Ruben Circelli

A picture of Ruben. (He writes for Lifewire.)

Writer

Arlington, MA

Education

University of Massachusetts Boston

Expertise

Consumer Technology

Gaming

iOS Devices

Computers & Laptops

Introduction

  • Freelance technology writer and editor since 2014, with a focus on consumer tech and gaming, and contributor to dozens of sites, including Komando.com, TheGamer, Twinfinite, and Make Tech Easier
  • A lifelong gamer, longtime games journalist, and man with experience working industry-side in the video game world as a Game Evaluation Analyst at Tencent
  • Experience in social media, content production, executive editorial leadership, business development, and graphic design all in the technology space

Experience

​Ruben Circelli is a freelance technology writer and editor with a focus on gaming, PCs, and the world of iPhone. He began writing and editing in the tech space in 2014, and since then Ruben has contributed to dozens of sites, creating all kinds of content from news to reviews to buyers guides to op-eds and more! 

As a gamer, Ruben's love of tech has always closed mirror his love for games. From how good the latest release is to how well the new console you're playing it on works, Ruben has covered it all. Crossing the bridge between the media and game developers, Ruben worked at Tencent as a Game Evaluation Analyst, where he would review and evaluate games and platforms as possible candidates for investment, acquisition, or publishing.

Though most of Ruben's professional life has been focused on technical products and skills, his background is in writing. On top of his full college courseload focused on writing, editing, and rhetoric, Ruben found the time to serve a local arts journal as Editor-in-Chief, where he worked as lead editor and designer as well as the point-person for interacting with readers, writers, and the community at large.

My Gear

As a bit of a PC nerd, my daily driver is a PC I built with a fully-fledged custom waterloop. Here are the specs if you're interested:

  • i7-8700k running at 5.1/4.9GHZ (AVX offset)
  • 16GB of DDR4 running at 3600MHZ
  • Titan Xp running with +175 to core and +500 to memory
  • Dark Base Pro 900 case
  • EKWB watercooling parts
  • 1000w Platinum PSU
  • 500GB NVME SSD
  • 2TBs of Raid 1 backup storage
  • ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard
  • Alienware AW3420DW 34" curved ultrawide display

For sound, I have a pair of bookshelf Paradigm B15s, 5 midrange Polk bookshelf speakers, and a sub to round off my 7.1 setup powered by an Onkyo receiver. When I travel, I usually bring along a dinky old MacBook Air or my aging iPad. I've been a (mostly) happy iOS user since the version 2.0 days, and today I use an XS Max as my daily driver. For sound on the go, I'll often use my Apple headphones, but when I'm not I'm using my Sennheiser Momentums or my Shure 1840s. Around the apartment I have a Hue setup controlled by Alexa; a 4K HDR Roku TV; a Roku Ultra; and a Nintendo Switch.

Education

Ruben graduated summa cum laude, and with honors, from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has a BA in English and minors in Creative Writing and Classical Studies. Over the course of his time in college, Ruben won a variety of writing and poetry awards, and he has also studied briefly at Harvard University, completing a summer program with a writing and rhetoric focus.

A Message from Ruben Circelli

"I am passionate about writing about technology because in the last half-century technology has become a major force in the lives of billions. Tech today isn't an academic pursuit: it's the normal, de facto way of living. And tech is complicated. It's confusing. So, I want to do my part to help make tech simple and easy to use, and hopefully by doing this, in some small way, I can make the world just a tiny bit less complicated and confusing in turn."

Lifewire and Dotdash

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