As a practical nerd, I have... a skepticism for high end equipment. Despite my love of geare, I tend to buy the minimum necessary to meet my needs. For a long time, that's meant spending $20-$25 on a few probe thermometers and stick thermometers that I've never been quite happy with, especially when trying to judge the doneness of tricky meats.
Recently, I decided to bite the bullet and see if the high end was all it was cracked up to be. And now I have a Thermapen. A proper, chefly Thermapen in fire engine red. Like this.