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Staff Picks: Tucker Bowe, Tech Writer

Video games, wireless headphones and a sculpture of a fire drake.


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I’m the guy who controls the music in the office — yes, I have real power. I set the mood, quite literally, so a little bit of me is in everything (good) we create. If one of my colleagues doesn’t like the tunes, I can change it for a price. A fresh sugar donut or a coffee (medium, hot, light and sweet) goes a long way.

When not in the office, life imitates art, and whatever I’m testing follows me home. Depending on the week, it’s either a new pair of headphones, smart speaker or smartphone. It’s great fun, don’t get me wrong, but it means there’s a lot of ebb and flow in my life. When consistency is this rare, the gadgets that I do keep around have real staying power.

Anker PowerPort (4 Ports)

One of life’s simple pleases is being able to charge multiple devices while only using one wall outlet. And this little beauty enables me to do just that. I can charge my iPhone, AirPods, Nintendo Switch and Sony camera all in one corner.

Buy Now: $26

Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee

Find a black tee that fits well and everything else will fall into place. At least, that’s what life has taught me.

Buy Now: $28

Nintendo Switch

I caved this summer, put my Xbox Live friends on hold and bought a Nintendo Switch. (You couldn’t buy them anywhere online at the time, so I took a long lunch at the Nintendo store in Rockefeller Center. Bingo.) This little console is amazing, or at least a few of the games are; if you’ve seen anybody play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll know what I mean. And going against popular opinion, I like the playing the Switch at home on the big screen.

Buy Now (Switch): $300Buy Now (Zelda): $57

Beyond Coastal Lip Balm

Catch me without lip balm, and I’ll give you a medal. Won’t happen. I’ve been using Beyond Coastal for years because it works great and not many other people use it. Nothing’s worse than confusing someone else’s lip balm with your own.

Buy Now: $3

Xbox One S

I’m going to get an Xbox One X when it comes out and shelf this system; I just play too many video games to do otherwise. But until then, this will continue to do just fine.

Buy Now: $245

Apple AirPods

In truth, I use a lot of different headphones. The Beats Powerbeats3 ($200) for running. The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless ($349) for traveling. And the SteelSeries Arctis 3 ($80) for gaming. But for everything else, there are these AirPods. They go everywhere with me.

Buy Now: $159

Ray-Ban Hexagonal Flat Lens

I’m not much for style. Actually, I take that back. Give me a cool pair of sunglasses and a black tee and I can make anything look good.

Buy Now: $153

Catan: Seafarers Expansion Pack

For all the console games I play, there’s really nothing like sitting down with a few friends and a few beers and trading sheep for wheat. (Note: You need the original Catan board game to use this expansion pack.)

Buy Now: $29

Sonos Play:1

I’ve tested a lot of multi-room speakers in the past year, and Sonos continues to be the best because it’s so easy to use. I have two Play:1s in my house and will probably get more.

Buy Now: $198

The Grail

Firedrake Dragon Sculpture by Nick Bibby

Hear me out. One of my dreams is to have a home office decorated with dragon sculptures. They’d be meticulously detailed, realistic and bloody terrifying, like they could come to life at any moment and bite your hand off. This one by sculptor Nick Bibby is the exact type of thing I’m looking for. Dreams.

Learn More: Here

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