Show us your tech – bragging allowed!
Everyone loves to show off their technology now and again. You may not like to be the centre of attention, but it is likely that you are when you get a new ‘toy’ and want to show it off.
So in what could all too easily become an advertisement for who has the biggest wallet, I thought it would be good to share the different technologies we all own and why.
The idea is to identify and explain what technology you have invested in and used for certain scenarios. Whether you spent £5,000 on an AV system or £5 on a remote control alarm, every bit of technology serves a purpose in some way shape or from and all technology works in different ways for different people. I love tech, but do not have the budget to go all out on everything!
These lists could get very long and I welcome all additions, but for simplicity you may want to share just a selection of the best.
In the comments below, leave a description of the technology you own, why you own what you do and what purpose it serves etc, I am genuinely interested.
I will start the ball rolling.
You can read all about these here, but I love them. I have 3 in my home so far and everyone sees the benefits of these! Only £20.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
If you follow the blog you will already know my reasons for owning this. In short it is down to size. Devices with screen over 4.7″ whilst lovely, I am unable to comfortably use in one hand, which is important for me. I want the confidence I can hold and use the phone and am not likely to drop it or have it slip out my hand very often. I have felt like this for some time and its been reconfirmed by by personal life.
I like to spend as much time as possible outdoors, in the country/forest, most notably because I have a Labrador who likes going on walks. I use it for navigation, but want to be able to easily hold and handle the phone in the rain, when climbing over a stile.
A more expensive compact phone, it is a powerhouse. It is not without its faults, but it is a great phone.
Just look at this image I captured on it, I was quite pleased.
Dell Studio Desktop PC with 2 x 22″ HD ASUS Monitors
Powered by Windows 7 Ultimate, I have recently upped the RAM to 8GB and replaced the graphics card with the addition of 2 x 22″ ASUS HD monitors for a dual screen setup.
I loved Windows XP, grown to accept Windows 7 and just can not get to grips with 8.
Whilst I do a lot on my phone, you still can’t beat a desktop with big screens, keyboard and mouse for graphic editing and some tasks such as wordy emails and documents and some online shopping, it is just easier.
After a little spruce up, it runs like a charm now and I do not plan to change it until it dies or Windows 7 stops getting support. Considering I have had this since 2009, it isn’t doing too bad.
Perhaps ‘the best’ investment I have ever made. These are not cheap for the initial setup, but the sound is immense. It is also the one that I had to convince my girlfriend of least! When she heard it she knew why.
We have one in our lounge, one in my office and will soon be adding others to the kitchen and bedroom when funds allow.
The Sonos system would be considered by many as an unnecessary luxury, but this is the type of product you will use for 10+ years. It is built to last.
You can play music in complete harmony with no lag at all!
All audio goes through this system now without fail. On a few occasions when the WiFi has failed and we have to resort to the standard speakers on the TV it is like comparing chalk and cheese.
Gigler 1Gbps fibre internet connection
Yes, a 1Gbps fibre internet connection straight to my door. You thought your 150Mbps connection was fast, this is lightening quick!
Luckily Bournemouth was one of the first locations to get true fibre to the home. You can read more about it at www.gigler.co.uk
1Gbps sounds amazing and on the most part it is, but like anything you do not always get the top speed of 1 gigabits all the time. Plug right into the box and you can easily achieve 500Mbps+ all the time.
The practicality of modern living means WiFi is the norm and that kills the speed too, but still it is considerably faster! The hours I have saved uploading video to YouTube etc from home rather than work is ridiculous.
The most recent tech spend, I never really liked the thermostat in my home. Always complicated and never seemed to come on quite when you set it. Considered changing for some time then Nest came to the UK. It got installed this Spring, not the ideal time, but this thing is fantastic.
I and the other half love it too. Being able to switch it on easily whenever we want, knowing we are saving energy is always a bonus. There are lots of great features, but the learning element of it works well and it is easy to manage online or through the app.
I will get a real test of it over the winter, but the style and accuracy of this system as well as the online nature is superb and well worth checking out. It will pay for itself within a couple of years I am sure of it.
What is so special about an alarm clock. It shows the time and wakes me up when I ask it. Very true it does. This alarm clock though it controlled by radio waves which means it stays perfectly in sync with GMT here in the UK. It also has an outdoor sensor, so when in bed I can see the temperature outside. Another nice addition is that of a projector, that shines the time onto the ceiling of the bedroom at night – handy if you stir, not so great on sleepless nights!
ASUS TF701T Transformer Pad
I have mentioned my partner a couple of times and what was my tablet seems to have become hers! I am sure you have found the same with your partners or kids. I think these is what confirms a piece of technology is good, if others adopt it.
She loves it. Whilst used primarily without the keyboard for her, I love the keyboard for writing those longer documents or emails when I am away or want something a bit more versatile on the move.
Paired up with a Cooler Master Ren (designed for iPads) it makes it even more useful and is great in the kitchen if using it for recipes etc.
Synology DS213 Diskstation
Packed with 8GB of storage, this is where all my files sit and allow me global access to my documents, whilst keeping them off my PC to ensure it performs at optimum levels.
Sat quietly in the corner of my home, it purrs away without fuss.
I have not had it for all that long and am still learning what it can really do, but it is so powerful. Features such as using it as a recording station/control panel for security cameras is a good thing too. That works well.
So that is me, what about you….. share in the comments below.