TOYBOX: InnoDesk tools are a cut above the rest

One of the fun things about gadgets is that some of them just look plain cool to have around.

One of the fun things about gadgets is that some of them just look plain cool to have around.

InnoDesk's battery-operated Executive Business Tools might not be something you'd get for yourself, but they look cool on a desk and strike me as a great gift for a busy PR person or a client. The set includes a letter opener and a document shredder. The shredder is also available separately. The electric letter opener is a bit tricky to use at first. You need to approach the envelope differently than you would with an old-fashioned manual letter opener. But after a few tries, you can be zipping through the daily snail mail like a hi-tech wizard. The shredder can handle everyday letters and junk mail, but don't try destroying any hundred-page secret memos with it. It's rated at a maximum of five sheets at once and I managed to jam it with fewer. Granted, no one really needs handheld electronic letter openers or shredders. But using them can perk up an otherwise dull day. If you're thinking ahead to end-of-year gift-giving season, you may want to consider these. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. Price $32.99; Shredder is available for $19.99 Available at Office Depot, QVC, Fred Meyer, OfficeMax, Marshall's, TJMaxx, independent stationers and catalogs Specs Available in two finishes, run on AA batteries

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