Stickiness means what we went out and bought in 2019 (unless the vendor left it with us) and we use every day. And our purchase decisions are based on quality and value.
Every year I am asked what IT tech excited me and the answer is always the same – very little. The right question to ask me is what tech I am still using – stickiness.
You see most tech is evolutionary (more of the same but better and usually more expensive), not revolutionary (mind-blowing).
GadgetGuy did 256 reviews in 2019. From pizza ovens to mobile gaming rigs, our reviewers needed to develop review paradigms for about 100 different product categories. The important ones include did it work as expected/promised, features, value, ease of use, design etc. But there was one category that we needed 2020 hindsight to do – stickiness.
Yes, it is an eclectic list, but this is the tech we use daily that has made the biggest impression on our work life. And more importantly, in our Scottish way, represent the best value and quality.
Stickiness – work devices
Smartphone – Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (wife Samsung Galaxy S10+) and Samsung Galaxy watches (Samsung Health)
We admit to being long term Samsung Note/Galaxy users, and we consider these the epitome of the perfect smartphone. Each year we pass the last model onto children and relatives – the S5/Note6 is still going strong!
Note Channel Seven GadgetGuy Val Quinn would say the latest Apple iPhone and watch – each to their own.
But this year the real action was in the sub<$599 where OPPO with its $599 Reno2 Z and Samsung with its $649 Galaxy A70 redefined mid-range value. Our extended family bought these both and are deliriously happy. Honourable mention to the $399 Mintt UltraMintt Y3 that blew value expectations out of the water!
Home computer – Surface Pro 7 and Kensington Surface Pro Dock with dual Samsung 1080p curved monitors, Logitech G-610 mechanical keyboard and MX Master 2 and 3 mouse.
We have two homes – our home on the Central Coast water and our bolt hole at Woolloomooloo (near GadgetGuy offices). Hence, we have multiple recommendations.
The Surface addiction goes back to years of the original hybrid tablet with a detachable keyboard (evolutionary then-revolutionary now). Forget that these are excessively priced and that the keyboard and stylus require a second mortgage.
They are superb ‘PCs coupled with the Kensington Surface Pro Dock and dual Samsung curved 1080p monitors (no side bezels) complete the work environment. And I love that you can whip out the tablet and use it on the balcony overlooking the water or take it on holidays and still have the same work environment. Over the years, our old ‘Surfi’ have gone to our kidults and are still going strong.
Work Computer – Lenovo 2019 Yoga C940 (14) or HP x360 Spectre both Thunderbolt 3, Kensington Thunderbolt 3 dock and dual 4K HP z38c and z34c monitors
Work is work where we need to do serious production and design. Here the Lenovo Yoga and HP Spectre both use Thunderbolt 3 to power dual 4K monitors, 100% Adobe RGB (HP z-series and BenQ) to give us the most accurate colours and wide gamut for web use.
Printers – HP PageWide Pro MFP inkjet, Brother A3 inkjet, Brother MFP laser and OfficeJet Pro 9020 inkjet
There is only one print technology that I love, and it is a decade old. HP PageWide prints the entire page in one pass – it is an inkjet with no moving head, very low print cost and capable of speeds to 70 ppm. Over the past ten years, I have bought several for associated businesses and all are still perfect. For general office use, it beats lasers for cost and quality.
The Brother A3 is for large format graphics and spreadsheets, but it is also part of its INKvestment series – that uses replaceable ink tanks for low running costs.
The Brother MFP LED laser is for printing submissions in high-quality – only a laser can turn 80gsm bond paper into a masterpiece although we load it with 100gsm coated stock and use the highest quality setting for wow results.