Best & Worst Tech Products Since 2016

Clark
12 min readMay 2, 2022
Image of a PS5 and a Mac Mini M1 and an iPad Pro 12.9" from 2020
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I’ve been meaning to write a story on Medium to showcase the gadgets I have owned since 2016 and give my impression about them. This story is inspired by Patryk Leszczynski’s story.

For me, a good product is one with great design — aesthetically pleasing and as minimal design as possible. It is not just how a product looks but rather how it functions.

These days, I think more companies are giving design thinking the credit it deserves. In this story, the gadgets I love and dislike are merely chosen based on how well they’ve been designed and how their functionalities helped my everyday life.

The Ones I Loved

These products helped me in my daily life by improving my productivity and revealing a specific visual representation — aesthetically pleasing and functionally phenomenal.

M1 Mac Mini

Mac Mini M1
Mac Mini M1

The transition from an Intel chip to the Apple Silicon was not just a speed jump for me; it was a sight to behold — a revolution in chip technology. Many companies have tried bringing as many processing units into the CPU or GPU, but none have done it as well as Apple.

My M1 Mac Mini is connected to a 27" 4K display from LG. Its compact size transitioned my desk to a more minimal setup. The performance of the M1 Mac Mini is incredible.

In terms of cooling, the fan turns on from the moment you power on the device, yet I haven’t even once heard the fan noise. My only complaint is the form factor, as it resembles an outdated look from 2016. The eclosure holding the circuitry looks too bulky for 2022. Other than that, this device is solid and works well for people who already own a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

LG 27UL850-W

LG 27UL850-W
LG 27UL850-W

I used to work on a small 13" screen on a MacBook Pro, and I was doing fine and never thought I’d need a larger display. When my workflow required a wider screen real…

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Clark

I write stories of a beautiful future where technology enriches our lives.