My Tech Top 10: Eric Chen

My Tech Top 10: Eric Chen

Eric Chen
Dec 31, 2011

Hello readers of Unplggd, my name is Eric Chen and I am a nomadic tech enthusiast, foodie and social media addict. I am current based in Chicago and will be going through my first midwest winter after coming from the mild climate of Southern California. Being on the road so often requires a good range of mobile gadget that is reliable and relevant. My tech top ten are all about being on the go and portability

Macbook Air
Being first to the ultraportable market, Apple has continued to do full fledge, super thin laptop right. The Macbook Air I own is the 11" late 2010 model. What really sold me is the new body style and the incredibly small but useable screen size. I've never been on a trip without my trust Macbook by my side. And having used OSX for half a decade, I can't imagine or remember life without OSX.

iPhone 4S
Yes, I am the same Eric who wrote this, but the change to iPhone from an Android is almost inevitable to me. I think many Android users can agree that although Android has a wider range of functions, the OS felt incomplete. And it also doesn't help that Apple makes a superior hardware with a software experience that is unmatched. Since I won't be changing my allegiance with OSX anytime soon, having my smartphone integrated with the rest of my tech just makes sense.

iPad 2
For me, this tablet is a complete luxury. Being an owner of a Macbook Air, having any tablet feels a little excessive. But it also allows me to separate my daily life with my work. When I pick up my iPad, I'm not thinking about typing out a post or checking my work-related emails. I'm thinking about catching up on my readings, watching some videos, and snuggling in bed with a pre-sleep movie. It is a great entertainment and information device that may not be a necessity but definitely in my top ten list.

Amazon Kindle 3
Anyone who's ever tried to read on their iPad knows, staring at a backlit screen is killer for readers. The Kindle gives me a break from backlit screens when I read books and novels. I also love how the device is so singular in its purpose. Sure, it has a built-in web browser, but it is barely useable. The Kindle allows me to read without the distractions of incoming emails, messages or updates. It is always next to my bed as a reminder that I should read more everyday.

Nikon D60
My first DSLR and my first foray into decent photography. This camera has gotten me through the thicks and thins of amateur travel and food photography. Now it is my handy assistant to the world of tech blogging, shooting all things from top images along with product review shots. Without too many things to fiddle with, this is the perfect first DSLR for anyone. It is definitely a must-take for me when I go on long trips and scenic places.

Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX lens
My very first lens purchase is this great little prime lens with a wide aperture. Coming in at just $200, it is also a great value and another must-have for Nikon DX shooters. With its excellent depth of field, it is a great lens for shooting for product reviews, and highlights the product very well. I also love that its a prime lens, making me work to get that perfect shot.

Apple Magic Mouse/Wireless Keyboard
When I need to sit down in front of my computer for a long time, I always use my external mouse and keyboard in order to get into the perfect position to work. I love that both components are connected through Bluetooth and don't require any USB connections, especially useful when I only have two USB ports on my Macbook Air.

Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile Printer
I didn't grow up in the age of the original Polaroid, but I love the idea that you can print your photos quickly, in a size that is very shareable. The Polaroid Pogo gives me the ability to quickly share the photos I took on my smartphone and share it with my friends in real life. There's something satisfying about having physical photo in your hands and being able to put it on your (actual) wall.

Bluelounge MiniDock
Reducing the amount of cables I have to take with me is a huge plus when being always on the go. The Bluelounge MiniDock is perfect for when I'm out and about, the simple design means that I have a portable dock with me anywhere I go. I especially love how handy it is for those bedside plugs commonly found in hotel rooms.

Cosmonaut stylus
Although I literally just received my Kickstarter sponsored Cosmonaut stylus from Studio Neat a few days ago, it has quickly climbed my top ten list. From its simple, to-the-point packaging to the utilitarian and no frills design of the stylus, I love everything about this stylus. The good folks at Studio Neat set out to design a stylus that mimic the feel of a whiteboard marker while improving on the writing feel of the traditional stylus. Coupled with Wacom's Bamboo Paper makes my iPad a perfect digital notebook.

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