Best Charging Pad
- Wireless Charger Magic 15W Max Qi Fast Wireless Charging Pad
Best Flash Drive
- Steampunk 16GB USB 3.1 Pentode Radio Tube USB Flash Drive
Best Programmable Robot
- Sphero BOLT
Being all work and no play is no fun. Life in an office can be pretty dull. So bringing some light-hearted fun can help to bring a smile to your face during a long day in meetings, rushing to meet deadlines, or worse, dealing with customers. A little fun can go a long way to helping your mood and outlook, which in turn helps your productivity.
Basic novelty items can have a surprisingly large positive effect. Combining that with something useful provides extra benefits. To help you find some great little gadgets, we’ve listed some of the best novelty tech items for the office in 2022.
- Steampunk/industrial aesthetic
- Comes with a small stand
- Genuine Soviet radio vacuum tube
- 16GB Flash drive
- USB 3.1 speeds
- Five other capacities available
The Steampunk 16GB USB 3.1 Pentode Radio Tube USB Flash Drive is a flash drive designed to stand out from the crowd. It is designed in a steampunk aesthetic with a genuine Soviet radio vacuum tube, copper detailing, and a set of LEDs. The LEDs come in six colors: blue, green, orange, purple, red, and white, though we feel that orange looks the coolest.
The flash drive operates at USB 3.1 speeds and comes in six capacities, between 8 and 256GB. This functional retro art piece is hand-made in Latvia. It even has a small wooden display stand and a velvet carry pouch. One thing to be aware of is that the radio vacuum tube is made of glass, so it won’t be the toughest USB stick. You will have to be careful with it and can’t just throw it in your backpack at the end of the day and put your laptop on it. It’s also worth noting that it’s expensive for a flash drive, but that’s not really the point.
- 15W fast wireless charger
- Button to turn off the lights
- Magic aesthetic
- 15W wireless charging pad
- 2 inches across
- Half an inch high
The Wireless Charger Magic 15W Max Qi Fast Wireless Charging Pad is a standard 15W wireless charging pad. Its standout feature is the design which involves LEDs and magical runes. The charging pad will light up, accentuating the magical aesthetic when you place any Qi charging compatible device. This runic aesthetic will suit your workstation if you’re familiar with the dark arts of coding or the forbidden art of spreadsheet wrangling.
While it can charge at a maximum of 15W, it can also charge at 7.5W and 5W if your device doesn’t support the full speed. Unfortunately, the pad doesn’t support 10W charging. If you find the lighting distracting or inconvenient at any point, there is a small switch on the side that lets you turn it off. It is, unfortunately, a little expensive for a charging pad, though the speeds and design are pretty cool.
- Small, portable evaporative cooler
- Uses just 7.5W
- Can run for up to 8 hours off a full tank
- Cooling range: up to 2.5m
- 800ml water tank
The Evapolar evaCHILL Portable Conditioner is a small portable swamp cooler. This basic air conditioner uses a fan to generate a breeze, pushing air over a filter soaked in water. This water evaporates, cooling the air. Despite being undersized and lightweight at less than 7-inches and just 750g, it can provide decent cooling power. Suppose you’re unlucky enough to be stuck in an unairconditioned office or have a broken ac. In that case, this gadget can help keep you cool.
As an evaporative cooler, it works best in dry air, losing effectiveness as the humidity increases. It has an 800ml water tank lasting up to 8 hours of use. It is powered by USB-C and needs just 7.5W, meaning it can even run off a USB battery bank if necessary. You can turn them off if you don’t like the LED lighting effect. It has a small funnel and a place to store it; however, the filling port is almost directly above the USB charging port.
So be careful not to spill water and dry drips to prevent short circuits. With its small size and lack of a compressor, it’s not designed to cool rooms. It works best when the airflow blows directly onto you. Additionally, while it is small and easy to carry. It is bulky enough that it would be awkward to fit in a bag to get it to and from the office.
- Comes with an inductive charging base
- Waterproof and scratch-resistant
- Multiple methods of programming for users of all experience levels
- About the size of a baseball
- Bluetooth connectivity
Multiple Bolts’ ability to communicate with each other via an IR transceiver also opens up possibilities for team-building exercises. Though on your own, you could also program it to run unwanted intruders out of your office. It has a sealed, waterproof, and scratch-resistant transparent shell. It charges on an inductive charging base.
Unfortunately, charging times are long, though the run time is decent. Realistically, though this might be fun and refreshing in a work environment, there’s also the chance that management wouldn’t approve of the distraction.
That was our roundup of the best novelty tech items for the office in 2022. Have you recently bought a novelty tech item for the office? What sold you on it, and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.