The Best $30 I've Ever Spent (For Cleaning Up My Desk)
Like many of you, I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to my desk, and I prefer a clean look. I bought an Apple Magic Trackpad to go with my Apple Wireless Keyboard so that I could have all of the advantages of multitouch when my laptop is hooked up to my monitor. But in practice, the Magic Trackpad would slide all over the desk, and it got really irritating. I needed a fix, and fortunately there was one -- the TwelveSouth Magic Wand.
So what is the Magic Wand? It's a simple device that lets you clip your Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad in place to join the two together. But just putting the two devices into a beam doesn't really work, so they included an I-beam shaped plastic insert to keep the two stiff and lined up perfectly. It's not a permanent fixture either, so if I ever need to swap out the batteries it's no sweat.
Not only did this clean up the look of my desk significantly, it also allowed me to work with the keyboard/trackpad combo on my lap if I ever wanted to kick back. And if I ever get a setup in the living room as a home theatre system, then I'll use the same Magic Wand combo because it keeps things nice and tidy — plus portable.
And the price? Right at $30 — the best $30 I've ever spent.