My Tech Top 10: Range

Hey guys, I'm Range and I've been a contributing writer for Unplggd for the last 4 years. Time flies! I've also been in Asia since 2006, teaching ESL. I'm currently a graduate student in pure mathematics. This year was a big change, technologically-speaking. I made the change from a PC to a MacBook Pro, and recently got some more Apple gear. I tend to enjoy tech that's streamlined, works well and lasts a long time. It takes me a long time to decide what to buy, but when I do, I tend to pay cash for my purposes and use them as long as possible.

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MacBook Pro 17: Over the last year, I've gotten used to my MacBook Pro 17. The weight is a trade-off to the power and versatility of this laptop. I've found the transition quite easy and straightforward, and I'm meticulous about keeping it updated, uninstalling apps that I don't need, and trying out new things. I'm considering converting it into my main workstation, with a ACD 27, dock, keyboard, and Magic Trackpad.

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iPad 2 3G 64GB: I started reading a lot of ebooks this year, and it made me want to get something that would make reading them a lot easier than lugging around a laptop. The iPad was a great addition to my daily pack. I got the highest-spec version, simply because I needed the space and I know that this will make the device last longer. I mainly use it to read, tweet, and to consult mathematics ebooks in class. The iPad has allowed me to leave my MacBook at home most of the time, unless I need its processing power to run MATLAB.

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Logitech Keyboard Case: This is definitely a useful case to have when you use your iPad a lot. While I've learned to actually like typing on the iPad screen, whenever I take this case with me, I can type as fast as on a normal-sized keyboard. I like the fact that it also acts like a pretty sturdy case for my iPad.

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Dr. Dre Beats Studio Headphones: This was my first foray into active noise-cancelling headphones and I have to say that I'll have trouble going back to non-active ones. The Beats Studio allowed me to rediscover some music on my computer. They definitely work well. They are also foldable, so they can be used when you're mobile.

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'08 iPod Classic 160GB: I bought this about 3 years ago and it's still going strong. Some users have reported that their iPod Classics broke after a short while, but I've been using it a lot over the years, especially when I run, and I've had no problems. Since it's the iPod that offers the largest storage, and Apple has yet to offer one with more, I'm content with this.

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Shure SE110: The model I have was replaced by the SE115, my earbuds still work fine. They were bought on special in 2008-2009 and I've noticed that the cord might break down soon. Nonetheless, they have served me well.

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Garmin Edge 500 GPS: I still use this GPS every time I go out for a run or a bike ride. It works well, although it takes some time to establish a connection with the satellites if you don't have a direct line of sight. It's compact, light and stealthy, meaning that you won't notice it in your pocket.

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Nikon D200: My D200 is still going strong, but I've noticed an improvement on the D700 when I used that one. I will upgrade once the D800 comes out. Until then, this camera will have served me well over the last 5 years.

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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight: This has been my go-to flash for the last couple of years, and it has served me well since Nikon only recently released a new flash. It works great when you need that extra bit of light to make a photo or portrait really pop.

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EMTEC 4GB Flash Drive: My old Transcend flash drive is long gone, but I luckily found this one lying on the street. It's a bit cute for my taste, but it works fine since I rarely need to carry more than 4GB. While in previous years I've carried a USB flash drive around almost all of the time, I have rarely done so this year, mainly because I usually have my laptop or my iPad with me.

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