Logitech MX Master 3 and MX Keys

Just woke up to the news to this announcement. The new MX Master swaps Micro USB to a USB type-C. At last! They improved the wheels with magnets, but I don’t know if I ever had issues with mine. So I will have to look at some reviews to check out what it’s all about. Personally the MX Keys is the one gets my attention.

from Logitech.com

Apparently it’s the Craft Keyboard without the dial, and that’s actually what makes me excited about it. The dial on the Craft never found the right audience in me, as I felt it added little value to the type of work I do. However, the Craft Keyboard sans the dial? Hell, I want to try! Perhaps it is time to finally sell my Apple Magic Keyboard to make the room. There is no way I am substituting any of my mechanical keyboards, but the new MX Keys has features that I can appreciate – easy switch between devices, silent keys, backlight, monster battery and more.

I don’t see this duo available on Amazon US yet. I might just pull the trigger from their website…

But…! What’s not in this update is the MX Anywhere. I have been using it for the past many years at work but it finally began acting up with missed clicks. Of course, it’s out of warranty 🙁

Only 1 year warranty…

The MX Keys Anywhere is missing. Honestly, I’d want that numpad gone… I will stay hopeful.

Caldigit TB3 Plus

I shed too much tears on you – Caldigit TS3 Plus

When it comes to Thunderbolt accessories, reliability comes with a price tag which I feel is justified. My work-issued Dell TB18DC paired with the Precision 7530 has been nothing but trouble for me (as evidenced by 2/5 rating on Amazon). The $300 Caldigit TB3 Plus, on the other hand, is the God of laptop docking stations and the killer of all dongles. According to the internet, the TB3 Plus is the only docking station that works reliably without surprises. I originally considered on buying one because I got these attached on my MBP 15:

  • 1 Gb ethernet adapter
  • Display cable to my LG monitor (doubles as charging cable)
  • Charging cable for my iPhone and iPad

This leaves *only* ONE spare USB port *sad face*. I felt like I was running out of air to breathe. I was suffocating! Fortunately however (yes fortunately), the price tag of $300 was a really difficult to swallow. So I gave myself a plenty time for a decision. After doing a lot of self-reflection, I realized I really just wanted to save myself from having to unplug and replug those 3 cables. I didn’t *need* more USB ports. I already have more than enough on my MBP. I just liked the elegance of the solution this thing provides to the problem I actually didn’t have. I might revisit this product when I see the need, but for now I am going to pass.                                                              

Simulated setup – notice only 1 cable is going into my laptop?

$300 saved! Well done, me!