How Many Devices Is Too Many?
02 May 2020
So I'm at my desk,
playing 0 A.D. working away, and my lovely wife brings me a cup of tea. As she came into the study she said “Blimey! Do you have enough devices there?”
I was on my desktop, and all I had next to me was my personal and work phones - not that many devices, I thought. But that did get me thinking; how many devices is too many?
Here's a list of the devices I have and use on a regular basis (most days):
- Personal laptop (X1 Carbon)
- Work laptop (HP Elitebook)
- Wife's laptop (HP Probook)
- Desktop (self-built)
- Synology NAS/server
- Work phone (Samsung S9)
- Personal phone (2020 iPhone SE)
- iPad Air 3
- Kobo Aura One
That's too many devices!
Having thought about it, I think that's too many devices. Who really needs that many?
I could use my iPad to read eBooks instead of my Kobo.
Work calls could be forwarded to my personal phone.
Do my wife and I need our own laptops?
Do I need a desktop as well as a laptop?
There's a lot I could to do reduce the number of devices I have/use. But the fact of the matter is, I don't want to. I'm very fortunate to be able to afford all of this stuff, and I love technology, so why not?
How many devices do you have? I'd love to hear if my list is within the bounds of normality. I think it is; for techies at least, but it would be nice to know for sure.