The Best and Worst Gifts to Buy This Year - Episode 322 - Show Notes

The Best and Worst Gifts to Buy This Year - Episode 322

Sunday Dec 3, 2023 (00:26:45)


This week, Avram Piltch begins with the topic of keystrokes. He mentions that typing at a faster rate, such as 400 keystrokes per minute, can greatly enhance one's typing experience. With tens of thousands of keystrokes per day, using a mechanical keyboard can make a significant difference in terms of speed and reduced soreness. Avram describes this as a "game changer" and highlights the benefits of using a mechanical keyboard.

Moving on, Avram introduces the idea of a wrist rest. He mentions that the HyperX wrist rest is highly recommended, providing both a gel feel and a cooling effect. He emphasizes the importance of using a wrist rest to avoid soreness and discomfort while typing. He also notes that the wristrest is available in different sizes, with the full-size option being the preferred choice for those using a full-size keyboard. He then suggests that investing in a wrist rest can be a life-changing improvement for individuals who spend a significant amount of time typing.

Avram then shifts to discussing SSDs (Solid State Drives). He advises listeners to ensure they know what type of SSD their system requires before purchasing one as a gift. He suggests opting for a 2TB SSD or larger, as high-quality options are now available at reasonable prices. He then mentions the Samsung 990 Pro and the WD Black SN850X as top choices in terms of performance. He also notes that the prices may vary and recommends keeping an eye out for deals during the holidays. Investing in a new SSD can greatly enhance a person's computing experience and is worth considering as a gift or personal upgrade.

Next, Avram touches upon the topic of buying a new laptop. He advises against purchasing a laptop with only 8GB of RAM or a 256GB SSD, as these specifications may limit performance and storage capacity. He recommends considering the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as a top choice for a premium laptop. He also mentions different configurations available, with options for 16GB or 32GB of RAM and 512GB or 1TB of storage. He also emphasizes the importance of adequate RAM, especially considering that laptops are typically used for several years. He suggests opting for at least 16GB of RAM and potentially considering 32GB if the budget allows.

Lastly, Avram discusses monitors. For gaming purposes, he advises against purchasing a 1080p monitor, unless specifically for eSports gaming where high refresh rates are prioritized over resolution. He recommends the Dell S3222DGM as a great monitor deal, with its curved 32-inch display, high contrast ratio, and up to 165Hz refresh rate. However, he suggests investing in a 4K monitor for sharper images and more screen real estate for productivity purposes. He also acknowledges that 4K gaming monitors can be expensive.

In conclusion, Avram provides valuable insights into keystrokes, wrist rests, SSDs, laptops, and monitors. He highlights the benefits of using a mechanical keyboard for an improved typing experience, emphasizes the importance of a wrist rest for comfort, and discusses the advantages of investing in a high-quality SSD for enhanced computing performance. He also offers recommendations for laptops and monitors, taking into consideration factors such as RAM, storage capacity, and display resolution. Overall, Avram provides valuable information for individuals seeking to enhance their typing experience, improve their computing setup, or find suitable gifts for others.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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