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This is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

QGeeM Hubboard – £54.90 from Amazon(roughly $70)This nifty device from QGeeM crosses a laptop docking station with a keyboard. The design is certainly innovative, but it’s a serious shame there’s no PC built in.View Deal Vendors have long toyed with the idea of integrating keyboards with desktop PCs – after all, this is how the first mainstream computers were presented to budding hobbyists back in the 1970s. Fast forward to today and a Chinese company with an unorthodox name (QGeeM) has released a keyboard with plenty of ports, but sadly no computer inside – and that’s a massive disappointment. The Hubboard, as it is called, squeezes 11 ports into a minuscule keyboard; you get all the essentials and then some. There’s a legacy VGA port, three USB ports, two USB-Type-C (one with power delivery), a Gigabit Ethernet port, microSD card slot, SD card slot, audio port and an HDMI connector that can output to 4K. There are a number of obvious issues with the device, though. There’s no numeric keypad – let alone a touchpad) – so while it’s great for drafting a quick email, you’ll long for an input peripheral before long. For some reason, QGeeM also opted for a super cramped chassis with barely any space between the keys, plus the function and cursor keys are also squashed. We would have loved to see a computer (Android or Windows-based) built in, which would have made this piece of kit even more useful. Add in a battery and you’d…Continue readingThis is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

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Coolest Coffee Table

It looks like a normal coffee table – one that you can use to hold your pocket dumps, set down your arcade controller for the Switch, or put your feet up while watching TV. Except, the Coolest Coffee Table’s thick wooden façade hides a bevy of functions that allow it do so much more. Remember the Coolest Cooler, that disaster of a product that basically turned the cooler into a whole host of stuff? This table riffs on that same idea, taking a basic coffee table and turning into something so much more than a place to set down that bowl of popcorn you snack on while watching a movie. Yes, we’re keeping our fingers crossed it ends much nicer for this outfit, too. The Coolest Coffee Table actually comes with a miniature pop-up table in the middle, giving you a flat surface at a height that’s more in line with the dining table in the kitchen. This makes that mini-table ideal for setting down food and drinks, so you can actually have dinner in front of the TV without having to hunch over uncomfortably. Fold down a panel on one side of the coffee table to reveal a power hub with two AC sockets and two USB ports, so you can charge everything from phones and game controllers to laptops and even a microwave, in case you want to make the popcorn without having to walk to the kitchen. Underneath the table are a pair of grilles for the…Continue readingCoolest Coffee Table