Hello! I am Jim and I am writing about all the stuff I have. So far I have written about 42 items. You can read more about this project here

Acer ET430K 43 inch monitor

I writing this while looking at a ridiculously large 43 inch monitor. The monitor I have is the Acer ET430K but it looks like it’s been discontinued which is too bad because I only paid $350.00 for a refurbished model and I have had it for close to 2 years now and have had zero problems with it - it’s been great. I think I would be able to live without a monitor this size, but it’s fun. Also, I can make the font size huge for my aging eyes.

Seven Year Pen - Need Coffee

I haven’t had this pen for 7 years yet so I will have to get back to you when it comes to whether it lasts the 7 years but I am surprised that they sell for over $12.00. For a pen! This was a gift so I wasn’t aware of the cost but I had better get at least 7 years out of it. That’s almost 2 dollars a year for a pen.

Ultralink Optical Cables

There was a time I was one of those “cables make a difference in sound”. No, they don’t. Although I bought some fancy optical cable doesn’t mean you should and just buy the Amazon Basics one at about 7 bucks if you need one. Save your money for what matters.

Large Gaming Mat for Keyboard and Mouse

I bought two of these for about $10.00 each but I think I could have saved ten bucks and just bought one because I have retired one of them due to lack of use. Anyway it’s a big honking mouse pad that covers a big part of your desk. I bought them so that I would not have to set my pricey headphones down on my hard desk and at least there would be a little padding.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Headphone

These headphones were purchased with an Amazon Gift Card I was given at Christmas this past year and so I chose to spend it on these headphones. It’s been said that these are a very bright sounding headphone and I have to agree - But, because I am older and can’t hear the high frequencies anwyway these don’t bother me. I think I paid about $120.00 for them which I think is a great price for these.

Amazon Kindle Fire 7

I bought this last holiday season for under $30.00, and when you think about it that’s an insane price for a tablet - any tablet - regardless of quality or features. This ended up being my little one’s tablet as I threw a [kid proof case])https://amzn.to/2YbYYpE) on it and then I really don’t have to worry about it. It’s not the greatest tablet but for the price one can’t complain. I’ve used it as a music player, ereader, TV for entertaining the kiddo and for light web browsing. The fact that this costs $30 is excellent value.

USB A to C cable

About ten bucks for two of these seems to be the [going price] and for their use - they are fine. I use these for charging the phone in the car and I have a pair of shorter six inch ones for using to hook up my phone to battery chargers when I forget to charge my phone.

Paradigm CC-70 Center Channel Speaker

I’m writing this from my little man cave in the corner of our basement and I mostly listen to headphones because: sleeping toddlers. But sometimes I fire up my old home theater receiver and play some music for speakers.

I use this as a very near near field speaker so I can keep the volume down. These are pretty cheap if you can find one used, but expect to pay about $200 for something that’s newer yet similar in specifications.

HDMI Splitter

This was one of those things that I had bought, but never got around to using until now when I added a 2nd computer to my system (My wife bought a new Mac Mini) and I didn’t have a dedicated monitor for it. So, I hooked my daily driver monitor up to this and my laptop and now I can switch beetween the Mac Mini and the Google PixelBook I use with ease. It was only about $7.00 too.