Gadgets I bought in 2018: Which one is worth buying?

This blog post is the list of electronic gadgets I bought in 2018. I will give brief pros and cons in my opinion (you can consider it as a quick review), and whether it is worth buying from 5 (worth it) to 0 (not worth it). Note that everything here is from the consumer’s point of view. Every gadget is bought with my own saving.

NEXSTAND K2 Adjustable Folding Laptop Desk Stand

  • Lightweight
  • Comes with carrying bag
  • Cheap (A$25 = 600 Baht)

Bose QC35 II Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphone

  • Superb sound (for someone who loves pop music)
  • Extremely wonderful noise canceling (tested on many flights). It is like being in another world when the noise cancelling is on.
  • Not suitable for hot weather. It made my ears sweat

Beats X Wireless Earphone

  • Easy to carry around especially with its magnetic earbuds
  • Chargeable using iPhone cable. So iPhone users will not require extra charging cable.
  • Good for exercising. There is no need to worry about losing it because it has the wire
  • Excellent for rock music since it produces good bass
  • The design is confusing since it looks almost symmetrical. Difficult to spot the controller and on/off switch
  • I am a big fan of pop music, so I prefer Bose over this earphone

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Handheld Vacuum

  • This is not the newest version, but it lasted long enough to clean my 1-bedroom apartment. I have never ran out of battery
  • Great design

Universal world travel adapter

  • Includes 4 USB ports. Combined with the main plug, it can charge 5 devices at the same time
  • Good for using aboard (to convert the plug) & at home (to charge multiple USB devices)
  • Small size

Xiaomi Mi Pro 10,000mAh Power Bank

  • Good shape, slim and light enough to carry around
  • Great design

iPhone XS

  • Camera is excellent. The colors and details are great, and the portrait mode is splendid. Taking photo at night is also not a problem
  • Good speaker. The lack of headphone jack does not bother me that much, since I am using wireless headphones.
  • ApplePay is too convenience. I once forgot the wallet at home, thanks to ApplePay, I did my grocery without any problem
  • FaceID works 99% of the time. This sounds great, but 1% of the time can be really frustrating when it does not work
  • The screen is too vivid that makes me addicted to the phone

Samson Meteor USB Studio Microphone

  • Easy to setup. Just plug and play in less than a minute
  • Its Cardioid pickup pattern is great for recording music
  • Good price for high quality product (less than A$100 = 2,500 Baht)

Razer Seiren X Microphone

  • Super lightweight and small enough to be carried in a small pouch. However, this does not come with carrying bag
  • It has “Supercardioid” pickup pattern, which pick up a lot less background noise from Cardioid. Result in a clearer voice than Samson Meteor.
  • Good price for the quality (I got it at Best Buy on Black Friday for $69 = 2,300 Baht)
  • Great for recording podcast or video alone. Samson Meteor might be better for recording with many people due to its pickup pattern.
  • Excellent design

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

  • Good for asking for the weather
  • Great in terms of custom programming. It is connected to Alexa Skills
  • Simple control
  • Great design. Looks nice on the table
  • Music from Spotify stopped after playing few songs. We have to keep saying “Alexa, continue”
  • Due to 2 reasons above, we are considering to sell it or trade it with Google Home

Netgear Nighthawk M1 4G WiFi Modem

  • A lot faster internet than the older 4G modem we were using (Huawei E5573). We got around 30 MB per second download, which is plenty for home use
  • Compact enough that we can carry it when we are travelling and needs portable internet

Logitech Spotlight — Remote Presenter

  • Many cool features for the presentation e.g. Spotlight, Zoom, Mouse click
  • Can be used via bluetooth if the USB port is not available
  • Needs USB for all the cool features. For the new Macbooks with USB-C port, this will require dongle :/

Data Consultant at Servian | Monash Data Science Alumni | Front-end Developer based in Melbourne, Australia | LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/lkdn-perth

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