Got my tax money back, and low and behold my ability to plan what I’m writing off works gloriously again (note to designers: do research and write off as much as you know you can, every bit helps). So, with my new found faux-wealth, I’m going to perform my annual What Can I Re-Invest into dance. Here are my thoughts on what I may get to help my personal and freelance art needs…
I’ve wanted a Flip for a while now. The idea that I can just whip out and easy camera for things like the 8BitX.com projects as well as family get togethers is tempting. I just saw that Flip HDs were spotted in the wild at Best Buy, so this times perfect. Problem: I have a Droid that has a decent video camera. I also don’t use cameras enough to warrant having one besides a couple projects and sheer gadget vanity. Probably a pass.
Wacom Intuos4 (Bluetooth)
This is a major contender. My Intuos3 is aging and, while fully functional and in perfect condition, is beginning to get small for me (it’s a 6”x12” widescreen version, limited edition from Wacom). A plus is that I could sell my SE Black Wacom to offset some of the cost of the I4. Problem: This is a major chuck of my cash. At nearly $700 that’s just over the budget of the part of my tax return I wanted to spend. Still, probably a buy.
Brand New 24” Monitors
I’ve wanted to go with dual screen 24” for a while now. My work single 24” iMac seems to be a better desktop screen space than my two 22’s I currently have. This fits perfectly into my budget. I could even bring one of my 22’s to work and have a dual screening of the iMac (drool) while selling the other monitor (probably the LG). This would also fix the color issues I have—note: Never buy two different monitors to dual screen if you’re an artist. Problem: Again, this is tech masturbation at best. I don’t need two 24” monitors, I just want them. Probably not a buy.
iPad (Wi-Fi, No 3G)
Yeah, I know what you’re saying, ‘Jeff, you’ve been bitching about the iPad since it’s debut. WTF?’ and you’re right, I would be highly hypocritical on this issue. However, being able to read news stories and such in bed, on my couch or somewhere similar is extremely tempting. I know better tablets will be coming, the problem is—and I know this looking at my current phone—that it has taken a long time for a company to make good competing products… My Droid is… what? About 2 years into the iPhone’s initial pitch? Do I want to wait 2 years for something good? Will the Courier ever be debuted? Problem: I’d be a gigantic hypocrite and look like an ass. There are better devices coming… not counting the time they’ will take to get here. This would be a bit of gadget vanity (though more useful). Price will probably drop soon enough, and the next gen will have more features. Possible buy.
So, opinions on what I should get?