Accessories, Clothing, Tech

Product Backlog: 10 Items On My Radar Including a Cheap Chromebook and a $5,000 Butt Rest

February 18, 2016 | by Paul

When you spend a lot of time bouncing around online, you come across some great stuff. But most of the time, it’s not the right time to buy. So you get a backlog. Here’s mine.

1 – Acer Chromebook with 11″ IPS screen, $180

I seem to have a thing for cheapo laptops and this one has a drool-worthy IPS screen similar to the one on the MacBook Air 11. But I recently picked up a cheapo Windows 10 model for travel. And I’m typing this article out a Chromebook I already own. Do I need another? Not … yet.


2 – Patagonia Men’s Torrentshell Jacket, $77

Been procrastinating this buy for a while — while my old North Face shell fully disintegrates. Every time I wear my North Face jacket, flaking waterproof membrane follows me in a cloud. Maybe I’ll finally pull the trigger on this guy from Patagonia this spring. It’s on sale right now.

3 – TCL 40″ 1080p Roku Smart LED TV, $280

A built-in Roku would mean one fewer item on the shelf. And 40″ is a bit bigger than my current TV. Almost picked one up in the name of Super Bowl. Maybe next year.


4 – Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $36

People love this thing. I’ve never tried it. I’m a pour-over guy. But maybe I could be a convert? Problem is my last pour-over cone was like $6. That price is anchored in my mind and $36 seems like a splurge!


5 – J. Crew Factory Thompson Voyager Jacker, $190

Every guy should have a solid blazer, right? Well, I’ve got three currently. This one just seems … more solid? I need to blazer-up more often and “accidentally” stain one beyond repair.


6 – LG gram Laptop, $600

This guy is $400 off right now, so it could be time to buy. I’ve got an aging “good” laptop that’s just about ready to phase out. Problem is, I’ve had an influx of cheap laptops that do a good enough job nearly always, so that guy barely gets any use (see #1). Do I spend $600 to replace a thing I’ve already nearly replaced? Someday, right?


7 – AYL Portable Mini Capsule Speaker System, $16

There’s a reason I don’t have Amazon Prime — impulse buys are too easy. This guy may find his way into the cart during my next Amazon run. TBD.


8 – Google Nexus 5X and Google Fi, $350+

My Moto X and I are getting a little jealous of all the iPhone peeps out there with their cool fingerprint sensors. Sure, maybe bio-metrics aren’t actually all that secure. Maybe it’s a gimmick to play to our Hollywood-influence version of the future. Still want one. But my Moto X has been bouncing off pavement for over two years now and is still crack-free and fast. I don’t know what I’m going to do.


9 – Amazon Fire Tablet, $50

I’ve nearly impulse-bought one of these maybe a dozen times now. A $50 tablet?!?! I need one! Do I need one? Not yet.


10 – Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, $5,000

A man can dream, can’t he? I want this $5,000 chair. I want to sit on it with my butt.


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