Hako Trues.

Going back a few months (quite a few at this point) I managed to spill beer all over one of the nicer keyboard that I’ve got, a Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro S. As a result of this, some of the switches gummed up and the board became horrible to use, ultimately this event can probably be blamed for the influx of keyboards ever since.

All lit up! You can see some of the damaged MX Browns that the Hako Trues replaced by the USB Cord.
All lit up! You can see some of the damaged MX Browns that the Hako Trues replaced by the USB Cord.

The Hako Trues are a box style, tactile switch manufactured by  Kaihua that have been designed to feel similar to 55g topre domes with the tactile bump being more subtle when compared to basically every other switch I’ve ever used. Personally, I can’t feel any tactility what so ever unless pressing the switch down very slowly. I’m hardly the lightest typist out there and, despite these switches discouraging you from bottoming out, I’ll almost always end up slamming down on the keys with almost every key stroke. Personally I feel that this is one of the reasons why I can’t feel the bump when pressing down so I’ve been trying to bottom out less while typing or gaming.

Close up with one of the Hako Trues. Sorry for the dirt under the keycaps...
Close up with one of the Hako Trues. Sorry for the dirt under the keycaps…

I have noticed a slight improvement when being careful to not bottom out but being the heavy handed brute that I am does mean that I’ve got to really focus on typing and as a result, my typing speed drops by quite a bit. I know that over time I’d be able to build this speed back up and I am working on doing so, but the change is rather weird at first. All in all I’m happy with the end result as it’s given me back one of my personal favourite keyboards in my small collection. At some point in the future I’ll post an update to this with my thought after a substantial amount of time has passed. As I’ve not had the change to compare the Hako Trues directly to a 55g Topre keyboard I’ll never know how well these switches work as imitation Topre until I do get something with 55g domes.

In the future I do plan on getting a Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 and once I have one, I’ll definitely be comparing the Topre Domes to the Hako Trues.

Villains or Heroes?

So with Queens of the Stone Age having published a new album over a week ago now I’ve had ample time to sit down, listen to it and base my opinion on something other than first impressions. While the first impression of something is important, it’s very easy to find something brilliant when you first hear it, but then you’ll notice things over time that might alter your thoughts on something, hence the long wait time for me posting this.

With the 9 songs that make up the album I feel that there is sadly more filler than there is solid quality content. The songs in question are Feet Don’t Fail me NowHead like a Haunted House & Villains of Circumstance. These 3 songs are the ones that so far after listening to the album for over week now are the only ones that really stand out to me and it’s a bit disappointing that I only really love 3 songs from the album.

The other songs are by no means not enjoyable to listen to. I’ve gladly had the whole album on loop and will continue to do so in hopes that my thoughts might be swayed on the album as a whole rather than the individual songs

One thing that I am pleased about is how the involvement of Mark Ronson hasn’t turned the album into a massive pop-fest. My initial worry about him being involved with the production of the album was dropped after listening to the album as a whole for the first time. Villains definitely gives off that QotSA vibe that you only seem to get from them. The music they produce is unique and I’m glad they still produce the high quality music that they do.

I feel my opinion on Villains is being altered considerably by how much I loved Like Clockwork… as I feel the whole album is one of the strongest that QotSA have published out of all of their albums. In time I may alter my thoughts but it’s going to take some more listening to really see how things pan out. But, with Trivium bringing out a new album in October, there might not be much time left for Villains to make it’s mark.

 

Queens of the Modern Age…

Queens of the Stone Age are a band that I’ve enjoyed listening to for quite some time now. I’ve found some of the previous albums and singles they’ve put out fit rather well into the weird list of bands that I enjoy. With this being said when the video for their new album Villains was posted I was excited to the point where I was watching that video over and over just to listen to the small snippet of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, however while having the video on loop there was one part that I was a little worried about.

During the video they let loose the information that the album was being produced along side Mark Ronson who is quite the name to work along and has put out some fantastic songs with a large range of artists of the years. My issue that is that Mark Ronson seems to be more in with the Pop crowed rather than the hard/alt rock that I’d slot QotSA into.

Despite my fretting I pushed past the worry as the section of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now in the teaser was quite something to listen to and some new singles where out for me to listen to to keep me focused.

With both the new singles, the feel too poppy. Personally I feel that Mark’s influence over them has given them more of a dance/pop feel and I’m curious to see how the rest of the album compares.

This album is coming straight after what could be regarded in my eyes as one of the bands best albums yet Like Clockwork… so the contrast in styles might be a bit jarring for me however it’s clear that QotSA are going for a different feel with each album, something that I feel more bands should try as sometimes the same thing gets a bit to stale.

With only a couple days left till the album drops, it’s going to be an interesting wait to see if I find the album amazing or if I’ll have to just go with the flow

Here we go.

With this site I’m going to be posting my thoughts on different forms of media that I want to save my thoughts on. This will range from music to films, games to even a book every now and then.

I do also have a YouTube channel and most of what I upload on there will be on here too but it’s rather boring stuff so it won’t be front and centre.

First thing that will probably be talked about is going to be the new Queens of the Stone Age album entitled ‘Villains’ as that comes out on the 26th and I’ve got a few things to mention about the singles they’ve put out in the meantime.

Just Hold On, More’s Coming…