Loof Likes Hardware

This is an ever changing list of gadgets, hardware, services, software and whatever that use on a regular basis. Last updated: 04/06/2017

Computers

Michelangelo – Custom PC – Serves as a media PC for my home theatre and a home server.  Specs: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz, ASUS P8P67 PRO, 8GB DDR3, Radeon HD 6870, Corsair 120GB SSD, 2TB SATA HD, LIAN LI PC-C33B. Windows 10 Pro

Logitech K810 Bluetooth Keyboard – Small, attractive looking bluetooth keyboard  with backlit keys.

Logitech MX Air Mouse – Can be waved around like a wiimote to control your PC, which is great for a media PC. Not so great for gaming due to the lack of a real scroll wheel but I have a backup Logitech G700s for that. It’s been discontinued for a few year which is a shame.

LeonardoMicrosoft Surface Pro 3 – Laptop/Tablet. The bigger screen and new kickstand is worlds better than the original Surface Pro. I can’t recommend the surface line enough.  Specs: Intel Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz , 4GB RAM, Intel HD4400, 256GB SSD, 64 GB microSD. Windows 10 Pro

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 – Super-portable wireless & bluetooth mouse that support switching between three different computers. I use this with my work PCs and the Surface.  I lost my original and didn’t hesitate to buy a replacement. 

DonatelloHP EliteDesk G1 800 – Business class SFF desktop I bought to replace my much loved Dell Zino.   Specs: Intel Core i7-4790S 3.2GHz, Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2x8G) DDR3, ATI Radeon HD 7650A,  Crucial MX200 mSATA 500GB SSD. Windows 10 Pro

23.8″ Dell U2414H HD Monitor – Displays pretty pictures and raises and lowers.

Logitech M720 Triathalon Mouse – Larger version of the MX anywhere. Supports switching between three computers. 

Logitech K360 keyboard – Smallest keyboard I could find with a full number pad. Not amazing for gaming but great for general use.

Quirky Spacebar POP Monitor Stand – A neat little stand that has 6 USB ports built-in (4x USB 3.0 and 2x Charging) 

Mobile Devices

Motorola X Pure – A solid phone, it initially felt a larger than I would have liked but I’ve grown used to it. I like the near stock experience and being able to wave at my phone to turn on the display. I dislike the lack of updates in 2017 and lack of support from case manufactures. 

Apple iPod Shuffle – Small mp3 player mainly used for running. It works pretty well but I often find  the battery has died when I want to use it. 

Gaming

Nintendo Wii U – My absolute favorite console right now. Bought it for Mario Kart and it totally surprised me at how much fun it was to play. Zelda BofW is definitely one of my top 5 games ever. 
Recommended games: Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros. Wii U, Pikmin 3, Bayonnetta 2, & The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Microsoft XBox One w/ Kinect – I bough the launch edition because I was hoping to sell it for mad money, instead I kept it.
Recommended game(s): Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Overcooked, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Tomb Raider:, Rock Band 4, Dance Central Spotlight,  & Life is Strange, & Rocket League.

Sony Playstation 4 – I bought this when I was drunk to play Borderlands the Pre-Sequel with people.  I’ve enjoyed it but I really don’t need it. 
Recommended games: Borderlands: Handsome Jack Collection , Rocket League, & Last of Us.

Microsoft XBox 360 w/ Kinect – My former main gaming machine.
Recommended games: Rock Band, Halo: Reach, Batman Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, Castle Crashers, Portal 2.

Nintendo 3DS– Portable gaming IN THREE DIMENSIONS. I don’t use this as much as I once did but it’s still fun. 
Recommended 3DS games: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Mario Kart 7,
Recommeded DSi games: New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart DS, Scribblenauts, Tetris DS, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon SoulSilver, Geometry Wars Galaxies

A/V

BenQ HT1075 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector – 

Denon X2000 – The hub of all things A/V, menus are difficult to get used to but packs a ton of features. The network features are cool but I wish they were better implemented.

Samsung 60″ 1080p 120hz LCD (LN60C630K1F) – Big, and beautiful but I don’t use most of the built in features.

Polk Audio RTi A3, Polk Audio OWM3 On-Wall Speaker, CSI A6 – Front, Surround and Center speakers for the home theatre system

Klipsch RW12D 12-inch Reference Subwoofer – Goes boom boom boom.

Elite Screens Tripod Pro, 99-inch, Portable Projector Screen (T99UWS1-PRO)

RTi A1 – My former surround rear speakers have found new life as kitchen speakers

Mackie CR4BT Studio Monitor – Part-time computer speakers, part time main channel speakers for the projector.

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker (Yellow) – Travel speaker for mobile rocking.

Sony ZS-BTG900 Bluetooth Boombox – Larger portable speaker for bigger parties and camping.

Miscellanous

Canon PowerShot S120 – I just can’t quit these canon cameras. They’re so good.

Olympus TG2 – Digital Camera – Waterproof and shockproof, doesn’t take pictures quite as nice as my old Canon S90 but I take more picture knowing this one won’t be destroyed by water / dropping it / sand / whatever.

Canon MG7120– Printer/Scanner/Copier – It prints, it scans, it’s wireless. Pretty much everything I want in a printer just like the old one.

Plantronics Voyager Edge – Bluetooth Headset – Sounds great and works well.

Plantronics Voyager Legend – Bluetooth Headset – Sounds great and works well. Although, the proprietary charger isn’t my favorite. I’ve owned three of these so there must be something nice about it.

SteelSeries Flux Gaming Headset Luxury Edition – Cheap, good sounding and pretty portable.

Gone but not forgotten:

Nexus 5 (Android 5.0 Lolipop) – My current cell phone, it gets the latest updates and works well just wish it has a better camera.

Nokia Lumia 920 (Windows Phone 8) – My current cell phone, I’m a big Windows Phone fan. WP8 still has a lot of flaws and needs way better app support but is a good improvement over WP7. I’m almost at the point of recommending it to friends.

Nokia Lumia 520 with 64GB microSD – Got it for free as part of a promotion. I use it as a media play it works reasonably well now that MS has ironed out 85% of my issues with Xbox Music.

Logitech mx1100 mouse – My former go-to gaming mouse, now used for general purpose work on Donny.

Raphael – Late 2008 Macbook – My former daily use machine, on semi-permanent loan to The Girl.
2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo 8600 with 4GB of ram, nVidia Geforce 9400M, Realtek HD audio and 640GB SATA hard drive.Windows 7 Professional and OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Altec Lansing Orbit M (iM227) –  Portable Speaker – Great portable AA battery powered speaker. Good sound for its size and super portable.

Donatello – Dell Zino HD – Originally used as a media PC now re-purposed as an office computer for web work and guests.
Specs: 1.8GHz AMD Athlon 6850e with 6GB DDR2, ATI Radeon HD 4330, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB, and 1TB SATA Hard Drive. Windows 7 Home

20.0″ Dell ST2010-BLK HD Monitor – Shows me pretty pictures.

Phillips DVP5990 – Blu-Ray player, not often used except for the occasional NetFlix movie. It’s got apps and whatnot but I never use them. Replaced by the Xbox One.

Canon mp620b – Printer/Scanner/Copier – It prints, it scans, it’s wireless. Pretty much everything I want in a printer. Unfortunately the print head crapped out on me and costs almost as much as a new printer so I replaced it.

Nintendo DSi – Portable gaming. Replaced by the 3DS
Recommended Games: New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart DS, Scribblenauts, Tetris DS, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon SoulSilver, Geometry Wars Galaxies

Nintendo Wii – Not used as much anymore but still fun. Replaced by the Wii U
Recommended games: Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros Wii, NBA Jam, No More Heroes, Boom Blox.

Zune HD 64GB – For all it’s quirks this is still my favorite media player. I’ve bought three Zunes and loved every one of them. Replaced by the Nokia Lumia 520.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Android) – Still used as a portable device. Mainly for games and other apps not available for WP8. Bought direct from Google so I don’t ever have to worry about carrier controlled updates. Replaced by the Nexus 5.

Samsung Focus (Windows Phone 7) – I love the WP7 OS but unfortunately I dropped this phone in mud and killed it. I’m waiting until Windows Phone 8 is released to replace it.

iPhone 3GS (iOS) – My first and most abused smart phone. I’m not a huge Apple fan but iOS does get the job done. Now permanently docked next to my bed and functioning as an alarm clock.  All the physical buttons broke.

Onkyo SR-607 – Absolutely no complains here, the hub of all things A/V. Overheating caused it to stop outputting video which is apparently a common problem.

Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard – Keyboard – Small attractive looking and works well although I had to install to get all the functions working. Water is the bane of all keyboards and destroyer of this specific one.

Canon Powershot S90 – Digital Camera – Great point and shoot camera that easily fits in my pocket. Replaced by the Olympus TG2.