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Pink Electronics - There Is A Pink Everything (Almost) - Part II

Aug 30, 2008
Gone are the days when your office was a drab color palate of grays and blacks. These days, you can make it as cheerful as you want with electronics in every color. Today, I'm going to share my findings on some pink peripherals for your office (or on the go).

Desktop Computers
Considering the increasing amount of colorful laptops available, I was surprised to find that the pickings for desktop computers in various colors are slim to say the least. I have not been able to find a single desktop tower offered in pink! Raidmax have pink computer cases in two different designs, and you can buy a custom-built computer housed in one of those cases from KidComputers, but that is it.

There aren't a whole lot of pink keyboards out there either, but I did find a few: Saitek makes a fuchsia keyboard with white keys (and a matching mouse); there is the Hello Kitty Multimedia Keyboard with a built-in (detachable) plaid wrist pad (there are several other types of Hello Kitty keyboards available as well, but I thought one would be enough here), and, my absolute favorite, the ultra cool, hot pink, flexible Bendi Board by Desklamations. It's made out of totally flexible silicone (you can roll it up and put it in your bag if you want to take it with you), and if you should happen to knock your soda or coffee over while you're working, no problem - you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Perfect!

For younger children, there is the kid-sized hot pink Little Princess keyboard, with purple and blush keys (and a matching mini-mouse), in a layout that prevents Repetitive Strain Injury! I really hope children don't spend enough time in front of a computer to be at risk for that. There's plenty of time to develop those kinds of things once you're a working adult.

USB Hubs
GE makes a really smart (hot pink) hub with 4 ports set up as cubes. The smart part is that 2 of them rotate, so if you have oversized plugs, you will still be able to use the same hub for all your connections. Saitek's Mini UFO hub is a round, fuchsia disk with 4 ports, while the Small Rodents pink hub is in the shape of (surprise) a mouse and is actually kind of cute. The animated Hello Kitty USB hub features Kitty herself talking to you (in Japanese or English, your choice), emailing her friends and playing puzzles while you're typing away.

Flash Drives
There are many vividly colored choices available when it comes to flash drives. Tiny as they are, they add a lot of style to your setup. SanDisk's 2GB Cruzer Gator is adorable in alligator-patterned dark pink, and their 4GB Cruzer Fleur is white with pink flowers and a hot pink cover. Tribeca's Splash Drives are bright fuchsia with butterflies, and while not as fanciful as the others I've mentioned here, Kingston's DataTraveler 101 with it's attached cover (you just move it to the side when using the drive) is great for people like me, who tend to lose small parts... ATP's special edition Pink Petito Flash Drive in pale, shiny pink with a ribbon design is not only cute; it supports breast cancer research, 10% of the price goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Cables Unlimited's KaBling High-Speed USB 2.0 Mini 5pin B cables are adorable in bright fuchsia with crystals at each end. The company also makes a bright pink Universal AC Power Cord, a Cat5e Patch Cable, a HDMI 1.3 Home Theatre Cable, a Stereo Audio Cable (all pink with crystals of course). And you can feel good about adding these pieces of bling to your home - Cables Unlimited is a sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

If bling is not your thing (yes, that was on purpose), Belkin makes a CAT-5e Patch Cable in bright pink, and GE sells a kit with three pink cables (a USB 2.0, a Cat 5e and a Mini-USB).

As you can see, there are plenty of pink gadgets out there. If you're looking for a particular item and can't find it in pink - keep you eyes open. I think we're going to see more and more electronics in every color imaginable in the not so distant future.
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Cattie provides information about pink laptops and how to choose the right one for you.
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