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The Grooved wrist rest has been updated to perfectly match Apple’s latest Magic Keyboard with Touch ID. Available in several wood finishes, they will classify your desk setup with ease.
If you haven’t seen any of Grovemade’s gear before, the company focuses on natural materials and old-world craftsmanship. May products are hand-crafted or made rather than being mass-produced overseas.
Many of its products focus on Apple users, with a custom kit made to pair with Apple’s gear. There’s a stand for the MagSafe, a dock for the iPhone, and a tray for the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad.
We’re looking at a wood-and-leather wrist rest, paired with Apple’s Magic Keyboard with a numeric keypad and Touch ID. Apple released these keyboards only in August of 2021.
an eye for detail
These products uniquely resemble Apple. They are designed with every detail carefully examined.
Grovemaid’s wrist rest is crafted from American black walnut or Eastern hard rock maple. Both look great, but we’re in favor of the darker walnut hue. Plus, it matches the walnut coasters and planters we already have on our desks.
The wood is then cut to size before being sanded by hand for a smooth finish. Inlaid in wood is a panel of premium vegetable made leather.
The leather—available in black or tan depending on your wood preference—provides a soft, elevated surface for your wrist.
The wrist rest has a slight give, it makes your wrists more comfortable than sitting upright at your desk. Since it is a bit high, it also reduces the strain on your wrist as you type.
There is a layer of aluminum under the wood which adds some rigidity to the piece. It is slightly visible from the outside, in contrast to the matte finish of the wood.
Finishing it all is a natural cork base. This prevents the rest from sliding around your desk but is more natural than molded rubber or silicone sheets.
are using it
We have been using Grooved Wrist Rest with our MAC Studio for weeks. We’ve paired it with a new black and silver version of Apple’s latest desktop peripherals.
Apple’s keyboard is quite flat and after many hours of typing, there are times when we feel tired in our wrists. We haven’t experienced anything like this with an accessory from Grovemade.
We’ve tried several of those gel-filled, squishy wrist rests in the past, but they tend to get dirty, don’t look good, and break down over time. GroveMeds wrist rest only improves with age.
The leather begins to develop a patina in the areas you make contact with, creating a unique pattern for you. Leather will never peel, and it will last for many years without any problems.
As is often the case, you can find a much more affordable product than this, but it won’t match Apple’s keyboard dimensions, nor will it have the quality to last a lifetime.
One downside to this is that it can get in the way if you’re dining at your desk. We know – eating near your keyboard is a major sin. But there are still times when we are in a hurry or just grab a quick snack at our desk, and we have to.
Instead, we have to move our wrist rest to the side to get some space. The same goes for opening the package and looking at review products at that spot in front of our keyboards.
However, it’s probably a worthwhile tradeoff. Keeping something that can reduce wrist strain versus making room for snacking seems like a wiser choice.
Should You Buy the Grovemade Wrist Rest?
A wrist rest is a common accessory to add to one’s desk, and the Grovemade happens to be the best we’ve ever tested.
We always appreciate handcrafted goods and support US-based brands. But it comes with a price – literally.
For the Magic Keyboard with the numeric keypad version, this will set you back $100. If you want a smaller one for the Magic Trackpad, that’ll only run you $50.
If you want a polished product like Apple’s hardware, Grovemade has you covered. If you prefer to save some money on a cheaper option, we won’t judge you for a moment.
- high quality of material
- handmade in usa
- Comfortable and ergonomic to use
- Light and dark color options
- Custom designed to match Apple’s peripherals
- Expensive Additions to Your Desk Setup
Rating: 4 out of 5
where to buy
You can pick up Apple’s Magic Trackpad, Magic Keyboard, or Grovemade wrist rest for Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad starting at $50.