My Tech Top 10: Jeff Heaton

My name is Jeff Heaton and I'm currently a freelance writer/designer in Atlanta, GA. I love well designed products of all types and relentlessly research any purchase before I put down the cash. I especially love the work of Johnny Ive, Marc Newson, and Phillipe Starck. I also enjoy cooking so many of my favorite gadgets are cooking implements, especially coffee related ones.

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1. Macbook Pro 13"
My macbook pro and I are basically joined at the hip. Given the amount of time we spend together we may be considered in a common law marriage in some states. From it's wonderfully shiny exterior to the well placed battery indicator I love everything about it. Though I'm thinking of getting a nice big monitor for ergonomics sake.

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2. Sennheiser HD 280 Pros
I spent years drooling over full-size headphones. Bose, Beats by Dr Dre, Grados, all were out of my price range. But I stumbled upon these Sennheisers and their amazing price point and my music listening experience has never been the same. While they may not have 100 percent of the fidelity of some of the others I've looked at, I still had the urge to relisten to my music collection after getting these.

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3. Canon 30D
This was another great deal. I got it second hand on Craigslist from another photographer who was upgrading. Like my headphones it's not everything I've ever dreamed of in a device, but it does almost as well for a much more reasonable price. I take it everywhere, and I'm slowly adding little features: custom eye cup, Black Rapid Sport strap, and soon a hand strap.

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4. XBox 360
I don't play many video games. Maybe twice a year I'll throw in a disc. But I do use the XBox as my media center. From streaming Netflix to watching ESPN the XBox is a great all-in-one choice, for all my needs anyway.

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5. Barnes and Noble Nook Color
The color is a great little device for my media on-the-go. I took it with me to England instead of a laptop and it got the job done. One day I'll save up for an iPad to complement my photography, but for now the Nook serves all my basic media/ebook needs. And now that it's got Netflix it's that much better.

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6. Kalorik Kitchen Scale
I've written about my coffee quest before. My scale is a key ingredient in that process. Volume changes, but weight is far more constant (on the surface of the earth of course) giving me a better brew. While I enjoy the actually drinking of a fine cup of coffee I almost enjoy the process of getting to it more. Like a speed demon modifying his car, I find the work satisfying.

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7. Logitech Wireless M510 Mouse
While I'm still on the fence on whether to buy a trackpad or stick with an ergonomic mouse, I do know that I've experienced far less strain while using a well designed mouse. This one from logitech has all the buttons I need and doesn't have the alien spaceship look I find goofy.

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8. Pogo Stylus
I always keep this little guy in my bag. It's great for digital painting or touch ups in photoshop or for using a touch screen in freezing cold weather. I like how small it is compared to most styluses.

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9. Garmin Forerunner 405
My Garmin GPS watch is my constant running companion. I never thought I'd like a running watch, but this one gives me so much data (including heart rate if I wear the chest band) I've changed my tune. It's a bit bigger than my other watch, which can be a little annoying at times, but it's not oreo sized like some of the ones I've seen. Plus I just have to walk into the house and the computer picks up my data.

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10. Cuisinart Prep Plus food processor
This one I got on sale at William Sonoma. You generally have to drag me out of there because I have to look at everything. The package design, the gorgeous implements, and the shiny knives all make for cook porn. I'm certainly not a chef, but the food processor has improved my consistency. I've use all of the blades it comes with, made bread, salads and butters in it, and generally putting the motor to the test, but it's still kicking.

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