Mo' money mo' gifts: 10 tech-related things on my wish list

If money were no object and if I had every selfish tech-related wish granted, the following 10 things would be under my tree come Christmas morning.
by Richard Hall Modified: December 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013

The Notorious B.I.G. once so eloquently put it: “Mo' money, mo' problems.” For the most part, that's true, but since it's Christmastime and I'm hankering for a bunch of tech-related goodies, I like to think of the possibilities mo' money could buy me this holiday season.

Here is a list of my 10 tech wants for 2013.

PlayStation 4: $399

My wife and I own a PlayStation 3, and love it dearly. Even though we don't game, we would like to have a PlayStation 4. It looks to be a powerhouse of a system, and I'm sure I could get suckered into buying a couple of video games just to see what's what with this next-gen console.
PlayStation 4: $399 My wife and I own a PlayStation 3, and love it dearly. Even though we don't game, we would like to have a PlayStation 4. It looks to be a powerhouse of a system, and I'm sure I could get suckered into buying a couple of video games just to see what's what with this next-gen console.

PlayStation 4, $399

My wife and I own a PlayStation 3, and love it dearly. Even though we don't game, we would like to have a PlayStation 4. It looks to be a powerhouse of a system, and I'm sure I could get suckered into buying a couple of video games just to see what's what with this next-gen console.



Xbox One: $499

Everything I said about the PlayStation 4 can basically be applied to the Xbox One. I'd love to compare its Blu-ray player's picture and sound quality to the PlayStation 3 and the next entry in this list. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Xbox One: $499 Everything I said about the PlayStation 4 can basically be applied to the Xbox One. I'd love to compare its Blu-ray player's picture and sound quality to the PlayStation 3 and the next entry in this list. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Xbox One, $499

Everything I said about the PlayStation 4 can basically be applied to the Xbox One. I'd love to compare its Blu-ray player's picture and sound quality to the PlayStation 3 and the next entry in this list.



Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player: $499

Oppo, to me, is the best name in the business when it comes to home video players. Its Blu-ray players are amazing and have a reputation for dependency and smooth operation. Photo provided.
Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player: $499 Oppo, to me, is the best name in the business when it comes to home video players. Its Blu-ray players are amazing and have a reputation for dependency and smooth operation. Photo provided.

Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, $499

Oppo, to me, is the best name in the business when it comes to home video players. Its Blu-ray players are amazing and have a reputation for dependency and smooth operation.



Kindle Fire HDX: $229 to $409 for 7-inch model; $379 to $479 for 8.9-inch model

I'll take one in the 64GB variety, please; 4G LTE optional. The HDX is one of those tablets that just looks so incredible on paper you wonder, “Will it live up to the hype?” I spent a couple hours with one, and the HDX is nothing short of great. It's not the be-all and end-all of tablets, but it comes close. Photo provided.
Kindle Fire HDX: $229 to $409 for 7-inch model; $379 to $479 for 8.9-inch model I'll take one in the 64GB variety, please; 4G LTE optional. The HDX is one of those tablets that just looks so incredible on paper you wonder, “Will it live up to the hype?” I spent a couple hours with one, and the HDX is nothing short of great. It's not the be-all and end-all of tablets, but it comes close. Photo provided.

Kindle Fire HDX, $229 to $409 for 7-inch model, $379 to $479 for 8.9-inch model

I'll take one in the 64GB variety, please; 4G LTE optional. The HDX is one of those tablets that just looks so incredible on paper you wonder, “Will it live up to the hype?” I spent a couple of hours with one, and the HDX is nothing short of great. It's not the be-all and end-all of tablets, but it comes close.

Samsung S9C OLED 55-inch TV: $9,000

This television is smart, attentive, curvy and easy on the eyes. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, 3-D and a quad-core processor, and can also be controlled with voice and/or hand gestures. In reality, this curved television would just be a fun toy to play with, albeit expensive. Photo provided.
Samsung S9C OLED 55-inch TV: $9,000 This television is smart, attentive, curvy and easy on the eyes. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, 3-D and a quad-core processor, and can also be controlled with voice and/or hand gestures. In reality, this curved television would just be a fun toy to play with, albeit expensive. Photo provided.

Samsung S9C OLED 55-inch TV, $9,000

This television is smart, attentive, curvy and easy on the eyes. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, 3-D and a quad-core processor, and can also be controlled with voice and/or hand gestures. In reality, this curved television would just be a fun toy to play with, albeit expensive.



Philips Hue lightbulbs: $200 for the starter pack

Homes are getting smarter by the day, where everything from appliances to televisions are capable of making our lives easier and more comfortable by becoming less of a hassle to use. So why shouldn't lightbulbs be just as smart? Philips is trying to take us there with its Hue products, which are controllable via smartphones and tablets and can be personalized to fit the atmosphere you want the room to have. Photo provided.
Philips Hue lightbulbs: $200 for the starter pack Homes are getting smarter by the day, where everything from appliances to televisions are capable of making our lives easier and more comfortable by becoming less of a hassle to use. So why shouldn't lightbulbs be just as smart? Philips is trying to take us there with its Hue products, which are controllable via smartphones and tablets and can be personalized to fit the atmosphere you want the room to have. Photo provided.

Philips Hue lightbulbs, $200 for the starter pack

Homes are getting smarter by the day, where everything from appliances to televisions are capable of making our lives easier and more comfortable by becoming less of a hassle to use. So why shouldn't lightbulbs be just as smart? Philips is trying to take us there with its Hue products, which are controllable via smartphones and tablets and can be personalized to fit the atmosphere you want the room to have.



Klipsch Image S4i II in-ear headphones: $40

Klipsch makes some of the best sound equipment for the dollar. Its Image in-ear headphones are a great value, and the S4i II is probably the best in-ear headphone under $50. Photo provided.
Klipsch Image S4i II in-ear headphones: $40 Klipsch makes some of the best sound equipment for the dollar. Its Image in-ear headphones are a great value, and the S4i II is probably the best in-ear headphone under $50. Photo provided.

Klipsch Image S4i II in-ear headphones, $40

Klipsch makes some of the best sound equipment for the dollar. Its Image in-ear headphones are a great value, and the S4i II is probably the best in-ear headphone under $50.



Transcend 1 StoreJet 1TB external hard drive: $73

My wife and I take a lot of photos and own a lot of digital music and comic books, so we're buying new external hard drives almost yearly. The brand we get the most out of is Transcend, specifically the StoreJet series. They're small, but built like tanks. This specific model underwent a military drop test to ensure resistance against portable shock and awe. And for the price, it can't be beat. Photo provided.
Transcend 1 StoreJet 1TB external hard drive: $73 My wife and I take a lot of photos and own a lot of digital music and comic books, so we're buying new external hard drives almost yearly. The brand we get the most out of is Transcend, specifically the StoreJet series. They're small, but built like tanks. This specific model underwent a military drop test to ensure resistance against portable shock and awe. And for the price, it can't be beat. Photo provided.

Transcend 1 StoreJet 1TB external hard drive, $73

My wife and I take a lot of photos and own a lot of digital music and comic books, so we're buying new external hard drives almost yearly. The brand we get the most out of is Transcend, specifically the StoreJet series. They're small, but built like tanks. This specific model underwent a military drop test to ensure resistance against portable shock and awe. And for the price, it can't be beat.



One of those touch screens Fox News uses in their newsroom: $7,100

Several months ago, Fox News made headlines for revamping its newsroom with new 55-inch touch-screen computers powered by Microsoft's Windows 8. The change basically turned the office into the Starship Enterprise's bridge, which is awesome and which is why this made my list. Photo provided.
One of those touch screens Fox News uses in their newsroom: $7,100 Several months ago, Fox News made headlines for revamping its newsroom with new 55-inch touch-screen computers powered by Microsoft's Windows 8. The change basically turned the office into the Starship Enterprise's bridge, which is awesome and which is why this made my list. Photo provided.

One of those touch screens Fox News uses in their newsroom, $7,100

Several months ago, Fox News made headlines for revamping its newsroom with new 55-inch touch-screen computers powered by Microsoft's Windows 8. The change basically turned the office into the Starship Enterprise's bridge, which is awesome and which is why this made my list.



Bank & Olufsen Beolab 18 home theater speakers: $13,200 for a pair

As if this list wasn't first-worldy enough, the final item on my wish list is a home theater floor-standing speaker that costs $6,590. I'd want at least two, but four would be ideal. And I don't even really care for Bang & Olufsen products, but the Beolab 18s sure look great. Kind of like functional art. Photo provided.
Bank & Olufsen Beolab 18 home theater speakers: $13,200 for a pair As if this list wasn't first-worldy enough, the final item on my wish list is a home theater floor-standing speaker that costs $6,590. I'd want at least two, but four would be ideal. And I don't even really care for Bang & Olufsen products, but the Beolab 18s sure look great. Kind of like functional art. Photo provided.

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 18 home theater speakers, $13,200 for a pair

As if this list wasn't first-worldy enough, the final item on my wish list is a home theater floor-standing speaker that costs $6,590. I'd want at least two, but four would be ideal. And I don't even really care for Bang & Olufsen products, but the Beolab 18s sure look great. Kind of like functional art.



There it is: Mo' money, mo' gifts. Except money is always an object, and for a lot of people throughout Oklahoma, the nation and the world, it's something that's not always available when it needs to be. So, this Christmas, don't worry so much about the gifts you receive, and put more love into the gifts you give.


by Richard Hall
Newsroom Developer
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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