EXPLORING AND CELEBRATING DESIGN

ABOUT THE CHANNEL

Ever since I was little I’ve taken things apart. I didn’t always know how to put them back together, but I wanted to understand how they worked. Between this and a passion for technology, I am on a journey to understand our technology, computers and specifically laptops are changing and evolving.

Laptop Retrospective was a personal project that started in 2017 to explore these questions through the creation of a YouTube channel. Since starting the channel, I’ve had the opportunity to disassemble and examine nearly one hundred laptops and other technology, reviewing several other technology-related products. I’ve also had the chance to interview many key figures in the mobile computing and design industry. The journey continues!

 

 

WHAT I DO

Laptop Retrospective exists to:


DISCUSS

Discuss specific machines, devices and systems that I have had the opportunity to use.

EXPLORE

Explore past, present and future trends in the laptop, computer and tech industry.

SUGGEST

Provide suggestions and recommendations where possible.

CELEBRATE

Celebrate, critique and review technology.

SHARE

Interview the movers and shakers of the mobile computing world, past and present.

HOW TO HELP

Laptop Retrospective wasn’t created to make a profit. However, funds that are collected through commissions and ad revenue on YouTube go back into the channel. They help me upkeep filming equipment and occasionally buy items that I would like to use and share with you, the audience.

The best ways currently to support the channel are subscribing, liking and sharing the videos with people that will find them helpful. I’m always exploring new ideas on how to grow the channel and if you have an idea you’d like to share, you can always contact me via Twitter, the Contact Form, or of course, the YouTube comments on a video.

Lastly, if you have stories to share, I’d love to hear more so do not be afraid to reach out using the above methods.

RECENT ARTICLES

Aug
19

Rob Herman Interview (Product Manager of i , A, R, Z, P Series and the X tablet)

If you haven’t seen the interview I did with Rob Herman, I will link in directly below. If you’d like to just listen to the interview, here is an mp3 of our talk.   It was really great to speak with Rob and learn about his unique perspective in the creative process. Every person that […]

Jul
22

TrackPoint Keyboards

If you are looking for a greater, in-depth article, please consider checking out this fantastic summary of several of the keyboards below here. PS/2 Era or Earlier IBM Model M13 A classic with Buckling springs. Very rare with no active listings on eBay. For more information on this beauty, check out LGR’s episode where he […]

Jul
13

It isn’t all about Key Travel

This article was made possible by the excellent and very interesting study linked below. Coppola, Sarah M., Philippe C. Dixon, Boyi Hu, Michael Y.C. Lin, and Jack T. Dennerlein. 2019. “Going Short: The Effects of Short-Travel Key Switches on Typing Performance, Typing Force, Forearm Muscle Activity, and User Experience.” Journal of Applied Biomechanics 35 (2): 149–56. https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/jab/35/2/article-p149.xml […]

Jul
03

Wireless Panels coming from Lenovo

Lenovo, who has partnered with Energysquare has started announcing wireless charging products for your existing laptops. I’ve talked about this technology in an earlier post that I will link below. Just announced is the kit to make just about any 13-14″ laptop be able to charge wirelessly. It will just cost you a USB-C port […]

Jul
03

Customers, Brands and Reviewers

This article was inspired by the Tweet and the article linked below. One of the stretch goals I had for this channel is to one day use my growing experience and accumulating knowledge about laptops is of course to review newer ones. This is a stretch goal though and not the purpose for Laptop Retrospective […]

Jun
26

Will Butterflies fly again?

This article has been updated on 27 June 2021 to include new information. It appears last year Lenovo filed a new Butterfly-style keyboard patent and it was recently approved earlier this month by the US Patent Office. You can look it up on your own using the #11,029,723 and unsurprisingly it references John Karidis’ existing […]

May
29

The Infamous Timezone Wallpaper

As some supplemental material for the “Think Design Stories” episode I did with David Hill on the subject of wallpaper, please find below a collection of resources. If you haven’t seen the video yet, or want to hear the story again, please find the video below. For those that want a good look at the […]

May
22

In defense of the Framework Laptop Modules

With pre-orders open to most countries for the Framework Laptop, I’ve been reading some criticism (some serious, some not) on the module design that Framework has created. Some have stated that the creation of these “pockets” in the body of the laptop is a gimmick and does not truly add meaningful functionality, but I am […]