Desktop Space Bar
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- Sleek monitor stand with keyboard shelf
- Holds a monitor up to 30.5 lbs. (a 27" Apple iMac)
- Space below the shelf stores a keyboard (up to 18" x 1.5")
- Simple, elegant design
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Invented by a computer lab teacher, the elegant Desktop Space Bar gives you a sleek, stylish, storage solution, plus six additional USB ports. It holds your monitor off the desktop so you can slide your keyboard below. It also creates shelf space to hold other items, like keys, phone or a digital camera. Stores a keyboard (up to 18" x 1.5") and supports a monitor up to 30.5 lbs. (a 27" Apple iMac).
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Overall, it's a good buy and it really is perfect to help free up some space around my computer. Would repurchase again knowing what I know now.
The Space Bar is a good idea that's marred, nearly fatally, by poor execution. On the positive side, the device provides a shelf onto which an all-in-one computer (like an iMac) or a monitor can be placed, providing storage space below for a keyboard and other peripherals, and additional USB ports. Although the aesthetics are clearly meant to match up with Apple devices, there's nothing technically to prevent it from working with other types of systems.
One of the central issues is workmanship and fit and finish. The individual components of the device don't quite align, mine came out of of the box with several very fine scratches in the top surface, and it was dirty. It's not the kind of out of the box experience you'd hope for from a product that's clearly aimed at Apple users.
The mini USB port on the rear, used to attach the Space Bar hub to the computer in question, is poorly constructed and the plug isn't held in place firmly. The USB ports on my unit suddenly quit working, and it took the better part of a day to discover the plug had come loose, breaking the connection. The plug moves easily in the socket, and doesn't inspire confidence.
Speaking of USB ports, there is much confusion in the Q&A section. At least in this model, there are a total of six ports. The four ports on the front of the system (as you face it) support both data (syncing) and power. The two on the left rear only support power, so can be used for charging of devices. The ports support USB 2.0, as reported by the Apple System Profiler.
The need for a dedicated power supply is disappointing. It's yet another cable to route and manage and the power supply head is rather large. But given the addition of six ports, the addition of power is most likely unavoidable.
Others have mentioned the 'tell tale' lights on the front of the device, indicating the unit is powered on. They don't bother me -- I can see the utility, although one would have been enough to do the job. If you plan to install this in a location where a dim light would be distracting, this might be a deal breaker.
Bottom line -- it's ok, not great, but seems to get the job done. Really, really glad I didn't pay list price.
It works pretty well and love the additional connectors.
What I really dislike is the lights, and the lack of functionality around them.
If you are in desperate need of a night light in your eyes, get this "Space Bar". Otherwise you will get bright lights that you cannot turn off right at eye level. This would be an ideal organizer if they just included a switch or even option to turn the light off.
I am looking for work around online, even going as far as ripping out the lights soon if I can do so without a short, otherwise I will need o get rid of it.
Two minor points of criticism: The Space Bar's silvery finish doesn't quite match the matte, brushed-aluminum look of the iMac's built-in stand; and the white lights that illuminate the four front ports should probably be switchable so as not to draw the eye in the dark (I don't mind it myself but can understand people being annoyed by it).
All told, this is a solid, good-looking product that stylishly provides the promised functionality.
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