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Mover & Shaker Pens: Sturdy, Machined, and Nearly-Silent Click Pens

Mover and the Shaker

If you’re on a search to find a click pen that won’t fail you when you need to write some stuff down on the go or in a rush, then the Mover and the Shaker pens might just be what you’re looking for. Designed and made by Tactile Turn, these custom-machined pens have a body made from 7075 Aluminum, while the clips are 301 Spring Steel.

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ALERT Staples: Every Office Needs These

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Everything’s all good until you run out of staples. What’s worse is when your office is truly out of staples because the guy in charge of supplies screwed things up. This happened last week at our office, and let me just say that the hour it took to buy staples was as tense as things can get in an otherwise boring office.

I’m sure it’s happened to you before: you’re stapling forms and documents, working up a good rhythm, until you hear that empty click that means your stapler is out of staples. Working to make sure that this doesn’t happen without your awareness is ALERT Staples. It’s a concept by Wei-Ling Hsu, Yu-Ren Lai, and Cyuan-Yi You, where your typical staple wires are inked with a red band at the edge.

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Heavy Tape Dispenser Makes One-Handed Use Possible

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Tape dispensers are usually a two-handed operatio: one hand holds the dispenser while the other pulls the tape out. But the Ultimate Heavy Weight Tape Dispenser doesn’t mess around with any of that. Weighing at a hefty, but still reasonable 2.2lbs, the dispenser will stay firmly planted on your desk. It’s made from aluminum with a cast iron core, and its industrial looks will blend nicely in almost any decor. It can also do double duty as a murder weapon, though we really don’t recommend that usage.

$50.

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Pens That Camouflage As Grass Brighten Up Your Office

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This is going to make some cubicle dwellers smile a bit. It’s a set of pens called Pooleaf, and they’re shaped like giant blades of grass. When packed together into a jar, it looks like a tiny bit of greenery. It’s not going to make up for being cooped up in an office while others frolic outside in the sun, but we suppose it’s better than nothing.

The thing is… it’s not exactly cheap. At $5 per pen, it’s going to set you back a bunch to create the effect pictured. Either that, or we just made a mistake and you get more than one per $5; it’s a bit of a confusing product site.

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Standing Task Chair Places You Halfway Between Standing And Sitting

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There’s a trend emerging where companies get standing desks (like the X-Table, instead of regular workstations where people just sit. The idea is that sitting for long periods is bad… but standing for a whole day also sounds like it would suck a lot. So the Standing Task Chair is attempting to bridge the gap. It keeps you upright, but includes supports for your knees as well as your posterior, which ends up placing you in an allegedly optimal position for extended work periods. The reasoning is that your weight is distributed between your feet, your knees and your butt, so no one body part ends up carrying you all by itself.

The STC has an adjustable seat, and comes in a metal or oak finish, and costs $499 and $599 respectively. It’s seeking funding on Kickstarter, but it’s quite far from its goal at the moment.

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Treadmill Desk Lets You Work While You Exercise and Vice Versa

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Work can be such a pain. The same goes for exercise. Why someone would want to assemble a contraption that would allow people to do both things simultaneously is beyond me, but maybe there’s a demand for it because the treadmill desk exists. It’s called the TrekDesk and it’s a desk that can be attached to a treadmill so you can walk, job, or run at your desired pace while typing reports, crunching numbers, or doing whatever else you need to do on the desk.

The TrekDesk can be attached to virtually any treadmill and comes with a manuscript holder, a three-level file folder, two cup holders, and a headset stand. That way, there’s a space for most of your stuff so your work area won’t be so cluttered. The desk lets you work hard while you work out, although you probably shouldn’t sign anything while you’re on it because you’ll probably mess your signature up.

The TrekDesk retails for $479.

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The Optimal Posture Office Chair Could Reduce Fatigue

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There are few things worse for the back than to sit in front of a computer screen all day, typing away. Since you’re probably reading this from one such screen at work right now, we imagine you agree. Do you like the chair you’re on? Is it comfortable? Ergonomic? The $500 Optimal Posture Office Chair you see above looks kind of strange, but it just might make your corporate servitude just a little less painful.

Developed with doctors from the Wooridul Spine Hospital, the chair has a chest rest that provides support as you lean in toward a keyboard or desk, preventing back strain caused by hunching over. The rest swivels 180° for use as a backrest that shifts the shoulders back and chest outward, encouraging the curved, proper posture that reduces back strain. The seat’s pelvis support has a gentle forward slope that shifts the pelvis forward and raises the buttocks above the knees, resulting in semi-standing posture that discourages slouching—a major cause of back discomfort.

So the way to go about this is to submit a request to your HR or Facilities Management department. Tell them you’re suffering from lumbago or some such terrible back affliction, and that you’d feel as snug as a bug in a rug if you get to sit in this for a change.

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Blackhawk Secretary Trunk Is An Office In A Case

This made the rounds back in March, and we missed it. Shame on us, because the Blackhawk Secretary Trunk is pretty badass. It’s a six foot tall case that contains everything necessary to setup an office. Think of it as a giant road case (like those from travelling rock shows), only wrapped in pre-stressed aluminum and rivets, to give it that mid-20th century aircraft look. The “pre-stressed” part just means they banged on it to artificially age it and make it look like it’s been to a few places. Truth be told, at 525lbs, there’s no chance we’re going to actually, you know, go anywhere with it. But we sure as heck wouldn’t mind decking out our headquarters with these… if only they didn’t cost $4,295.

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Pinstripe Hoodie Walks The Line Between Business And Casual

By David Ponce

It’s not about to change practices in offices worldwide, let’s be honest. But there is a growing number of places that are relaxing the business attire for something a bit more casual. Think tech startups for example, only a little less on the hippy side. We imagine something like the above pinstripe hoodie would fit right in. It’s made from Merino wool, which is the same material regular suits are made from. It’s got a paisley tie-cloth liner and will only set you back $148. Yeah, that’s a little sarcastic because, hey, it is a lot of money. On the other hand, an actual suit could add a zero to that price so we shouldn’t complain too hard.

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