Tools of the Trade

By Phil Borchmann December 31, 2009

Using a laptop at your desk gives you the option of connecting to a separate keyboard and large monitor, thus reducing the confining features of the small machine. But that little laptop can take up space, which is why Macessity created the NX Stand for Macs. It allows a closed laptop to stand up vertically in a cushioned slot. It also features a four-port USB2.0 hub and room to conceal external hard drive. NX Stand has a sturdy steel design and aluminum color powder coat paint. $59.99.

You can lug your laptop around in a typical and pedestrian portfolio-type case or opt for something much cooler, like the sleek Heys ECase Exo tic. This hard-side case on wheels comes in several patterns, including leopard, giraffe, zebra, crocodile, snakeskin, plaid, polka dot and even camo. The ECase fits various-sized laptops but can be converted for use as an overnighter. It features polycarbonate-composite materials, diamond finish, frameless construction, built-in three-digit TSA lock and inline skate wheels. 15 inches by 15.5 inches by 9 inches. $169.95.

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