We typically aren’t huge fans of gel ink pens, but the Ion Pen from Cross ($25) isn’t your ordinary pen. There is an assortment of different accessories available for the line of sturdy pens, including lanyards — and the design lets you see the color of the ink inside the pen. Oh, and the pen clicks closed in a way that cuts its height nearly in two, instead of in a way that causes ink to leak all over your shirt pocket.
Every once in a while, it’s more comfortable doing things in bed. Reading, working, listening to music, bon- well, you get the idea. The Lap Dog Tray by designer offi ($100) provides a nice platform for your laptop as well as a place to set your morning food stuffs and the paper. It also is designed for both righties and lefties — but be warned — the more you lay in bed working, the less likely you are to do other things, such as shower, and no one likes a stinky colleague.
Sick of not being able to plug in all the awkward-shaped power adapters side by side in your current power strip? Power Sentry’s PowerSquid ($15) is a power strip that has flexible arms of varying lengths instead of a, um, strip to alleviate this problem. Plus, we'll buy any gadget that is marketed as a cephalopod.
This desk gives you more than enough room up top with its 60 x 31 inch workspace and gives you even more with its slide-out concealed shelf. The Offi Pocket Desk ($1,450) has a crisp maple finish, a hidden compartment for storing cables, and powder coated steel legs with lockable casters that give it the industrial look that's all the rage with home office ninjas.
We like cheap pens as opposed to the expensive types, and the Uni-Ball 207 ($20 for twelve) fits the bill perfectly with its retractable tip and soft grip. Speaking of bills, the 207 also features a special ink that becomes trapped in paper, eliminating the specter of check washing.