Category: Home Office

The Lofree looks like a keyboard, but sounds and feels like a typewriter

We had such a wave of nostalgia after seeing this super cool Lofree keyboard on Design Milk that we just had to share it with you. You fellow Gen X-ers who used typewriters and word processors to write high school and college papers might appreciate this modern take on a beloved old gadget. Related: The Qwertywriter turns your iPad into a typewriter. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Bluetooth keyboard that hearkens back to the days of yore, but the Lofree keyboard is decidedly prettier. You can use it with most computers, connecting with Bluetooth or a USB, and then clack...

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The MagicBridge brings your wireless keyboard and trackpad together like … magic.

If your hands fumble back and forth between your wireless keyboard and trackpad 2, Mac users, you will be thrilled about the new MagicBridge from the smart folks at TwelveSouth. This handy new gadget allows you to connect the two devices in one larger keyboard, making it a whole lot easier to use them both. No tapping around to find your trackpad and no looking down. And what we love most is that you can use it whether you’re a righty or a lefty. Related: 3 tech organizers to help you tackle your cords, cables, and chargers As for actual magic, there...

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A cool gadget that’s good for your laptop. And you, too.

Part of getting my kids ready for back to school is creating a quiet, organized homework space for them. This year, I’ve decided to give myself a little home workspace makeover, too. First up, these cool laptop stands from Grovemade, a cool small business that makes gorgeous handcrafted tech products. Considering my home office is me sitting on my laptop at the kitchen table all day long, I think getting myself a laptop stand is a perfectly fine investment. Smart, actually, because not only does it keep your laptop up and off the table, which can lead to overheating, it’s actually...

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Digitize your notes and sketches with new Moleskine Smart Writing Set. No photos or scans required.

I never leave home without my Moleskine notebook, but I tend to snap a photo or type from it into my email or a document to transfer things over. Well, not anymore thanks to their new Smart Writing Set that lets you digitize all your notes and drawings with a very special tablet and pen. The new Moleskine Smart Writing Set is actually a 3-part system that includes their The Paper Tablet, the Pen+, and the free Moleskine Notes iOS app, all of which allow you to turn anything you write, scribble, or sketch into digital files. No photos or scans...

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An eco-friendly printer with ink cartridges that don’t need changing every minute? Whoa.

There’s a pop-up on my computer that alerts me when the ink on my home printer is running low. And every time the little window appears, I think, wait, didn’t I just put new cartridges in the printer? It’s definitely an annoyance and a huge expense. And one that you can now gladly avoid thanks the new Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank printer. The name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but what does is every two years,  as in how frequently you need to change the printer cartridge. Seriously. You’ll have changed the batteries in your smoke detector three or four times, before you change the ink...

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The Bluetooth label maker that lets you create and print straight from your phone. Type-A heaven!

The geek in me is coming out strong, you guys. I’m a little embarrassed about how excited I am about the new Epson LabelWorks LW600-P Bluetooth label maker which I recently got a chance to try out (thanks Epson!) and while “LW600-P” doesn’t exactly roll right off the tongue (seriously, who comes up with these product names?), what it lacks in a memorable, consumer-friendly product name it makes up for in pretty fantastic innovation. Essentially you download the free Epson iLabel app (iOS and Android), then you can quickly design a label and send it to your printer wirelessly via Bluetooth. It just prints. With no...

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Bevy makes it easy to share, store and simplify thousands of family photos

I’m a photo hoarder. I have about 6,000 photos on my iPhone that date back years and years, partly due to nostalgia (tell me you don’t tear up when you look at pictures of your kids as newborns?), and partly because I’ve never found an easy and secure enough solution. That is, until I had a chance to try out Bevy, which can hold approximately 400,000 photos safely and securely. Yes, you read that correctly. Granted, we’ve covered cloud storage in the past, but with the number of photos I have, it either starts getting too pricey with monthly subscriptions, or the...

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A little Bluetooth keyboard for those who miss actual typing on their tablets and phones

As much as I try to avoid typing long emails on my iPhone, there are times when it’s inevitable. And it’s those times when I long for the tactile keyboard of my first “smartphone” from eons ago. (Samsung BlackJack, anyone?) Typing has come a long way since then, but there’s nothing like the feel of an actual keyboard, which is why I’m digging the brand new Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard. This is one of those accessories that doesn’t seem necessary, but once you start using it, you’ll realize it beats fiddling around with those tiny touch keys onscreen. The K380 connects with...

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Livescribe’s new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro is ready to take dictation, boss

Last year I told you about the greatest pen that has ever penned: also known as the Livescribe 3 smartpen. Well, this year, kicking off back-to-school season with class, comes the new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition. Very similar to Livescribe 3, the Echo Smartpen digitizes handwritten notes and, using the built-in mic, also records audio that’s synced up to your notes. That means it’s easy to look at some note you scribbled so fast you just can’t read it (been there), then go back and actually hear what was said in the lecture or group work session at the time. The pen can also...

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Ily vs Triby smackdown! Which is the best no-landline family phone for you?

One of our top family tech picks from CES this year was Triby, the wireless hands-free speaker phone that helps keep the whole family in touch, even without a landline. The preview got us giddy for the technology to come for those of us getting rid of landlines at home. And now there’s the Ily family phone, which is also billed as a way to bring everyone together and we’re excited by the options. So what’s the difference between Triby and Ily, and which one is right for your family? The biggest thing that Ily can do exclusively is make video calls, either...

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