Apple's austere, minimalist design aesthetics can leave your office feeling a bit cold and sterile. Grovemade is bucking to change that with a line of hand-crafted wood accessories it makes in Portland, Oregon. The company's latest effort, the Trackpad Tray, is designed for Apple's Magic Trackpad, and it's the perfect complement to Grovemade's Keyboard Tray.
The Keyboard Tray and Trackpad Tray are both part of Grovemade's Desk Collection, a series of accessories that include a laptop stand, a monitor stand (also suitable for iMacs), mouse pad, wrist pad and other desk accessories.
The Keyboard Tray fits the Apple Wireless Keyboard perfectly. Underneath the keyboard is room for spare AA batteries, business cards, paper clips, pens, and other things. An aluminum base complements the aluminum construction of the Mac superbly. The cutouts under the keyboard and the bottom of the tray itself are lined with cork. The tray is designed to enable you to simply pivot the keyboard up to access the gear underneath.
The Keyboard Tray measures 11.8 inches long and 6.2 inches deep. it's angled to help maintain the standard pitch of the Apple Wireless Keyboard, though it does raise the keyboard slightly.
The Trackpad Tray is cut from the exact same cloth as the Keyboard Tray. It's reinforced with aluminum and uses the trackpad as a lid to hide space underneath for two extra batteries. Other small items can rest in a cork-lined pocket. Just like the Keyboard Tray, the Trackpad Tray is cork-lined on the bottom to help protect your desk surface.
Like other Grovemade products, the Keyboard Tray and the Trackpad Tray are available in either walnut (darker) or maple (lighter). Walnut is pictured here.
Grovemade's products aren't cheap, but they are very well-crafted. This isn't cheap Ikea-style particle board and melamine. It's solid wood, sourced locally in Oregon, hand-sanded and filed, oiled and waxed to bring out the natural finish.
At $99 and $69 respectively, the Keyboard Tray and Trackpad Tray are not inexpensive. But they're gorgeous, well-crafted gear that adds a warmth and natural touch to your Mac office that is well worth the price.
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Looks interesting, but not enough to double the cost of the keyboard and trackpad. All of these "make it look good gadgets" fail to attract me (and most people my age) as a buyer because we simply aren't going to put a $2,500 stereo into a $1,200 car.
I don't think they are that expensive for what they are and compared to the prices of other things today. I question the functionality though. I don't see anything that the wooden part really adds to the situation. Why not just sit the keyboard and trackpad on your desk beside each other?
I'm not so sure these are really worthwhile. First, the keyboard and trackpad work really well on the desk. Their heights and the ergonomic comfort are great. How would putting them into these trays change that? They don't slip around. Also, one of the advantages of the keyboard and trakpad is that they're wireless, so I often type on my lap. This accessory makes doing this harder. Finally, if you're going to spend that much money for accessories, why not buy a nice veneer for your desk top and pay about the same?
I'm posting just to leave some constructive crit on the post itself. While it's really pretty to have a shallow depth of field in your photos, it's even more important to make sure that the subject of your image is actually in focus. In all of these shots, there's so little in focus, and I so desperately want to see what the whole thing looks like. So in the future, consider stopping your aperture down a little. f/1.4 sure looks nice, but your viewers want to actually see the subject. I'm not telling you any of this just to be a jerk, either. I'm a photographer by profession, and I'm just offering some advice. Use it, don't use it. Just some advice.
I like the storage function a lot. And it looks classy, although it would clash with my desk. Two words, Peter: rechargeable batteries.
I actually just received the mousepad, pen holder and iPhone stand from Grovemade today. All 3 are extremely beautiful and well made products. My only criticism would be that the iPhone stand took a bit of fiddling around until i got the cable in and working properly but all 3 are just really beautiful objects.. 2 thumbs up.
I've received mine yesterday, and it's wonderful. Good designed product :)
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