Monday, April 15, 2024

Unleashing the Power of Precision Typing: MACHENIKE K500-B94 Mechanical Keyboard Review

April 15, 2024 0 Comments

In the ever-evolving world of gaming peripherals, finding the perfect mechanical keyboard can be a daunting task. The MACHENIKE K500-B94 enters the scene with promises of precision typing, customizable RGB lighting, and a robust build. 


In this review, we'll dive a little more into the features and performance of this mechanical marvel to see if it lives up to the hype. We got this one sales from Shopee so this will only be based on our experience. You can check out Shopee and check out more reviews before your make your decision to get your very own!


Design and Build Quality:

The MACHENIKE K500-B94 immediately catches the eye with its sleek and modern design. The brushed aluminum top plate not only adds a premium touch but also ensures durability. The compact tenkeyless design is a gamer's dream, saving valuable desk space without sacrificing functionality.

The quality of the keycaps and switches are comparable with the ones which came with the RK71

The keycaps are made of double-shot ABS plastic, providing a satisfying tactile feel and ensuring longevity. The key switches themselves are customizable, we got the one with the Red Switches. Typing on the K500-B94 is a delight, with the perfect balance of actuation force and smooth linear feeling.


[Royal Kludge RK71 Mechanical Keyboard Review: Compact Elegance with Versatile Performance]


In the end, we switched out the keycaps for pudding keycaps to highlight the RGB lighting effects. Of course, they were also on sale and under SGD$25



Performance:

The MACHENIKE K500-B94 does not disappoint with it’s responsiveness and smooth experience on the Red switches: whether you're engaged in an intense gaming session, or typing up a lengthy document, the Red switches deliver a smooth responsive and satisfying linear experience.


Want a little light effect in your experience? Then look no further at the customizable RGB backlighting which adds a touch of personalization, along with a plethora of colors and effects to choose from. The lighting can be easily adjusted through the dedicated software, allowing you to create your own unique gaming setup. But we are happy with the default options and settings.


Functionality and Features:

The K500-B94 doesn't just stop at performance; it offers a range of features to enhance the overall user experience. There are dedicated media controls, programmable macro keys, and a Windows lock, all of which are thoughtful additions that make this keyboard versatile for both gaming and productivity.


In conclusion, the MACHENIKE K500-B94 Mechanical Keyboard is a good option for gamers and typists alike who are looking for something affordable and user friendly. Its sleek design, reliable  switches, customizable RGB lighting, and hot swappability (for both switches and keycaps) make it a standout choice in the crowded mechanical keyboard market. With a perfect balance of performance, features, and build quality, the K500-B94 is a worthy investment for those seeking a reasonably affordable and good mechanical keyboard experience.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Guide: iPad + Wireless Keyboard Shortcuts

April 14, 2024 0 Comments


Ever since I dived into the world of mechanical keyboards, I started to use them (wirelessly of course) with my iPad. It does give an alternative experience versus using a Windows system. The good thing is that you can also connect a mouse via Bluetooth for a more laptop experience on the iPad.



One thing I could not get used to was having to navigate my screens (the urge to resist touching the iPad screen vs just using the keyboard was challenging and definitely took time to get used to). When I wanted to go to the home page, take a screenshot or even switch to another screen or app, it was a bit intimidating and took some time getting used to it.  Now, with the shortcuts and my iPad, it’s like I’ve gotten another laptop.

The main difference is that instead of using the control button (Ctrl), the Command button is used instead. Once I got used to it, copy / cut / paste / undo / redo were a breeze. But then came another question, the navigating between apps and screens. 

So, I compiled these shortcuts below, hope it is useful for you as it was for me:

Do you know another other useful iPad + Keyboard shortcuts? Let us know in the comments below! šŸ˜




Sunday, April 7, 2024

Keycap Series: A Shopee Guide to Affordable and Good Quality Artisan Keycaps

April 07, 2024 0 Comments

This guide will be about sellers on Shopee selling reasonably priced and quality keycaps for Singapore buyers. The best part about Shopee is that there are vouchers which could be used to discount the final price and the best part is delivery is free (just ensure you remember to download the vouchers). 


If you are wondering what is Shopee, it’s basically a shopping platform like Amazon but with pricing closer to Temu. They have an app for Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, mostly for the South East Asian countries. Besides the (probably) more affordable (cheaper) pricing, shipping is either free or less than SGD$2 (for majority of the sellers). The only downside is that you need a local number and address for each of the Shopee country app. So if you are not located in these countries, you'd have to use the next best shopping platform available for your country.


These sellers from Shopee below are ones which I have bought from before, hence sharing them with you because sharing is caring. If you do find any other artisan keycap sellers with affordable prices, let me know in the comments below!

Seller: wowking|Life Technology Digital

Looking for adorable and good quality keycap sets for a reasonable price?  Spy x Family, Sanrio Theme or even the cute bear / cat ears keycap sets etc.. The list goes on... 

Spy x Family Design the purple number keys were a mix and match with the Kuromi set

I found this seller on Shopee and tried their keycaps. I got the Spy x Family, Pokemon and Kuromi designs and the quality is not too bad for the price.  The delivery experience was not too bad, taking about 8 days to reach me. The keycap sets survived the delivery process and came in bags.

Seller: Rabbit Keycap Shop

Cute, affordable and the best part is that it is customizable: you can choose the color of the keycaps! 

The seller is also pretty responsive to the chat and there are many options to choose from. I've bought from this seller a few times and delivery times are within 6-9 days, which can be considered pretty fast. It is also well packaged and the keycaps came in good condition each and every time. 

Seller: happykeycap89.sg

Looking for something more unique and familiar? I stumbled across this seller on Shoppe because of the adorable Winnie the Pooh designs! The heart also got my attention.

Here you can also choose your own keycap color and the type of keycap used is different too, it's XDA which give it a different feeling and profile.

Delivery time is slightly longer than the other sellers, taking about 8-12 days but each key is bubble wrapped and in a cute bag too.  Their designs are unique and adorable. Workmanship is also good.



Friday, April 5, 2024

Crafted Keys: Unveiling the Magic of Artisan Keycaps for Your Mechanical Wonderland

April 05, 2024 0 Comments

Artisan keycaps are fascinating in many ways: they represent a fusion of artistry and functionality, adding a unique and personalized touch to mechanical keyboards. The creativity and craftsmanship involved in making artisan keycaps are impressive, with artisans often pouring their passion and skill into creating intricate designs that appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts.


One of the most appealing aspects of artisan keycaps is their ability to allow keyboard enthusiasts to express their individuality and personality. With an ever-expanding array of designs, colors, and themes, there's something for everyone, whether you're into gaming, pop culture, nature, or abstract art


Moreover, artisan keycaps contribute to a vibrant and supportive community of keyboard enthusiasts. This community-driven aspect fosters collaboration, creativity, and a sense of camaraderie among artisans and enthusiasts alike,


However, it's worth noting that artisan keycaps can sometimes be pricey due to their limited availability and handmade nature. Additionally, acquiring certain designs may require patience and persistence, as they often sell out quickly or are traded within enthusiast communities


Overall, artisan keycaps are a testament to the creativity and passion of both their creators and the enthusiasts who appreciate them. They add a touch of artistry and personality to mechanical keyboards, transforming them from mere tools into objects of admiration and self-expression.


Let's delve into the enchanting realm of artisan keycaps, where each key tells a story and adds a touch of whimsy to your mechanical keyboard adventure. Explore the artistry behind these handcrafted treasures, their limited-edition charm, and the vibrant community that brings them to life.


There are various ways which artisan keycaps are being sold:

  • Promoting via Instagram and having Raffle Sales via Google Forms when a new design is out.
  • Artisan's own website (in additional ot Etsy), usually a Shopify shop
  • Shopee 
  • Lazada

I will be consolidating a list of good quality, unique and reasonably priced artisans which I have tried, so check out the links below:



Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Royal Kludge RK71 Short Keys Guide

April 02, 2024 0 Comments

Did you know that there are so many short keys which are not in the manual which comes with the RK71? 


Check the short keys before to take full advantage of your RK71!

  • FN + Pause = Print Screen
  • FN + Enter = Displays the level of battery 
  • FN + Shift + Esc = ~
  • FN +Del = scroll lock
  • FN + A / FN = S = Switch to Windows-/Mac-mode  


The known short keys:

  • FN + F1 = My Computer
  • FN + F2 = Opens Windows Explorer

I managed to get  keyboard from the Royal Kludge Offical Shopee Shop at a fairly good price during the Black Friday Sales, and so far I am happy with my Royal Kludge RK71 with red switches. The typing is smooth like butter and the fingers are less tired since they are using less strength to hit to keys. The only downside might be that they are too sensitive but after some getting used to it it's really good to use. 

You can check out my review below:



What other shortcuts do you know as well? Share it with us in the comments below! 

Monday, March 11, 2024

MAR10 Day 2024 Announcements Reveal Dates For Upcoming Games and Mario Movie Sequel

March 11, 2024 0 Comments

MAR10 Day, commonly recognized as Mario Day, consistently brings forth thrilling revelations, and this year proved no exception. Today, enthusiasts of Mario received some exhilarating updates regarding the beloved plumber and his iconic companions.


Share the fun on MAR10 Day with savings on select digital games featuring Mario and friends.


The Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo and Illumination have officially announced a new Super Mario Bros. movie. Chris Meledandri from Illumination Studio, the same team behind the first movie, has confirmed that they are currently engaged in storyboarding and world building, aiming to perfect every detail. The animation is set to commence "soon," with the movie scheduled for release on 03 April, 2026, in the US.

Despite Nintendo's reluctance to disclose specific details about the film, it's already known that Yoshi is expected to make his cinematic debut on the big screen.



Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Release Date

Enthusiasts of the Paper Mario series have eagerly anticipated the arrival of the Thousand-Year Door remake. The wait is over as the confirmed release date is set for 23 May, 2024. The original, launched in 2004 as a sequel to the first Paper Mario, quickly gained recognition as a beloved RPG classic.


Luigi's Mansion 2 HD Release Date

Finally, a release date has been announced for another remake, Luigi's Mansion 2 HD. The game is set to launch on 27 June, 2024. As one of the most popular 3DS games, fans are eagerly anticipating how Luigi's Mansion 2 will be transformed in the remake, featuring enhanced graphics for the Nintendo Switch.

For more news on Mario Goodies, head over to the Mar10 Day Nintendo Page.