Tech to Buy

Joshua Rhymer

When it comes to electronics, many people leave it to the worker at Best Buy, or the kid behind the tech counter at Walmart.  The holiday season is no exception, so I’ve created a list of the top ten tech items you should look at, varying from cameras and headphones, to tablets, to laptops.  (These are in random order, and are not ranked).

The Nexus 7 tablet (2013):  The Nexus 7 tablet is one of the most powerful 7” tablets on the market right now, and the deal gets sweeter with a $230 price-point.  This tablet has a 7.02” 1920×1200 HD IPS display (323 ppi), 2 GB RAM, 3950 mAh battery (9 hours of active use), wireless charging (Qi compatible), a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (clocked at 1.5 GHz), and more.  Basically, this tablet is AMAZING.  It is a DEFINITE BUY if your in the market for a tablet.

The Klipsch S4i Headphones:  Being one of the best pairs of headphones on the market, the S4i’s pack a powerful punch in sound quality, without breaking the bank.  The S4i’s are great ear-buds, providing prevalent mids, mild highs, and subtle bass.  With the right EQ, they can make all genres of music shine.  Priced at $60 on Amazon, its no wonder why they are so loved.

Audio Technica ATH-M50s:  Somehow, Audio Technica has managed to create amazing studio quality headphones.  They sound like $350 headphones, but with a price-point of $180 on Amazon.  It has been one of the best selling products on Amazon for a while, and for a good reason.  While having amazing sound quality, they are also quite durable.  If your in the market for some nice quality, over-the-ear headphones, these cannot be overlooked.  Check them out.

Canon T-3I:  Being one of the best bang-for-your-buck dSLR’s out there, this camera is amazing for people getting into video production.  As far as cameras go, Canon knows how to make them.  Check this one out.

Mac Mini:  The Mac Mini doesn’t seem like its worth the money, but it definitely is.  With the proper experience and gear, the Mac Mini can be upgraded to a decently powerful machine, near equivalent to the Macbook Pro, but in a desktop form factor.  If you don’t need a very powerful desktop, but don’t have a big enough wallet for an iMac, look at a Mac Mini.

Macbook Air: In high school, having a nice laptop makes everything easier.  The Macbook Air is one of the slimmest and nicest looking laptops on the market, and are great for students.  They are great for the average user, and are ultra-portable.  If you have the money and want a nice laptop, the Macbook Air is a great option.

iPad Air:  With an upgraded CPU, upgraded speakers, upgraded hardware, the iPad Air is a large leap from the rest of the iPad line.  The form factor of the iPad Air is more comfortable to hold, having smaller bezels, and the weight of the iPad Air, which is significantly lighter, makes the iPad Air easier to manage overall.  Even though the iPad Air is only slightly faster than the iPad 3, it is definitely worth the upgrade.  Apple truly made the iPad Air a better iPad experience.

Nikon Coolpix S6300: Nikon’s Coolpix cameras are known for their portability, and low price point.  They are great as entry level cameras.  This super-slim camera is priced at $175 on Amazon, and sports a 16mp camera.  It has a 10x Wide-Angle optical zoom, NIKKOR Glass Lens, and full 1080p video recording, its hard to beat the Nikon Coolpix Camera.  Check it out.

Bose IE2:  The Bose IE2’s are one of the best in ear buds on the market, and also one of the best well known.  Bose has been making high quality speakers for a while, and their headphones are no different.  They are great for anything from indie folk music to rock.  Although they do not isolate sound from your ears, the IE2’s are amazing headphones, and are priced at $199.95 on Amazon.

iPod Nano 7th Generation:  The new Nano is definitely an upgrade from the previous nano.  With a longer touchscreen, 16 GB of internal memory, slimmer design, bluetooth compatibility, and new home-button offer a much more enjoyable music listening experience.  The integration of Bluetooth compatibility opens the device up to a number of wireless audio accessories, and the longer screen make it easier to navigate through your music library.  Also, the new Nano has the lightening connector, which charges faster, is reversible, and allows the device to be slimmer.  It does, however, break compatibility with other outdated iPod docks and speakers.  All in all, the Nano is a great music player. And being priced at $140(Thats less than $10/GB of memory), its a great buy.