Etsy is a goldmine for gadget and geek accessories you didn't know you needed. Every month we'll be rounding up the best finds from craftsters from around the world.
This month we found a rad needlepoint laptop case, speakers made to look like Fender amps, a Karim Rashid-like TV and DVD stand, and a few things to help you boast your g33ky lifestyle...
First up is a British designed TV and DVD stand that can be custom-made to your specific dimensions or bought via Etsy in the standard 9-by-36 by-20-inches (HxWxD) for a little over $3K.
Any color combo can be made, along with real wood veneers. The stand is finished with 10 coats of 2-pack polyurethane lacquer, then sanded down through increasingly fine grades of paper, and finally buffed and polished to produce a glass-like sheen.
Next is Exeluxe's speakers made to look like vintage Fender amps. The 11.5-by-12.5-by-7 inch bookshelf speakers are made in the Bay Area and are built with high-quality 5 1/4" drivers and 1" tweeters. You can choose a series of custom 'tolex' coverings and grillcloths. Average cost for the pair is $240.
Any excuse to mack out your laptop is a good one. This $120 needlepoint laptop case lets you bring your notebook from home to "office" -- read: coffee shop, park, library -- in old skool style. Our only concern with novellamarie's design is that it may not keep laptops snug enough to be fully protected from your transport's many bumps in the road. Adding some type of foam enclosure would keep things a bit more tiiiiight for us paranoids.
We love our laptops, but feeling the battery burn on our secretary thighs is worrisome. How low can your sperm count go? And talk about fried eggs! The $29 Laptop Jack is a handmade wheatboard and poplar wood laptop stand. Its construction allows air to circulate under your computer in order to keep things cool and its angle helps those with carpal tunnel. Rubber bumpers make sure your notebook stays in place.
And now for two geeky home accessories to proudly display during your Battlestar Galactica showing parties.
This set of six coasters is made from triple layered felt with embroidered Apple compatible icons. If you spill on your coaster you can just throw them in the wash on cold and then run an iron over them. MadeByPaddy can make the whole $30 set featuring one fave icon or a selection.
For networking nerds, there's this throwback to the 80s. This this $10 Nintendo controller biz card holder is made with Perler Beads that are glued together with sturdy contact cement.