Something I wrote for Father's Day, for my church publication, the Trinitarian magazine:
“When your children see you 24/7 at home, they see their father in every situation. When he is working. When he relaxing. When he is praying (or not praying enough). When he is angry. When he is goofy. When he is loving with their mother. When he is arguing with her too.
Everything. Laid. Bare.
In these times, you start to ask yourself, how do you be the father you need to be to your children?”
This is a mechanical keyboard I am typing on and it is going to be noisy because of the clicky mechanical keys. Mine is the tactile model, the G915 Wireless Tactile.
Click click click
It may drive you crazy. I am still getting used to the travel and the distance between the keys because I am used to typing on the Craft keyboard, which isn’t mechanical and has a shallower key travel.
Type type type.
The Logitech G915 is very good. And wireless. But a little pricey. Then again, so is the top of the line business keyboard, the Craft.
Wait, I need to go and install some Logitech G Hub software.
Again. I am typing on the G915 and it is a great keyboard. I wonder if I like this more than my Craft keyboard. In either case, the Logitech stuff is really good.
But the G915 takes up a fair bit of space. A little more than the Craft. It is also an adjustable-height keyboard because it has retractable feet. The Craft has a fixed height.
I do miss the Craft wheel and all the functions on that wheel though.
I like the height. I prefer to use it raised. There are three height levels: Flat, Slightly Tilted, and Full Tilted. I have tried all three heights and I like the highest setting for typing.
The lighting is nice. I like the Ah Beng colours. I set mine to 50% brightness so I don’t get blinded by it, and also to save power. I am only 50% Beng.
I find the included charging cable. I am now charging it.
Why is it micro-USB though? USB-C please. The Craft keyboard uses USB-C. Why is this top of the line gaming keyboard still using micro-USB lah.
It is new, just out of the box, and battery is now 26%. At full charge, it will last 30 hours with all the blinky lights on, about a week. But with the lights off, it will last more than 100 hours.
It works with Bluetooth or the Logitech G dongle. You can use Bluetooth when pairing with your iPhone or iPad, for example.
Clickity clickity clickity.
I love the sound of a mechanical keyboard.
The Logitech G USB dongle is not the same as the Logitech Unifying dongle that comes with the Craft keyboard and the non-gaming series of Logitech input devices. So you can’t use the G915 with the Logitech Unifying dongle.
If you want to use just one dongle, then get a G series gaming mouse to go with your G915. Then you can have one dongle to rule them all.
Same with the Craft keyboard: pair that with a MX Master 3 mouse and the Logitech Unifying dongle to be lean and mean.
But if you are like me, and like the G915 gaming style keyboard but also like Logitech’s best-made business mouse like the MX Master 3, then sorry, you have to use TWO different dongles.
I am happy Logitech software plays nice with my Macs now. The software they provide is fairly stable. It installed without fuss on macOS Catalina. I wouldn’t trust Razer’s Synapse software on my Mac. I wouldn’t even trust Synapse on my Windows PC.
Needless to say, this is a gaming keyboard and is best used on a gaming computer. Which means a Windows PC. I think I will still keep it with my Mac because I type a lot and this keyboard has great feel in the typing department. I know, it is very hardcore to use a gaming keyboard just for typing but whatever feels good, man.
Typey typey type.
You can tell I am enjoying this keyboard. I enjoy typing. I hope you enjoyed reading my review of the Logitech G915 Wireless Tactile. I will now open a new text file and type my Great Singapore Novel on it.
Public holiday WFH mode. 2020 12.9 iPad Pro with the Magic Keyboard. Loving how the scissor keys and trackpad feel, and the Magic way it makes my iPad Pro float.
Some thoughts after using it for a while: If you plan to do a lot of typing on the iPad Pro, this keyboard is game-changing. It is a major step towards making the iPad Pro into the laptop replacement, that began with the implementation of iPadOS.
It is light years nicer than the Smart Keyboard Folio in terms of feel. The scissor keys are as good as a new MacBook Pro’s. Trackpad works very well too, though a little smaller than than traditional MacBook Pro one. The way Apple has made the "cursor" work on the iPad is brilliant, like a little finger instead of an arrow. And after a while, you will be "mousing" around as if you are using a laptop. There is a magnetic effect too, so your trackpad dot will snap to the app icons when it is near.
You need to learn the shortcuts to fully realize the potential, like three fingers swiping up to open the app launcher, or three fingers swiping left and right to switch between apps, or "the pinch" to zoom in and out. But once you master the trackpad shortcuts, and the keyboard ones, you may not need to lift a finger to touch the screen much anymore.
My only gripes: the weight (it is a little heavy), and the angle (I wish it tilted juuuuust a little more backwards haha!).
The 12.9 iPad Pro with the Magic Keyboard weighs about 1,340 grams while the 2020 Macbook Air weighs about 1,268 grams. Yes, I weighed them both on the scales I use to weigh my coffee beans.
So the Magic Keyboard combo is slightly heavier. But then you can't use an Apple Pencil on the MacBook Air or any MacBook for that matter. For people who are iPad-focused, this small weight difference will not be an issue.
You can use a previous Gen iPad Pro with this Magic Keybaord too (I tested it on an 2018 iPad Pro) and it works fine. So no worries there. You don't need to buy the new iPad Pro just to use this Magic Keyboard. Though the LIDAR and the extra camera is nice to have.
I understand why the tilt angle can't go back further, as the iPad Pro is fairly heavy by itself. For now, the angle is usable.
Charging via the additional USB-C port on the Magic Keyboard works well, and frees up your main USB-C port for other accessories and peripherals. If you use an 18W Apple charger, you won't see much difference in charging speeds. If you use something with more juice, like a 30W charger, then the main USB-C port is faster, but not by a lot. The Magic Keyboard USB-C port tops out at 22W of juice, while the main USB-C port can do up to 26W. So, charge with the main USB-C port with a big fat charger if you want the maximum charging speeds.
Note that you cannot use the USB-C port of the Magic Keyboard for anything other than charging. It does not support data transfers or accessories.
You can't flip the keyboard around to use the screen only, unlike the Smart Keyboard Folio. I suppose if you want to use the iPad as a tablet, you are supposed to take the entire thing off the Magic Keyboard. I am ok with that too.
The floating is amazing. And the Magic Keyboard is nice and rigid. It is a pricey accessory, for sure. But there is nothing like this out there for the iPad Pro for now, and it works great. iPad Pro users, rejoice!
Note to self: Perusing Instagram in landscape mode is bad for one’s neck.
When James Lye (no, not VR Man. The music producer) approached me to be part of this song, I was like, "Sure!". Before I knew it, an Audio-Technica AT5040 mic was delivered to my door, and I started recording and filming my bits. And by that, I meant my bits of the song. Not my other bits.
Marc Nair wrote the lyrics and James arranged the song, with the following talents.
James Lye on Guitars
Goh Si Kai on Keyboards
Nicholas Lee on Bass
CK Er on Drums
Video Editor: Marc Nair
Audio & Mix Engineer: Eugene Soh & James Lye
It was such a thrill to be working on the same project as all these talented singers and musicians. And that AT5040 mic is so nice too. 10/10 would do it again.