ThinkComputers Holiday 2015 Staff Wish List

Jack Wager (Posts)

Samsung 850 PRO 2TB SSD (Amazon)

As retail prices permit, I’ve been replacing mechanical HDDs in my rig with SSDs. The eldest mechanical hard drive I have is 2TB. Despite it consistently passing drive tests, I feel iffy about its future. I’d gain peace of mind by replacing it with a beautiful Samsung 850 PRO 2TB, but Samsung’s drive is currently out of my price range. My #1 Christmas Tech Wish would be for this drive to be under the tree with my name on it 🙂

BUFFALO AirStation Extreme AC1750 (Amazon)

My current network setup includes two routers, one of the two is Buffalo AirStation N600, and the other is Linksys WRT54GS in AP-only mode. I’d like to replace the severely aging WRT54GS with something a bit more modern. Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1750 isn’t the newest or best router on the market, but it will bring my network more up to date offering AC, and I could replace WRT54GS with my current N600, giving my entire wireless network a nice speed boost.

Cable Matters Cat6 1000 Feet (Amazon)

To avoid running Ethernet cable throughout the house, I purchased a handful of TP-LINK TL-PA511, ‘500Mbps’ Powerline adapters. The last few years, all I’ve asked of the powerline adapters is to stream HD video from ESPN, or stream audio around the house. They have done their job, and done it very well. Although it is time to look to the future, and file sizes for pretty much everything are quickly increasing. Adding Cat6 cable throughout the house will replace all powerline links, and Cat6 can handle 10GbE, making a future upgrade much easier.

Slingbox 500 (Amazon)

Being able to access content anytime, anywhere is very important. TV providers have mobile apps that give anytime, anywhere access to a subset of channels, but often times what I want to watch isn’t in that subset. Slingbox 500 is not only easy on the eyes, it’ll do everything I want. The days of being told what I can and cannot have will be gone!

Mario Modern Color 30th Anniversary Amiibo (Amazon)

I don’t want every Amiibo that’s released, but Modern Mario is just too awesome. Upon release, Modern Mario was only available at Walmart bundled with a new Wii U. Thankfully I didn’t spend $300 for a second Wii U to get a $13 Amiibo. It turns out Walmart has a heart, and a standalone Modern Mario Amiibo released on Black Friday 2015. Now if I could get my hands on one!

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