5 Tech Items I Wouldn't Mind Owning - 2014 Edition

Back in 2009 I wrote a post talking about 5 tech purchases I wanted to make. It's actually pretty ironic because when I look back on that post we did end up purchasing all of it in some form or fashion. In subsequent years I've been meaning to do a similar post but haven't got around to it, until now, only five years later. So without further ado here are five tech items I wouldn't mind owning.

#5: Nest Thermostat (Current Price: $249)


From the maker of the iPod, Tony Fadell came out with the Nest Thermostat a couple of years ago, and since then its been on my Amazon Wishlist. Its 100% a product that I don't really need (especially since we rent an apartment) and yet its pretty neat. I think with Google acquiring Nest a couple of months ago for over 3 billion dollars, its best to wait for further releases, but its still one of my personal most desired tech devices on the market today.

#4: 21" iMac (Current Price: $1299)


In 2009 we purchased a 27" iMac and we have absolutely loved having it. Its an incredible piece of hardware and has done its job very well over the years. However time wears computers down and our iMac is probably on its last set of legs. Its slowed down tremendously recently and trying to edit photos/video have become near impossible. So I'd really like to upgrade to a new iMac and probably the 21" just to save desk space now that I also have a Macbook Air. The iMac would mainly be for working on Darkstation and editing vacation photos and video.

#3: Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset (Current Price: $299)


Recently I've come to find that I'm gaming more and more early in the morning or late at night. Being married and working full time means that most of the rest of my time is accounted for. During those times I do end up playing video games Jenn likes to sleep so I'm left throwing in some Apple ear buds and gaming that way. But there has to be a better way right? Well that's why I want the Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset which simulates 7.1 surround sound and gets amazing reviews on the internet. Wouldn't it be nice to shoot the Nazi's and save the world without waking up all of Newport Beach? I sure think so.

#2: iPad Air (Current Price: $499)


I was an early adopter of the iPad. In fact I bought Jenn one a week or two after it came out at the Apple Store at Irvine Spectrum. We upgraded to the iPad 2 a year later and haven't upgraded since. We've both noticed our iPad is slowing down and its probably time to upgrade to a new one. I think we'll hold off until Apple upgrades the specs again, but I can't wait to get a new one, I love those things.

#1: Sonos Playbar (Current Price: $699)


I bought our current Sony Surround Sound system five years ago and its certainly seen better days. I bought that particular unit for the wireless back speakers but for some reason the whole system seems to be acting up and cutting in and out. So after a lot of research Jenn and I fell in love with the very sleek and expensive Sonos Playbar. Its soundbar but can be expanded over time to become a complete surround sound system. What's also great is that it can integrate with other Sonos speakers so you can have music playing throughout the house wherever a Sonos speaker is setup. Not a cheap option, but one that if you built it up could be pretty spectacular.