Here’s a review of all the tech hardware I currently own.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
- Watercooling AIO: Corsair H60 2019
- Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX_ac
- RAM: 2x8 Go G.Skill RipJaws 5 3200MHz CL16
- GPU: AMD Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ 8Gb
- Power Supply: Corsair HX 620W (bought in 2010)
- Case: Silverstone SG13
- Storage: SSD Samsung 970 Evo NVMe 500 Go + 3 hard drives (2 Tb, 500 Gb and 500 Gb)
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.
- Screen 1: LG 24MP68 (IPS, 24", 1080p)
- Screen 2: Iiyama E2473HS-B1 (TN, 24", 1080p)
- Keyboard: Ortholinear Mechanical Keyboard XD75 (Outemu Purple switches)
- Mouse: Ajazz AJ390
- DAC: FX-Audio Dac-X6
- Headphones: Sennheiser HD6XX
- Speakers: Logitech Z313
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.
- Lenovo Thinkpad X200s (Core 2 Duo L9400, TN 1280x800 screen, released in 2008)
- Lenovo Thinkpad X220 (Core i7 2640M, IPS 1366x768 screen, released in 2011)
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
- Router: Gl.iNet AR750S (OpenWrt Mainline)
- Server 1: Chuwi Herobox (Celeron N4100, 8 Gb RAM, Proxmox)
- Server 2: Raspberry Pi Model B 512 Mb (Raspbian + Pi-hole)
- Storage: 4 external hard drives for a total of 10 Tb
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.
- Main: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (Lineage OS 17.1, without Gapps, released on 2014)
- Secondary: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Lineage OS 17.1, with Gapps, released on 2014)
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.
- Mirrorless Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk1 (14-42mm + telephoto 40-150mm)
- E-book reader: Vivlio Touch Lux 4
You can see some of my photos here.
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