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My Tech Wishlist & Current Faves

Ahh technology. I love you, I (sometimes) hate you, I need you, I want more of you. Can you relate?

Call me a nerd, but I’m all about a great gadget. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my current faves as well as a few other things I’ve got on my wishlist.  With tech purchases being kinda pricey, you want to make sure that you’re going to get the most bang for your buck. And at the end of the day, I want technology purchases to make my job easier – and be a little fun, too. 

Clockwise, from top left:

Camera: One of the best things I’ve spent money on is my DSLR camera a couple of years ago (see what’s in my photobag in this post). And while it was kinda painful to shell out for a couple of really great lenses in addition to the camera body, they’ve done nothing but improve my photography skills as well as my business. If you’re interested in learning how to better your photos by shooting in manual, you can’t go wrong with a DSLR.

Tripod: While I do have a cheapie half-broke down tripod from college, I’d really like to upgrade to something a little better. I like that these Manfrotto tripods have the extending arm so you can shoot directly overhead. This would be crazy useful to any shopowner who’s shooting their own product photography.

WiFi Enabled Memory Card: Another item on my wishlist. Take photos and have them uploaded instantly to your computer when in Wifi-enabled areas.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet Wireless Kit: Again, gotta get rid of the cords! Sooner rather than later, I need to grab one of these to go with  my Bamboo tablet (see below). Cut the cord!

Wacom Bamboo Tablet: I finally splurged on one of these late last year and I love it. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally get one of these. I’m really enjoying playing around with it, and it’s especially handy for freehand drawing in Illustrator and delicate touch-ups in Photoshop. I have so much greater control with this than with a mouse. If you’re a designer, this is a must-have.

Sony Kids Remote Control: This cracks me up but I think it’d actually be kinda handy! Program in 7 channels so you don’t have to worry that your kid might turn on some channel with stuff you don’t want them to see.

HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer: I’m ready to upgrade my home printer to something that can handle some wide format projects.  This HP seems to fit the bill but there are a lot of other great options from Epson and Canon too. Have any recommendations for wide format printers? I’d love to hear them.

Backup Battery for iPhone: how cute are these? I love the idea of having a backup battery that’s not only cute but also functional. Another fun product I’d love to get to design!

What’s on your tech wishlist? Got any must-haves that we need to hear about? 

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  • http://twitter.com/pinegateroad Kelsey Cronkhite

    Hey Rachel! Thought I’d drop a recommendation for the epson photo 1400. I’ve had mine for over two years and it has gotten me through countless grad school design projects—and this is the go-to for so many of my classmates as well! It prints up to 13″x19″ which has been plenty large enough for most of my work and if you really need to print out that large poster, staples isn’t too far away ;) The only ‘issue’ I’ve had with this printer is that you really need to be using either photo paper, or if you want thinner paper, the epson brand ones—which gets a little expensive depending on how much you’re wanting to print. It’s pretty reasonably priced in general too, and I can’t say enough great things about it for an ink jet! Clarity, color saturation, etc. I’m a design nerd and need both an ink jet and a laser printer depending on the job, hah. On a side note, I can’t get enough of that J.Crew battery!! Absolutely adorable!

    • http://twitter.com/pinegateroad Kelsey Cronkhite

      I can’t stand how dorky I sound getting so excited about this printer!! hah.