Tech is everywhere. It has leapt from our computers and phones into our toasters, thermostats and locks. You could spend a fortune upgrading every item in your home to a cutting-edge, high-tech smart device — but should you?
Unless you have a fortune to spare, it’s generally not a good idea to splurge on every new and astounding device that hits the market. Instead, you should focus your spending on a handful of helpful tools you’ll definitely use. Here are the tech purchases you won’t regret splurging on.
Smartphones and Computers
It should go without saying that the devices with processors — i.e. smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and desktops — all deserve a splurge. Because it is these devices you will most often interface with, you need these tools to be top-of-the-line. Any time you invest in a new computing device, you should try to acquire the latest and greatest tech. Though it will be more expensive, it’s likely that it will remain relevant for longer than tech that is a year or more old, which means you can use your device for longer and avoid additional unnecessary splurges into the future.
After your phone and computer, the next-most-used device in most homes is the television. It’s typically worth your money to buy a top-tier TV because you will use this device frequently but also because there is a significant difference in features between expensive and bargain models. For example, 8K TVs offer incredibly superior resolution, allowing you to see every detail of your favorite show or movie, and many come with smart features that allow you to stream from online services, play games and access your computing devices, too. Cheaper televisions simply do not offer the same definition and force you to invest in other technologies to access the services you require.
To save the trees, printing has largely become a necessity of the past — but that doesn’t mean your home doesn’t need a printer. While the times you will need a printer will be few, they are typically important and time-sensitive, so having a printer in your house is a must. Yu should invest in a high-grade printer, ideally a laser variety, that also has copying and scanning capabilities. The latter features will make it easy to store all your files digitally, and using toner is a good way to reduce your printing expenses in the long term. You should also prioritize Bluetooth capabilities, so you can print from any computer without the hassle of changing wires or finding adaptors.
There is a near-infinite improvement in speakers, and that improvement often comes at a steep cost. Admittedly, you don’t need to trop tens of thousands of dollars on high-fidelity speakers, but you also shouldn’t opt for the under-$10 desktop ones, which without fail produce a disappointing, metallic and whiny sound. Instead, you should look for high-quality wireless speakers, which you can place around your room to generate a surround-sound effect. It’s a good idea to choose a speaker set that can connect to a variety of your tech, including your smartphone and TV, so you can always experience extraordinary sound.
Most smart devices for the home still require your hands-on control — smart locks, smart light bulbs, smart appliances, etc. all require your interaction to function. However, there is one exceedingly functional tech tool that can run all on its own, and it will save you immense amounts of time and effort in the long run: a robot vacuum. Robot vacuums can be set to run on a schedule, following certain routes or cleaning certain rooms as you see fit. However, you should also opt for a smart model, so you can activate your vacuum using your phone or smart hub as necessary.
You should invest in one that has the cleaning capabilities you need; for instance, if you have pets, you should ensure your model is equipped with the right suction and filters for pet dander. You can even find robot vacuums with mopping technology, which is revelation considering how long it takes to sweep and mop your home’s floors.
Another smart tool that is essentially set-and-forget is the smart thermostat. Like a robo-vacuum, a smart thermoset is programmable, but you can also access it using your smart home hub or smartphone. Even better than a robot vacuum, a smart thermostat will save you money, ensuring optimal energy use through your HVAC.
You don’t need to rush out and acquire every tech tool that hits the market; in fact, it might be wise to wait a while to see if other cutting-edge consumers find the device necessary or useful. By prioritizing some home technology over others, you can avoid overspending on useless junk and create the functional, high-tech home of your dreams.