You can call it a desktop organizer but it doesn’t hold paperclips, pens, and pencils. It’s all the other stuff we ignore – the cables and wires that make our laptops look like they’re hooked up to Skynet. The Bluelounge SpaceStation is a $79 peripheral that’ll clean up clutter and elevate your laptop while saving a few of those USB ports because it’s hiding a few of its own. Hit the jump for my review.
It’s a hollow plastic 60 cm long bar slightly angled towards you and fitted with a full length rubber mat. Underneath there are a series of rings and hooks to ribbon cables leading to a 4-port USB hub. The execution is simple and pretty flawless. By neatly tucking cables underneath the bar and only leaving enough length to plug into whatever it is that needs charging/syncing – you literally clear your desktop. At its most extreme – the SpaceStation is perfect for minimalist interiors. The elevation is just enough to gently “offer” your keyboard at a very ergonomic angle. There’s even a rear accessory rail, sort of a notch running behind the rubber mat for business cards and the included document clip is perfect for office workers.
What we liked:
- Minimal design
- 4-port USB hub
- Clever simple execution to hide cabling
- Increases airflow underneath a laptop to encourage passive cooling
- Rubber cushions the laptop
- Actually encourages you to be neat
What could be improved:
- Too pricey, an aluminum version would justify it
Yes I would buy it even at that price. You may be pressed to believe the price tag is worth the investment and in these economic times – even $50 is an investment. The convincing argument for me was comparison shopping at a number of computer retail outlets. There were a few generic options with gangly looking USB hubs haphazardly screwed on – to the uber sexy options the Apple store sells, but none of those have USB hubs. What Bluelounge has done is create a product you didn’t know you needed until you tried it.