Macally IceKey USB Slim KeyboardI ordered the IceKey Keyboard from J&R via Amazon.com for $39.99 shipped. At the time, it was the lowest price I could find by $2. The keys on the IceKey are very responsive. I love their feel and like that they're silent. The black version—which is the one I bought—looks extra sharp. Overall, I'd have to give it two thumbs up. -- Charles Phillips
Stainless Steel Step-On Trash Can SetMy most recent, favorite buy has been the Stainless Steel Step-On Trash Can Set at Linens n' Things for $22.49 plus $7.99 for shipping. I love the sleek shape and size of the cans, and didn't want to fork over the dough for the more expensive simplehuman ones I was eyeing at The Container Store. Afterall, a trash can is a trash can, so why not get the best deal, right? -- Julia DiNardo
Apple Airport Express & Belkin Compact Surge ProtectorWith a second laptop in the house, I knew I had to upgrade to wireless so I picked up the $82.40 Apple Airport Express to allow my girlfriend and I to share our Internet connection. Setup was a breeze—I had my password-protected network running in ten minutes. The range isn’t particularly far, 54 Mbps within 50 feet and 11 Mbps within 100 feet, but if you live in an apartment like I do—it’s a perfect fit. The Express comes with extra features which weren’t part of my initial purchasing decision, but have become my favorite reasons for having it. For example, a USB port lets me connect my printer to the network, an audio mini-jack allows me to play iTunes through my stereo, and the compact base station makes it easy to setup a network wherever I travel.
Being the Apple fanboy that I am, I recently ran into a huge problem. Apple’s block-shaped power adapters are an awkward fit with any standard power strip and plugging one into an outlet meant covering the adjacent plug. With my printer, PowerBook, cable modem, Airport Express, and cell phone charger, all plugged in—I had to come up with a "creative" solution. A bunch of cheap three-prong-to-two-prong outlet converters and extension cords created a mess of cords under my desk, so I got the $22.15 Belkin Compact Surge Protector instead. Its L-shaped design comes with four outlets in a row on top and four block space outlets on the side. I can plug in my Apple products on the side and plug my traditional-size power cords right on the top. It’s neat and I’m able to use all of my outlets. -- Dave Odegard