Saturday, September 10, 2011

10 useful accessories for your desk


Jabra offers a USB powered speakerphone that is great for one-onone or small conference calls. It has wideband sound quality and an omnidirectional microphone for crystal-clear calls. There is an integrated cable managment system and it comes with a pouch for storage and portability. Weighing a mere 250g, this speakerphone also has a headset port whereyou can plug-in any 3.5mm headphones in case you want the call to be private. 8,000 from www.jabra.com 

USB Hub & Mug Warmer 
For many people, office doesn’t start without a cup of morning coffee. This USB powered mug warmer has a metal heating plate protected by insulation material — it can keep your coffee warm while you take your time to enjoy it. The heating plate works great for ceramic, glass and metal mugs. There is also a status light to indicate that the warmer is ready to be used. The additional USB ports can be used to connect other devices. 699 from www.ebay.in


USB Display 
This little monitor is completely powered off USB – just one cable is needed for both the video signal and 
power. The 7-inch 800 x 480 pixel panel is touchscreen enabled too – you can move certain items onto it to 
clear space from your primary display. The best part is that since the display connects via USB, your regular 
VGA/HDMI out is unused and can be used to output to another device simultaneously. The display is compatible 
with both PC and Mac (the touchscreen functionality is only compatible with Intel-powered Macs and needs an dditional driver). $229.99 from www.thinkgeek.com 


USB Cooler 
This tiny refrigerator-shaped USB accessory can actually keep a canned beverage chilled. A cool blue LED lights p when the door is opened, just like the light inside an actual fridge. Practically, it can’t cool a hot can, ut it can keep an already chilled can colder for a longer time (as compared to if it was left in the open). he flamboyant red colour also adds a little zing to your desk. $19.99 from www.thinkgeek.com


Phantom Keystroker 
Quite an effective and hard-to-catch office prank, this. The Phantom Keystroker looks like a simple USB flash rive but it actually mimics a keyboard and mouse when connected to a computer. All you have to do is plug it nto a (hidden) USB port and it randomly inserts letters while typing or moves the mouse pointer around. The nfuriated victim will never find out. $12.99 from www.thinkgeek.com


USB Foldable keyboard
If your netbook’s keyboard proves too small for you or you just prefer to carry your own keyboard around, this lexible USB keyboard is ideal. Since the keys and base material are made of silicon, it is completely silent. ven though it has the full 104 keys, you can roll it up into a small package. The added advantage is that the keys are completely waterproof and dustproof. $23.99 from www.thinkgeek.com


USB paper schredder 
A lot of information about you can be accumulated by anyone who goes through your trash. That’s why any 
personally identifiable or sensitive information (bank statements, credit card alerts, PIN numbers) should be 
completely destroyed using a paper shredder. This little USB (or battery) powered shredder is small enough to it quietly under your desk. 2,022 from www.ebay.in


USB Vaccum Cleaner 
A full-size vacuum cleaner would be overkill for use on your keyboard or smaller computer peripherals. That’s hy you’ll need this dainty little handheld USB vacuum cleaner with a reusable dust bag. A couple of small ttachments (tube and brush) are included so that you can get all the muck out of the keyboard crevices and ther hard-to-reach places like speaker grills. It also has a small LED to light the way for more effective 
cleaning. 150 from www.ebay.in 


ASUS CrossLink Cable 
Connecting two computers directly without a network is a pain. Thanks to Asus’ Crosslink USB cable and adapter, ou can quickly connect and transfer data at high-speeds between two computers. The adapter is shaped like a SB drive, has 2GB storage and a miniUSB port on the other side to connect using the Crosslink cable. You can ven share an internet connection and optical drive between two PCs. 4,000 from eBay Global EasyBuy


USB Phone2PC
This handly little device is great if you want to keep a record of all your voice calls. It can be connected to ost phones using an analog or digital connection and then it connects to the PC using USB. A software is equired to be installed which provides an easy-to-use interface to record incoming/outgoing calls. It includes n external microphone for recording meetings and interviews directly to the PC as well. 10,000