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Gadgets in Korea (May 2015)

Here’s my tech gadgets as of present (Apr 2015):

Computers
Lenovo Thinkpad X240

The Thinkpad X240 is my ultraportable/business/everyday use laptop when I need to study or travel. 20 hours of battery life. MIL-STD spec tested, spill resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, 4G LTE capable, etc its the ultimate portable notebook.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRZ3VYaiuJk

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14

This is my gaming and entertainment laptop now. A dedicated graphics card, convertible, weighs only 4lbs, docks with a one link dock connector, and mostly importantly its the only convertible/hybrid laptop (as of March 2015) with a dedicated graphics card, which means I can use it for gaming and watching movies in 4 different modes with a wireless controller and wireless speakers. Why don’t more hybrid laptops come with a dedicated card?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfc-WXDt8Jo

Tablets/Phones
iPad Air

The iPad Air is my go to tablet for surfing, gaming, music or reading.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtpXyh542L4

iPhone 5S

iPhone5S Gold
2013 iPhone5S Gold

The iPhone 5S is my main camera and video recorder. No other smartphones (except the iPhone 6/6+) can beat its camera.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3C
Sony Xperia Z3C

The Sony Xperia Z3C is my main Korea phone, mp3 player and messenger device.

Blackberry Passport

The Blackberry Passport is the phone I use in Canada/US and its a great phone for web browsing/surfing, and document editing as well.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd-tb8qQWAw

Meta M1

The Meta M1 is my go to smartwatch now. It displays everything I need, Stocks, Weather, Time Zones, Music Player, Timer, Game Scores, Notifications. And it does so while being simple and having no app store, which I think is unnecessary for a watch.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-omHdshnmJo

Gaming

OpenPandora
For playing DOS games

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBEEMYmqxHM

New Nintendo 3DS

For playing Nintendo Games

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcfZbkm_CZo

Sony PS Vita

For playing JRPGs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWD3YqPrTMo

Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia Shield is my emulator console and also doubles as a game stream capable tablet for my PC! Video here:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnc8GjUmd68

Music

Bose Quietcomfort 25

Bose QC 25
Bose QC 25

My travel/work/study headphones. Great sound and top of the class noise cancelling.

Bose Soundlink Mini

Bose SoundLink Mini
Bose SoundLink Mini

My go to speakers for playing anything around the house and pretty portable as well.

Cameras
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100

My DSLR camera for serious video making. Works great with many lenses.

Sony Music Video Recorder

Sony music video recorder
Sony music video recorder

This camera is mainly used for casual recording video blogs, music videos and video reviews. Basically my youtube camera now.

other gadgets (not commonly used)
GoPro Hero3 Silver
Sennheiser Momentum
Mac Mini (2012)

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New gadget update (Nov 2014, before I leave)

Ok, so now that I’m going to Korea, and also learned not to be as materialistic, I’m getting rid of alot of my crap. So here’s the stuff that I’m keeping and bringing to Korea.

Here’s my tech gadgets as of present (Jul 2014):

Computers
Lenovo Thinkpad X240

Lenovo Thinkpad X240
Lenovo Thinkpad X240

What can I say? I used to think Thinkpads were very boring looking, but now I realized how useful they are. This has become my main laptop for doing anything, work or study. At 12″ and 3.4lbs, very portable, with the latest Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, fingerprint reader, smartcard reader, amazing keyboard, LTE capabilities and TWO batteries that last for 14+ hours, this is an amazingly well constructed and reliable laptop. I will probably be using it for years to come, or at least as long as my Dell Latitude (6 years so far).

Tablets/Phones/etc
iPad Air

iPad Air
2013 iPad Air

For a long time I didn’t want an iPad as I thought it was just an oversized iPhone. But now I realized after using it more, that it fits a different need. Large games, ebook reader, a portable music recording station, a video editor, and guitar amplifier are some of the things I use it for. I used it so much that I actually sold my Macbook Retina in favor of the iPad. With a bluetooth keyboard, it becomes almost a laptop replacement. And with LTE, much more useful.

iPhone 5S

iPhone5S Gold
2013 iPhone5S Gold

Call me an Apple fanboy, but I don’t like big screens. Screens that are too big are easier to scratch, and suck more battery. The iPhone’s 4″ screen is great. Plus the camera is still the best on any smartphone. I keep this phone now mainly for taking pics and video, as its still the best for those things.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3C
Sony Xperia Z3C

As mentioned before: 1) its got the same footprint as my iPhone5S, 2) 20.7MP camera, 3) waterproof and dustproof, 4) HD audio decoding, 5) microSD slot, 6) 2 day battery life, 7) PS4 remote play
I mean need I say more? This is hands down the best compact Android phone out there right now, better than the Galaxy, LG, HTC One, Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ZTE, Archos, what have you.
Sony needs to advertise this more. 2+ days of battery life!

Meta M1

Meta M1
Meta M1

After looking at the Moto 360 and Apple Watch and Pebble watch for a while, I decided to get the Meta M1. Why?
1) It’s very stylish, 2) I like gold and blue (no other smart watch offers this combination), 3) long battery life, 5-7 days, 4) decent water resistance (not as much as Pebble but good enough and 5) it doesn’t distract me from talking to my friends. I agree with this watch’s philosophy that notifications are just for glancing at, and I noticed that my usage behavior changed when I am wearing it. Now, I just glance at my watch and keep talking to my friends instead of pulling my phone out and typing back a message. This is a good change to me. I just wished it supported Asian characters.

Music
Sennheiser Momentum

Sennheiser Momentum
Sennheiser Momentum

The best headphones I’ve ever listened to. Wow. Better than the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros and the Audio Technica A900s, even without a headphone amp! It gets pretty loud by itself, and is very comfortable to wear as well, on par with the Beyerdynamics in my opinion. But wow, I’ll probably just carry this one instead of the BD and ATs as this one is closed back and has decent passive noise cancellation, as well as being more portable than the BDs. Yet it sounds much better despite being smaller. Sennheiser, you have a winner here.

Bose Soundlink Mini

Bose SoundLink Mini
Bose SoundLink Mini

Bose really surprised me with these speakers. Great full range sound, great bass, a lot of volume from such a small speaker. Anyways these are my portable speakers, for use with parties and BBQs and the like.

Cameras
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100

My DSLR camera. Works great with many lenses.

Sony Music Video Recorder

Sony music video recorder
Sony music video recorder

My replacement for my Canon HFM400. It’s basically a more compact, portable, wide angle version of the Canon with better sound. A worthy upgrade for traveling.

…And thats it! That’s a noticeable reduction from the 18 gadgets in my previous gadget posting. I’ve literally reduced the number of gadgets I carry by half. All my laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, headphones, etc only comprise 9 devices now.

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NEW Jul 2014 gadget update

Ok, so its been over a year since my last gadget update.

Here’s my tech gadgets as of present (Jul 2014):

Computers
Dell Latitude E4200

2008 Dell Latitude E4200
2008 Dell Latitude E4200

I still have it. Great 12″ laptop from 2008. With 3GB RAM, Core 2 Duo processor, 64GB SSD, an external DVD drive, and port replicator, it still works pretty well. Dell’s Latitude line is very reliable.

HP Envy 14 Beats edition

HP Beats edition
HP Beats edition

My 3 year old workhorse laptop has been upgraded. I upgraded the RAM to 8GB of Corsair Vengeance and the hard drive to a 240GB Samsung SSD. Now its my de facto desktop, as I only use it with my monitor and speakers now. Still pretty darn fast, even with a 3 year old Sandy Bridge CPU.

Lenovo Thinkpad X240

Lenovo Thinkpad X240
Lenovo Thinkpad X240

What can I say? I used to think Thinkpads were very boring looking, but now I realized how useful they are. This has become my main laptop for doing anything, work or study. At 12″ and 3.4lbs, very portable, with the latest Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, fingerprint reader, smartcard reader, amazing keyboard, LTE capabilities and TWO batteries that last for 14+ hours, this is an amazingly well constructed and reliable laptop. I will probably be using it for years to come, or at least as long as my Dell Latitude (6 years so far).

Fujitsu P1630

Fujitsu P1630
2008 Fujitsu P1630

This ultra light convertible from 2008 still does the job pretty well as my Windows test machine. It’s a 2lb convertible that runs an Intel Core 2 Duo, 64GB SSD, and 2GB RAM. It still handles most tasks pretty well, and is my most portable laptop.

Sony Vaio UX280 007 Edition

Sony Vaio UX280 007
2006 Sony Vaio UX280 007

My smallest computer is not really a laptop but rather a UMPC. It runs an Intel Core Solo processor with 1GB RAM and 32GB SSD, but I use it mainly to play DOS games on the go. I have one of just 500 007-edition ones.

Tablets/Phones

Archos 7

Archos 7
Archos 7

Yes, the same one I reviewed, and as I mentioned – 320GB of storage space, plays movies without a hitch, and recording PS3 gameplay, it still holds up to the tablets of today despite having an outdated TFT resistive touch screen.

Wikipad

Wikipad
2013 Wikipad

Yes, the Wikipad is relatively obsolete now, still running on 2012 hardware. But still, as long as it runs I’ll use it as my go-to android tablet. A micro-HDMI port and microSD slot, along with a detachable controller is great for playing emulator games, which is mainly what I do with this tablet, and if I need to use Android apps.

iPad Air

iPad Air
2013 iPad Air

For a long time I didn’t want an iPad as I thought it was just an oversized iPhone. But now I realized after using it more, that it fits a different need. Large games, a portable music recording station, a video editor, and guitar amplifier are some of the things I use it for. I used it so much that I actually sold my Macbook Retina in favor of the iPad. With a bluetooth keyboard, it becomes almost a laptop replacement. And with LTE, much more useful.

HTC Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch pro 2
HTC Touch pro 2

I just wanted a Windows Mobile device for legacy apps, and this was one of the latest and cheapest. The fact that it has an amazing phone keyboard is just icing on the cheap cake.

iPhone 5S

iPhone5S Gold
2013 iPhone5S Gold

Call me an Apple fanboy, but I don’t like big screens. Screens that are too big are easier to scratch, and suck more battery. The iPhone’s 4″ screen is great. Plus the camera is still the best on any smartphone.

Music

Audio Technica A900

Audio Technica A900
Audio Technica A900

These are my go-to headphones for recording, studio monitoring and anything else requiring little to no noise interference. They are excellent closed back headphones, and for the price of $150, very good value for what you get. They are one of the best sounding headphones I’ve owned (and I’ve owned many), so I’ll probably keep these for many years 🙂

Beyerdynamic DT770

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

These are great headphones that I use at work. I use it with a Fiio Andes E07K, and man the music really lights up with these headphone amps driving the 250Ohm headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint

These are my travel headphones, the ones I use on trains, buses and planes. The sound quality overall is not quite as good as the A900s, but it is noise cancelling and portable, which is why I have them.

Bose Soundlink Mini

Bose SoundLink Mini
Bose SoundLink Mini

Bose really surprised me with these speakers. Great full range sound, great bass, a lot of volume from such a small speaker. Anyways these are my portable speakers, for use with parties and BBQs and the like.

Audyssey Wireless Speakers

Audyssey Wireless Speakers
Audyssey Wireless Speakers

These are my computer speakers, and they are pretty decent at all around performance. I am impressed at the level of bass they offer despite not having any subwoofer. They are bluetooth enabled, so other than my computer, they also double as speakers for my iPhone and tablet as well.

Monitor2go HD+ 15.6″

Monitor 2 go HD+
Monitor 2 go HD+

Great portable display, works with any HDMI input so it works with anything from my tablet to my consoles to my laptops to my Mac Mini.

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100

My DSLR camera. Works great with many lenses.

Canon M400

Canon M400
Canon M400

My camcorder since 2011. Been using it for most videos since. Only thing is I realized the AUTO mode which is the default mode doesn’t have OIS which I regret.