Tom MacWright


Updated December 30, 2023

  • Computer: MacBook Air M2. With 24gb RAM, it’s an odd combination – a beefy turbocharger on a Honda Civic. But it’s a great computer, one of the best I’ve ever owned.
  • Mouse: Humanscale Pro Click. It’s a collaboration between Razer, which usually makes good hardware, and Humanscale, which lends the less flashy aesthetic. Only drawback is the USB-mini charging.
  • Keyboard: Keychron K7. I’ve tried the weird keyboards but I still type fastest on the Mac layout. This is one of the few keyboards that’s almost exactly the Mac layout - the “Command” key is in the right place.
  • Headphones: Sony WH1000XM4. The noise-cancelling is fantastic. These just work - I wish they had the Apple chip that lets them quick-pair, but besides that, A+.
  • Microphone: Elgato Wave 3. This, with the boom, is convenient and reliable. Big upgrade from the Blue Yeti I used previously.
  • Monitor: The 24” LG UltraFine. Monitors are almost universally bad, but this one is fine, just expensive.
  • Headphones for recording: Moondrop Quarks. I tried more expensive in-ear-monitors. Then tried less expensive ones and they were better. Finally, I tried these extremely cheap ones, and they were best of all. $13. They’re perfect. Solidly built, lightweight, great sound quality, what more can you ask for.
  • Editor: neovim with LazyVim. I can’t quit it.
  • Browser: Chrome. I hate it but every other browser has issues that annoy me.
  • Terminal: iTerm2. It’s near-perfect, stays out of the way, and is plenty fast.
  • Reading: Feedbin for RSS, Instapaper for reading it later, Calibre for managing eBooks and Kindle syncing.
  • Email: Fastmail (referral link). I love it. The UI, the company’s style, the calendar interface, the integration with 1Password.
  • Hosting: Netlify. This site uses Netlify, and it’s pretty good.

I have an old interview on usesthis, but this is more recently updated. Getting on usesthis was one of those highlights: the cool people are on that site. I’m also, somehow, on that site.