Hey there everyone out there in Apartment Therapy/Unplggd land, my name is Kevin Whipps, and I'm a writer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. I've been doing writing and photography on the side since 2000, and professionally since 2009 when I started up my company, Whipps Industries. Although my passion is cars, recently technology has started creeping up the scale and now it seems like I've got tons of new gizmos and gadgets floating around the house making my life easier. As for my top 10? Well that's a toughie, but let me see what I can do for you.
13-inch MacBook Air: When the Air first came out last year, I knew I wanted the 11-inch model pretty bad. I lusted after the 12-inch PowerBook when it came out years ago, but never pulled the trigger. Now was my chance! But thing is, my 15-inch MacBook Pro was still working fine, and I needed the extra screen real estate. Flash to this August, and the Air gets updated while my Pro starts feeling its age. I buy the 13-inch model since it had the same resolution as my 15, and all was good in the world. It's honestly the best computer I've ever owned.
Apple Thunderbolt Display: I've already spoken a bunch about my love of this display, but really, I can just keep gushing. Although I'm not a fan of the glossy screen, I can control my lighting environment enough that it's really not an issue right now. Besides, the Ethernet port keeps my Air whizzing along nicely, and the added flexibility of USB and Firewire ports means that I never have to wonder if I have the right cable. Beauty and convenience, all in one smooth package.
Logitech Performance Mouse MX: I bought this one when I started my company because I was looking for a cordless mouse that performed well, but fit in my rather large mitts easily. I loved it right off the bat, but a year later it broke. I emailed Logitech just hoping that something could be done, and sure enough, a week later they sent me a brand new one, free of charge. With support like that and such a great product, I really can't knock the Logitech Performance Mouse MX.
Apple Wireless Keyboard: Yes, I am a shameless Apple supporter. But before I ever ventured into the land of the Mac, I was a PC guy who typed all the time but hated his keyboard. The throw of the keys was just too long, but I felt at the time that I needed one of those ergonomic jobbies just to function correctly. A few adjustments later, and I'm typing faster than ever, and living wire free.
Western Digital My Book for Mac: Although these weren't my first choice (I really want a Drobo pretty bad), they've been super reliable for me the past year or so. I have a 1, 2 and 3 TB model named after Futurama characters (Nibbler, Fry and Clamps, if you were wondering), and they hold my work files, iMac backup, music and movie collection just fine. They also fit into my Lego diorama behind my desk pretty nicely, too.
Apple iPhone 4S 64GB: I've bought a new iPhone on launch day for years now, and I've never regretted the purchase. I find myself using Siri in new and interesting ways all the time, the camera has been used for shots on this very site and the extra storage space holds tons of movies and apps. Really, there's not much to complain about for this one. I love this phone.
DirecTV HD-DVR: When my wife and I moved into our new house, we upgraded to the whole-house system from DirecTV, which has this DVR at the center of it all. Pausing live programming is sweet, but watching it from other rooms is even cooler. Plus, I have no idea how I'll ever fill this thing. I had 40 shows stored the other day, and I still had 80% of the hard drive left. Incredible!
Samsung 46-inch LED TV: My wife and I have been a fan of Samsung TVs for a long time now, and when our DLP took a turn for the worse, we decided to move to a flat panel. Although we're not taking advantage of it's thin profile right now, it looks great in our current setup and looks amazing. Now I just need to get one for my office.
AppleTV 2: I was one of the guys who bought the original AppleTV, and although I loved it, the software left a bit to desire. The new AppleTV 2 is not only compact, but delivers content to my Samsung TV easily so I can either stream movies, Netflix or watch the Red Sox play on MLB.TV. The big advantage for my family though, is that now we have all of our son's movies in one convenient location, and that makes family time a ton easier for all of us. Plus, they're so cheap that we have one for the bedroom TV as well.
Wahl Home Pro Hair Clippers: For the past 13 years or so, I've been shaving my head down to a No. 1 once a week. Not only does it cut down on the amount of time it takes me to get my hair ready in the morning (zero minutes, last count), but it also keeps me cooler during the hot Arizona summers. In those 13 years, I've owned two hair clippers, both of them Wahls. They last for years and work reliably, never needing any maintenance other than a squirt of oil here and there. My current model has been going for six years strong.
Technology/device I'm most looking forward to in 2012: Whenever the next iPad comes out, I'll probably buy it. My original 3G iPad is great, but I can't wait for an improved display, faster processor, and whatever other fun features Apple has in store for it. Other than that, the Nintendo Wii U is scheduled for this year, and although I'm mighty skeptical, my wife and I own every Nintendo console built, so chances are pretty good it will end up on our shelf. Oh, and the next iPhone, but isn't that a given for me?
Tech or tech organizational tip: Read Getting Things Done by David Allen, and find a way to implement that into your life. I write for tons of different people, and before using the GTD system, I was completely lost. Not only has it changed my life for the better, but it could change yours too. My personal GTD app is Omnifocus for the Mac, but feel free to use whatever works for you.
I never leave home without: My iPhone 4S is always in my pocket. It's one of those things that I check mentally by slapping my pockets as I prepare to walk out the door. "Keys? check. Wallet? check. iPhone? Check." Seriously, I left the house recently without it, and five minutes later I was turning around because without the phone I couldn't get directions to where I was going.