Here's our list of the perfect laptop companions, which will make your life considerably easier.
In today’s world, though the popularity of smartphone/hand held devices is growing considerably, laptops still remain an important and necessary item of use which plays a vital role in our everyday lives. They suffice every single need of the day right from doing work, to surfing the internet, to playing games, watching TV and lots more thus increasing human efficiency and resulting in optimum utilization of time and energy.
Laptops even though smaller in size, function much like desktops and provides you the best of both worlds with maximum portability like that of a mini-notebook and larger memory size like a desktop. Laptops can be found in every nook and corner of the world be it in the field of education, sports, medicine, entertainment or cooking, bringing the world together on the path of success. If you are a person looking for a full keyboard, a portable writing surface and an all-day long battery life, Laptops are your best bet.
But whatever brand of laptop you may own, even the best of the lot cannot benefit without the accessories. Accessories for laptop will protect your device; enhance your productivity, besides making the laptop look cooler.
Regardless of whether the laptop is being used for business, gaming or personal use, we have a list of best laptop accessories that one should have that makes the gadget easier to use, safer and all –round better thus completing the package.
Laptop Case / Bag:
First and foremost, for safe computing, a laptop bag/ skin/ case/ sleeve are a must have Laptop accessories which provides protection from drops, impacts or scratches and without which one cannot think of travelling worldwide with the fear of the laptop being exposed to various elements. This simple item protects you a lot while travelling and saving from bumpy rides.
Laptop bags come in different shape and sizes with the most desired ones being in the form of usual backpacks or messenger bags. Sleeves are relatively thin and flexible, and most commonly made of neoprene, while the sturdier ones are made of low-resilience polyurethane. There are some laptop sleeves which are wrapped in ballistic nylon to provide some degree of waterproofing. Bulkier and sturdier cases can be made of metal with polyurethane padding inside, and may have locks, for added security.
The most important consideration while choosing a case/ bag is whether it can hold the laptop as well the other goodies that go with it like cameras, chargers, wireless mic etc. The same should smoothly combine the storage options and safety features in an appealing design. Besides an attractive design with extra pockets it should safely hold the laptop while carrying and should also be shock absorbent. There are a many brands and options available for the same.
Evecase 13 is a 13.3-Inch Notebook Chromebook Laptop Ultrabook Suit Fabric made of bubble neoprene interior to safely pack the laptop and its accessories. Another option is the Swiss Gear Scan Smart bag pack which is not just comfortable to carry but also check- point friendly as it helps to speed through airport security.
Moshi Codex Designer Lightweight Shell case is another cool laptop accessories which is not just a protective case but also a multi-use bag great for the days when one needs to work on a run. The interior of this case has around 4 rubber feet to keep the laptop protected from scratches and slipping around. It is available in different sizes to adjust a 13 inch or 15 inch MacBook Pro or Windows laptops with similar dimensions.
A Real USB or Wireless Mouse
Another vital laptop accessory is a real USB mouse which will make the computing much easier and feasible besides having the option of packing it inside when not required. Using a mouse is a solid option for compiling reports, doing office work and a serves as a cool laptop accessories for gamers after a long day of work. For gamers, it gives total freedom of movement and the battery life also lasts from 25 to 50 hours.
Most laptop touchpads are not a comfortable option for longer periods of use thus making a wireless mouse a must have laptop accessory. Diminutive Logitech Wireless Mouse is comfortable, easy to carry and accurate to use as a main mouse.
The Etekcity Scroll S200 High Precision Wired USB Optical gaming mouse is a one of the really cool laptop accessories and works well with Windows, Linux and Mac.
The Microsoft wireless mobile mouse guarantees comfort and allows you to operate the laptop from a distance suitable to you. Its special features include an incredible battery life, a solid and portable design, Blue Track technology and a nano transceiver with a stunning transfer rate.
After a wireless mouse, a mouse pad is also recommended. Though the gamers might resort to it, but it gives joy to see your precision pointer escalate to upper levels.
It is very important to be equipped with the right cable every time or else the built-in Ethernet port won’t be of any use without a cable.
The Global Wireless retractable Ethernet cable is a good choice which takes up very little space in the bag. (Buy it from Amazon)
A standard Telephone cable
If there is no standard cable to get the laptop to the phone jack, then the gadget is of no use.
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Almost 13 years after its evolution, we are in an era where these tiny, devices can store even 1TB of data. A relatively smaller storage device, the size of a thumb, it plugs into the USB port and enables easy and quickly transferring of files from one computer to another. USB drives generally under 100MB are a great back up medium for all important data that needs to be kept safe and secure.
For sharing PowerPoint presentations with the team or project materials collected from different sources and for numerous other storage uses, the USB flash drive serve as a cheap and great accessory. It is perfect for carrying music, whether you need it for your laptop or want to attach it to your car stereo.
A 16GBor 32 GB USB Flash Drive available for $20 to $50 at Amazon, is a good choice.
Laptop headphones are the most viable solution which allows you to watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite songs at any place, without disturbing anyone. A decent pair of inexpensive earphones that boosts the audio quality will catch the eye of one and all. Without any questions, it is a must have accessory for any laptop user. Not just for listening music, it also allows you to voice chat with people across the globe.
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Me Electronics’s Atlas Orion set of earphones are high end digital audio player specially designed for tablets and smartphones, coming with a reasonable price and a classy elegant style with exclusive blue lining and silver look.
Though it is slightly more angular it comes with various attachments like a detachable cord, universal volume control and foldable ear cups.
Keeping in tune with the security, especially if you are travelling, a cable lock becomes a necessity. The laptop security device comes in many different shapes and sizes like a security dock that attaches the laptop to some stationary object like a cable.
The Kensington Combo saver Portable Notebook Computer Lock available for $29.00 allows you to set your own combination and also has a self -coiling cable for easy portability.
Disposable Cleansing Cloths
To protect the screen display from getting dusty or smudgy a laptop cleaning kit is a must have laptop accessories as it is specifically designed for laptop displays. One should avoid using paper towels and spray cleaners. A clean and clear screen is easily readable besides being important for the eyes.
A Tech Armor Complete Cleaning Kit, available for $9.95 is wise choice as it contains pre-moistened cleaning wipes, screen cleaner gel, 2 large size microfiber cloths and a travelling cleaner. The cleaning items packed inside can be used to clean not only your laptop but other gadgets as well.
If you are always on your laptop, using it for hours, then a cooling pad which provides a cool base for your laptop becomes an essential accessory. These are often the most important but under -appreciated accessory as only a few people realize and understand the purpose and benefits of such devices and the serious troubles that can arise in their absence. It is required not just to prevent over heating of the gadget but also to allow you to comfortably use the device besides extending the notebook’s lifespan. So on days when you don’t want your laptop to work as your personal heater, a chill mat becomes a perfect accessory. Ergonomically designed it makes typing very convenient. There are many options available either online or in a retail shop.
Cooler Master Cooling Pad, priced at $20, is a heavy duty chill mat and cooling pad, is an essential laptop accessories for gamers that comes with an in built 160 mm high performance fan spinning at 1500rpm.
Priced at $48.00 is the Targus Lap Chill mat which not only allows your lap to feel the soft exterior but also works on two USB powered fans to let the gadget chill out.
It helps you to create and accumulate an unimaginable amount of data and also acts as a storage device that lets you transfer large files from one laptop to another. One can keep up a backup of important projects, photos, videos and much more with an external hard disk.
These are generally the best friends of high-end laptop owners which are equipped with insufficient solid state drives but no doubt provide excellent performance, lagging behind on the capacity points.
Usually portable hard disk drives can be attached to the laptop using a USB interface, but some models even come with WiFi functionality where the accessory, even if kept in one corner of the room acts as an excellent storage option without being directly attached.
Toshiba’s Canvio Line of portable external hard drive, available in 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB size variants is a regular in-demand product. With a transfer rate of 4MB/s, average seek time of 12 mins, one year limited warranty, and the drive comes with in built shock absorbers to protect the gadget if dropped. Depending on the size selected, the cost for the same varies between $56.97-$149.99
Another good option is Western Digital My Passport Essential, which provides 1TB ($130) and 750 GB ($120) size variants. Both of these versions provide high speed USB 3.0 connectivity. They also provide you with an automatic back up feature plus password protection and encryption.
Transcend Military Drop Tested 2 TB USB 3.0 M3 External Hard Drive (TS2TSJ25M3) is military tested for shock resistance and comes equipped with features like 2TB capacity, super speed USB 3.0, rubberized for making it shock resistant plus a one touch auto back up button , all for $156.99.
A tall laptop stand is a great accessory for people who need to give presentations to a crowd or are in a habit of typing while standing. The stand otherwise also provides stability when the laptop is being used for typing and raises the notebook to the right level thus eliminating eye strain.
They offer similar benefits as a cooling pad plus provide an adjustable inclination angle and view. They can be even used while lying in the bed without the fear of heating up or falling down due to imbalance.
Quik Lok LPH-003 Laptop Stands, priced at $82.99 is a durable stand made of steel and has four adjustable points to accommodate any size laptop without hindering the various attachments. The pull out mouse tray can be placed on either side of the laptop and can be moved 360 degrees.
mStand laptop stand, available online for $59.99 is a rain design laptop stand that caters to all needs with its aluminum panel acting as a cooler pad and versatile design allowing free air flow in and around the base. It works well with Mac and other different size laptops with less than 10.4 inches.
Lap Desk Deluxe Computer Lap Desk, available for $34.99 via Amazon. In, it is a perfect accessory for executives who are always on a run and use their laptops mostly while travelling. Supporting a wrist rest to eliminate fatigue it also has a built in mouse pad and side storage pouches
Key board Cover
To protect the product from viruses and keep it running for years at a stretch, it is very important to protect the keyboard from all sorts of wear and tear.
Moshi Clear guard MB Keyboard cover, costing $24.95 is a super thin, washable and highly transparent cover which is easy to install, remove and clean. The cover gels well with windows and a variety of MacBook models as well.
Music is an important part of our lives and most laptop speakers are known for their terrible sound quality which may not be liked by audiophiles who love an otherwise complete 5.1 surround system. If you love to tap your feet to your favorite songs and are looking for ways to enhance your musical experiences, then investing in external speakers is a wise decision.
The wireless speakers are also a great choice as they can be easily connected to the laptop and provide a smooth experience of enjoying the media through a decent sound system.
The Logitech USB Laptop Speaker, priced at $60 is specifically designed for laptops to boost its audio quality.
Bose Sound Link Mini speaker is a compact speaker that automatically connects to your laptop via Bluetooth and offers an incredible audio quality along with an amazing performance. It comes with a quick rechargeable battery that can play up to 7 hours.
Logitech Z313 multimedia speakers provide deeper bass and room filling sound apart from having other features like a control pad to control the volume and the headphone, balanced sound of 25 watts, and a compact subwoofer. Setting up and plugging the sub-woofer into your laptop is much easier.
So, after spending a huge amount on buying a laptop, it is equally important to incur costs in buying some laptop accessories that increase the utility and portability of the device. Every accessory has its own use and function in some or the other way. Accessorizing the gizmo can improve its performance besides extending its purpose.
Whether you are a regular traveler or a serious gamer or just a person who likes organizing everything, a few laptop accessories can actually let you work better. They help the users to not just cool off the gadget, even add some functions that are not encountered in all the laptops besides extending the battery life.
There is no end to the ways in which you can accessorize your laptop, from laptop skins to USB accessories, from removable to permanent changes, there are many alternatives to improve upon your gadget’s appearance. To add a little bit of edge to your personal gear it is very important to give it a personal touch as per your comfort and convenience.
So here's our list of laptop accessories.
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