Throughout life, I’ve stumbled upon stuffs which it’s quality mirror their price tag. For instance, iPhone, MacBook Air or any other Apple products. The quality of the product is the same as the price you pay. It has great built, works flawlessly, long lasting and a joyful experience to have. You get exactly what you paid for.
In other times, there are objects that deemed to be overpriced when compared to the quality or experience that you get. For instance: Coffee Rub burgers, Toyota Fortuner and Indonesian tax.
This post is a share of objects (well, more like stuffs or gadgets) that surprises me with their quality beyond the price that I paid.
Starting from the number one: Klipsch S4 in-ear headphones.
I paid around Rp 900K for this piece, which seems to be a lot of money for what looks like an in-ear headphones with a nice metal case. But as it turns out, the sound quality it churns is amazing! The bass lines are there without overpowering as Beats’s and also produces nice mid & high range frequency.
Number two – Jawbone’s Jambox.
This 2 million Rupiah Bluetooth portable speaker is one of my arsenal to bring during presentations. Simply paired it with my MacBook and I have my presentation video sounding like what they meant to be. The sound quality is decent for its size, and the bass! Oh the bass… Also, the battery life is simply stellar. My minor complaint is regarding the Bluetooth connectivity with Macs. It frequently fails and made me turn off my Mac’s Bluetooth switch to get it connected again. I suspect the culprit is the Mac OS, since it work flawlessly with my Nexus 4 & iPhone/iPad.
Number 3 – Philips Aquatouch ATH-750 electric shaver.
I got this product for 500K, and it has been in my possession for around 2 years. It offers practical shaving for dry & wet condition flawlessly. The razor is great & shaves faster then any regular shaver, and to my surprise, it shaves off quite clean (well, for an electric shaver type. Don’t compared it to traditional razor blade for precision). The battery life is also excellent. The first months i was only getting a week out of it, but over time, i manage to squeeze around 2-3 weeks between charges.
Number 4 – LG Nexus 4 smartphone.
Now, don’t get me wrong. it has its faults. The camera is quite rubbish, especially on low lights, and the glass material they use for the back part is unlaminated, therefore scratches easily and some say it’s quite brittle (luckily i haven’t broke mine after many drops without any case). But for 4 million Rupiah, this thing offers an Android experience that works flawlessly, unlike the much-pricier Samsung Galaxy S3 that I’ve used. It just works. And trust me, coming from a dude who likes iOS products, it’s a high praise.
Number 5 – Seiko SKX007 mechanical diver watch.
I’ve always been a fan of mechanical diver watches. The combination of complex mechanical underneath that robust construction truly fascinates me. While my grail watches are Swiss made and costs car-like, this watch isn’t. I bought this watch a couple of years ago for around 2 million Rupiah, and if you know your watches, Its Swiss-made counterparts are at least priced twice that amount. It’s not a perfect thing though. The glass isn’t made from the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the standard bracelet that comes with it is quiet flimsy. But for a mechanical watch that’s ISO certified for 200 meters diving with reputation coming from a Vietnam war era heritage, that’s a real bargain.
So yeah, those are the stuffs that I (so far) found to be worthy in comparison for their price and quality. Hit the comments to share yours!