Desktop gadgets for the holidays
By Phil Hornshaw
Decking out your desktop – both real and digital gadgets – can be a great way to stave off boredom (or invite procrastination). And there are tons of cool novelties and interesting computer accessories that can be nabbed from all over the Internet. These range from practical (device chargers), to hilarious like USB-powered foam dart turrets.
Desktop gadgets of all sorts make great gifts as well. Of course, it helps to know where to great values for hardware and software alike.
Remember those mall stores?
Some of us haven’t stumbled into a Sharper Image in a while, but that doesn’t mean the stores don’t exist anymore. In fact, SharperImage.com is teeming with lots of different cool gadgets – both things you can throw on your horizontal desktop, and things that will augment your digital desktop. You also get 8 percent cash back on many purchase.
Try Brookstone as well for a solid mix of gadgets, like a stand for an iPad that also includes a keyboard that can turn your Apple tablet into a laptop. There are also items like handheld scanners and headphones, and you can get eight percent cash back for your trouble.
Some of the coolest gadgets come from ThinkGeek.com, especially if you’re into science fiction and other pursuits of the nerdy persuasion. ThinkGeek includes cool stuff like the USB-powered foam dart turrets you can turn on your co-workers, and other nifty knickknacks for fans of properties like “Star Trek,” Star Wars and “Dr. Who.”
Check the software stores
If you need more gear for your actual computer, try checking the big software stores for cool items. Microsoft’s online store is a cool place for Windows gear with 4 percent cash back, and you can find cool accessories for your Macs and iOS devices from Apple.com with 1 percent cash back. Another good place to check, both for digital items and for physical goodies, is Overstock.com – it includes a number of different items of a variety of types.
Finding cool gadgets for your desktop usually amounts to spending a little time looking around. You’re likely to find nifty things at a variety of stores, and there are plenty of things that you can get from only one store or another, so be sure to check lots of different stores.