My Favorite Gadgets: The Top Five

3 Mar

With the iPad 2’s arrival next week, the temptation to buy another gadget rears its expensive head once more. This time I’ll pass. At least until the the device gets handwriting recognition, then I’ll exercise my American Express card.

Forgive me, environmentalists, but I am a gadget addict. Have been for years. I have forgotten boxes of gear stuffed with everything from original iPods and Sony Walkmen to handheld printers and portable scanners. My office is littered with defunct digital cameras and outmoded laptops. I own multiple boom boxes and bicycles as well as telephones and tape recorders. I’ve got…well, you get the idea. If you stripped and sold the copper from the cables, cords, and connectors that came with all my gadgets, you’d probably drive down that commodity’s price by a substantial margin.

At various points in my life, I felt it necessary to have each and every gadget in my home. So, I understand all-too-well the impulse to buy these damn things. But what if I had to pare them down to, say, a mere five items? What would make the cut?

I gave this notion some deep thought recently and whittled my list to these:

5. iMac: I enjoy working on my iMac. It’s fast. The 20-inch display is clear and crisp. It’s everything I want in a desktop computer.

4. Bianchi mountain bike: I can’t always ride in dry weather (This is Oregon, after all.), nor do I always want to pedal on pavement. Going offroad is fun and terrific exercise; something I can only experience cycling with a mountain bike.

3. iPhone: Everyone these days needs a cellphone. Although not a perfect device, Apple’s smartphone is good enough to make my list.

2. MacBook Air: The best computer I’ve ever used. No contest. Lightning fast. Feather light. Decent battery life. A perfect computer for our times.

1. Torelli road bike: I’ve owned this bike for nine years. I have ridden tens of thousands of miles on it. It’s great for 100 mile long, slow trips as well as ten-mile, all-out quick rides. Fact is, if I could only keep one gadget, it would be this machine.

If you had to choose among the gadgets you own, what would make your top five list?


4 Responses to “My Favorite Gadgets: The Top Five”

  1. dbl March 4, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Your definition of gadget includes larger items than mine…I lean towards “hand-held” and/or adjunct devices as the concept. So, your bikes wouldn’t qualify, but your iPhone would…especially when you use it as an add-on to the bike: GPS, speedometer, portable audio, etc. The iMac isn’t one, because it’s static I guess, but the Air is—of course, if it was a 13-incher, the TSA would call it a computer, rather than a gadget, but that’s another story.

    That said, I’m not sure I use gadgets much. A USB memory stick, for sure, and I do rely and dote on guitar picks and tape measures, and hopefully am about to fall in love with a small packing scale. But I only think of the USB stick and scale as gadgets; the other two are more like widgets!

  • Mark Everett Hall March 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Agreed. We’re not in Kansas. Although every time I’ve been there, I’ve had a fine & memorable visit, so it wouldn’t be a bad thing if we were. Fact is, best cab ride I ever had was there. 😉

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