written by: Mitty Chang•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 10/18/2011
Hoping to find office gadgets that will improve your work environment, help keep you organized or just look cool on your desk? Look no further! We've found 15 of the coolest office accessories on the market today.
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USB Beverage Cooler
This tiny USB-powered refrigerator from ThinkGeek is perfect for cooling a can of your favorite beverage. Impress your co-workers and be the envy of your workplace as you conveniently enjoy your chilled drinks! It also works well for small travel bottles of just about anything.
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CableDrop Cable Clips
Have you ever been in the office, but didn't have any available electrical outlets? Or, have you ever left the office only to find that your phone was low on batteries? Then the Freeloader Pro Solar Charger is for you! This ingenious device charges itself with light, and has enough juice to power or recharge your mobile phones and other office gadgets and devices. Perfect for on those on the go - especially if your "office" is a coffee shop or random hotspot!
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Mantis LED Desk Lamp
Night owls unite! Those who work at odd hours burning the midnight oil - or just work in a cave - will really like the Mantis LED Desk Lamp. It provides the perfect amount of lighting for your keyboard or any other task you're working on. The best part? It mounts to objects like your monitor! We love the Mantis LED Lamp!
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Laser Guided Scissors
Have you ever needed to cut a piece of paper and cursed afterwards because you failed to cut straight? Well worry no more! With ThinkGeek's Laser Guided Scissors, you can now cut any piece of paper or fabric with laser precision! Impress your boss with precision cuts!
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Optimus Maximus Keyboard
Meet Optimus Maximus, the godly king of all keyboards. This sweet piece of heaven features 113 OLED screens. Yes...one for each key! That means every key is programmable and you can change what appears for that key! Anything, from photos to videos to letters, can be depicted on these little screens! Have this, and your keyboard will be the envy of everyone in your office!
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USB to SATA/IDE Combo Kit
Over the years, we have been accumulating different internal harddrives that we have either had to swap out (due to an upgrade) or that we have simply acquired because it was on sale (Black Friday!). Having to buy a new external harddrive enclosure just to use the harddrive again can be an annoyance, however. Here is where this ingenious little creature comes into the picture. The USB to SATA/IDE combo kit lets you connect via USB any SATA/IDE (most harddrives out there are SATA or IDE) or optical drive that supports SATA/IDE directly to your laptop or computer (anything with a USB port). Go ahead...be that nifty tech geek in your office!
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ProMini Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad
The ProMini Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad works on your side for remote controlling your screens, computers, and laptops. It comes in handy when you are making a presentation from the back of the room. It can also be used when you need to run a live demo of a website or program.
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WoodStation Weather Display
You have been sitting in the office all day, but you want to know what the weather is like outside. Or, maybe you're counting the minutes pass by until your lunch break, and you want to stare at something prettier than just the dull Windows screen on your computer. That's where ThinkGeek's WoodStation Weather Display comes in. Think weather, time, and date display all on a sleek piece of wood. It blends nicely with any office decor, and makes your desk look classy - all at the same time!
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Laptop Speaker Bar
Maybe your office is too loud and full of noise distractions. Or, maybe you have a presentation setup with the client in a room with a projector, but no speakers. Either way, you need something more robust than what your laptop is equipped with. The Laptop Speaker Bar is conveniently USB-powered, and mounts to your laptop to give you room-filling noise and enhance your presentation.
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24 Port Monster USB Hub
Have you ever been at the office or worked from a cafe and wished your computer had more than two USB ports? With the 24 Port Monster USB Hub by ThinkGeek, you don't need to wish anymore. This bad boy has far more than enough ports for any single person to use. Another plus is that it all looks sleek and clutter free with its round and compact physique. You will even have enough ports to power your friend's smartphone.
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Ironkey Military Strength Flash Drives
USB flash drives are used in every-day office life. You might be transferring files from your personal computer to your work computer, sharing a document with a coworker, or transferring a presentation that you are working on. Chances are there are sensitive personal information stored on your flash drive, as well. With passwords, client information, personal photos, or other private documents, the USB flash drive becomes a security hazard. Not to worry! Ironkey at ThinkGeek provides a military strength flash drive with military-level encryption. In fact, it will literally self-destruct if someone tries to brute force it!
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Handheld Video Inspection Camera
This video inspection camera is perfect for hard-to-see, or hard-to-reach, places. This would include server or vent spaces. You can also use it if you just want to spy on your office co-workers without them knowing!
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Your cubicle office might be a mess, and you are in desperate need of a few extra outlets for your mobile devices and laptop. Or, you might be a freelancer with your "office" being any venue with a wireless hotspot. What do you do when all of the outlets are taken? You let the Share-A-Watt save the day. This portable gadget gives you two more regular outlets, and two USB outlets! Perfect for sharing in any environment!
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Privacy Manager USB Fingerprint Reader
Passwords can be guessed, but fingerprints are a different story. Unless someone pulls a slick Mission-Impossible-fingerprint-steal-off, locking your computer with a fingerprint scanner is still one of the most full proof methods of security. Your documents and files are critical, and sometimes you do not want unwanted eyes to be looking - or editing - them! This ingenious little privacy manager USB fingerprint reader is exactly what you need. Just make sure you don't lose your finger, because then...well....you'll have many problems!
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Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer
The Logitech R800 is a top-of-the-line professional presentation remote packed with all of the features you need for your presentation in front of your clients or supervisors. The 100-feet range of the remote, along with the bright green pointer, will make sure that you have the right tools you need wherever you decide to walk during your presentation. When it comes to office gadgets, this is definitely a must-have.