Ducky Shine 3

Review: Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard

A few weeks ago I posted some rambling commentary about choosing your input devices.  That post then spiraled into an overview and my thoughts on the EC Technology High Quality 8200 DPI Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse … yes, really.  That’s the name they gave that thing.  Regardless of the obnoxious name, the mouse is excellent and has continued to function perfectly well and provide a great experience since I reviewed it.

Now, let us consider the companion product – a good mechanical keyboard.  This one has a far simpler name, the Ducky Shine 3.

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EC Technology Gaming Mouse

Review: EC Technology 8200dpi Mouse

I think that one of the most often overlooked aspects of putting together (or buying) a computer are the input devices.  Most consumers simply use what comes with the machine they bought at their favorite retailer and don’t think twice about how much better their experience could be.  Gamers, on the other hand, spend a lot of time figuring out what keyboard and mouse combination best fits their playing style and needs.  I fit in the latter category.

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oneplus-one

Converting my wife to Android.

I’ll start this off by stating that I have tried this before.  In fact, it was just before Christmas last year that I bought my wife the Moto X in an attempt to move her away from her iPhone and over to Android.  The migration lasted only about three weeks because she “accidentally” dropped and smashed her phone.  Admittedly, it wasn’t an easy transition.  I’m not sure if it was because she didn’t like the physical device, Android or that I hadn’t provided enough help to ease her through it.  Possibly, and very likely, it was a combination of all of those factors.

This time, I feel as though I’m more prepared and I have a better device for her.  The OnePlus One.

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What's in the box?!

What the hell did I just buy?

If you’ve been following my Loot Crate videos, you’ll know that I recently renovated my home office. My wife and I now have our own desks and little areas of the office. So far, it’s working out pretty well. Part of that whole transition was replacing our massive “L” shaped desk with two new desks; one for each of us. The desk I picked up has a pretty nice keyboard tray that I’ve been using without a mouse pad, but not using a mouse pad on a laminate wood desk is just a bad idea in general. Not only will it ruin the finish on the desk over time, it is less accurate for gaming. To remedy that, I set out to buy a mouse pad.

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