Computer Accessories Buying Guide
As laptops and desktops these days are always evolving to cater to the ever-growing technology demands, so is the needs for good and reliable accessories to get the most out of your computer. Having the right computer accessories can enhance your day-to-day experience, whether it’s for entertainment, working or even studying.
Read this article to learn more about HP computer accessories and why you need them.
What to Consider Before Buying Accessories
Before you purchase some new accessories for your PC, make sure you consider the following to avoid making some costly mistakes:
Check your system requirements and compatibility. Some accessories can only work on certain version of laptop or desktop.
Purchase accessories according to what suits your usage and needs.
For example, if you are a gamer, a gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard will give you great control on your gameplay.
If you are using a laptop, consider getting accessories that will give you the desktop experience when you are using them.
Keyboard is one of the essentials to complete your desktop setup. To keep your desk tidy, you can choose to go a battery-operated wireless keyboard. If you enjoy competitive games, go for a mechanical keyboard that is designed to give you better control when you are playing.
Even if you’re using a laptop, you can still opt to have an additional keyboard for better comfort, especially if your laptop is smaller than 15”. A full-size keyboard with number pad is great for productivity when you are working in the office.
Similar to having a keyboard, a mouse is another important component to have with your desktop. Most mouse is designed with contoured shape to give you all-day comfort in either hand. For gamers, a gaming mouse will ensure you get pixel-perfect movement and extreme precision, plus special buttons with customizable functions.
Of course, you can get by with using the track pad on your laptop while on-the-go, but having a mouse will definitely make your life easier when you want to be more productive. Plus, a wireless mouse is small and compact enough to easily slip into the pocket of your backpack.
Cables & Adapters
Cables and adapters are important to get your computer running, as well as connected to other devices and accessories. To get your computer connected to a monitor, or a second monitor, you will need HDMI cables and display port adapters.
If you are using multiple accessories and devices that require USB connection to your computer, having an USB hub will be very useful for you. Most laptop will have good connection with Wi-Fi, but when you are at home or office, sometimes using an Ethernet cable will improve your connection strength.
For those who prefer to use their laptop like a desktop when you are not moving around, a docking system will connect your laptop to your monitor, keyboard and other accessories.
The docking system is usually small and doesn’t take up much space, and some also provide a power supply and many ports.
An audio speaker is an important feature for those who wants to enjoy music and movies. Although laptops and some desktop come with speakers built-in them, they may not always deliver the sound quality that you desire.
When shopping for a speaker, do consider the layout of your desk, as speaker set can take up quite a lot of space. You may also consider buying a portable Bluetooth speaker as they are small and lightweight, so you can take it anywhere.
If you want better music and sound experience or you just don’t want to make noise, go for a headset instead. A headset usually comes together with an in-line microphone, so you make calls and chat with friends, family or business partners.
You can also opt for an in-ear headset or earphones if you are always on-the-go as they are small and can be easily tucked into your pocket or bag.
For gamers, you will appreciate HP’s gaming headset for the immersive soundscape and being able to communicate and command battles with friends.
Other Computer Accessories
Bags, Cases & Sleeves
If you own a laptop, you should also own a laptop bag. HP laptop backpacks are designed to be lightweight and comfortable, to protect your laptop while you are on-the-go. Backpack also comes with plenty of space and pockets for you to keep other accessories and personal items.
If you already owned a bag or you want to carry your laptop in hand, a laptop sleeve will provide some cushioning for protection from damages.
Batteries & Charger
Battery and charger are the lifeline for your laptop. With laptops becoming more and more portable nowadays, it’s important that you have enough power to get through the day. You can get a backup battery or a powerbank so you don’t have to worry about running out of battery while you are not near any power point.
You will also need a charger and power adapter to recharge your battery. HP chargers are made with quality cable to last a long time, and with built-in surge-protector to keep your laptop safe from sudden power changes.
For a laptop with touch screen functionality, a digital pen will let you explore the opportunity to create. The HP Active Pen adds the control you need to design, take notes, or play the games you want with precision. It fits just like a regular pen in your hand and feels just as natural as putting pen to paper.
For serious users who use a lot of media and games or work with heavy applications, you will need a large storage to store all your files. If you are using a desktop, you can easily upgrade your HDD or SSD storage whenever you need.
When you need to do a backup of all the files in your computer, you would benefit from an external hard drive to keep everything secured. It’s also compact and travel-friendly for when you need a bigger storage that a small USB drive.
A graphic card is one of the most important hardware in your computer that works to process all the images, videos, and other media to display on the screen.
If you’re using heavy applications like multimedia production or high-definition games, you will need a powerful graphics cards such as NVIDIA or AMD, to ensure you always get smooth and seamless visuals and no screen tearing or lagging.
For laptop users, you will want to protect any sensitive information on your screen from visual hacking. Whether you are indoor or in public places, a privacy filter can prevent unwanted eyes from peeking at what is being displayed on your laptop. The privacy filter also protects your display from scratches and fingerprint.