If you’re getting into the mechanical keyboard hobby, prepare your wallet for some serious hits. In addition to the hardware itself, the customized keycap sets that you add to the mechanical switches can be shockingly expensive. But why? The answer is complicated. To be fair, the actual materials in all those little plastic pieces aren’t expensive at all, and there are plenty of cheap options to be had. But between limited production capacity, a healthy secondary market, and the relatively niche nature of customized keycaps, expanding your collection is probably going to include a heavy hit to your wallet. Cheap Options Are Out There First of all, the materials that go into keycaps are not expensive. They’re molded plastic, for crying out loud, not rare earth metals. There’s a surprising amount of variation in the plastics used for keycaps, and even more in terms of their production styles, shapes, and written legends, but the actual hardware itself is, well, … [Read more...] about Why are Mechanical Keyboard Keycaps so Expensive?
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On March 3, 2017, Nintendo launched the Switch, the miracle gaming system that’s a console and a handheld at the same time. Let’s see how ours are holding up. Stephen Totilo’s Switch: Safe Inside His Sock Date Acquired: I got my Switch in late February of 2017, directly from Nintendo, a week or so before launch. Usage: I started playing Zelda and 1, 2 Switch. At least in that moment the ratio of Switch games that I had that I’d played versus not played was in the former’s favor. Those first couple of games were sent to me by Nintendo for review. Since then, I’ve bought most of my Switch games with my own money and yet not played a lot of them. There are 46 game icons on my Switch right now, 20 of them for games I’ve yet to start. I’ve got a 128GB Micro SD card in the system. In addition to games, that includes 661 screenshots and 14 videos. I’ve never used the Joy-Con grips. Condition: I’m fairly rough on my Switch. I carry … [Read more...] about The State Of Our Switches, One Year Later
Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, codenamed Redstone 3, is available to download now. Here are all the new features you’ll see in the latest version of Windows—and some big, splashy features Microsoft announced that never arrived. RELATED ARTICLEHow to Get Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update Now The update will be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks, but you can skip the wait and upgrade now using these instructions. This post was originally written based on features Microsoft announced at its BUILD 2017 event on May 11. It’s been updated with with features added in the insider builds all the way up to the final, stable release. OneDrive Shows Files in the Cloud, Downloading Them on Demand Microsoft announced “OneDrive Files on Demand”, which allows some files to be stored in the cloud and available to you without being synced on your local device. An older version of this feature appeared in Windows … [Read more...] about What’s New in Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, Available Now