10 new gadgets to spruce up your workspace

These gadgets and peripherals now hitting the market will give you and your desk a much-needed upgrade.

10 New Gadgets to Improve Your Workspace

Look at your desk. Could you use a new mouse? Additional digital storage? A better monitor? A place to charge all your mobile devices?

You're in luck. With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, all kinds of gadgets and peripherals are starting to hit the market. Here are 10 to consider if you want to improve productivity, spruce up your workspace or make it easier to take a much-needed break.

Paul Mah is a freelance writer and blogger who lives in Singapore. He has worked a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry and enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones and networking devices. You can reach Paul at paul@mah.sg and follow him on Twitter at @paulmah.

Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630
Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630

The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 ($69.99) is a Bluetooth mouse designed specifically for ultrabooks. The mouse features brushed metallic sides, its touch surface supports the use of Windows 8 gestures and it's thin enough to slip unobtrusively into a laptop sleeve or jeans pocket.

The Ultrathin Touch Mouse can pair with two different Bluetooth devices; a physical switch lets users toggle between devices. While some may find the mouse a bit small — it's 3 inches long and 2 inches wide — frequent travelers who can't live without a mouse will find the Ultrathin Touch Mouse invaluable.

Commentary: Why Smaller Gadgets Don't Always Lighten Your Load

Wacom Bamboo Pad Wireless
Wacom Bamboo Pad Wireless

The Wacom Bamboo Pad Wireless ($79; available in four colors) is a touchpad that works with a battery-free, pressure-sensitive digital stylus. This combination lets users easily add handwritten notes and sketches to a PC or Mac. The Bamboo Pad Wireless also supports multi-touch gestures such as rotate, scroll and zoom. A small USB transceiver connects the touchpad with a user's computer.

More: 10 Top Windows 8 Peripherals for Tablets and PCs

Griffin PowerDock 5
Griffin PowerDock 5

The Griffin PowerDock 5 charging station ($99.99) is optimized to charge five iOS devices at the same time, though it will also charge most Kindle and Android devices. Each "charging bay" is roomy enough to accommodate a tablet without removing it from its cases, while the 2.1A of charging circuitry per USB port ensures that devices are charged quickly. Bear in mind that the PowerDock 5 doesn't come with charging cables, while the individual frosted backrests aren't designed to be removed once they've been assembled.

Beats the Alternative… NYC Solar-Charging Stations Perfect for Vandals and Hobos

Jawbone Mini Jambox
Jawbone Mini Jambox

The Mini Jambox ($179.99; available in nine colors) is the slimmest portable speaker by Jawbone yet. Crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminum, the Mini Jambox offers a lightweight form factor weighing just 9oz (255 grams). But it produces big sound despite its small package, with a pair of proprietary acoustic drivers and a passive bass radiator delivering music playback. The Mini Jambox supports Bluetooth 4.0 or 3.5mm stereo connectors and recharges using micro-USB port for 10 hours of continuous playback.

More: 8 Great Portable Speakers for Your Next Road Trip

Twelve South GhostStand
Twelve South GhostStand

The GhostStand ($34.99) by Twelve South is a transparent, modern platform designed to elevate a laptop to a comfortable viewing angle. Though designed specifically for the MacBook, it should work well with practically any laptop on the market. The GhostStand's silicone rails serve a dual purpose: keeping your laptop in position on the stand and the stand in position on your desk.

The GhostStand ships as two pieces of clear, acrylic plastic. Simple assembly is required. Once in place, though, Twelve South discourages disassembling the stand.

Get Up, Stand Up: New Workstation Keeps You on Your Toes

Brinell Drive SSD
Brinell Drive SSD

The Brinell Drive SSD is a slim, portable solid-state drive that offers both looks and top-notch performance for folks who don't mind paying for it. The 2.5-inch SSD is mounted inside a light metal frame with an exterior surface made from premium materials: Stainless steel, leather, carbon and Macassar wood.

Under the hood, the Brinell Drive delivers performance of up to 420MB/s read and 330MB/s write over its USB 3.0 interface. Each Brinell Drive comes with a USB 3.0 cable and a protective leather pouch. The drive is available in 120GB, 250GB and 500GB capacities, and prices vary by material.

Tips: How to Calculate the Costs of Solid State Drives

Lexar JumpDrive M10
Lexar JumpDrive M10

The Lexar JumpDrive M10 is a USB 3.0 flash drive that delivers up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write speeds. The drive also displays the remaining storage space on its integrated, always-on e-ink capacity meter. EncryptStick Lite software, which comes bundled with the flash drive, also allows for the creation of a password-protected vault to automatically encrypt file using 256-bit AES encryption.

The Lexar JumpDrive M10 is available in four capacities: 16GB ($34.99), 32GB ($57.99), 64GB ($99.99) and 128GB ($189.99).

How-to: Prevent Thumb Drive Security Disasters

Bose Wireless Headphones
Bose Wireless Headphones

The Bluetooth-enabled Bose Wireless Headphone AE2w ($249.95) offers natural sound and a comfortable around-ear fit. The removable Bluetooth adapter offers up to seven hours of run time, and its lithium-ion battery is recharged via an included USB cable. A built-in microphone lets users make phone calls or activate voice-recognition apps.

Overall, the Bose Wireless Headphone AE2w offers the flexibility of wireless with a great-sounding and comfortable headset — though depending on your preferred music genre, you may find the playback volume a tad soft.

Related: Pricey Bose Bluetooth Headset is an Audiophile's Dream

SimpleScan DP
SimpleScan DP

The SimpleScan DP mobile scanner ($199) offers double-sided scanning with an optical resolution of 300dpi. The versatile mobile scanner can be deployed in three distinct configurations. It offers a scan speed of 10 pages per minute (PPM) when scanning in black and white, and 4ppm in color. The SimpleScan DP mobile scanner is fully USB-powered, and is available in black and white.

Or… 'Neat' Scanner Apps for iOS, Android Do Away with Pesky Paper Receipts

Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p

The 13.3-inch portable ThinkVision LT1423p monitor from Lenovo offers 1600x900 resolution on an AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Panel Switching) display panel that is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass layer. The ThinkVision LT1423p comes with a 10-point touch surface that's certified for Windows 8 use and works with a ThinkPad Digitizer pen to deliver a high resolution of 2540ppi. The monitor connects to the computer via a USB interface using DisplayLink technology and is powered by the same USB link.

Tips: 6 Ways to Use Multiple Displays With Your Laptop