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CKF Pepyakka 2.0 thoughts. 


Well it’s been a joy to finally own this spinner. Will this be my last spinner? Probably not! If it is my last spinner I can say this is by far the best I’ve seen to date. The titanium build of this product is a compete solid piece for what I can tell. This unit has nothing loose on it. It’s so strong and yet so smooth. The movement is like butter, as you would expect. It’s the balance of perfect weight and strength that really stands out. 


It’s barings are ceramic ACH bearings, rated among the best bearing sets you can have. And while mine was one of the few that he made that wasn’t balanced I had to weight to the barings broke in and some initial cleaning before getting 2:30 spin times. This is pretty good for me. It’s not going to get 4/5 minutes but I’m fine with this. 


Now, because of this addition to my fidget life I have two great Fidget tools. I still haven’t found out which I like more still to date. I thought I would have figured this out by now but I haven’t.  I will say that I play with this spinner more than the cube but this could be because it’s newer. So I’m not sure of anything right now. 


In turning the page on all that I have used in Fidgets tools this stands out in the dark, literally. Anton Malyshev work is so magical. From knives to spinners it’s all masterpieces. And it’s been a sure blessings to be among the few to have been in the right place and right time to grab one of these. For those of you who wants one unfortunately you might be out of luck as it is discontinued but there is always eBay if you are willing to pay $500-$800. 

Digitalcrack’s unboxing of the Real CKF Pepyakka 2.0!

The very best Fidget Spinner… period is on its way!!

Hands down the most coveted spinner I have ever seen is the CKF Pepyakka 2.0. There is no spinner that is as loved as this one. The Maker located in Russia makes them based on preorders alone for $190-$220. In fact if you don’t own a pre -order now you probably won’t get one as it is a discontinued item now. CKF says the maker may make more but right now you can only get them on EBay if the owner decide to sell theirs. If you do get it on EBay be prepared. The whopping bids on these spinners sell for $800-$900 for the real ones(not the Clones I ordered before). The owners of the real ones know that this is a rare item with limited availability. They are even numbered.

The amazing details put into this spinner is art and machinery at its finest. Titanium with tritium valves insert at the tip just screams hard work and log hours making this Spinner. So I can understand that there will be a limit supply. This is and will be probably the only spinner that can finally take the spot of my Fidget Cube. But I will have to wait and see once it gets here. It’s going to take weeks, I’m told, because it shipping from Germany to the USA. If it comes early then fine but I’m not going to make myself go crazy hoping for this spinner anytime soon. The big part is over. I successfully order one and now I wait. Within minutes of my completing my order the unit had sold out. I don’t know if they only had one and just so happened to log in at the right time or they only had a handful and they went that quick. Regardless, I am so excited ! I can’t wait to show you guys this. 

Can’t say I didn’t try PC gaming. 


  For those of you that have kept up with my gaming trails with PC gaming, you all know that I give it the old college try. I got a pretty good Vr ready Pc system, a really good keyboard and mouse, and even connected my Xbox one controller to it. I download games I really wanted to play, games recommended, and even classics. I even went out of my way and modified my desk and added monitors. When I finished all I did was surf the internet and watch twitch most of the time. The times where I actually played games were very quick session because I became very bored. I kept thinking that this would get better but it didn’t and $1000 is a lot for something that I wasn’t going to really use. The reality was that I didn’t do nothing more with my PC that I wasn’t doing already with my tablet or Console. Both of which I already had. So with one day to spare, the PC generation ended for Digitalcrack. I know some of this may be because I’m not really excited about games right now. But the major thing is that I never really found the PC games really good to begin with. Console just work better, without headaches, and without complications. Apps like Twitch look amazing compared to my Pc. 4K Samsung ks8000 series are far better than monitors. Monitors I would say are better if you are comparing it to regular 1080p tv. But monitors compared to Samsungs Tv graphic don’t really reach the same levels. Last thing to remember is that I don’t play first persons shooter or play online. I like playing the CPU when I play games. Maybe if I liked multi player gaming and first person shooters I would feel different but I don’t so it’s over. I will finish my PC build for productivity in the near future but gaming on them isn’t for me. 

OK, they can stay!


You know that feeling don’t you? That feeling you get when your spouse or child brings home a new pet and you know initially that you plan on sending it back where ever they got it from. But what happens is that you start to fall in love with it yourself even though you promised yourself that you wouldn’t. Now, you spend more time playing with the dog than the people that brought it home. It has become part of you and you like the idea of it. In fact, sometimes you find that you needed it more than the people that wanted it. This is what happened to me and the Beats Solo 3’s. I wanted to take them back and had ever intention of doing so. But something happened. I got addicted to the ease of use. I fell in love with the carelessness of not having to worry about battery life. It started to become second nature to reach for them during my daily tasks. Hell, they even match my clothing lineup most days when I left the house for work or for whatever. I suppose the biggest thing is that I need it. I need something to take the place of a big void in my life, Video Games. I have gotten to the point that I play less and less of them. It’s become so bad that I find myself trying to find ways of convincing myself not to get rid of my newly bought PC because I know I might not ever play Video Games again. So why keep a $1000 PC?  The best thing to do when you are absent of a habit is to fill it with another one before you go mad. So this is one of my passions that I feel could be plugged into its space faster than any other thing I can think of. On top of that is the fact that, the Beats were on sale for $219. So when I add up everything I give the amazing W1 chip added Solo’s called 3 a nice 9 out of 10 Digitalcrack score rating. I personally don’t know of a longer lasting blue tooth headset or earphone set that last longer and has this type of ease of use and sound quality for my genre of music. No perfect 10 is given because while the sound is very good, it’s still not perfect. The studios and my Jaybirds still sound better. But neither of those last as long as these do, nor does it have the ease of use, battery life, along with portability these pack.

The Beats Solo 3’s experiment part 2!

With every new product, we have to take it through its paces. We have to find out what works on the surface vs what doesn’t work under pressure or close examination. The closest competition to the Beats solo 3 is it’s older brother the Studios. Why not others? Because the Studios are the only pair of over the ear headphones I own currently. Have I had others? Yes, but the Studios beat them out and remained top of the food chain for headphones in my opinion for my style of music. So, what we have here at first glance we have the physical looks. The studios are much bulkier than the Solo 3’s to nobody’s surprise.With that comes the issue of weight and storage options. It’s not a very hard thing to understand that the Solo 3’s are easier to carry and put around your neck than the Studios. This is something that I always thought about whenever I would have them out and about. The next thing that bothered me the need of the cord. I got tired of holding onto the cords or trying to hide them out of the way while I walked around. With the Solo 3’s the wiring isn’t a thing to worry about. I also can put them around my neck and forget about it. The Studio’s weight over my neck would be uncomfortable after only a short while.

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The weight of the decision on which of these headphones weigh heavily on me. Yes, I could keep both but we all know I do try and stay to 1 of each item if possible. If I keep the Solo’s the Studios will be only used during DJ sets. As far as my Jaybird earphones I will keep them because they are the very best sounding period. The Problem is the battery life, it sucks compared to the Solo 3’s. To be frank, everything sucks compared to the battery life of the Solo 3’s. And it is this feature that keeps this headphone on my radar. It just might be the only pair of listening devices I take with me out of town on my next business trip. I normal take a pair of them but with these headphones, I only have a need for one as long as there is no set backs.

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One thing I did experience and have since corrected this issue is the problem of the Bass flood. I think mine were bad from stock or something. The speaker during high bass was floody and it wasn’t tight as my Studios. I thought this was something related to the Solo’s. However, all this changed when I was in Best Buy today and picked up their demo unit which showed no such issues. I then saw something else that made me stop and think. It was the Matt finish on their exclusive version of the Solo 3’s. The one’s I had were from Costco and they were the Glossy fingerprint magnet versions. I can’t tell you how many times I had to clean this over and over in the short time I had them. So I took them back and got the Matt finish one’s from Best Buy after they matched the Price of the Costco version, that is. I like these a lot better. I get the same headphone without having to worry about fingerprints and sounding better during high bass hits. Did I ever mention that these match my Iphone Matte black back? Final review of the headphone I will post soon, so stay tuned.

Wireless Beats added to the bag!

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Sometimes evil and sometimes good comes to mind of owners of headphones all over the world when you mention Beats. Me personally, think that Beats have grown since the original versions but hasn’t grown much since. They really haven’t put out any new styles of their headphones in years. Most thought that once Apple bought out the rights this would change immediately but it didn’t, at least not from the outside. So what do we have now? Wireless connections to help push Apple wireless generation further. They added the W1 chip to the headset to help with the power management and syncing to help the overall magic apple products are supposed to have. So is there magic here for me? I will have to confess I tried not to be impressed with the syncing but it was like magic. Easily the fastest sync I have ever accomplished with any item. There was just something that’s really impressive about being able to open up a product like this and be up and running in less than 2 minutes with a fully charged battery with a 40 hour playback time. The sound though really hasn’t changed that much, if any.

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Some will say it has, some will say it got worse or better. Point is that it’s subjectable no matter what you think. Not everyone will get the same reaction out of using these headphones. Right now, I have gone back and forth with the Beats Solo 3’s and the older wired Beats Studio. The sound quality of the Studios is still better to me. After about 10 minutes of listening to songs seeing the advantage of the studios had over the solo 3’s I was really thinking about taking them back tonight but the store was closed. However, after about 30 minutes into leaving only the Beats solo 3’s on, my ears adjusted and then I started to want to listen to them more and more. What stood out and connected to me was the comfort levels. I was surprised at the comfort of the Solo 3’s. My wife has the Solo’s 2 and I thought these were the exact design minus the wireless chip and blue-tooth, I was wrong. The did something different with the tightness and softness of the cushion on the Solo 3’s. The Solo 2’s were so tight and uncomfortable on my ears after only about 15 minutes or so. So I think this is the reason they never got to stay on my ears long enough for me to get to this point. I’m so glad they did address this at least. Sometimes the comfort can dictate the overall score and feel of the headphone. Even now as I listen to the headphones, all I can remember is what I’m hearing now. I can’t remember what the Studios sounded like and what advantages they had over these originally. I suppose it will be the same thing if I stopped listening to these and went back to the Studios.

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In the end of the day, what is this whole push about? Wireless connection! This is the whole point when all the smoke is cleared. The headphone delivers in this department. The sound without wires might be thought to be nothing really that should make a difference, but it does. Yes, I have wireless earphones but no wireless headphones and they provide different feelings of surround effects. When I need the sound inside me earphones are unbeatable. But when I need the surround effect and that comfort of something around my ears or over them the headphones are untouched. On top of this, the fast charge ability of these to get me 3 hours of playback in 5 minutes of charging is just sick when you are on the go and that’s only if you run out of the 40-hour battery life. This is something I can’t get out of any earphone or headphone other than this. These two traits alone could be the needed thing that keeps these in my bag and not back on the store shelve. Oh, did I mention to you that I got these for only $219 as oppose to the $299?

 

 

 

 

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Mass effect Andromeda is such a pivotal game for my gaming life. As I get older I find that gaming is less and less of a important thing for me to do. I have found this to be the case during the years prior but I would find that diamond in the rough that would help restore my energy and mindset in gaming. Now, it’s even a bigger issue these days. I thought that next great thing would have been the PC gaming, but I was wrong. I have the PC and have the games and I’m still not feeling it. Are the games great? Yes but these days I find it more entertaining to watch others play games than play them myself. I spend way more time watching Twitch than I do playing games. This is not something I understand. I really don’t want this to be the case. I really do want to play but every time I set down to play, all I can think about is everything else I could be doing other than playing games. I even find it more entertaining watching movies and tv series than playing games now. In the past, I would fight against myself because I would get a glimpse that this was happening and I would defeat it. Now, it seems I’m losing and can’t get it back. Watchdogs 2 was my last game I enjoyed and haven’t enjoyed anything else since. I’m hoping that Mass Effect will be the medicine I need to make me well again.

The fidget showdown!!

Well, the last two Fidget forces exist in these two items. A fidget spinner or fidget cube? Which is the best toy for Digitalcrack’s fidget needs. One spins and but spins superior. The other is a master of multiple tools. Which one has the most lasting effect on me was something I really had to put into place. It wasn’t easy but I think we are finally ready to pick a winner.

First off is the delivery and presentation

The Fidget spinner clone of the CKF Pepyakka 2.0 is a clone but it is a very well made clone. Too bad I don’t have the real one to compare so this will have to do. As far as being a spinner, it rules. I love the balance and the force around the spinning. It looks very techy and it quickly catches the eyes of most people that see it in your hand. It’s a very good conversational piece pretty much everywhere you go. While the presentation was not the strongest the ability to fit into any situation and pull eyes is a very good trait to have. Part of me still feels that it still could have been even stronger of a piece if I had the real one. Discussing the limit editions and where it came from is easily a headliner of conversation for about 30 minutes to an hour. And it never fails to bring someone to you asking to hold it and spin it. Even if they have seen it a million times it pulls you back to it wanting to spin it.

But then we have the fidget cube coming up the rear. Let’s not forget this is is the champion of all fidget items. It is the most successful items ever to hit Kickstarter. It is so successful that they have yet to get everyone’s cube to them. People are paying double and triple for the cubes on eBay to owners who got more than one. As a reference in the mall today. A lady saw the spinner in my hand and asked me about the item and as I explained to her about fidgeting she knew right away what I was talking about. But it wasn’t until I brought out the cube that she went crazy. She couldn’t stop going over the buttons and gears and slide sides. She fell in love with the cube completely within seconds. She didn’t once ask to see the spinner after that. That turned to her friends in the store coming over to see the cube too. They also saw the spinner but didn’t once ask about it as soon as they saw the cube. All they wanted to know was how to get one.

Now at first glance, you would almost call this a tie. However, being that we are talking about this particular cube vs this particular spinner, the presentation will still is edged out with the presentation of the Fidget Cube box and packaging. You really felt like you got something well thought out. Now, if this spinner would have been the original Pepyakka then this would be a different story and I’m sure if I ever get that one we will revisit things but until then the edge will have to go the Cube.

Next up is the fidget actions

This characteristic isn’t a very far one but it is why you would buy such an item. Spinners are so one dimensional vs the Fidget cube. This is something that really isn’t a fight. You can spin and that’s really it. When you get tired of spinning, then what? With the Cube, you got so many ways you can experience things, so many ways to fidget. You also need no concentration during operations. Your body’s muscle memory will handle all things concerning the Cube. However, with the Spinners, you have to concentrate on what you are doing. If you don’t you stand a good chance of dropping it. And if you paid a lot for the spinner this will sicken you everytime it hits the floor. The cube even gives you the ability of hiding it and using it in your pocket if you so choose to do it. If you want to spin the spinner you have to take it out.  So as far as this round goes, it easily is won by the Fidget Cube.

Cost/availability is next.

Now, this is something that can change pretty fast but Spinners are everywhere if you are not stuck on a particular style and brand like I am. The Pepyakka 2.0 is by far the greatest spinner I have every seen. I want the real one so bad that I can’t really truly express how bad I really want to buy this thing. It’s not made anymore right now but more could come into stock and if they do I will pay well over the asking price if needed for it. The Fidget cube is similar. If you really want the true one and not a clone then you will have to wait. The difference is that your waiting is weeks as oppose to possibly never with the Pepyakka 2.0.Then the cost difference is great. The Pepyakka 2.0 will cost you, at the very least $210 if they make more. If not it will cost you 2nd hand a total of $500-$1000 because it is so hard to come by one. The Fidget Cube, on the other hand, will cost you a mere $25 dollars with free shipping if you can wait the weeks. If not, it will cost you double on eBay at least. But even if you somehow can’t wait and do go ahead and pay for that price, it still isn’t anywhere the cost of a retail Pepyakka 2.0. If you go with clones then you will still end up paying more for them over the cubes to because their average prices start at $40-$50 and even $200 if you aren’t careful. So no matter how you slice it the Fidget cube will win this round as well.

Last up is the intangibles 

So what about those intangible things that make you like something no matter how weird or crazy having makes you look. The Spinner, when active gives this amazingly hard to put into words feeling of gravity and perpetual motions all at once. I can’t tell you fully without you feeling it for yourself. But the feeling of the spinning creates something unseen but powerful in your hands as you move your hands freely in different directions. It’s so magical. I know this sounds weird but it’s true.

With the cube, it’s magic is similar. While the spinner was more of an invisible force, the Cube though has an unspoken gratifying feeling as you click, spin, and rub the areas on your Cube. It like energy and stress cycle through your hands and fingers tips as you use the cube. And to be able to do this without anyone watching what you are doing is another security blanket you have up your sleeves.

Both of these items deliver in different ways on the intangibles. So this round, I would have to say, is a tie. Can’t tell you of a day that I didn’t want one of them on me at all times. Even now it feels so weird if I leave the house without both. It’s become something like a watch that completely makes you feel naked if you forget it leaving the house.

Overall winner: Fidget Cube

Well just like before if there is a winner it’s the king of the hill, the Fidget Cube. It truly is the complete fidget tool and has way too many advantages going for it. While the spinner hold’s it’s own and will have a place in my pocket at all times still the Cube is not replaceable like the spinner is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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