Intel recently teased an upcoming NUC 11 Extreme compact, modular gaming desktop computer with 11th-gen Core processors, code-named “Beast Canyon.” But the company didn’t say which 11th-gen chips it would have. Now we know that at least some models will have a pretty powerful Tiger Lake chip.

Xiaomi recently showed off a 200W fast charging system that could fully charge a smartphone’s 4,000 mAh battery in just 8 minutes. It could also wear down that battery quickly so that it has just 80-percent capacity in less than two years.

And last month Linux computer company System76 began taking pre-orders for an expensive, but versatile mechanical keyboard called the Launch Configurable Keyboard. Now reviews are starting to come in, and I suspect there’ll definitely be some keyboard enthusiasts willing to pay the $285 asking price for such a configurable keyboard that you can truly make your own.

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6 replies on “Lilbits: Intel Beast Canyon NUC, an open source, configurable keyboard, and the down side of fast charging”

  1. 80% after 2 years? That’s bad.

    I have a 2016 iPhone SE and it’s at 91% max capacity still even after all these years. Still getting security/bug fixes and runs as well as when I first got it in 2016.

    1. And that’s probably just on average. The edge cases could be really bad and possible broader than what one might think of as “edge” too. And it’s not just that one extreme quick charging scheme that has an effect. If it heats up your phone (as every quick charger I’ve ever used does), odds are pretty good it’s decreasing your battery lifespan. Manufacturers aren’t incentivized to care about longevity, their warranties expire quick and most consumers upgrade pretty quick.

      What bothers me most about quick charging is that it has accelerated alongside a hard lockdown of batteries. Not too many years ago, even though batteries weren’t advertised as user replaceable anymore, replacing them wasn’t too hard. Now I view ifixit teardowns with popcorn like I’d watch a horror movie. Maybe everyone else can still DIY those replacements but my clumsy self would break everything trying to replace a $5 battery.

  2. I would be happy to trade 8min full charge times for 80% capacity after 2 years. I have never had a phone that I wanted to use after 3 years. I can literally fully charge my phone while in the shower.

    1. The one on my Galaxy Note 9 is actually also down to 83% after about 2 years and 2 months or so of use, according to the app AccuBattery

      1. I would estimate about the same for my Galaxy Note 9, which is almost 3 years old now. My wife used and charged it daily for 2 years, and I’m now using it daily for the last 9 months charging it every 2-3 days.

        It definitely has at least 80% of it’s original capacity left.

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