Here is a list of all the hardware and software that I use on a regular basis: Both for this site and in my personal life. I’ve always enjoyed reading other people’s list and researching what will fit my needs (or just be rad to have). So I wanted to make and share my own list.
And now there is a snazzy video tour of the space and gear as well. I hope you enjoy.
I use a pink/red M1 iMac with 16GB of unified memory and a 2TB SSD. It is occasionally plugged into my LG 24QP500-B 24” monitor. I use an Anker Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station. I back my computer and my four external drives to BackBlaze.
Now I use an Apple Magic Keyboard with TouchID and Magic Trackpad, but I still have a Keychron K2 Keyboard with red switches and a Logitech MX Master 3. I also have a Canon TS9120, which is a nifty printer.
Cameras and Microphones
I have a Canon 90D for filming with the kit 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses. I use a Sigma F1.8 18-35mm zoom now with the creamiest bokeh. I also got my Dad’s old Minolta lenses and bought an adapter plate for Canon: those lenses are a 28mm prime and a 50mm prime.
I have a Logitech C920 1080p webcam
that is a step above any built-in webcam I’ve used (I now prefer my M1 iMac’s built-in webcam. The Image Signal Processor smokes the super old Logitech webcam). Now I use my iPhone 14 Pro Max and a Pixel 7 with Camo, which can both be used with my iMac as a far superior (and easier to setup) camera. I also recently bought an Elgato pop-up green screen for live streams.
As for modern consoles, I currently have a PS5, a Xbox Series X, and a The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo Switch OLED with a 256GB micro SD card installed.
My more “retro” consoles include a NES, a SNES, a N64, two GameCubes, a Wii, a Wii U, a couple of Game Boy handhelds, a Game Boy Color, Advance, Micro, a DS Lite, a New 3DS XL, a 3DO, a PS1, a PS2, a PS3, a PSP, a PS Vita, a PS TV, and a MiSTer FPGA console.
I also have a Sony Trinitron KV-27FS12 that my wife graciously lets me keep in the home for my older consoles. I use an Extron Crosspoint Matrix Switch to spit out the video signal from my analog consoles to both TVs. Now I don’t have to choose between playing off the CRT or plugging into my RetroTINK 5X-Pro for crispy upscaled capture.
Update (05/09/2021): Long overdue for an update on all sorts of equipment and consoles. Added a cameras and microphone section as well. Also included links to equipment for those that are curious.
Update (08/26/2021): I totally forgot to swap out the MacBook Pro with the M1 iMac.
Update (06/20/2022): Another overdue update. A few dead pixels and a warranty turned my LG C9 into an LG C1. I’ve also upgraded to a Switch OLED, sold one capture card for an upgrade, and a finally replaced my 10-year-old monitor. I also bought a RetroTINK 5X. I really need to update this more frequently.
Update (11/7/2022): Swapped my normal Switch OLED for the Splatoon 3 model. Added the iPad Pro, Pixel 7, and the range of camera lenses. Big updates to the office, studio, nursery lately.
Update (9/13/23): Goodbye Pixel 7, hello Zelda Switch OLED! I added the Extron switch as well. I’ve now written out a list of all my consoles, plus added the most recent video tour of the space as well.