Three Desk Supply Staples with Hidden Secrets

Three Desk Supply Staples with Hidden Secrets

Taryn Williford
Mar 29, 2011

Do we need a lamp that doubles as an iPod dock? No, not really. But something about having seemingly ordinary office staples with double lives makes us feel like a spy. That's why we love these three pieces. This pencil cup, pen and computer mouse each hide a multi-tasking secret.

Besides the whole awesome spy feeling, these pieces can help make room on your desktop real estate by replacing two gadgets with one:

This pencil cup is also a...
Power Source!
With a six-plug outlet base and a 6-foot cord, this pencil cup helps out with way more than corralling your writing utensils. It's the perfect solution for somebody who doesn't have enough outlets at their desk, but also doesn't want to run a ghastly orange extension cord across their apartment. Grab one here for $99.

This computer mouse is also a...
Memory Card Reader!
If you're a casual snapper, you might not see the need to grab a dedicated card reader—especially when it takes up so much room. Instead, try this combination mouse to get the job done in half the space. Grab one here for $15.

This pen is also a...
Flash Drive! (and Laser Pointer)
This is probably everyone's first introduction to desktop spy gadgets. The combo pen/USB flash drive is practically a conference swag staple now, but that doesn't make it any less cool (or useful). Whether you want to stash oft-used docs or store some emergency anti-virus software, it's great to have a portable drive always at the ready (especially when you can't find your keys). And the laser? What better way to get your cats off your computer?

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