Rebuild Your Desktop

Innovative tools that turn your work nook into the corner office

Rebuild Your Desktop

WorkRite Ergonomics' Sonoma SeriesDon Russel

Space Saver
Make way for desktop clutter with the IBM ThinkCentre S50 Ultra Small, IBM's smallest desktop PC ever (3.3 x 10.2 x 11 inches). It weighs just 13 pounds, yet its steel frame can support a 67.1-pound, 22-inch CRT monitor. The thriftiest configuration has a 2.8GHz Intel Celeron processor, 256MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. $900 and up; ibm.com

Elevate Your Performance
Tiny electric motors in the telescoping, extruded-aluminum legs raise and lower the desktop of the Sonoma Series Premium workcenter from WorkRite Ergonomics. It can extend from 24.25 inches to 51.5 inches at a rate of 1.7 inches per second--not too shabby. $1,725; www.wrea.com

Fresh Perspectives
Ditch the dorky shutter glasses and try the Sharp LL-151 3-D display. Press a button and the 15-inch, 1,024 x 768 LCD monitor switches between 2-D and
3-D views. In 3-D mode, a "parallax barrier" screens the picture so that different patterns reach your right and left eyes. The brain sees two images and interprets the disparity as depth. $1,500; store.sharpsystems.com

Laser Guidance
In an LED optical mouse, an image sensor reads reflected light to track movement. But dark or patterned surfaces blur some of the light, skewing accuracy. So Logitech created the wireless MX1000, the first laser-powered optical mouse. It'll work on nearly any surface (except clear or mirrored ones) because returning light remains sharp. $80; logitech.com

Key Functions
With the HP OfficeJet 9130 printer/scanner/fax/copier you can scan a document, type in an e-mail address on its pull-out keyboard, and zip it directly to the recipient (it has a built-in Ethernet card). It'll print double-sided, and dual processors let you scan or fax while printing. 22.6 x 18 x 18 inches. $1,000; hp.com/business

Who's Watching You?
Keep a remote eye out for the FedEx guy with Motorola's HMEZ1000 home monitoring and control system. The starter kit includes a wireless camera, USB controller and software. You can buy additional cameras, appliance controls and motion sensors that link to the base station. It sends alerts through your PC to your cellphone, pager or e-mail address. $250; motorola.com/broadband