Although the name might be slightly confusing — if you're really designing intelligently, you're probably not using a mouse at all — but the Intelligent Design Titanium Mouse (€400; roughly $520) is sexy nonetheless. Crafted from grade 1 titanium and high quality plastic resin, the mouse features a seamless titanium exterior shell, a neodymium magnet scroll wheel, Bluetooth, and precise laser tracking.
It's inevitable: no matter how much you wash your hands, any keyboard you use day-in, day-out is bound to end up with all matter of crud lodged in between — and sometimes under — the keys. The Logitech Washable Keyboard ($40) takes care of this problem by allowing you to wash it off in the sink, while also offering a full compliment of F-keys, a number pad, a slim design, laser-printed key characters that won't fade over time, and a standard USB connection. Cheetos during an extended session of Diablo III? No longer a problem.
Need a bunch of redundant data storage, and need it to go? The Drobo Mini ($650) has you covered. Built from metallic carbon fiber with a soft touch finish, this sandwich-sized box holds up to four 2.5" drives — giving you a total possible capacity of 3TB — offers both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, and, like the company's full-sized boxes, uses BeyondRAID technology to ensure that your data is safe, no drive configuration wizardry required.
Just because it's a flash drive doesn't mean it's impervious to damage. Protect your mission-critical data when traveling while storing it on a LaCie RuggedKey ($40-$70). Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, these speedy USB 3.0 thumb drives come encased in Neil Poulton's distinctive orange rubber design, and support AES 256-bit data encryption to keep your data safe from non-external threats.
Yes, we know the new Retina MacBook Pro has asymmetrical fan blades to cut down on noise — but ideally, those fans wouldn't be kicking on at all. That's where the AirSlab ($50) comes in. Crafted in the US from full grain Walnut veneer or Baltic Birch, each one is made to fit Apple's 13- or 15-inch portables, and sports a bevy of perfect circular holes to promote cooling, as well as cork feet to attach for desk use — which also means that it's great for keeping the heat away from the boys when your using it on your lap.
Forget Kinect — if you're looking for a way to control your computer via natural movements, look no farther than the Leap Motion Control Device ($70). Based on proprietary technology, this sleek, compact motion sensor sits on your desk in front of your monitor, creating a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet that is 200X more accurate than anything else on the market — the difference between waving your arm and signing PDFs in the air with an actual pencil.
Tired of carrying a tangled mess of charging cables in your bag? Let Aviiq Ready Clips ($20-$30) straighten things out for you. These pen-sized cables feature a built-in clip that holds them securely in place, a flat, tangle-free cord, a standard USB plug on one end, and your choice of mini USB, micro USB, or Apple 30-pin connectors on the other, ensuring that there's one to work with your device of choice. [Scouted by Alfonso]
Is it jewelry? Or a computer peripheral? Actually, the USB Bracelet (€30; roughly $40) is a little of both. Made in Scandinavia, It features a silver and gold metal, 2GB thumb drive that serves as the clasp for a 4mm real braided leather cord. Available in black, brown, and beige, it sure beats that gold microprocessor necklace you bought last year.
Are you a Windows user that's secretly wished for a PC-centric Magic Mouse to help you through the day? The Logitech M600 Touch Mouse ($70) might just be what you're looking for. Sporting a large touch surface, it lets you scroll and swipe your way through webpages, files, photos, and more, while an optical sensor provides plenty of accuracy, and a tiny receiver creates a solid 2.4 GHz wireless connection for the M600 and up to 5 other devices.
BMW's cars are generally pretty elegant, so we'll forgive you if you fail to see the car maker's influence on the Level 10 M Mouse ($TBA). The latest result of the collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW's Designworks USA, the M Mouse is designed to go great with the Level 10 PC Case, and sports a highly breathable design, a wired connection to eliminate lag, side A, B and trigger buttons, and an overall look that should be far more attractive to hardcore gamers than owners of 5-series sedans.
Sammy's been in the news a lot lately for ripping off Apple's designs, but it's giving the boys from Cupertino a run for their money with these new Samsung Series 9 Monitors ($1,200 and up). Sporting an ultra-sleek aluminum design, the Series 9 features quad high-definition (QHD) resolution, professional-grade Plane Line Switching technology, anti-glare, edge-to-edge glass displays, height-adjustable stands, and round bases which house a plethora of connections, including DisplayPort, Dual Link DVI, HDMI, MHL, and USB, along with 7W stereo speakers. Arriving on a desktop near you in March.
How do you keep a keyboard's keys from scratching everything in your bag as you tote it around? You flatten them out, of course. The Levitatr Bluetooth Keyboard ($100-$110) brings this idea to fruition, with elevating, LED-backlit keys that raise up when they're needed and retreat into the stealth black surface when they're not. Other features include a rechargeable Li-ion battery, a built-in kickstand, and an anodizer aluminum silver or black chassis.