window manager (my config files are available on github).

The Silverstone SG13 case is one of the most compact case allowing the use of a normal sized (ATX) power supply. It’s also quite portable as it can easily fit in a big backpack.

Peripherals

I also own a OLKB Preonic with Halo Clear switches, but I find the XD75 more practical. The keyboard layouts I use are available on my fork of the QMK firmare.

Laptops

My main laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad X200s. While not very powerful by today’s standards, it is still perfectly usable with a lightweight linux distribution. It is also very compact, equipped with an excellent keyboard, quiet, and it also doesn’t overheat as well as having a 8-hour battery life.

The X220 is more powerful and has a way better screen, but it has overheating issues and a worse battery life. I use those two laptops with the same software configuration as my main computer (archlinux + i3wm).

The Lenovo Thinkpad laptops are robust, reliable and heavily available on the used market. They are also easily repairable as parts for them are easy to find. I own other Thinkpads (X61s and T430s), but I only use them occasionnally.

Network / Hosting

The Chuwi Herobox is a passive mini PC (without a fan). I use it to manage my self-hosted installation with Proxmox (docker-compose + traefik, nextcloud, airsonic, sonarr/radarr/lidarr, jellyfin, dokuwiki, freshrss, Wireguard VPN, secondary Pi-hole, etc.).

The entire system (router, rpi, server + storage) only use 20W of power.

Mobile phones

I exclusively use on my main phone apps available on the alternative store F-Droid (except Signal, downloaded on the official Signal website). I mainly use this phone to communicate (SMS, Signal, K-9 Mail), browsing the internet (Fennec F-Droid, Slide for Reddit) and listening to music (I access my airsonic server with DSub and my Wireguard VPN).

My secondary phone has Gapps with the Play Store on it in order to use some proprietary communication apps such as Google Meets or Slack.

One of the big advantages of the Sony Xperia Compact line is their size: they are some of the most compact phones available ever.

Other

You can see some of my photos here.

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