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In today’s world, laptops and smartphones are preferred to desktop machines. Portability is the hallmark of computing because it allows one to work in just about any environment – coffee shops, airports, shared desk spaces, etc. But powering these devices can be a hassle: wall outlets may be out of reach of your Macbook’s power cord; you may also be short on USB ports to charge up your phone. This problem only doubles when working with team members in an environment with scarce access to power.

Bluelounge, the creative digital solutions house that brought us (our favorite) Kickflip laptop stand is back with Portiko, an elegantly designed power strip and USB charging hub that’s meant to reside on your desktop. Far form an eyesore, Portiko is light years ahead in looks compared to ordinary power strips. With a 6-foot wall extension built inside a clean blue or white body, the Portiko allows for two wall-powered and two USB devices to get juice from a single wall socket. Did we mention it looks fantastic on your desk?

For those, like us, who care about aesthetics of their work environment, whether in-office or on the road, consider the $25 Portiko to make things better. Available now at Bluelounge.

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Jeff Carvalho is Managing Director for Highsnobiety N.A. in New York City. He holds a journalism degree from Northeastern University.

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