I've been writing about Microsoft for quite some time now, and I'm often asked what gadgets and tech I use in my day to day life. A lot of this tech is vital to my job. Here's what I use every day.

Desktop setup

Surface Studio

My current desktop is easily the most important tool that I use every day. I used to use a custom-built PC with powerful specifications, but I realized that I absolutely don't need all that power for my daily workload. So, I went out and grabbed myself a Surface Studio (for an extreme discount,) and I use it every single day.

I got the mid-tier model, I and I couldn't be happier. It does everything I need it to do plus more, and I just can't get over how amazing the screen is. I actually ended up opening up the base and installing faster M.2 and SSD drives in it, and that just made the entire experience better. Can't say it's wise to buy a Surface Studio new in 2018 though, as there might be a new one on the way soon.

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Surface Precision Mouse

I absolutely love this mouse. It's configurable, comfortable, and doesn't break the bank as $99. It looks great and can be used in either a wired or wireless Bluetooth connection. It also has up to three Bluetooth devices that it can switch between with a flick of a switch, which is super handy.

Surface Fingerprint IDKeyboard

I also use the Surface Fingerprint ID Keyboard, which is a premium, relatively standard but beautiful keyboard with a Windows Hello compatible fingerprint scanner. For $129, the Surface Keyboard is aluminium, with plastic keys that feel excellent to type on. It connects via Bluetooth, which is nice, although I wish it offered a wired mode.

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Logitech BRIO 4K

Every week, me and our Executive Editor Daniel Rubino record an episode of the Windows Central Podcast. We do a video version of the show, which requires a good web cam so that we look as clear as possible. The BRIO 4K webcam from Logitech is by far the best webcam on the market for this, offering 4K recording, HDR color, and even Windows Hello support. This is the ultimate all in one camera. It's not cheap, though, costing $199.

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Blue Yeti Microphone

For recording audio, I use the Blue Yeti Microphone. It's a popular USB mic that is pretty much plug and play, and offers excellent sound quality. It's also great for voice recognition via Cortana. I've been using this microphone for years, and I've yet to need an upgrade. This mic typically goes for $129.

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Mobile devices

In addition to my stationary workstation, I also use a collection of mobile gadgets and accessories for when I'm working on the go.

Surface Book 2 13

This is my current laptop of choice. After using (and loving) the Surface Laptop for about a year, I finally switched to a Surface Book 2 earlier this year. I decided that the extra power you get in the Surface Book 2 was worth the upgrade, because I found myself needing to do video editing on the go more often and the Surface Laptop wasn't really up to snuff for that kind of task.

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Essential Phone

My current smartphone of choice is the Essential Phone. It used to be the Nokia 8 Sirrocco, but I swapped it out for a phone that was able to install the Android P beta. I like its design and screen, but the camera isn't all that great. It feels excellent in the hand, and I'm hoping Essential decides to build a second phone in the future. You can grab one of these for about $300.

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Lumia 950

Windows 10 Mobile may no longer be of focus to Microsoft, but that doesn't mean I don't love the platform. Windows phone will always be "my platform," and a Windows phone handset is never too far away from me. I keep my Lumia 950 around and use it on occasion, keeping an eye out for any new app updates or developments in the Windows phone world. You can still grab one of these for $260 from Amazon.

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Gaming

For gaming, I'm an Xbox guy. I have been since the first ever Xbox, and I have no real reason to switch to PlayStation 4 or PC gaming full time. I love the Xbox ecosystem, achievements and even some of the Xbox exclusives.

Xbox One X

Of course, I have to have the best Xbox on the market. I'm using the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition that I had preordered when that was available in limited quantities. I love it. I do wish it had a bigger internal hard drive however, and I also wish it came in white. Outside of that, the Xbox One X is a super powerful console that delivers 4K gaming very well. The Xbox One X costs $499, which isn't cheap, but it's worth it.

Xbox One Elite Wireless controller

Alongside my Xbox One X, I use the Xbox One Elite Wireless controller. I don't know why, because I don't exactly use the controller to its full capabilties. It has interchangable sticks, d-pad and paddles, but I don't really use the peddles and I much prefer the default d-pad and sticks. I guess I only use it because I love how it feels. It's got a premium heft to it, and I love the rubberized matieral that it's built out of. It's at leat $120, which is super expensive for a controller. But I love it.

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LG 4K TV

The TV I use for my Xbox One X is nothing special. It's not an OLED, unfortunately, and it also isn't super expensive. It's a pretty standard 4K LCD display, but it gets the job done. Games look good, and it even has one of those magic LG remotes that you can use as mouse pointer in webOS. It's also super cheap, costing me around $350.

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Miscellaneous tech

Here's a collection of miscellaneous gadgets and tech I use on a day-to-day basis.

Bose QC35

In regards to audio, I use a pair of wireless Bose QC 35 headphones. These's aren't the latest version of the QC35's, but they're excellent nonetheless. They feature noise cancelation, which really works well, and around six hours of listening on a single charge. I love these headphones to death. They're not cheap, though, costing around $329.

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Harman Kardon Invoke

For my smart speaker needs, I use the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana. Since I'm all-in on the Microsoft ecosystem, it makes sense for me to want to use Cortana in my smart speakers. I use it for listening to music, checking my itinerary for the day, and adding reminders and alarms for later. I also use it to control things like lights in my house thanks to the many skills Cortana now supports. You can actually find one of these for pretty cheap, sometimes around $99 if you look hard enough. Totally worth it.

What tech do you use?

That's my list of technology that I use every single day. Let us know in the comments what tech you use and why!

Updated August 21, 2018: Zac updated this list with the latest gadgets he uses every day.

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