Companies tend to go a bit crazy nowadays with the amount of 'smart' tech that they're trying to push, most of the stuff we'll never use and even if we do, it's probably not that different to the non-smart stuff.
However, if you're a real tech enthusiast, there are a certain set of essentials that you should be able to lay your hand to at any given moment.
Here's our list of 9 tech essentials every enthusiast needs in their home.
1. A Room-Filling Speaker System
How do you expect to impress any guests without owning a speaker system that really does its job? There's a lot out there and realistically, you're going to get what you pay for. For some serious bang-for-your-buck, we'd recommend the Sonos PLAY:1.
2. A Good Set Of Headphones
For when you just want to chill out with some music in your ears while not disturbing anyone else, good headphones are essential. We've always recommended the TMA-2's by AIAIAI, but if you're after something a bit cheaper Satechi's Aluminum Headphones are a good alternative.
3. A Quality, Reliable Camera
Cameras on smartphones are getting better and better, but you should always have room for a quality camera. A popular choice at the UltraLinx office has always been the Panasonic GM1, a compact, reliable, Micro Four Thirds camera that you won't regret having in your arsenal.
4. A Solid & Reliable Smartphone
This obviously goes on the list by default, but some people are shy of spending their money on smartphones, even though it's something we use every single day of our lives. Obviously budget has to be taken into mind here, if it's no option, go all out on an iPhone X and don't look back. Alternatively, you can get a very solid smartphone that isn't $1000. We'd recommend either the iPhone 7 or a Google Pixel.
5. A Battery Case For Your Phone
If you're travelling or just out for the day, a battery case can really save you in some tricky situations. If you have an iPhone, the Apple Battery Case is the go-to, alternatively, it's worth searching around Amazon for your specific phone.
6. A Fitness Tracker
Whether you're massively into fitness or not, it's always a good idea to track. A fitness tracker like the Fitbit Charge 2 comes with a heap of features that you may find interesting; heart-rate monitor, sleep tracking, notification alerts, step tracking and a huge 5-day battery life.
7. Some Compact Wireless Earphones
If you're out and about a lot, or a keen gym-goer, some reliable wireless earphones are certainly an essential. We can't recommend enough the wireless bluetooth earphones by TaoTronics, and best of all, they're only $25.
8. A Portable Battery Charger
A portable charger, much like the phone case, can rescue you from some bad situations. If you're after a smaller charger that you can take anywhere then the Anker PowerCore+ Mini is perfect. If you want something bigger than the RAVPower Portable Charger comes with a huge 16750mAh battery. What's more is that it's currently on sale at $31.99 from $99.99.
9. A Streaming Device
Streaming devices have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, and at this point, it's criminal not to have one hooked up to your TV. Realistically, what you want really depends on your needs, a Google Chromecast will be able to stream a ton of services from your phone and even your desktop from Google Chrome. If you're looking for something a bit more expansive then look no further than the Apple TV.