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What’s Your Gear Investment?



notebook accessoriesGeeks love new gear. Mostly we talk about new notebooks, netbooks, phones, Tablets, yada, yada, yada; and everyone loves when a new package is headed for delivery. But what about the gear that supports our geeky habits. I’m talking about the investment we make in things like external drives for backup (you do backup don’t you?), docking equipment, extra batteries, battery chargers, scanners, USB Hubs, cables, screen protectors, bags, screen cleaning solutions, etc… You know the stuff that we rarely think about when we are trying to squeeze out those few extra dollars to make a big purchase. We know sooner or later we’ll need to spend the dough, or we hope what we have will work with what’s new. At least for awhile. I know I can always find ways to rationalize new gear purchases. I pick up new external hard drives at least once a year and rotate them as a part of my backup strategy.

So, let’s break this down into percentages. If your devices are a 100% cost, what percentage of that figure do you spend on an annual basis supporting your use of those devices. At any one time I’m running about $3500 worth of devices (based on what I paid for them not their current or depreciated value.) When I total up all the gear that I use to support that, my calculations come to about 18% of the total, or roughly $630 a year on average. Obviously some years I spend more than others, but I’d say that’s a good average.

How about you?



  1. Xavier Lanier

    09/25/2009 at 10:07 am

    I’m somewhere in the 30% range between external drives, memory cards, bags, etc. I agonize over the big purchases, but the little things really add up. I just $90 at Frys for some cleaning solution, an air can, a new set of computer tools and a few other trinkets.

  2. Dodot

    09/25/2009 at 9:53 pm

    I’m also up at around 30%. The largest chunk goes to buying extended life batteries for more freedom from the plug, and an external harddisk drive for system backups.

  3. Nameless

    09/26/2009 at 7:27 pm

    My peripheral gear investment for my mobile tech is pretty low, but mostly due to having no real income more than anything else. Any money I get tends to be dumped into software nowadays-some of those Good Old Games promos are irresistible at times!

  4. JimAtLaw

    09/27/2009 at 1:10 pm

    Do you count 3G data bills for accounts to use with those devices when WiFi is not available or usable?

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