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Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray: Beautiful and functional

Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray

Portland-based Grovemade has done it again, with a beautiful and functional desk accessory for your Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray (US$59) provides a nice-looking "hutch" for your keyboard while providing storage for things like extra AA batteries, paper clips, business cards, and pens. Seeing as I have two new kittens who have decided that every pen in the house is now a toy, something like this could come in very handy...

As with many of Grovemade's other products, the Walnut Keyboard Tray is crafted out of hardwood for both looks and durability. The cylindrical battery holder of the Wireless Keyboard slides gracefully into a channel on the back of the tray, making it simple to lift the bottom of the keyboard up as if it was the lid to a jewelry box.

Inside that "box" isn't precious jewelry -- unless that's what you decide to stash there -- but a set of nooks for stuff. One is business card-sized, three are obviously for holding the three AA batteries that were required with the older Apple Wireless Keyboards, there's a long and somewhat narrow "channel" niche for things like paper clips, and then three full-length channels for storing other goodies.

My only complaint about the Walnut Keyboard Tray? I wish it had a spot to hold an Apple Magic Trackpad next to it. I'm currently using a Henge Dock Clique ($24.95) that holds the Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad next to each other as if they were a single unit, but it doesn't look nearly as nice as the Walnut Keyboard Tray. How about a "Plus size" Walnut Keyboard Tray for those of us who use the Magic Trackpad, Grovemade? Hmmm?

The Walnut Keyboard Tray is part of Grovemade's Desk Collection, which is highlighted in the video below:

Conclusion

Grovemade has done it again with another gorgeous, functional, and supremely well-made wood accessory for Mac users. Considering the quality and finish of the Walnut Keyboard Tray, the price is perfect. And although I'd love to see the tray have the capacity to also hold the Magic Trackpad, that personal request is not enough to keep me from giving the tray the highest rating possible. Check out the giveaway below for a chance to have a Walnut Keyboard Tray of your own.

Rating: 4 stars out of 4 stars possible

Four star rating out of four stars possible

Giveaway

As much as I'm coveting the Walnut Keyboard Tray, our review guidelines forbid us from keeping equipment so one of you is going to receive a package soon from TUAW with this piece of Grovemade goodness inside of it. Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
  • The entry must be made before August 5, 2014 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing and will receive a Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray valued at $59.00
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

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