For a long time it has pissed me off the number of things I have to plug into my notebook when I use it on my desktop. After putting some thought into it, I have reduced it to two cables to plug everything I want.
How is it setup?
Cable 1: USB Hub
Yes, you need a large one. I got a 7-port Belkin powered USB Hub, because the ASUS Zenbook has only two USB ports.
Cable 2: Power
I got two power adapters, one is permanently on the desktop, so that I can throw the cable down the back and not have it cross in front. The other lives in my backpack, so I don't have to crawl under the desk to plug/unplug it.
A 2.1 speaker set. These speakers have a volume wheel, which is nice, and they are rather loud, even if I know they are not all that good, they are good enough for me.
To avoid plugging them into the notebook, they are plugged into a bluetooth audio adapter (the white dongle in the USB Hub) which I got out of dx.com for cheap.
I also have a Bluetooth headset (charging in the image), which I can use for phonecalls, hangouts, etc without being tied to the computer.
The combined keyboard/trackpad shown, by Logitech, works with a tiny dongle that's plugged in the hub, so when I plug the hub it "just works", no pairing needed.
It's not really all that much better than the Zenbook's keyboard, but:
Having the pad on the right means I don't brush it while typing
Having it in the shelf with the Zenbook on the table makes for better ergonomics.
This is actually a wired network. There is a USB/Ethernet adapter plugged in the hub. That lets me use the high priority port in my router. Plus I don't lose the adapter.
I can charge up to 4 devices. The headset has a weird cable, so it's plugged to the hub. When not charging, it drops behind the table.
The red extensible cables, I got from dx.com (they are, very cheap) and they are awesome.
They retract, so when not in use they don't tangle.
They are both mini and micro USB cables, because the head has both connectors. They were also 30-pin old iPhone cables, but I didn't need that, so I removed the connectors.
Since the hub is powered, I can charge all the devices even when the notebook is not there.
I still have the right-side USB port free, so I can plug random things there, like the golden 200x USB microscope shown in the image, or a USB plasma ball.
Nothing very strange, but I think I achieved a very clean setup, where I can plug my notebook into all the peripherals in 10 seconds and turn it into a "desktop" with a minimum of annoyance.