Kens­ing­ton 62402 Duo Gel Mousepad

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Kens­ing­ton 62402 Duo Gel Mousepad/£ 15.99in­cVAT

The Kens­ing­ton Duo Gel Mousepad got off to a bad start when our Log­itech G Pro test mouse didn’t like the sur­face and the pointer went all over the shop. That’s not to say that all mice will have the same is­sues, but it’s a mark against this pad. The Duo Gel also has a small sur­face and a squashy wrist pad, mak­ing it only prac­ti­cal for highly sen­si­tive mice – ideally, small ones. It has an ad­he­sive base, which is a smart move, be­cause it needs to stick firmly when you’re run­ning a mouse over its small sur­face area. If your mouse works on it, then it isn’t a ter­ri­ble de­sign in terms of com­fort, but there are cer­tainly more re­li­able pads avail­able. SUP­PLIER www.ama­

iQual­tech Blue­toothPill Speak­ers/£ 29.50in­cVAT

The Blue­tooth Pill speak­ers are, not sur­pris­ingly, pill-shaped Blue­tooth speak­ers that can be used sin­gu­larly or as part of a pair. The con­trols are very sim­ple, with a power switch on the back, play/pause con­trols on the front and ev­ery other func­tion left up to what­ever de­vice it’s paired with. The bat­tery life, charged by USB, ranged from four to nine hours, de­pend­ing on vol­ume, which is lower than many por­ta­ble speak­ers but ad­e­quate for home use. The sound qual­ity is very good given the size of the of the speaker, which more than com­pen­sates for the lack of other fea­tures. SUP­PLIER www.ama­

GT Omega Rac­ing Lap­top Back­pack/£ 34.95in­cVAT

The GT Omega Rac­ing lap­top back­pack is a com­pact but ef­fi­ciently laid-out back­pack that’s de­signed to ac­com­mo­date a lap­top with up to a 17.3in screen, while of­fer­ing as­sorted pock­ets and com­part­ments for other sup­plies up to a stated weight of 40kg. The lap­top stor­age area is in the com­part­ment that’s clos­est to the wearer. It se­cures a lap­top with Vel­cro tabs and pad­ding, and pre­vents it from bump­ing against the wearer with a healthy layer of the or­di­nary back pad­ding that you’d ex­pect on any de­cent pack.

The main com­part­ment is roomy, and has an oblig­ingly square shape that’s ideal for fold­ers, files and so on, with another slim­mer com­part­ment in front of it. There’s also a small hid­den com­part­ment un­der a part of the back pad­ding, and a cou­ple of bot­tle pock­ets on the sides. Lit­tle about the pack from the out­side in­di­cates that it’s car­ry­ing a lap­top, and it’s also wa­ter­proof, which takes some of the ur­gency out of get­ting from A to B if the weather is be­ing par­tic­u­larly Bri­tish. SUP­PLIER www. gtomegarac­

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