What Tech Do You Use Every Day?

The question comes around almost every single day. What computer do you use? What kind of phone do you have? Do you use a specific camera? These questions are common because folks love to find out what other people work with while making their own buying decisions.

Too often, we are burned by what appears to be a great product in theory, only to find out that there’s something better suited for our needs. Discovering that your friend, family member, or neighbor has already been through the process of finding the best solution for X, Y, and Z given similar circumstances after having dropped your cold hard cash on the counter for an inferior product never leaves you feeling particularly happy.

So I’ll pose the question to anyone reading this: What tech do you use on a daily basis? Is there a particular computer, phone, camera, or other electronic gadget or gizmo that you would absolutely recommend to your friends and family? In the comments area below, share your rig and find out what other members of the community use to get things done.

I’ve separated my particular rig into three key categories: things I use in the office, while traveling, and when out and about. While some of these items are part of my routine in all three circumstances, the general idea of getting the right gear for the right situation is a principle that I’ve believed in since I was a Cub Scout.

Things I Use in the Office

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on the audio quality of both the AKG Perception 420 and the Corsair Vengeance 1500, a headset used by several members of the Gnomies community, as well. The Logitech C910 is a great camera, though the software needs a lot of work. My best advice would be to use the camera and avoid the companion software at any costs.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the HP Pavilion desktop at first. When I bought it, it was about $700 at Best Buy, though after upgrading the video card and PSU, performance far exceeded my expectations for a cost of under $900. It runs Skyrim at Ultra settings very well, with only a few patches of lag here and there brought on by heavy activity.

While I use a SteelSeries WoW mouse from time to time, I don’t recommend it at all. It’s not the best mouse out there, and the surface tends to build up with finger gunk after a few weeks and need a cleaning. I’d like to think I have clean hands, but that glossy plastic is a magnet for dust and grime. I much prefer the textured surface of the Logitech G5 laser mouse. The added weighted feature makes it perfect for me.

The Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard is quite nice, though not everyone will appreciate the feel of the keys. It’s very unlike the Apple keyboard, and becomes very noisy after a few weeks.

Things I Use While Traveling

Traveling for me is working on the road. In this case, I always have a good camera at my side, a tablet computer and the Apple Connection Kit at the ready for quick photo edits and uploads. The MacBook Pro is a dream machine for writers, and even at 13″, it packs plenty of punch for working from the road. I can’t do heavy video editing on it, but it does the job of making blogging possible.

The Apple iPad 2 is a perfect travel companion. It works when I need it to, and pulls more than its own weight. I don’t recommend the Sony Tablet S for travel, though it does make a great Netflix and music player in the home office.

The Bag of Holding is one of my favorite bags. While I do change them out depending on how much or how little I’m packing, this bag folds nicely, and holding a boatload of stuff. If I really put some thought into it, this bag might be capable of holding everything I need for a three-day trip.

Things I Use While out and About

I’m a huge believer in kitting out for any adventure. Navigating through the concrete jungle that is Austin, it’s important to have the right kit for the job. The iPhone 4 is a great smartphone, and arguably the most capable on-phone camera I’ve used yet. For long conversations or talking on the road, I use a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece that sounds fairly good. I use it while talking to Gnomies on TeamSpeak on the road.

By far the geekiest wallet I’ve ever used is the T.H.E. tactical wallet from Spec Ops. This wallet can hold a passport, change, plenty of cash, and a boatload of credit/business cards. It also features brackets for lanyard usage so you can place a photo ID in it and wear it in the field. Security and/or law enforcement professionals would probably appreciate this wallet more than anyone. This is a takeaway from Patrolling with Sean Kennedy, one of my favorite geeky Web series.

I hope this list is of any use to anyone looking for a decent computing setup for their own home office and/or while traveling. Most of the equipment listed here I would absolutely recommend to anyone, though best is always relative. What works for me may not work for anyone else, but there it is.

What do you use to get through the daily grind? Feel free to be as specific as you’d like below.

Article Written by

Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • John

    Has the Intel i5-2400 been a pleasure to use? I’m about to upgrade my existing setup to a i5-2500K

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      Yes indeed. More than enough computing power to handle what I throw at it.

  • Brad Tomlinson

    The technology I use is my HTC Sensation smartphone and my Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop.

  • RaterKey

    OK, a really geeky question! I love it :)I’ll keep the list short, only the items that I use everyday without fail!

    * Dell XPS 15 LX501
    - Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 480  @ 2.67GHz, 2667 Mhz
    - 8GB of RAM- 750 GB 7200RPM HD
    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    - Ubuntu 11.10 (dual boot)

    * Canon IXUS 130 (almost always carry it with me)
    * Gorillapod magnetic
    * Dell U2412M 24 inch 1900×1200 16:10 monitor
    * Samsung Galaxy S
    * Microsoft keyboard model: 1014
    * Razer Abyssus gaming mouse (I don’t game, I just like gaming mice with switchable resolution)
    * Wharfedale noise cancelling headphones 

    As far as travelling, here it is:

    * Eastpak laptop bag
    * Occasionally still carry my Dell Latitude D420 running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (nice and compact)* Nikon D40- Sigma 30mm f1.4
    - Nikon 18-55mm
    - Nikon 55-200mm
    - Sunpak PZ-42X Power Zoom Flashgun
    - Large Vangard tripod or Gorillapod Zoom

    * Lowepro Nova 1 AW

    As you can see I am not one to upgrade every year, some of my kit is ancient, but it still does the job A-OK.

    An interesting question would be what is due to be upgraded next?

    The keyboard, I hate my current keyboard. To cut a long story short the Microsoft wireless keyboard is only to get me by for a few days. Will be replaced with a mechanical Cherry keyboard.

    Also not looking to get rid of the Dell XPS 15, but I will need a dedicated office machine so the XPS doesn’t have to travel so much. The most likely candidate for that job is a MacBook Pro 15. 

    And the little old Dell Latitude still works well but it is a bit of a relic :) But given I will need an office laptop soon I don’t see myself getting a replacement for the Latitude within the next 6 months.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      Another fan of the mechanical keyboard. Alrighty!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2X4LUSJCPRPN65IBUW2NZPVXMU William

    First i usually pretty much use my kindle fire (sorry don’t have ipad) and then i use my pantech pursuit 2 ( i know horrible phone saving up for iphone) and finally i use my laptop to watch tldr.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      No need to apologize. The Kindle Fire is an excellent choice.

  • Michael Stokes

    I use my laptop, iPod, phone, and desktop daily. Neither the desktop, nor laptop are anything special.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      That’s nice and vague. Is your desktop set up like the bridge from the Matrix or something more simple?

  • dominic

    i use my hp laptop and my ps3

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      My first laptop was an HP. It was pretty good.

  • DAN L

    macbook 2.1 upgraded with 3g memory and 500g hard drive.
    android 2.2 phone with tethering.
    kindle 2.

  • Computeradmin1000

    In my home office I use-

    Macbook pro 2011 
    iMac 2011 -27 inch
    Medion desktop computer
    toshiba laptop
    Logitech suround sound speaker set
    IMB think pad laptop
    Ao 24inh monitor (X2)
    HTC Wildfire s
    iPod touh 4th Gen

    When I go out and about-

    Google messenger bag
    Maboo pro 13inh 2011
    Mini battery powered speaker
    Beats by dre head phones
    Mini card reader
    iPod touch 4th Gen
    Wireless apple mouse
    wireless logitech keyboard
    wallett 
    USB Cable – 1 for phone and1 for ipod

  • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

    I use my iPhone 4S, but when home I use my PC.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      Cool!

  • nicodeimous

    At work & on the road;
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus [at work sites - tethered to my phone] – Belkin folding stand carrying caseHTC G2 Phone [Special rom]
    4 plug auto ac-converter with fuse protection.

    At home;
    Standard vanilla desktop with 6gb ram and 2tb drive space.  Dual monitor Samsung p2370hd monitors … keyboard mouse and the usual trimmings.

    Next upgrade if any in the future would be to move to a pair of ati cards linked with crossfire.  Presently the home gamer is beginning to get behind in the fps.  On the road no changes needed, the tablet rocks out on battery life and the g2 does wifi hotspot like a champ.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      Nice!

  • DJLILM

    iphone 4s and macbook pro

  • http://iTechSpot.blogspot.com Aditya Chanana

    All Purposes
    *iPod Touch 4th Gen.
    *Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
    *Toshiba Satellite L640
    *Toshiba Camileo S20
    *Edifier On The Go if350 Encore iPod Dock
    *Apple earphones
    *Philips SHP2500 headphones

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      The Apple hearphones took me by surprise. They always fall out of my ears. I use them to wrap cables for storage. :-/

  • Matthew Arevalo

    Everyday

    MacBook Air 11″ w/ BookBook CoveriPad 2 w/ BookBook Cover
    White iPhone 4S w/ BookBook Cover
    Rickshaw Laptop Bag
    AT&T Elevate 4GLTE Mobile Hotspot
    Jawbone Era Headset
    Jawbone Jambox Speaker
    Square Reader

  • John

    Dell E1705 laptop, LG 5300 flip phone, Sure SE-535 IEM earphones, WD Elements  3TB External Hard drive, Varius sony Boomboxes walkman’s and a diskman. at home I have a custem built PC.

  • http://twitter.com/jrdn_v Jordan Vasquez

    MacBook Pro 15″ (Late 2011)

    Xbox 360

    Samsung Galaxy W

    Toshiba HDTV

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      Those 15″ MBP are nice.

  • premonition2386

    Dell Inspiron 1420
    iPad 2 (wifi)
    Apple tv
    Evo 4G

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      How do you like the Evo 4G?

      • premonition2386

        its been good, but i cant wait for an upgrade.

  • http://twitter.com/davidclare1 David Clare

    Everyday desktop use:
    - Medion P4011D All In One Touchscreen Media Centre 
    - Seagate 500GB External HDD

    Away from desktop/out and about:
    - Iphone 3GS 

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

      Digging the touchscreen.

  • William L. Roach-Barrettte

    When I wake up in the morning I use my iPad to brows reddit and YouTube, then throught my classes I use my iPad for email, documents, as well as boredom prevention. When I’m done with classes I use my Mac for processor heavy homework, and the iPad for the rest of the day. If I need to call or text however, I have an entry level android cell phone

  • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

    Nice choices.

  • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Matt Ryan

    The 27-inch iMac always seemed too big for me, though I’m sure you get used to it?

  • http://www.anthonyguidetti.com/ Anthony Guidetti

    I have a Lenovo IdeaCentre K320 as my main machine and a Lenovo IdeaPad V570 for travel. I also have an Amazon Kindle Fire and a Samsung Focus running Windows Phone.

  • Kristóf Járó

    Intel Celeron E3400 @ 2.60GHz
    4,00 GB DDR3
    Gigabyte G41MT-D3V motherboard
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 | 1Gb

    I have a Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman (pretty good, for outgoing)

    And at school I use pretty the same specs as the everyday, both runing with Windows 7 Ultimate

  • Iammobilechris

    I use my iPhone 4s 16gb on the go, iPad 2 16gb wifi as a lighter replacement for my desktop replacement 17in laptop dv7 HP pavilion