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My favorite tech of the year
Hi Fi Sound
Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release)
Fun in the Sun
Apple Pencil 2
Mix it up
Some final thoughts
As for the iPhone, I just don’t bother upgrading every year these days. I am on the two or three year upgrade plan. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has the Raw 42 megapixel format that works for most of my needs, so I am going to sit it out a while to see if there is anything that they add that I really want. A 10x lens would be nice, but something I would rarely use, so I need a more compelling case to upgrade.
I guess you could say I am pretty happy with my current tech. I think a lot of tech has entered its “cash cow” phase where we aren’t seeing huge innovations each year and with my use case mainly being hobby related, it gets harder to justify upgrades for incremental changes.
There are some things I have on a wishlist, but most are just too difficult to justify… motorized projection screen (if I could drop one in on the same hangers I have for my pull down screen, I would do it now...just all the screens I have seen will require new holes which means filling holes and repainting the wall), wide angle lens for my Sony camera ( mainly shooting wide angle with my phone these days), Fiio R7 ( so cool, but hard to justify the cost when I have the same features in my current setup), a hardtop removal stand for my Jeep (just need to do a major clean up of garage to fit it and my jeep in there), etc.
Of course, by next year, there will be some new stuff out that I may not be able to resist. We will see, but right now, I have to see I am pretty happy with all of my tech...even stuff purchased years ago like my Big Green Egg.