Originally a term with a negative connotation, “prosumer” as a gear class dominates many equipment categories these days and is a suitable classification for many users — because of broad blurring of classifications of gear and users, “prosumer” no longer carries the negative connotation it once had.
1. Equipment designed to bridge the gap between “consumer” and “professional.” Prosumer gear typically incorporates professional features and performance but at a lower price point and sometimes with less rugged construction.
2. A non-professional who purchases and uses “professional” equipment.