22 Ridiculously Expensive Tech Gifts
During the 2016 holiday shopping season, people spent more money online than ever: $63.1 billion in the U.S. alone, according to Statista. That was an increase of $6.67 billion over 2015, and there's no reason to think 2017 won't see similar increases.
As always, a lot of that money is going toward new tech. We, of course, approve -- but not all gadgets are worthwhile purchases. There's a point of diminishing returns with almost any purchase, especially digital toys that depreciate the instant the box is open.
Below are some of the most overpriced computing and tech products, many of which we covet nonetheless. And why not? When you need to take out a special mortgage just to afford some technology, you're in a class by yourself. Not one of these products is a gag either. They really exist and someone, somewhere, buys them. In some cases, selling just a couple of these products could keep a manufacturer in the black for a while.
Take a gander at what you can't afford.
The Soujourner Keyboard
C Seed 262 19 Foot TV
Freefly ALTA 8
Devialet Silver Phantom
Populele Smart Ukelele
Lexus GS 450h
Boxx Electric Scooter
Vurtego V4 Pro Pogo Stick
Hasselblad H5D 60
Swedish camera maker Hasselblad creates some very, very high-end camera bodies like the X1D. Perhaps no camera body is higher end than the H5D-60, a medium format DSLR with a full 60-megapixel resolution, running with a 6,708-by-8,956 pixel CCD sensor. It'll only set you back around $40,500 -- and this device is over four years old already, but still commanding top dollar.
Nixie Tube Clock
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 50
Datorbox 4K VR Gaming PC
Wrensilva Sonos Edition Console
PowerRay Underwater Drone
Depict Digital Frame
i10 Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed
The high end of Sleep Number's 360 line of self-adjusting, smartphone-controlled mattresses is the i10, which starts at $4,399 for the queen size and goes up from there. Each person in the bed (assuming there are two) gets to pick a Sleep Number to establish firmness, which is created via air. As you move at night -- from your side or stomach, for example -- the bed adjusts the firmness. Essentially, the bed has sensors checking you out all night, a "SleepIQ" score is generated, and that's used for the adjustments. Try to get that out of your regular ol' dumb mattress. You get a 100-night trial and can also upgrade to the FlexFit versions for more cash, which provide a tilt up on the head and/or knees.
U by Moen Smart Shower
Xdesk, formerly NextDesk, changed its name and introduced a slew of new standing desks to go with the rebranding. In particular, the Porter model is a lovely enclosed option, with the platform rising out on 4 legs at each corner, so it could almost be a pet bunk-bed -- just don’t lower the desk on your cat. The starting price is $4,485.