todo - there are more notes to be added, I've just been busy/lazy.
This is a low-end low-cost laptop. It was on extreme sale, and as it has USB 3.1 it'll do fine.
Very highly recommended: This thing is awesome in every way. Exception: It's childishly-glossy.
Hardware > Android >
A mobile phone NFC device which provides buttons for macros.
Hardware > Scanners >
Canon CanoScan LiDE 120
I checked SANE's supported devices list, and saw that the LiDE 120 is supported, however the model I received uses a different and apparently-unsupported chipset! (GL848+)
Herein are notes of my misadventure.
Hardware > PlayStation 2 >
A PlayStation 2 controller macro device.
This is a middleman between a standard PlayStation 2 controller and the console. It can also be chained through to a USB adapter or other such device, to ultimately let an original PS2 controller work with a computer.
Unfortunately, this has an limited number of button presses that it can do! I think it's 9 or 10.
Hardware > Phones >
A very inexpensive yet capable phone.
At a glance, it seems okay. Android and every app I've seen have many UI flaws, but that's not the X20's fault.
After a week of use, I have to say this is a fantastic phone. It's the perfect beginner's smartphone and there's nothing I've done that's been limited in any way whatsoever by its specifications. I have not run out of storage or memory.. not even close. Do note that I haven't played any games, and I probably never will.
I am really ticked that it doesn't have OTG support, so I can't use the microSD for anything but charging. Powering off, pulling my charging dongle out, removing the half-case, removing the battery cover, removing the battery and moving the CD card back and forth is an awful, awful, way for me to edit files.
An fast, moderate-sized and extraordinarily cheap drive.
Refurbished, but these seem to be in good shape. Don't expect the intel manufacturer's warranty to have much, if any, time left. You're leaning on newegg, and then perhaps your credit card's insurance policy, if it has one.
A stereo microphone just shy of being studio-quality. Very high quality and very highly recommended.
With no drivers needed, this thing has been tested and works on various Linux distributions, Windows XP, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. I've also tested it as an audio output device (a "sound card") and it works great.
This is just shy of being unused, because I wrecked the audio jack.
Not in stock at dx.com, but perhaps try one of:
A very high quality and easy-to-use dictaphone / mp3 player / usb stick.
A basic dictaphone and mp3 player.
It records with horrible static with both its in-built and provided microphone, but its mp3 playback is spectacular. Its utterly shit mp3 interface, slow song switching and no shuffle make it basically useless as a player.
I bought this lower-sized version because it mentioned having a lithium battery. It does not, which pisses me off to no end.
While this works, it is definitely not recommended. Buy something else, even if it costs more.