With birthday money coming up, the imaginary funds are already burning a hole in my pocket. Check out what's on my shopping list and share your own, from small to unlimited budgets, there's plenty out there that's fun for the shopping.
Small But Fun (under $100): Portable battery charger for my cellphone.
- How to Never Find Yourself With A Drained Cell Phone
- Mophie Juice Pack: Power For Your iPod/iPhone
- Emergency Tech Gear Preparedness: It Can Happen To You!
Middle Ground (under $500): iPad2 or air purifier
It's a tech purchase I still haven't yet been able to justify, but I have a feeling it's coming soon. The iPad 2 is just too much fun to pass up. Friends and family flaunt their ability to watch movies and play games on long airplane and bus rides, while thoughts of using it in business meetings for presentations anchors the practical rationale for purchasing one.
- Apple Unveils New iPad 2
- 20 Best Cases, Sleeves & Covers for New iPad 2 Owners
- iPad 2 Cases We've Run Through Their Paces
Our apartment is so dusty and the air quality so poor we're constantly cleaning and getting sick. The Rabbit Air MinusA2 ($480) and ±0 Air Purifier ($340) are a bit pricey but have a nice look that will blend into my home decor without sticking out too much like a cheap plastic piece of tech.
- 10 Great Small Air Purifiers for the Home Office
- 10 Air Filters That are Easy on the Eyes and Nose
- 5 Stylish Air Purifiers for Every Budget
Tech Playground (under $1,500): 1080p front projector
Nothing beats the big screen movie experience, and a front projector brings it all home. The latest models are all fairly inexpensive and pack a punch with 1080p and great picture quality. I'm leaning towards the
Epson EH-TW3600, as my brother has an older Epson and it's served him extremely well.
- Our Favorite HD Projectors for Big Screen Action
- Survey: Are 1080 Projectors As good As Their LCD/Plasma Rivals
- Full HD Projectors Under $1000?
- The Hidden Home Theater Tour
- The Beautiful Black & White Home Theater
Budget Busters (over $10,000): A brand new car!
This is a bit of a budget jump, but I need a new car like nobody's business. My previous sedan was constantly breaking, and even with fantastic German engineering enthusiast friends the repairs were still running in the thousands per year. My fun sports car is impractical and someone just stole a piece of it, not letting me put the top on in this horrific East Coast heat wave. I need something reliable yet not *too boring - perhaps a Nissan Maxima or Pathfinder, what do you reader's suggest for around $30k?
With Steve Jobs' Money ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$): When "money isn't everything, it's the only thing."
This list could go on and on and on. The ultimate tech bachelor pad by Esquire would be a nice start, with a $6 million home theater inside. Perhaps an Aston Martin DBS or Audi R8 to sit in the driveway and a nice Davenport yacht ready to go at the dock. A Trump size plane would top it all off, never having to fly coach again.
Let us know what's next on your to-buy list, from teeny tiny to massive budgets. Share in the fun!