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Welcome to my “uses” page, where you can find out what tools and gadgets I use the most.

Tech #

  • Laptop: MacBook Pro 14", 32GB RAM, 10-core M1 Pro SoC

    Quite possibly the best laptop computer I’ve ever had, even though macOS feels like the worst operating system I’ve ever used.

  • Desktop: Custom-built “gaming” computer

    • AMD Ryzen 9 7900X 12-Core CPU
    • 32GB DDR5 RAM
    • AMD Radeon RX6950XT 16GB VRAM
    • Some Gigabyte Socket AM5 motherboard1
    • LG 27UL500 4K 27" display
    • An ErGear display arm
    • Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED mouse2
    • EPOMAKER TH66 Pro 65% mechanical keyboard3
  • Home server: HP EliteDesk 800 G4 Mini

    • Intel Core i7 8700T low-power 12-threads CPU
    • 16GB of DDR4 RAM
    • 256GB of 2.5” SSD
    • 4TB NVMe SSD
  • Phone: iPhone 14 Pro

    Most of the time I run it naked, although when I’m out biking I might have a Mobile Case by Peak Design on.

    Nobody actually needs Pro iPhone’s, unless you need the noticeably better camera array.

  • Tablet: 11" iPad Pro with Pencil and Smart Keyboard

    Great little companion when I’m on-the-go and on call, weights less than a laptop and it’s hella cool.

  • Smartwatch: Apple Watch Ultra 2

    A perfect blend between style and toughness.

    I went for the Ultra 2 because as a mountain biker, I like when my gadgets have a higher change of surviving a hard crash and have enough juice in the battery to survive for a day’s worth of bike park.

    On top of that, the high-tech array of sensors makes for a great training tool, if you spend the extra cash for a couple apps:

    1. Athlytic : Whoop -level features for 30€/year
    2. WorkOutDoors : a better alternative to the integrated Workout app, full of functionality and customizability - it also has a map view!
  • Headphones: Apple AirPods Pro 2, Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020, Focal Bathys

    While I love the detail and clarity of the Andromeda’s, I use the AirPods Pro’s more: great microphone for calls, long-lasting battery, great audio quality for the form factor, incredibly convenient.

    When I’m in the mood for an at-home listening session though, nothing beats the Andromeda’s… with a little bass boost.

    Recently I acquired a pair of Focal Bathys closed-back, Bluetooth headphones: they sound amazing and battery life is alright.

    They sound even better through the integrated DAC, which can be used by connecting them via Type-C to a computer or phone.

    As hard as it is for me, they might be replacing my Andromeda’s.

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T2

    • FUJINON XF35mmf2 R WR – my everyday carry, incredibly sharp lens, lightweight and good looking
    • Urth 43 mm UV filter – used on the XF35
    • FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS – used mostly when traveling, great all-around lens
    • Two Sabrent 128GB UHS-II SD cards
    • Two PATONA Platinum NP-W126S batteries
    • One Fujifilm NP-W126S battery
    • All stored in a Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L


  • Heavy-load bag: Patagonia Black Hole 25L

    I love this backpack.

    I’ve had mine for a couple of intensive years and it’s still holding great!

    If you’re looking for a big, spacious backpack with a real layer of water resistance and not just some hand-wavy internal coating, the Borealis is a great choice.

  • Everyday bag: North Face Borealis Mini or Topo Designs Rover Pack Mini

    Both bags are high-quality and stylish, I’ll pick one of them when I feel like changing a little.

  • Wallet: Peak Design Mobile Slim Wallet

    The only slim wallet I found that inspires a sense of durability, can fit several cards and maybe a couple bills too.

    It also safely clips to my iPhone’s Peak Design case.

  1. They’re all the same. ↩︎

  2. I kind of still play some CS:GO during the cold season, and this is the best gaming mouse I’ve ever used: reliable, wireless, no perceivable lag, long-lasting removable battery. ↩︎

  3. I also have a custom-made FalbaTech ERGODOX mechanical keyboard, but I still find a plain 65% layout more comfortable… I should write a post about it. ↩︎