Do you have some end-of-year hardware budget to spend before the clock strikes 12 on Dec. 31? Then check out the best of the various office gadgets we reviewed in 2011.
I expected the Wireless Solar Keyboard to be something of a gimmick. After all, how useful could a solar powered keyboard be unless your office is located in an atrium? And I assumed that if most of the $79 list price goes in the solar cells, the typing experience would be regrettable. I was wrong on all counts.
Pretty much any mouse lets you left- and right-click, scroll through window, and point to things on the screen. What else could a mouse do? Microsoft's new Touch Mouse is pretty revolutionary by adding gestures that let you move documents around on the screen with a few simple swipes.
The heart and soul of the Arc Touch is the fact that the mouse transforms, like a gadget from the future, from its distinctive arc-shape to completely flat. It's the most portable mouse in history. Read the review to see if the rest of it stacks up.
I've got two computers in my office --a desktop that I work at most of the time, and a laptop that I carry to meetings and work at occasionally. If you too have a pair of PCs, you know the resulting problems. You have to fiddle with two mice, of course. And getting files back and forth between the PCs is a hassle. Here's a program that completely solves this problem quite elegantly. It's technically not a gadget -- it's software -- but that makes this even cooler.