Do your computer and smartphone accessories feel too ordinary? Does gray and white plastic bore you? Do you dream of an artisan-crafted maple keyboard and trackpad to match your hand-made wooden desk?
Orée can help you with that. This small, 12-person French company established its presence in 2012 with a wireless wooden keyboard, and has since created a matching wooden trackpad, as well as a wireless smartphone charger made of marble.
Despite being made of wood, both the wireless keyboard and trackpad felt no heavier than the wireless keyboard that comes bundled with a Mac. Even so, Orée's peripherals feel very sturdy and durable... which doesn't come as a surprise. It’s wood, after all.
At CES Unveiled 2016, Orée showed off its newest creation: Called the ultimate note-taking and sketching tool, the Stylograph is a smart pen made of copper and a leather-bound notebook that captures all your doodles and scribblings and translates them into digital images on your smartphone.
We got to try out this latest gadget, and while it's not functionally very different from existing smart pens, it certainly felt better in our hands than a run-of-the-mill plastic stylus. The entire package also looks much classier, thanks to the vegetable-tanned leather notebook and copper pen.
As you can expect, premium peripherals will cost you a pretty penny. The wooden keyboard and trackpad are $180 each, the combination speaker and wireless phone charger costs $200 for wood and $225 for marble, and the Stylograph—which only very recently became available—will set you back $420. Page refills are also available at $25 per 190 pages.
Still, if style is a key factor in your purchasing decisions and money isn't a problem, these are some of the most beautiful, durable, and unique accessories you can get.