Computer accessories provide additional ways of increasing productivity both at home and in the workplace. For example, monitor stands allow you to adjust the flat screen without taking up too much desk space, while cooling pads keep laptops cool for extended periods and help ensure performance is not diminished by overheating.
Storage devices such as external hard drives allow you to back up data, protect against data loss and expand capacity, while printers provide the link between digital content and physical documents, enabling printing out documents.
1. Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard
It is essential when working remotely that ergonomic keyboard and mouse accessories are invested in. Such accessories help prevent wrist and hand strain that leads to disabling musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Find an ergonomic wireless keyboard with Bluetooth technology to reduce cable clutter and free up extra USB ports on your computer.
Logitech’s wireless keyboard features an ergonomic palm rest with front tilt legs that adjust between four and seven degrees for support, compatibility with multiple operating systems and support for up to three devices at the same time. In addition, its use for business can be safeguarded using its Logi BOLT receiver while productivity enhancement can be maximized using its Logi Options+ App.
2. High-Resolution Monitor
Monitor resolution has an enormous influence on the image quality of your computer. Higher resolutions offer more screen real estate and clearer images, but may require more powerful hardware in order to function smoothly.
Consider your needs and capabilities of your system when selecting a monitor. For instance, graphic designers and video editors might require high-resolution monitors in order to produce color accurate work; casual browsers and gamers might prefer mid-range models like MSI’s Modern MD271UL 4K monitor which comes at an amazingly reasonable price point.
3. Versatile Docking Station
Docking stations enable you to transform your laptop into a full desktop PC, giving access to numerous peripherals and increasing productivity. Some docks even charge your laptop directly – eliminating the need for an additional charger!
An ideal docking station should provide users with multiple port options, including USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, USB-C, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort audio ports as well as micro SD reader ports – this versatility is especially helpful if your devices and drives require multiple connections to your laptop.
The Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Slim Hub/Dock is an attractive and compact dock designed to fit on either your desk or in your bag for mobile work. With numerous connectivity ports and simple operation, this dock offers plenty of connectivity opportunities and provides mobile workers with convenient work space.
4. Wireless Mouse
If your laptop’s touchpad has become restrictive, a wireless mouse could be just what’s needed to make life more manageable. These mice connect via either USB receiver (depending on model) or Bluetooth technology and will enhance your experience significantly.
Install the receiver into one of your computer’s square-shaped USB ports and follow the mouse setup software instructions (you will also need to power on your computer).
Most wireless mice have range restrictions, so to stay within it you should remain relatively close to the receiver. If you move too far away, re-pairing may become necessary; wireless mice use radio frequency broadcasts to communicate with receivers that then relay those signals onto computers.
5. Portable External Hard Drive
Sometimes the storage space on your computer can quickly fill up. An external hard drive comes in handy in these instances.
Select an external hard drive with sufficient storage capacity for your needs, such as 500GB for files and photos or 1TB+ if backing up high-definition videos is important to you.
Simply connect an external hard drive to your computer using either USB (or Thunderbolt if compatible) and you can begin using it immediately – unlike cloud services, external hard drives provide an effortless yet cost-effective method of backing up data.
6. Noise-Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones can help you focus on work or listen to tunes while on the move, from at home or while riding public transit. By blocking out distractions such as HVAC hums or nearby lawn mowers, noise cancelling headphones allow for optimal concentration on work or music enjoyment on-the-go.
These headphones feature noise-canceling technology that employs both passive soundproofing and active noise control measures to produce effective noise cancellation. Mics monitor ambient sound levels before creating anti-noises that mask it.
Search for an audio quality system with mobile controls and onboard controls that make adjusting music, calls and digital assistant functions simple and effortless. When choosing one you should also keep comfort, durability and audio quality top of mind.