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Offline davkol

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What is the most useful piece of tech you have purchased lately (or ever)?

Lately:
  • An adjustable sit/stand desk, something like Varidesk but made by a local company (Stell). It's not ideal and maybe I would have preferred an arm-based setup to save space, but it works well enough. I did move between a standing and sitting setup before (for over 5 years), but it was annoying at time (especially if you need to sync data and software configuration).
  • Speakers. Seriously. I used pretty much only headphones for ~10 years and now it's so feeing to be able to walk around, sit and do stuff on the floor on the opposite side of the room etc.

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My Boss QC35, noise cancelling wireless headphone is the best spending ever!!

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A trackball mouse, never again will I go back.

Offline Colourr

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My smart phone.

Easily the only piece of technology I use everyday without fail.. and our teachers used to teach us we wouldn't always have a calculator handy. HAH.

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Getting my first 144hz monitor was definitely the most noticeable upgrade I've ever had..especially when I got a BenQ.
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Getting my first 144hz monitor was definitely the most noticeable upgrade I've ever had..especially when I got a BenQ.
Absolutely my best purchase of the last year as well. Video games on a 144 Hz, 1440p, IPS panel with gsync/freesync and you'll never ever go back to anything less.

Offline LiL_BrOwNiE247

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These little cable clips are an absolute godsend for managing cables that don't necessarily need to be tied down (e.g. USB charging cables, Bluetooth receiver dongles).



You can find them on Amazon for super cheap in a variety of colors/quantities.

Offline dankdesire

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Getting my first 144hz monitor was definitely the most noticeable upgrade I've ever had..especially when I got a BenQ.

Changed my life, can't go back to 60hz

Offline floatingskull

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Volta electric bike. Makes bike riding in the windy city way more fun. Especially riding to and from work against the wind. I had no idea what I was missing.

Offline Deephouse_jedi

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A bluetooth connector for my car. it makes my non-bluetooth aftermarket radio blue tooth and connects automatically when I start my car. its so convenient

Offline hilltopchill

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Another vote for SSD, it really speeds everything up. Would 100% recommend everyone to buy one if they don't already have one.

Offline carnagex9

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I would say SSD as the decreased load times are so nice. Also mechanical keyboards are honestly so much better than regular membranes.

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I would say SSD as the decreased load times are so nice. Also mechanical keyboards are honestly so much better than regular membranes.

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I am really digging my Apple Airpods!

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lately it's been a big power bank. phone/switch charging when im out longer than i think.

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Really simple and rudimentary, but — magnet-held keyboard wrist rest.
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Offline T14

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work just gave me a 2017 surface pro.
Super lightweight, fanless, great for general productivity and with a gorgeous screen.

It never leaves my side  :thumb:
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Offline TacticalCoder

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Another vote for SSD, it really speeds everything up. Would 100% recommend everyone to buy one if they don't already have one.

My M.2 / PCIe 3.0 x4 lanes SSD.

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Offline haanuman

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iPad Air! It has been 5 years since I purchased this device and it still works like Day 1 and even the cosmetic condition is excellent. One of the most or I can say the most reliable piece of tech I ever purchased, I can rely on it whenever I am working or playing. Never had an issue with it.

Offline molecularronin

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I bought a hot plate! I am trying to start making moonshine and so I wanted to get a hot plate to start my rig up.

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These little cable clips are an absolute godsend for managing cables that don't necessarily need to be tied down (e.g. USB charging cables, Bluetooth receiver dongles).

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You can find them on Amazon for super cheap in a variety of colors/quantities.

What are these called? They look very useful and I'd love to check them out! I don't need the exact link, but do you recall what you searched for?

Thanks!

Offline LiL_BrOwNiE247

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These little cable clips are an absolute godsend for managing cables that don't necessarily need to be tied down (e.g. USB charging cables, Bluetooth receiver dongles).

Show Image


You can find them on Amazon for super cheap in a variety of colors/quantities.

What are these called? They look very useful and I'd love to check them out! I don't need the exact link, but do you recall what you searched for?

Thanks!

These are the particular ones I have: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EMSEN9Y

Searching for 'cable clips' in the office supplies category yields hundreds of similar products in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

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These little cable clips are an absolute godsend for managing cables that don't necessarily need to be tied down (e.g. USB charging cables, Bluetooth receiver dongles).

Show Image


You can find them on Amazon for super cheap in a variety of colors/quantities.

What are these called? They look very useful and I'd love to check them out! I don't need the exact link, but do you recall what you searched for?

Thanks!

These are the particular ones I have: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EMSEN9Y

Searching for 'cable clips' in the office supplies category yields hundreds of similar products in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Great, thank you!! Off to check them out. :)

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my macbook pro's been treating me pretty well. everything's packaged into the laptop kinda nicely and the nice finish tops it off. i'm just glad i don't have to use git bash and deal with other windows annoyances anymore.
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Seems like my AKG K240 Studio (new) headphones just wont break regardless of how many times I roll over the cord with the computer chair. Not the best range but not bad for 2+ years of use.
   

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Seems like my AKG K240 Studio (new) headphones just wont break regardless of how many times I roll over the cord with the computer chair. Not the best range but not bad for 2+ years of use.
So you want them to break so you can get new ones??

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Seems like my AKG K240 Studio (new) headphones just wont break regardless of how many times I roll over the cord with the computer chair. Not the best range but not bad for 2+ years of use.
So you want them to break so you can get new ones??

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I forgot to mention how many times I've dropped them so far (A LOT). Kinda? At this rate they'll be vintage by the time they actually break.
   

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I have used "Flexon" by Marchon frames for my glasses for at least 25 years and they are incredible. My current frames are 10-15 years old and still great. I have replaced a few pads and screws, but otherwise they have lasted through multiple sets of new lenses.


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I have used "Flexon" by Marchon frames for my glasses for at least 25 years and they are incredible. My current frames are 10-15 years old and still great. I have replaced a few pads and screws, but otherwise they have lasted through multiple sets of new lenses.
My kids need these :eek:

The oldest broke her glasses frames 5 times in the first 6 months.

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Ooh. They also make sunglasses. :)
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Dual Monitors - has improved my software development productivity greatly.

This is not something you can buy but learning VIM has been so useful, now I feel more fluid while programming.