*Gadgets, devices, and wearables that justify a hefty expense
*From the swankiest drone to the toys that turn your man cave into a movie theater
*Find out the items that are worth the premium price
With the amount of cool technology that’s out there, it’s easy to go broke quickly. A trip to the Apple Store can easily mean spending thousands of dollars in just minutes!
Most of the time, it pays off to wait and buy last-generation gear at a huge discount, but with that said, some tech is so impressive that it’s worth paying full price. We’ve rounded up the priciest tech toys that match this criteria. These tech toys may be pricey, but they’re worth every penny.
1. Apple Watch Series 2, 42mm
The Apple Watch is the king of wearable tech, and it comes with a price tag to match—it’s not for the faint of heart. As anyone who owns one will tell you (whether you ask them to or not), the Apple Watch is a category leader that runs circles around the competition. Apple has created an experience that seamlessly integrates with and enhances daily life. The Apple Watch gets everything right, all while holding its own as a stunning fashion accessory.
2. GoPro Karma w/HERO5
GoPro has always owned the premium action camera category, so it’s no surprise that their photography drones are some of the best money can buy. The GoPro Karma’s big secret is its “Karma Stabilizer.” No matter how shaky the flight, the image stays steady and clear. The GoPro Karma’s feature set costs a pretty penny—but we wouldn’t expect a flawless 4K video to come cheap.
3. Neato Robotics Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies
The Neato Botvac is a serious contender in the world of robot vacuums—almost enough to make you say, “Roomba who?” Neato brings several unique features to the table, including a mastery of something their round competitors have never gotten right: corners. In fact, the BotVac’s “CornerClever” technology is perfect for complicated floor plans, and with its focus on pets and allergies, it makes cleaning the floor downright enjoyable.
4. Synology DS2415+ Diskless System Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Getting serious about file storage means spending a decent chunk of change, but with modern Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices you typically get a lot more than a place to dump your files. The Synology DS2415+ is a Linux-based server that can house up to 12 hard drives, and its built-in Disk Station Manager firmware is a full-featured command center for your data. Whether you want access to your home movies from any device away from home, run virtual machines on your home network, or you just need a rock-solid Plex server, the DS2415+ has you—and your data—covered.
5. Dell U3417W FR3PK 34-Inch Widescreen Monitor
There are a lot of decent ultrawide monitors out there, but truly stunning screens are uncommon. The Dell U3417W is a “wow” monitor. Its curved screen makes it easier for working, while its 1440 x 1440 widescreen resolution creates immersive gaming experiences. On top of all that, the U3417W’s viewing angles and adjustability solidified its place on our list.
6. Samsung 49″ Class Curved 4K (2160P) Smart LED TV
It’s official, 3DTVs are on the way out. TV manufacturers have moved on to focus on providing 4K TV features. Now is the time to buy the remaining stock of 3D TVs—they’re officially a rare breed, and the only way you’ll get to watch 3D Blu-rays in their full, three-dimensional glory. In particular, the Samsung Smart LED TV pulls off a hat trick when it comes to features: it’s a 4K set, it’s a smart TV, and it’s curved.
7. Sonos 3.1 Home Theater System with PLAYBAR and SUB
Sonos is best known for their music systems. While they didn’t invent the concept of coordinated multi-room audio, they certainly perfected it. However, their lone home theater product, the Sonos 3.1 Home Theater System, also happens to be a best-in-class soundbar. In fact, home theater enthusiasts might even say the 3.1 home theater system is an only-in-class because no other soundbar system comes close to delivering the same depth, bass, and nuance to TV and movie soundtracks. The Sonos 3.1 system will give any 5.1 or 7.1-based systems a run for their money while taking up half the space.
8. Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Bar 128GB
Thumb drives are worth spending a little extra money on—they usually need to survive the wear and tear of daily life and keep your data intact. The Samsung USB 3.0 128GB flash drive is big enough for plenty of files, music, and movies, and its sturdy metal design allows for a rugged life on a keychain. You probably won’t ever use all the space on it, but that’s why you’re paying a premium. It’s worth the extra cash to never worry about having enough file storage with you ever again.
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