Created by TrekStor, who obviously understand the relationship between data and drinking, the USB Stick CO with Bottle Opener ($12-$80) is a great-looking USB 2.0 thumb drive made from solid brushed aluminum and featuring a bottle opener on one end. Available in capacities ranging from 1-8GB, you should be able to find one to suit your needs.
The LaCie MosKeyto redefines portable. The ultra-tiny Mac/Windows-compatible USB 2.0 flash drive, which you can just keep plugged in all the time, measures less than 20mm and weighs 10 grams. Available in 2GB ($15), 4GB ($18), 8GB ($28) and 16GB ($50) capacities.
Hide your precious data inside the unassuming casing of a video game classic with NES Hard Drives ($130-$180). Available in capacities up to 1TB, these 2.5-inch Toshiba drives feature USB interfaces, all stuck inside games like The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, or everyone's favorite code-driven shoot 'em up, Contra.
For any of you out there who, like us, have sat down at a desktop Mac after using our MacBooks only to become irritated with the clumsiness of the desktop mouse, Apple has heard your cries. The Apple Magic Trackpad ($70) is a desktop-bound version of the Multi-Touch trackpads found on the company's MacBook Pro, but 80 percent larger, giving you even more room to pinch, rotate, and four-finger scroll your way to computing bliss.
When someone talks about keeping their data safe, we normally think of uncrackable passwords, file encryption, and maybe an ex-pro wrestler who went by the name "Dangerous Dimitri" to guard the server room. As it turns out, LaCie had something a little different in mind when it created the XtremKey ($50 and up). Made from zamac, a zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper alloy that can withstand the pressure of a 10-ton truck, the XtremKey is designed to be pressure, shock, water, and weatherproof, with its premium flash memory modules sealed inside a 2mm metal pipe casing by wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring. Available in storage sizes up to 64GB, it's perfect for the IT pro who moonlights as an adventuring archaeologist.
Miss the sound and feel of a real typewriter, or simply trying to keep your workspace looking as old-school as possible? Hook up with one of these USB Typewriters ($300). Made from repurposed, original typewriters, these bad boys feature functioning letters, numerals, punctuation marks, shift, capslock, spacebar, and even return carriages. As an added bonus, it still functions as a real typewriter, so you can enjoy looking at all the paper you'd be wasting if you didn't have the modern convenience of spellcheck.
Record HDTV to your Mac or stream it to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with the EyeTV HD ($200). This USB box sports component video and RCA audio inputs on the back, and connects to a cable- or satellite set-top box for your recording pleasure. An IR blaster takes care of the controls, while a $5 app lets you control and watch live TV over 3G or Wi-Fi, and a special dual-format capture feature saves your favorite shows in both iPad and iPhone formats simultaneously — but be warned, that amount of video can eat up storage faster than Kobayashi downs hot dogs, so you'd better plan on picking up that home server if you're wanting to archive all those Golden Girls reruns.
Keep your desktop from looking like a metal and LED junkyard with these Solid Wood Hard Drive Enclosures ($100-$145). Handmade in a two-man Seattle shop using 100% reclaimed or discarded materials, these gorgeous one-of-a-kind drives typically house an included 500GB drive, boasting unique shapes, with hand oiled finishes that are polished with a protective finishing wax to keep them looking great long after the drive has started signaling its final days with a symphony of metallic scraping noises only a robot could love.
Apple's iMac has long embodied the notion of an entire PC crammed inside a monitor, but this is the first time we've heard of someone trying it with a keyboard. The ASUS EeeKeyboard ($600) is, in essence, a netbook hidden inside a slightly oversized keyboard. Features include an Intel Atom N270 processor, a paltry 1GB of DDR2 RAM, Windows XP Home, an Ultra Wide Band transmitter and external receiver for sending audio and video to a TV wirelessly, b/g/n Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port (Why?), Bluetooth, a 16GB SSD, HDMI and VGA out, three USB ports, and a five-inch, 800-480 multi-touch display for controlling media playback, we guess. If you're looking for the anti-iPad, you may have just found it.
We've generally avoided unnecessary clutter on our desks, but if you wear your desk-bound, USB-powered gadgetry like a geek badge of honor, this USB Super 16 Port Hub ($160) should be right up your alley. Sporting its own internal power supply, 16 USB 2.0-compliant ports, and the ability to connect two computers to the hub at the same time, it's a must-have for peripheral junkies. Just have fun trying to hide all those cords.
What's the one thing external hard drives have been missing all these years? If you answered "a screen," perhaps the Western Digital My Passport Studio ($150-$200) is for you. Available in 320, 500, and 640GB capacities, these sleek silver drives feature both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces, Time Machine support for the Mac users out there, and a super-crazy, e-paper "label" on the outside that lets you know details like remaining capacity, whether the drive is locked, and, to help with drive organization, a personalized label to help you keep track of its contents. Although, honestly, if you're having problems keeping track of all your external drives, perhaps you should cut down on the
If your PC-based gaming gets so intense that you find your keyboard struggling to keep up, perhaps it's time for an upgrade. The new Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard ($60) should be right up your alley, with new anti-ghosting technology that ensures your keystrokes — up to 26 at once — are recognized in the fastest manner possible, keeping you in the game. Other features include macro recording, mode and profile switching, adjustable backlighting, and a sleek black design.