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We’ll assume everybody reading this is a geek 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More . Otherwise, what are you doing here at MakeUseOf, which prides itself on demystifying the geekiest of geeky pursuits?

As geeks 8 Of The Biggest Geeks On Twitter (Who Just Happen To Be Girls) 8 Of The Biggest Geeks On Twitter (Who Just Happen To Be Girls) Geekdom has long been perceived as the domain of men, with teenage boys who are fascinated by technology and Star Wars becoming grown adults who are obsessed with technology and Star Wars. While it's true... Read More , you likely covet many more gadgets than you can actually purchase. Some you want, some you need, and some you dream about owning but never quite find the money or the excuse to pull the trigger on making a purchase.

This week’s We Ask You is about those gadgets you would give up an arm to own. Or a leg. Your choice.

Gimme Great Gadgets

We want to know, What Gadget Do You Really Want Right Now? As you sit there reading this on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, what one gadget stands out above all the others?

Feel free to browse our Hardware Stuff section for inspiration. Doing so means you’ll realize just how many cool things there are out there waiting for someone like you to open their wallet or purse.

When we say “gadget” we mean any piece of consumer technology. So, cameras, televisions, games consoles, speakers, headphones, sat navs, smartphones, laptops, e-readers, media players, and anything else which gets your geeky juices flowing.



They can be new gadgets or, thanks to the power of eBay 11 Critical Tips On How To Sell More On eBay 11 Critical Tips On How To Sell More On eBay eBay is one of the top 10 most trafficked sites on the entire Internet, so it's no wonder that when that pang of consumerist desire hits us, we head straight to eBay. Auctions can be... Read More , gadgets from yesteryear. Perhaps you always wanted something as a kid and never received it as a present. Is that desire still there waiting to be sated?

Simply tell us what one gadget you want to own right now more than any other. Explain why it’s so desirable to you personally, and what is stopping you from buying it at the moment? Be honest, be open, and be specific, detailing the make and/or model rather than just giving a vague one-word answer.

Feel free to (truthfully) embellish your contribution to the discussion with a personal story or background information. The more interesting your comment is the more chance it has of winning Comment Of The Week and thereby nabbing you a T-shirt.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win Comment Of The Week, receiving a geeky T-shirt for their effort.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Kyle
    September 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

    A cintiq 22 HD. After about another month's woth of paychecks I think I can finally justify the purchase if I can find a good enough deal on ebay or some other second hand place.

    I've considered the cheaper alternatives, but I'm not taking my chances with this amount of money. I need the real deal.

  2. Kevin P
    May 21, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I would like a Left Eyed Google Glass.

    I can't get Glass right now - as I live in NZ and on top of the $1500 US puchase price I'd have to travel to California and stay for a couple of days. (And the $1500 price tag was already beyond what I can afford)

    I want the left-eyed version as I have extreme shortsightedness in my left eye - and I don't use it for anything most of the time and it would be AWESOME to have a real tool that I can use with that eye!

    I do realise that Google haven't quite made the lefty version available yet - but I can NOT believe they will never do so - in fact I would suspect they do already have some "out there".

    If I have to post ONLY something already in the mass market - then a Cintiq Companion Pro:
    I love scetching - and this would just make it so much more possible. And even less threatening - I could save multiple versions without "wasting" sketchpad after scetchpad...

    Also outside my affordability level :(

  3. Saikat B
    May 20, 2014 at 3:31 am

    A Playstation for me. Even though I might not have the time to play on it. Just want to reboot my gaming so that I can stave off old age with some mental gymnastics.

  4. Yodi C
    May 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I have a list.

    1. An eleven-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with all the accessories. Hardware brand negotiable. This would replace my incumbent Dell Venue 8 running Android, which I have decided is an OS of which I am not especially fond.

    2. Dell XPS Touch 27 running Windows 8.1 to replace my four-year-old Windows 7 machine, which would then become my lab machine.

    3. Xbox One, so I can use my Nokia Lumia 925 as a remote for it and play my smartphone Xbox One games on my much larger HDTV screen.

    4. A smart HDTV, preferably Samsung, with a larger-than-46-inch screen.

  5. Aibek E
    May 19, 2014 at 10:05 am

    The gadget that's topping my wish list now is 60-70" 4K Ultra HD TV which comes with 4K price tag). Waiting for prices to go down.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      I would love that too. I only recently experienced 4K for the first time, and I was blown away by it. I'll probably hold on to my existing HD TV until the 4K models come down to acceptable levels.

  6. Rajaa C
    May 17, 2014 at 6:16 am
  7. KT
    May 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    1. Smart rifle scopes that are affordable (currently over $25,000). I'd save a ton on ammo!

    2. 4k screens that are affordable and the content/broadcasts to utilize them.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      1. What the hell are you shooting that you need smart scopes?
      2. Amen to that.

  8. Jiri
    May 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Lytro Illum :)

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Now, that's a pricey gadget. I would love one too, but not at that price.

  9. Raazan M
    May 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro!

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Good choice! What sets that apart from other tablets?

    • Raazan M
      May 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      It's size which is a little larger than other 7 inches and smaller than 10 inches tablets and sleek design as well as performance specifications.

  10. Anuj S
    May 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    As of now, a just a new webcam. :P But a new processor to run Watch Dogs on my PC is also in my bucket list!

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Watch Dogs looks fantastic. So I don't blame you. Do you have any particular brand of webcam in mind?

    • Anuj S
      May 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

      I was looking at loads of them. Logitech seems to go my way as of now. I was also taking a look at the Microsoft HD 3000 which seemed too good for it's price at the first glance but then online reviews told me that it only supports a 30Frames when on VGA and not 720P. Therefore, I have now shifted to thinking of buying a Logitech C525.

  11. Redel E
    May 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Sony Xperia z1 Compact
    Its awesome specs wise but still to pricey for me :(
    Still using BB8520 yeah i missed a lot .

    Its rated as one of the best smartphone out right now.
    Also tagged as best mini/compact phone besting the other mini offering
    The phone shows that phone can be small without compromising its specs.
    Best alternative to 5 inch+ smartphone.
    Sony understand that not everyone one wants huge phone,there is always consumer that would like small things,easy to carry and can be operated using one hand.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      You're so right. I'm not a fan of the huge phones that seem to be gaining in popularity. There comes a tipping point at which they stop being portable and instead become unwieldy and uncomfortable.

  12. likefunbutnot
    May 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    For the most part, if there is a gadget, I already have one. Most of them haven't really enriched my life all that much.

    I could say that I'd love a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with a couple microSD slots and Google licensing so I could install Google Voice and the Play Store. The HDX 8.9 has a gorgeous screen and I believe it to have the best possible tablet form factor. Why are there not more 8.9" tablets?

    I could say I'd kill for an Android STB with specs on par with a top-end tablet that also had a launcher properly optimized for remote control use and full home theater audio output support, something that the FireTV does not really have.

    I'd love to see some kind of proximity system that lets the "personality" of my media follow me around to various computers, electronics and devices. Right now, I can do this semi-manually by throwing content to Plex clients and bluetooth receivers, but I'd love to have a fob or a watch or something that makes my phone, tablets, PCs, car stereo, home theater et al. all work together so that content follows me without any effort on my part.

    I can almost do that in my home, at least within the limits of what Plex supports, but ideally I'd like to see something that extends to terrestrial radio, live video streams, podcasts, web pages etc.

    Yes, this is a problem that only someone who owns too damned many gadgets already can have. There's probably no better example of a first world problem than "All my science fiction hand held computers don't seamlessly communicate with my giant displays and surround sound speakers", but I'm also sure that other people will understand in another five to ten years.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Well, aren't you lucky! ;)

      I was hoping this question would be answered with existing gadgets people wanted but hadn't bought for whatever reason. But everyone seems to have focused on gadgets that haven't quite made it to market yet. That's actually an indicator of how intelligent and forward-thinking the MakeUseOf readership is. Who'd have thought?!

  13. Don Gateley
    May 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I want an AptX Bluetooth headphone receiver with jack for whatever 'phones you want to use and plenty of really clean drive. If it needs to be a bit on the large side for adequate battery life, cool.

    The kicker is that I want it to contain a DSP capable of performing 2k sample stereo with cross channel, floating point fast convolutions (two in real time) and an app/api for generating and for downloading kernels to it via the Bluetooth (or a micro USB if that's just not possible.)

    This would allow user choice filtering/equalization with arbitrary characteristics including 3D ambiance. I've got a mind blowing proprietary application working for such a beast that would push its sales hard.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      That doesn't exist right now then? I guess I should have been clearer with the question. If you want this to be a thing then make it happen.

  14. Ed
    May 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I want the gadgets we were promised to come in "the future" when we were kids.
    1. Humanoid robots. As a child back in the 70s and 80s, the promise of humanoid robots with real AI was something that was supposed to be possible in the early 21st century. Where is my robot?
    2. Flying cars or hovercraft. whether by aerodynamics, magnets or anti-gravity, I still don't have my flying car.
    3. Talking computers. Sort of here, but the AI is terribly weak. Where is my computer that will talk to me and not judge me like a human?
    4. Hologram communicator. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were able to do it in the 1970s, why can't I today?
    5. Teleporters. Probably in 100 years, but science made it sound so convincing for the early 21st century.
    6. Abundant alternative energy. Solar, Wind, Tidal, Fusion. Still not as common or widespread as fossil fuels.
    7. Rotating space stations for normal people/tourists. Why can't I enjoy my next vacation in space in 2014?

    When I was a kid, the future of the early 21st century seemed so cool and full of promise. All we get now is the internet. The internet on our computers, laptops, phones, watches, TVs, all the things.

    Call me greedy, but I want the gadgets promised to us when we were kids for "the future" that would be the 21st century. If I can't have that, I'll take a fanless, ultrathin, 10 inch chrome book please.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      A fanless, ultrathin, 10-inch Chromebook IS the future, no?! ;)

      Those are all great suggestions. It's not particularly what we were looking for with this question, but I have to agree I want all of those things to be a reality rather than mere wishful-thinking.

  15. Sa J
    May 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I ruled out the Nexus because it doesn't have an sd card slot.

  16. Sa J
    May 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I've been searching for a 10" tablet. I have a Tab 2 7" and lately it has been used more and more for storing and reading textbooks.

    I've been thinking it'll probably be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10", but there are a lot of cheaper options/knock-offs. I am holding off though to do more research on the cheap ones. Even the refurbished Galaxy Tabs have been greater than the price I'm willing to pay.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      In what way is the 7-inch model not meeting your needs?

    • Sa J
      May 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      It's alright. I just wanted something bigger and has the latest android rom. I suppose I could root my Tab 2 in the meantime.

      I just like gadgets... It doesn't necessarily have to be the very latest, but I like being relatively current. I have a Galaxy S4 and it's just fine, but it'd be nice to have the S5. By the time I get one, the 6 will come out.

  17. Jeremy M.
    May 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    1. I could really use a bluetooth earpiece that will retain a charge and be rechargeable more than once. I have tried 7 different types and all of them work for the first full charge, will recharge once, and then never recharge again.

    2. I could really use an Android phone that will not lag or hang up or have apps crash within a few seconds of launching the apps. This seems a persistent issue among my tablet, kindle, and phone devices.

    3. An affordable laptop that has solid WIFI connectivity would be very nice. By affordable, I mean a laptop that has a dul- or quad-core processor, more than 200gb HD, and costs around $100-$110. I could care less about the brand, and have no need for "touch" as long as it runs WIN7, and not the horrific Win8.

    4. ULTIMATELY, right now, I could use a new graphics card for my low-profile HP 5800 Desktop case. It's running using the Intel Q33 Express chipset that was built-in. I have searched a few times, but do not want to make a purchase unless something fits perfectly and has HDMI and DVI output.

    Any advice?... anyone...? tyvm

    • likefunbutnot
      May 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      To point 1: I use a Bluebuds X headset, primarily for music, but handily also for voice communication/searching etc. They're extremely pocket-friendly and will last about 10 hours on a charge.

      To point 2: The only time I have run in slowness/hanging issues on high end Android devices is when they're given a major OS update. My GS4 had a couple bad weeks immediately after it was updated to Kitkat. I will say that buying low-end Android devices is its own punishment, but that shouldn't surprise anyone.
      As a related matter, I really, REALLY wish I could pay the licensing fee so my Fire HDX could participate fully in Google's software and services.

      To point 3: See if you can find yourself a lease-returned Thinkpad T61 or T400. Those should be in the $100 to $150 range. The battery will be shot and they don't have fantastic screens, but they'll have excellent 802.11 support and a (relatively, anyway) decent CPU for their age.

      To point four: The Geforce 750 is a reasonably fast, modern GPU that can be found in low-profile configurations and does not require an external power connection. They cost $150 or so.

    • Jeremy M.
      May 16, 2014 at 6:17 am


      Point 1: Clarification... I do not need bluetooth for music. I need a bluetooth earpiece for cell phone communication. A single mono earpiece. Thus far, none have lasted.

      Point 2: I use a Tracfone ZTE 7665CE Cellphone, which has 4gb Ram and allows 32GB microSD card, which is installed. It still takes 5 minutes for facebook app to open.

      Point 3: I will look around. Thank you for the suggestions.

      Point 4: Gonna check TigerDirect and MicroCenter (both have real stores - so I can verify in person with a tech professional at the store) for that Geforce 750 or similar.

      Again, I thank you very much for your advice and appreciate the tolerance of everyone else who has seen these posts.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      1. That seems extremely unlucky. I've never heard of anyone having as many faulty headsets as you.

      2. Google isn't helping me find info about that phone, but again, you seem to be having problems that aren't exactly common. It clearly shouldn't be taking 5 minutes for the Facebook app to open.

      3. You'll struggle to get a new laptop with those specs at that price, so as already suggested, try a used machine.

    • Jeremy M.
      May 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Dave, FYI - I settled on an ASUS HD 5450 Silent 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 graphics card. It has (almost) the same specs as the $140 one you mentioned would be best for my machine. In the past, I have found that ASUS/AMD manufactures the components, GeForce tags on their drivers and inscribes their logo on it, and labels it as their own so they can tack on another $50-$100. I do sincerely appreciate your guidance in this. It will be installed this afternoon (by myself of course) and I'll be rockin those 3D Studio Max designs I have been neglecting all these months.

  18. A41202813GMAIL
    May 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    A Multiple Combo Package Starting With...

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    • likefunbutnot
      May 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      If you're even remotely thinking about Cryptocoin mining, you're just wasting your money; you'd be better off getting some kind of dedicated ASIC rig.
      If you're thinking about gaming, you're just wasting your money, since pretty much every PC game at this point is hobbled by the fact that studio-made games are developed for crummy console systems first and foremost and their hardware is incredibly modest by PC gaming standards.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      May 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Thank You For Responding, But You Missed My Point By A Country Mile:

      A - I Am A Dinosaur XP DieHard,

      B - Motherboards, Sooner Or Later, Will Stop Issuing Drivers For XP,

      C - I Need As Much PCIEXPRESS16 Slots Possible, To Replace The InBoard, Graphics, Network And Audio, Devices For, Legacy Or Not, Compatible PCIEXPRESS16 Card Devices - Lots Of XP Drivers Still Out There.


      I Personally Consider Using A Computer Mainly For Gaming, The Biggest Insult Directed Towards The World Of Anything And Anyone Truly Tech Related.


    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      An XP diehard and a hater of gaming? And there was I thinking we could be friends ;)

    • A41202813GMAIL
      May 20, 2014 at 3:40 am

      @Dave P

      I Said "Mainly For Gaming", Do Not Twist My Words.

      I Like Some Gaming, But I Do Not Lose My Sleep Because Of It.

      Please, Explain Yourself.


  19. Bassey
    May 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

    A flying car. End of.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Well, now you're talking imaginary tech. I guess I should have been clearer that this question was aimed at gadgets already available to buy.

      A flying car would be all kinds of awesome though.

  20. Vikas S
    May 15, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Nexus 5 + Google Glass !

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      That's just greedy ;)

  21. Rajaa C
    May 15, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I really want the Oppo Find 7 with HD display 2000K with ColorOS 1.2. I has given the better known android flagship phones Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, a run for it's money. I really do not mind the 4.3 kernel in it really as the ColoroS has done some great enhancements on it. Besides, Oppo releases firmware updates pretty regularly so can expect the 4.4 kernel pretty soon. It comes with a 13MP back camera but the camera software has a mode to shoot ten continuous shots and picks the best four out of it and stitch it together for a 50MP great shot. That is a cool feature. Also the 5MP front camera is more that adequate for the selfie junkies out there. The 4000K video recording is awesome too. The display is currently one of the best in it's class actually. Android Authority and some other youtubers have some great reviews on it which I am linking here for your reference. The website is . At US $599, it think it is correctly priced for the specifications.

    YouTube Review Videos by Danny Winget

    YouTube Review Videos by Android Authority

    Lot of videos to watch!!! :D

    • Rajaa C
      May 15, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Forgot to add :

      Fast Charging feature charging a 3000mAH battery from 0% to 75% in 30 minutes, 1440x2560 display with 538 ppi, Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM. Am Happy!!! If not this, then next I will settle for Oppo Find 7a and even if not that then last at least OnePlus One. Life is good!!! :D forget the bigname, let now the small playes rule.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Good choice! And thanks for the plethora of videos to watch :)

  22. M. Adams
    May 15, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Despite the acquisition by Facebook- which took me a couple weeks of fence-sitting to conclude was probably ultimately a good thing- the consumer version of the Oculus Rift tops my list, followed by Google Glass, followed (maybe strangely) by the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. Using the Rift has been universally heralded (at least, in every review I've read) as a completely *new* experience, and the device has already attracted a smorgasbord of brilliant, unexpected, user-contributed applications (the Norwegian army has paired it with external cameras for drivers to see through tanks; Birdly, a crazy machine/fan/smell contraption gives the illusion of bird flight; some really interesting pairing with commercial drones; the "Game of Thrones" lift thing, etc., etc.) While I get that the OR fell out of fashion when Zuckerberg became involved, my guess is that this will be a short-lived snubbing; I have *yet* to read a review of this thing that equates it to anything less than transcendence. I'm looking forward to the Oculus Rift probably more than I've looked forward to an upcoming gadget within the past three decades- and bear in mind that this list includes the TurboGraphx-16, the Commodore Amiga, and the Atari Lynx.

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      That's an interesting choice. I assume you haven't bought the developer versions of the Oculus hardware? You should listen to Technophilia... one of the hosts thinks VR is the future, and manages to turn the conversation that way at every opportunity.

  23. Catherine
    May 15, 2014 at 1:58 am

    NOOK HD+ please!

    • Dave P
      May 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      For what particular reason? Is this to replace another eReader?

    • Catherine
      May 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Yes, my NOOK Tablet is dying a slow death, probably from overuse, since I use it everyday. I use for reading, side loading PDF articles or mini ebooks, listening to borrowed library audio books on the Overdrive app through my car speakers, some card games, I was using in as a calendar until I got my iphone, I listen to podcasts and music from the apps or side loaded.

      I truly don't leave my house without. It's working, but it has hiccups now and then, but since they hardly ever go on sale, I'm holding out until the end of June. My biggest concern about buying a new one is the state of the Barnes & Noble empire. I believe they would somehow still have support for the NOOK, but they keep closing their beautiful stores, which is a huge bummer in my opinion.

      Make it a great day!

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