Tuesday, July 16, 2024

First Look: Flesports MK750 Barebones Kit

July 16, 2024 0 Comments

After getting my first CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout, when I saw that the Flesports MK750 Barebones kit was on sale... of course I had to get it. It was from Lazada and about S$50 at the time I got it. You could also check out Shopee or Amazon to see which price is better for your wallet. On average this barebones kit costs S$110-185+ (US$80-140~). 

With the vouchers and sales that  Lazada and Shopee have, you might be even able to get it at a better price too.  I don't believe in paying for full price if you I can help it, and always love it when there is a sale. πŸ˜†

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. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊

[First Look: CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout Review]

They have a range of colors to choose from: black, pink, white and grey. This time I decided to get a black casing instead of the usual white one. As usual since it was from China, it did take some time to arrive. There was no protection, just the box itself in an envelope. But thankfully it arrived intact, the box was a little beaten but it the keeb survived. It came with a manual guide, cable, keycap / switch puller, and a dust cover! I was pretty impressed since my keyboards before this all arrived without a dust cover, so that add on was very much appreciated.

The Unboxing Experience

Adding the ‘Flesh’ to the BareBones Kit Experience

Unlike the CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit, this on was a much more easier experience affixing the switches as the holes are already there and you do not need to make any extra efforts to press the switches down; it just simply clicks into place with little effort.

I believe I have discovered the joys of  customization as I selected a range of Akko Linear Switches for this build.  I used the V3 Crystal Pro (43gf) for the alpha keys, the lighter Jelly Whites (35gf) for the spacebar and non alpa keys, the Pink Gateron (45gf) for everything else.

Typing Experience

For the keycaps, I got some nice rainbow Jelly Poms which look great on the keeb, especially with the rgb. The only downside is the learning to type as even if there side engravings on the keycaps, it increases the chances for typos. The moment I look at the board, all the typos occur and I start to forget which keycap is what and lose my way. πŸ˜‚

Default Settings and Connecting to devices

Connection to an iPad or Android device is relatively simple, just set the keyboard to Bluetooth setting, and turn on Bluetooth for your device which you want to connect to, press the FN + Q / W / E to pair. The keyboard can be simultaneously connected to 3 devices at a time. 

If you want to connect to a computer (Windows / Mac), you also have the option to connect it via the USB cable it came with or simply use the USB for the 2.4GHZ. Of course you have to remember to adjust the keyboard setting for the 2.4GHZ connection.

The USB for the 2.4GHZ connection is nicely hidden away behind a magnetic stand on right hand side.

What I love

πŸ’•The ease in which the switches can be installed with little to no effort whatsoever as the holes are already there.

πŸ’• The RBG effects, adds that something special when you are typing. There many default effects available.

πŸ’•The build quality is really good and has a premium feel to it. The knob is such a good addition too.

πŸ’• The ability to swap out the switches and keycaps for personalization or a different keep experience is tthe reason why I got it.

πŸ’• The ease to use right out of the box, to connect and start typing  away.

πŸ’• The quality of the build which made my linear switches and rainbow jelly Pom keycaps produce a nice clacky sound.

Not so much

πŸ’” Installing the space bar did take some effort as the board was not 100% straight. But once the right angle was found it was easy.

So, there you go, my first look at and review of my experience with the Flesports MK750 Barebones Kit. Given that the loves are more than the not so much, I’ll say you can give it a try. For those of us located in Singapore, you can get it here for about S$175+ or cheaper when it is one sales from Lazada. Alternatively you could also check out Shopee where the average pricing  is around S$115+.

If you think that the typing noise is too loud you could always swap them out for silent linear switches that would sound not more noisy than the normal laptop membrane keys. There are even silent switches. And at this price, it really is worth a try so that your hands are not strained when you are working for long periods of time at the computer.

Get from Amazon

Get from Shopee

Get from Lazada

Have you tried the Flesports MK750 keyboard before? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below how your experience was! 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Must-Have Pro Controllers for Nintendo Switch on Amazon Prime Day 2024: Best Deals and Savings!

July 15, 2024 0 Comments

Amazon Prime Day 2024 is just around the corner, and it is happening on July 16-17! So it's the perfect opportunity to upgrade your gaming gear, especially if you own a Nintendo Switch and are looking to improve your gaming experience. A high-quality pro controller can significantly enhance your gaming experience, whether you're striving for precision in competitive games or seeking comfort for extended gaming sessions. 

Here's a guide to the top pro controllers you should look out for on Amazon Prime Day 2024, complete with original prices, discounted prices, and how much you can save. πŸ˜ƒ

1. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a must-have for many gamers due to its ergonomic design, excellent build quality, and responsive buttons. This controller is perfect for any game and includes features like motion controls, HD rumble, and built-in amiibo functionality.

Original Price: S$93.32 (US$69.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$62.95 (US$49.99)
Savings: about S$26.67 (US$20.00)

2. 8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller

The 8BitDo Pro 2 is a versatile controller compatible with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, and macOS. It features customizable buttons, a turbo function, and adjustable analog sticks. The retro design is a nod to classic gaming, but its functionality is thoroughly modern.

Original Price: S$66.65 (US$49.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$46.65 (US$34.99)
Savings: about S$20.00 (US$15.00)

3. PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller

The PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller is a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on quality. It includes motion controls, mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons, and up to 30 hours of gameplay on a single charge. The variety of vibrant designs and officially licensed characters add a fun touch to your gaming setup.

Original Price: S$66.65 (US$49.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$40.00 (US29.99)
Savings: about S$26.65 (US20.00)

4. Hori Split Pad Pro

The Hori Split Pad Pro is ideal for handheld mode, offering a full-sized controller experience with larger grips, buttons, and analog sticks. It's perfect for games that require precise controls, transforming your portable gaming sessions.

Original Price: S$66.65 (US$49.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$46.65 (US$34.99)
Savings: about S$20.00 (US$15.00)
Buy the Hori Split Pad Pro

πŸ““Tips for Amazon Prime Day Shopping

  1. Set Alerts: Use Amazon's alert features to get notified when your desired controllers go on sale.
  2. Check Bundles: Look for bundles that include controllers with other accessories or games at a discounted price.
  3. Read Reviews: Always check user reviews to ensure you're getting a product that meets your expectations.
  4. Compare Prices: Don’t just rely on Amazon; check other retailers to ensure you're getting the best deal.

That said, Amazon Prime Day 2024 is happening on July 16-17 and it is the ideal time to upgrade your Nintendo Switch setup with a top-notch pro controller. Whether you prioritize comfort, customization, or functionality, there’s a controller on this list for you. 

Happy gaming and may your Prime Day deals be plentiful!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

My Anya Spy x Family Deskmat from APOL SG

July 10, 2024 0 Comments

If you're a fan of the hit manga and anime series “Spy x Family” and you're looking to spruce up your workspace, look no further than APOL SG's exclusive Spy x Family deskmats. These vibrant, high-quality desk mats are perfect for any fan wanting to bring a touch of their favorite series into their daily routine .

[Desk Mats vs. Mousepads: Understanding the Key Differences]

APOL SG offers a variety of unique designs that capture the essence of “Spy x Family”. Whether you love the sleek, mysterious vibe of Twilight, the cheerful and innocent charm of Anya, or the elegant and lethal grace of Yor, there's a deskmat that perfectly represents your favorite character.

I got my Anya deskmat when it was on sale on APOL SG Shopee Shop. It usually retails for around S$50-55 but when there are sales, it could be much lesser than that (I got it for about S$40 with promo 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. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊

Delivery was fast and it came in a nice box and bag!

The deskmat is high quality and is thick but not heavy. The smooth surface provides an excellent glide for my mouse, making it ideal for both work and gaming. The non-slip rubber base keeps the mat firmly in place, no matter how intense movements are. The best part is that it s waterproof, so spills are easily cleaned up and nothing messes with the adorable Anya and her peanuts. πŸ˜†

It is also the perfect size and covers a good portion of your desk.  Checkout my review short video on my adorable Anya deskmat below:

So if you love “Spy x Family” and just happen to be looking for a deskmat to cuteify your desk setup, do check out APOL SG!

Have you gotten other products from APOL SG? Do let me know in the comments below! 

Monday, July 8, 2024

Review: UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB C Charger

July 08, 2024 0 Comments

In today’s hyper-connected world, keeping our gadgets charged is crucial. Whether it's smartphones, tablets, laptops, or smartwatches, a dependable charger is essential. Enter the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger with its adorable design and touted capabilities. Let’s delve into its features, and benefits.

Introducing the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger

The UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is a compact powerhouse, engineered to charge a diverse range of devices efficiently. Leveraging the innovative GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology, it provides faster and more efficient charging than traditional silicon-based chargers (so they say). This charger, despite its small size, can deliver up to 65 watts of power, making it perfect for everything from laptops to smartphones and tablets.

Unboxing Video

Standout Features

1. Advanced GaN Technology

At the core of the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is GaN technology. GaN transistors are more efficient and produce less heat than silicon, allowing for a smaller, yet more powerful charger. This results in quicker charging times and a more compact design. 

2. High Power Output

With an impressive 65W output, this charger can handle a broad range of devices. Whether you’re powering a high-performance laptop like the MacBook Pro or quickly topping up your smartphone, the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger delivers.

3. Multi-Device Charging

Equipped with multiple USB-C ports, this charger can simultaneously charge several devices. This is ideal for travelers or anyone with a suite of gadgets that need constant charging.

4. Comprehensive Safety Features

Safety is a priority with the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger. It includes built-in protections against overcharging, overheating, and short-circuiting, ensuring your devices are charged safely and reliably.

5. Portability and Compact Design

Despite its powerful output, the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is incredibly compact and lightweight. Its portable design makes it easy to carry, making it the perfect travel companion.

6. Variety of Designs

The UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is available in several designs, catering to different aesthetic preferences and functional requirements. Whether you prefer a sleek, minimalist look or a more robust, feature-rich design, there’s an option for everyone. It comes in 3 different designs - black, purple and blue/pink.

I got the purple design

Benefits of the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger

1. Enhanced Efficiency and Speed

Thanks to GaN technology, the UGREEN RobotGan charger offers superior efficiency, leading to faster charging times. You can quickly recharge your devices and stay on the go.

2. Versatile Charging Capabilities

With a 65W output and multiple ports, this charger is a versatile tool for powering a wide array of devices. From laptops and smartphones to tablets, it covers all your charging needs. They have UK and US compatible chargers.

3. Safety and Reliability

Featuring robust safety measures, you can charge your devices with confidence, knowing they are protected from power surges and overheating.

4. Portability

Its compact size ensures you can take the charger anywhere, making it ideal for frequent travelers and those who need a reliable power source on the go.

5. Aesthetic and Functional Flexibility

With multiple designs available, you can choose a charger that matches your personal style and specific charging needs, adding a touch of customization to your tech accessories.

That said, with its GaN-powered efficiency, comprehensive safety features, compact design, and variety of aesthetic options, it is a must-have accessory for anyone looking to keep their devices powered and ready for action. Say goodbye to slow charging and bulky chargers - embrace the future with the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger!

It fast charges my Android and Apple devices in good time and does not overheat. It can even charge my laptop and Nintendo Switch effectively (and perfect to bring for travels). The only thing to note is that only one port is 65W,  so do read the manual. This charger is even more perfect if you have a suitable power point where you can view the adorable face when it is charging and when charging has completed. 

I got mine from Lazada when there was a sale (I always check out all the shopping platforms and compare before making that purchase with the belief that sales are always better than paying for the full price). Typically it costs around S$55-60, but during the sales period it can be almost 50% off!

Get from Amazon

Get from Shopee

Have you already gotten yours yet? If the answer is yes, let me know your thoughts about it! 😁

Thursday, July 4, 2024

My PlayAsia Experience

July 04, 2024 0 Comments

Play-Asia is an online retailer specializing in video games, DVDs, music CDs, and gadgets primarily targeting the Asian market. Established in 2002, it has grown to become a prominent platform for gamers seeking imports, rare titles, and niche products. It offers a wide range of products, including Japanese and Asian versions of games, which can be appealing to collectors and enthusiasts outside Asia. The company also provides digital services, such as digital codes for games and online subscriptions. Overall, Play-Asia serves as a bridge for gamers worldwide to access unique gaming content from Asia.

If you are looking for covers or items which are not available in your country then this could be a good place to look if you are not able to find any online anywhere else.

My experience was not so pleasant (mostly on the courier / shipping side of things) with the long wait, poor resolution time and almost losing the parcel, and the pricing. 

Let’s start with the website. It’s primitive and not user friendly. Navigating between product pages is not an intuitive thing and the design is like it is still stuck in the 2000s. The layout is messy and cluttered, so unless you know what you are looking for specifically… virtual window shopping does not spark joy.

Layout, Taxonomy and Design still stuck in the 2000s

Next would be the purchasing experience, which PayPal is an option. Although it is mentioned that if you spend above a certain amount (basic) shipping would be free, however there are some caveats to that. Not to mention that the sales and discounts are really lackluster.

I was interested in this otome game My Next Life as a Villianess: All Routes Lead to Doom! - Pirates of the Disturbance. It was listed on PlayAsia but it was a pre-order and it was expensive (although the company is located in Hong Kong, they use USD$ as a currency on their platform). Then I saw a something which was interesting, Sword and Fairy Inn 2, the collectors’ edition.

I decided to try purchasing from PlayAsia and the first game from them was the collect’s edition of the Sword and Fairy Inn 2. Rating for the game was not too good but the cover looked so cute and the concepts ofthe game looked like something I would play, so I got it.

Checkout was easy, payment was swift but delivery… delivery was a pain. It took almost forever and more than a month before I received it. All because of the shipping company PlayAsia used - Quantiam Solutions.

You can read all about the lack of professionalism and lacklustre service of the shipping company in the link below.

[Quantium Solutions - the worst logistics and shipping company]

The item reached Singapore but was sitting in at the Post Office Center for a month with no accountability nor response by the shipping company!

It took 7 weeks for my parcel to arrive from Hong Kong and not because it was from a far away... even stuff I've gotten from Amazon US has come in a much fast timeframe with much better updates on the status of delivery ... It was because it was stuck in the Singpost sorting center, to which the logistics company Quantium Solutions was dead on replies and basically non-responsive pushing it over from the Hong Kong branch to the Singapore branch and then dead silence.

PlayAsia took about a week to finally conclude that it was “lost”, whilst its status was actually sitting there with not one bothering about it and no updates whatsoever. They provided an option, to either get a refund or resend out again. I opted for a refund and when that happened, the game was delivered the next day!

Now being the nice person that I am, I informed PlayAsia and they thanked me for informing them that I had received the “missing” item. Next they asked if I could make a payment again on their website since they had already processed the refunded. So meaning, if I had not informed them I would have gotten it for free and gotten an extra one?

But I “returned” them the money and I did earn a few cents back since the exchange rate was higher on the day the refunded me versus when I had bought it.

Oh, and that otome game I wanted? I managed to get it off Carousell for just S$60. That’s at least S$30 lesser than what it is on PlayAsia (not even including shipping).

So would I purchase from PlayAsia again? I guess that would depend if they have the games I really want that I am not able to get else where otherwise it is not worth the time, money and effort. There are also no incentives, unlike Amazon, Shopee or Lazada.

Have you purchased from PlayAsia before? If the answer is yes, how has your experience been so far? Please share in the comments below!~

Monday, July 1, 2024

Why Are Mechanical Keyboards Called Keebs? Unpacking the Popular Nickname

July 01, 2024 0 Comments

Mechanical keyboards, affectionately known as "keebs," have surged in popularity among tech enthusiasts, gamers, and typists alike. But where did this catchy nickname come from, and why has it become so ubiquitous? 

In this blog post, we will be delving into the origins of "keebs," explore its widespread adoption, and highlight the features that make mechanical keyboards so beloved.

What Exactly Are Mechanical Keyboards?

To understand the allure of mechanical keyboards, it's essential to grasp what sets them apart. Unlike membrane keyboards, which use a single rubber dome underneath the keys, mechanical keyboards feature individual switches for each key. These switches come in various types, each offering different tactile feedback and actuation points, resulting in a more responsive and satisfying typing experience.

Tracing the Roots of "Keebs"

The term "keebs" is a fun and informal abbreviation of the word "keyboard." Its precise origins are somewhat murky, but it likely emerged from online communities where mechanical keyboard aficionados share their passion. These enthusiasts often engage in discussions on forums and social media, where using shorthand like "keebs" fosters a sense of camaraderie and efficiency.

Why the Term "Keebs" Took Off

Community Bonding: The mechanical keyboard community is known for its strong sense of identity and connection. Adopting unique jargon, such as "keebs," helps members feel part of an exclusive group.

Convenience: Typing "keebs" is quicker and simpler than spelling out "mechanical keyboards." In the fast-paced world of digital communication, such abbreviations are both practical and appealing.

Quirkiness: The term "keebs" adds an element of fun and personality to conversations. It reflects the community's enthusiasm and creativity, making interactions more engaging and lively.

Memorable: Short, catchy terms are easier to remember and spread. "Keebs" has a distinctive charm that sticks in people's minds, helping it gain traction.

The Charm of Mechanical Keyboards

The popularity of "keebs" is closely tied to the appeal of mechanical keyboards themselves. Here are some reasons why these keyboards are so cherished:

  • Enhanced Typing Experience: Mechanical keyboards provide a tactile, responsive feel that many users find far superior to membrane keyboards.

  • Longevity: Built to last, mechanical keyboards often outlive their membrane counterparts by millions of keystrokes, making them a durable investment.

  • Customization Options: Enthusiasts love the ability to customize their keyboards, from switch types and keycaps to backlighting and case designs. This customization allows for personal expression and functionality tailored to individual preferences.

  • Gaming Advantages: Gamers appreciate the precision and responsiveness of mechanical switches, which can enhance gameplay performance and responsiveness.

  • Aesthetic Appeal: With a vast array of designs, colors, and lighting options, mechanical keyboards are as visually appealing as they are functional.

The Future of "Keebs"

As mechanical keyboards continue to gain popularity, the term "keebs" is likely to remain a staple within the community. It symbolizes more than just a nickname; it represents the vibrant, creative, and passionate culture that surrounds these beloved devices.

That said, "keebs" is a term that encapsulates the unique culture of the mechanical keyboard community. It highlights the passion, creativity, and sense of belonging that make this hobby so special. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer curious about the world of mechanical keyboards, embracing the term "keebs" is a fun way to join the conversation and celebrate these incredible devices.

If you enjoyed this post, please share it with your fellow keyboard enthusiasts!

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

June 29, 2024 0 Comments

Enjoying art and fun shouldn't come with a hefty price tag; it can be both high-quality and affordable.

Welcome to this monthly new series where I will be spotlighting talented keycap artists whose work I have come across and purchased from them as I love their designs. With reasonable pricing and shipping options that have proven worthwhile to me, here I am sharing them with you. Whether you're in search of intricacy, uniqueness, or affordability in artisan keycaps, I hope you find inspiration and the opportunity to support these creators.

Getting into the hobby and into the rabbit hole of artisan keycaps can be a bit overwhelming for the pocket as one artisan keycap can cost as much as a whole set, with some costing more than S$80 (not including shipping fees yet). And let's not get started on shipping... If you are in Singapore or South East Asia, sometimes shipping from overseas sellers are more than S$20-40+!😡

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]

Hopefully this list helps you as it did me (especially if you are from South East Asia) and support the lovely artists who are doing a wonderful job, and making it a little bit more easier for you and your wallet in personalizing your mechanical keyboard!

*Do note that these are based on my own experiences and thoughts, so remember to always check the reviews before committing to anything.

Think an artist (who is not on this list and fits the bill) should be added, do let me know in the comments below on where are they and why they should be added! πŸ˜†

Artists Featured:

  • 2024
    • April: πŸŽ wildapplestudio
      • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$15 to S$80+ (US$11 to US$60+)
      • Shipping to Singapore: less than S$10 (US$8)
      • Shipping Internationally: depends on your location but should be reasonable
      • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping (to reach you). 
      • Style: 🧚 Whimsical / Fantasy / Sweet 🍬
      • Material: Polymer clay, protected with UV resin
    • May: 🐢 shopqwerkycaps
      • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$35 to S$65+ (US$25 to US$50+)
      • Shipping to Singapore:  S$3 (US$2.50)
      • Shipping Internationally: around S$10+ (US$8+)
      • Shipping to US: Free shipping for the first order for over US$35
      • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping (to reach you). Do ask to confirm for the shipment details. For Singaporeans, once it's been shipped out you should get it within 2 working days.
      • Style:  πŸ¬ Fantasy / Gaming / Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Anime πŸ“Ί
      • Material: Polymer clay, PBT keycap, Matte glaze or UV resin glaze
    • June: 🍡 teas_factory
      • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$26 to S$36+ (US$20  to US$30+
        • Pricing for commission pieces might vary so always reach out and clarify. 
      • Shipping to Singapore: less than $2 (US$2.50)
      • Shipping Internationally: an average of S$9.30 to S$11.90+ (US$7 to US$10+)
      • Wait Time: My order via Google Forms took a total of 2 working days to get processed and another 4 working days to reach me. Also best to check with teas_factory  on when you can receive your little cutie.
      • Style:  πŸ“Ί Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Gaming / Anime
      • Material: Resin / Polymer Clay
    • July: ???
    • August: ???
    • September: ???
    • October: ???
    • November: ???
    • December: ???

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Exploring Artisan Keycaps: Sakura the Cow finds her home

June 26, 2024 0 Comments

teas_factory is a keycap artists who is in Singapore. Her aim to make affordable keycaps that everyone can enjoy really resonated with me, and her design aesthetics definitely caught my eye. Her design aesthetics are uniquely adorable with creations inspired from cartoon series to animals. She mainly focuses on custom keycaps, but does come up with designs of her own as well.&nbsp

Check out this short video of her cute cow creation, Sakura, who has found her home on my low profile keyboard.

[Keycap Series: June Artist Featuring teas_factory]

[First Look: Ajazz AK832 Wireless three mode mechanical keyboard (Brown Switch Model)]

[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

Monday, June 24, 2024

Keycap Series: June Artist Featuring teas_factory

June 24, 2024 0 Comments

For the month of June, the artist of the month is teas_factory who is located in Singapore! Her aim to make affordable keycaps that everyone can enjoy really resonated with me, and her design aesthetics definitely caught my eye. Her design aesthetics are uniquely adorable with creations inspired from cartoon series to animals. She mainly focuses on custom keycaps, but does come up with designs of her own as well. 

Shipping (within Singapore) is the cheapest yet at S$2

International shipping is also reasonable:

  1. Malaysia & Brunei: S$7.10
  2. Countries in Asia & the Pacific (except Australia, Japan, New Zealand): S$9.30
  3. Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world: S$11.90

Her keycap creations range from an average of S$26 to S$36+. The price range is appreciated along with the unique and good quality designs. πŸ˜† 

[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]

I first came across teas_factory  on Instagram and went to check out her creations. 😍

What caught my attention was the adorable Sakura Cow. It was simply too cute to resist, and the pricing made it even more irresistible!

Unlike the artists featured so far who have an Etsy or online store, she takes orders via Google Forms and promotes them via her Instagram and Carousell account. The process was really simple: the link to the form is on her accounts and when you've completed it, she will send the invoice over to the email you provided. Simple and easy (especially for Singaporean buyers since PayNow is also accepted). You can even commission designs from her. 😊

teas_factory  was really fast and responsive, even making sure that my address was correct. The invoice was sent shortly after. It took about 6 working days to reach me, which is not too bad considering it was made upon order, and having to wait a bit for the new batch of resin to arrive.

Packaging was on point: little Sakura the Cow was encased in a little cute box with a lovely wax seal affixed on the top; adding a nice touch. She arrived with some cute stickers and notes!

The overall experience was fantastic. I would definitely be getting more keycaps from her in future, espcially for my low profile keyboard. Don't you think it just vibes with the little cutie just perfectly? πŸ˜€

Artist Info

  • Style:  πŸ“Ί Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Gaming / Anime
  • Pricing(per keycap)an average of S$26 to S$36+ (US$20  to US$30+
    • Pricing for commission pieces might vary so always reach out and clarify. 
  • Shipping to Singapore: less than $2 (US$2.50)
  • Shipping Internationally: an average of S$9.30 to S$11.90+ (US$7 to US$10+)
  • Wait Time: My order via Google Forms took a total of 2 working days to get processed and another 4 working days to reach me. Also best to check with teas_factory  on when you can receive your little cutie.
  • Material: Resin / Polymer Clay
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— Unique designs, and offers customization.
πŸ’— Light weight and easy to install caps. It fit my low profile keyboard switch perfectly and easily.
πŸ’— The evenness and smoothness of the end product. 
πŸ’— The attention to detail on Sakura the Cow was immaculate (did you see that behind?!).
πŸ’— Does not look mass manufactured and has personality.
πŸ’— Good quality and amicable, responsive artist (to address and concerns or questions). 
πŸ’— Reasonable and affordable shipping price.
πŸ’— Reasonable pricing and aesthetically pleasing designs.

Remember to compare prices and shipping costs across different artisans and platforms to find the best fit for your budget!

Have you gotten any keycaps from teas_factory ? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Desk Mats vs. Mousepads: Understanding the Key Differences

June 19, 2024 0 Comments

In the world of desk accessories, two essential items often come into play: the desk mat and the mousepad. While they might seem similar at first glance, these two products serve distinct purposes and offer unique benefits. In this blog post, we'll dive into the key differences between desk mats and mousepads to help you decide which one—or perhaps both—you need for your workspace.

Desk Mats: The Multi-Purpose Protector

Size and Coverage

Desk mats are the larger of the two, designed to cover a significant portion of your desk. They can accommodate your keyboard, mouse, and sometimes even a laptop or other desk accessories. This expansive coverage helps keep your workspace organized and clutter-free.

Purpose and Functionality

The primary purpose of a desk mat is to protect your desk surface. Whether it's shielding your desk from scratches, spills, or heat damage, a desk mat is a versatile tool that enhances the longevity of your furniture. Additionally, desk mats provide a comfortable writing surface, making them ideal for note-taking and other tasks.

Materials and Aesthetics

Desk mats come in a variety of materials, including leather, fabric, plastic, and rubber. This variety allows you to choose a mat that not only suits your functional needs but also complements your aesthetic preferences. A stylish desk mat can add a touch of elegance to your workspace.

Extra Features

Many desk mats come with additional features that enhance their functionality. You might find desk mats with built-in organizers, charging ports, or even wrist rests for added comfort. These extra touches can make a significant difference in your daily productivity and comfort.

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Mousepads: Precision and Performance

Size and Specificity

Mousepads are smaller and specifically designed to accommodate the movement of a mouse. Their compact size ensures that they provide just enough space for smooth and efficient mouse operation without taking up too much room on your desk.

Purpose and Efficiency

The main goal of a mousepad is to improve the performance of your mouse. A good mousepad offers a smooth, consistent surface that enhances tracking and precision, making it an essential tool for anyone who relies on their mouse for work or gaming. Additionally, mousepads protect your desk from the wear and tear caused by constant mouse movement.

Materials and Design

Mousepads are typically made from materials that optimize mouse tracking, such as cloth, plastic, or rubber with a textured surface. These materials are chosen to provide the best possible interaction between the mouse sensor and the pad, ensuring accurate and responsive performance.

Additional Enhancements

Some mousepads come with features designed to improve user comfort and experience. For instance, you might find mousepads with wrist rests or gel padding to reduce strain during extended use. Others may have specialized surfaces tailored for different types of mouse sensors, catering to specific needs.

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Choosing Between a Desk Mat and a Mousepad

When deciding between a desk mat and a mousepad, consider your specific needs and how you use your workspace. If you're looking for a multi-purpose solution that offers protection and organization, a desk mat might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you need something to enhance the precision and comfort of your mouse usage, a mousepad is likely the better choice.

Ultimately, both desk mats and mousepads can significantly improve your workspace. Some people even choose to use both, enjoying the comprehensive protection and enhanced functionality they provide together.

Whether you're aiming to protect your desk, improve your mouse performance, or simply add a touch of style to your setup, understanding the differences between desk mats and mousepads can help you make an informed decision that best suits your needs. Happy working!

Monday, June 17, 2024

Exploring Artisan Keycap Artists: teeny.snug

June 17, 2024 0 Comments

teeny.snug is located in sunny Singapore and embarked on her creation journey since March 2022. She started out with many interests from keebs, clay and vtubers, ultimately deciding to focus on clay creations. She has the most adorable series of artisan cat keycaps called “Potted Pets” on her online store. 

Of course, her creations are not limited to just keycaps. She  recently introduced a deskbud series where potted cats and dogs were up for purchase to keep you company while you work, adding that something special to your desk setup.

Can you guess? Yes, I got them cute deskbuds - the cat and dog dark brown version. Little did I know they were so popular and were sold out quite fast after I got them. Thankfully I got them and they are happily on my desk now. πŸ˜†

The packaging was super adorable with a sticker each for the cat and dog deskbuds. I love the little paw print details which are peppered throughout the package! 😍

Purchase Experience

Experience purchasing from the shop was good and straight forward. Navigation was also easy as everything you would want to know from the backstory, how long delivery takes, terms and conditions, adding to cart and check out was straight-forward. 

There are a few ways she offers her creations via her online store:

  • New pre-orders are on her store for 1-2 months before being retired; always added something new.
  • In-stock keycaps are already created and ready top be packed and sent out with a 2-5 day processing time).
  • Raffle: with limited quantity but ready-made keycaps.
  • For more you should check out the FAQ for the latest must updated information.

How to Buy

Head over to the online store and make your purchase. It really is that simple. There is no need to create an account. Just add to cart and checkout. She recently updated her site so it accepts PayPal, but when I was getting my deskbuds payment was via Stripe - so credit (or debit) card or ApplePay of your choice. Either way to process was simple and straight forward.

teeny.snug  announces the creations or updates on her Instagram. She also is working an interesting keycap edition short reel series, so do check her page out! 😍

Artist Info

  • Style:  πŸ±Animals🐢
  • Pricing (per keycap)an average of US$58 to US$98+ (S$78-S$132+)
  • Shipping (Singapore): Depends on whether there are keycaps in the order and ranges from USD$2.5-$4 (S$3.50-S$6)
  • Shipping Internationally: Depends on your country and if the order has keycaps or not. For non-keycaps orders it ranges from USD$7-$11 (S$20-S$50). For orders with keycaps it ranges from USD$11-$14 (S$20-S$50). However, it is alway best to check the shipping & delivery page to get the latest pricing for shipping.
  • Wait Time: In general, about 2-5 working days for ready stock orders and 3-5 week processing time for pre-orders. Do check out the FAQ  and T&C sections for the latest updates.
  • Material: Clay (Hand sculpted)
  • Location:  Singapore
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Stripe or ApplePay 
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— The variety of products and ease of navigating the online store. 
πŸ’— Adorable and sweet designs for keycaps, deskbuds and other upcoming products.
πŸ’—Auto currency conversion, making it easier to know the final cost while adding items into the cart in local currency.
πŸ’— Has personality and unique. 
πŸ’— Love the backstory of the origin story for teeny.snug  and her little kitty mascots! 
πŸ’— Responsiveness with any questions and really nice.

Have you gotten any keycaps from teeny.snug ? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

360 Degree View of Sleepy Eevee by WildAppleStudio

June 16, 2024 0 Comments

If you haven’t guessed it by now, I am a little smitten with the wonderful sleepy details of Sleepy Eevee by Apple from WildAppleStudio. So here is another short video of the cute little guy in his full sleepy form, all 360 degrees of him, from his adorable sleepy bubble from the front to his little behind. πŸ˜„

If you are interested in knowing how to get your own Sleepy Eevee or his adorable friends, do check out my review from purchasing him from Apple’s online shop.  Thank you for dropping by!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Mechanical Keyboard Switches Explained: Your Complete Guide to Types and Characteristic

June 12, 2024 0 Comments

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on mechanical keyboard switches!

If you're new to the world of mechanical keyboards or looking to upgrade your typing experience, understanding the different types of switches is crucial. In this blog post, we'll break down everything you need to know about mechanical keyboard switches, from the various types available to their unique characteristics. Let's dive in!

Types of Mechanical Keyboard Switches:

Mechanical keyboard switches come in several varieties, each offering a distinct feel and sound. Here are some of the most common types:

Cherry MX: Cherry MX switches are widely regarded as the gold standard in mechanical keyboards. They come in various colors, each indicating a different type of switch, such as Cherry MX Red (linear), Cherry MX Blue (clicky), and Cherry MX Brown (tactile).

Kailh: Kailh switches are Cherry MX clones manufactured by Kaihua Electronics. They offer similar characteristics to Cherry MX switches but may come at a lower price point. Popular Kailh switches include Kailh Red, Kailh Blue, and Kailh Brown.

Gateron: Gateron switches are another Cherry MX alternative known for their smooth feel and competitive pricing. Gateron switches come in a variety of colors, including Gateron Red, Gateron Blue, and Gateron Brown.

Outemu: Outemu switches are budget-friendly switches commonly found in entry-level mechanical keyboards. While they may not offer the same level of durability as other brands, they provide a satisfactory typing experience for casual users.

Characteristics of Mechanical Keyboard Switches:

When choosing a mechanical keyboard switch, several characteristics come into play:

Actuation Force: The amount of force required to register a keystroke varies between switch types. Some switches, like Cherry MX Red, have a light actuation force, while others, like Cherry MX Green, require more forceful typing.

Tactility: Tactile switches provide feedback through a noticeable bump in the keystroke, while linear switches offer a smooth, uninterrupted keystroke. Clicky switches combine tactile feedback with an audible click sound upon actuation.

Sound: The sound produced by a mechanical keyboard switch depends on its type and construction. Clicky switches, such as Cherry MX Blue, are known for their distinctive click sound, while linear switches like Cherry MX Red produce minimal noise.

Durability: Mechanical keyboard switches are rated for a cetain number of keystrokes, typically in the millions. High-quality switches, such as Cherry MX and Gateron, are known for their durability and longevity.

Choosing the right mechanical keyboard switch is a personal decision based on your typing preferences, gaming style, and budget. Whether you prefer the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown switches or the smooth keystrokes of Gateron Red switches, understanding the characteristics of each switch type is essential. 

We hope this guide has provided valuable insights into the world of mechanical keyboard switches, helping you make an informed decision for your next keyboard upgrade. Happy typing!