Regular PCs can be upgraded to super-efficient and cool computers with the right type of gadget. Most PC users think that buying something extra for the computer would cost as much as the PC itself. Not always. There are a number of high-quality PC gadgets that you can buy for relatively cheap. If you stay away from big brand names, you can get away by playing non-premium prices without giving up quality. Even some big names, like Logitech, have budget-friendly gadgets you might be able to benefit from. Without further ado, here is a list of useful and affordable gadgets for all PC users:
1. Iogear Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter
Most PCs, unfortunately, do not come with Bluetooth capabilities. If this is the case with your computer, you can purchase this tiny device that will instantly give your PC Bluetooth capability. It’s small and compact, so it won’t take up much space. More important, this adapter enables Bluetooth 4.0, which is faster and more powerful. Iogear adapter is also energy efficient and will not drain battery from your laptop. You can buy one for a mere $12. The features offered are definitely worth more than this price.
2. Crenova XPE470 Mini Led Video Projector
Want to convert your boring PC into a fabulous home theatre? Then buy a projector. Large projectors, of course, cost a lot of money. You can get this mini projector for less than $100. It’s perfect for both home and office use. The projector can show images from 37 inches to 130 inches of distance. It’s compact so it’s easy to store and take to the backyard for a movie night. It connects via an HDMI port all PCs have. This projector is small, useful and very budget friendly.
3. Roku LT
Roky LT is a small gadget that enables Wi-Fi so you can stream videos on sites like Netflix and Hulu. Essentially, it allows you to stream without the need for a cable or satellite cord. You can plug this into a TV or a PC with an HDMI port. It only costs about $50.
PogoPlug is a cool, PC-compatible device that lets you generate your own cloud. So, it’s like DropBox or Google Drive, but you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to store 500GB of data. You can buy this device for about $10 online, and afterwards you can use it for storing files without paying monthly fees. Use this to backup your PC or free up internal storage so your computer runs faster.
5. SYBA SuperSpeed 4-Port USB 3.0 Mini Hub
Every PC users knows the hassle of not having enough USB ports. The standard PC comes with one to three USB ports. When you have to plug in external keyboards, USB sticks and other gadgets, this number of ports is not nearly enough. If you run into this problem often, consider getting yourself this neat USB port hub. It is a single USB 3.0 hub that you can plug in 4 devices. Transfer speeds are up to an impressive 5GBps. It’s backward compatible, so the hub will work fine with your PCs in-built USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports without an issue. This port is a great way to expand the number of USB ports available to you to plug in all your gadgets. Plus, it will definitely clear up much of your desktop clutter.
6. Roll-Up Rubber Keyboard
If you own a laptop PC, you may already be sick of the keyboard. Laptop keyboards are notoriously hard to type with. If you want a keyboard for your laptop or desktop that you just keep on your lap and type, consider these roll-up rubber keyboards. There are many available under different brands, but each does not cost more than $20. The rubber is very flexible, so you can essentially roll up the keyboard and pack it in a backup for travelling. It’s not hard plastic so it’s easier to type on a soft surface, like a bed using these rubber keyboards. They are also waterproof; the keyboard won’t go bust if you accidentally spill coffee on it. Some rubber keyboards are waterproof and washable (but not by immersing in water).
7. Raptor LK1 Gaming Keyboard
Want to play hardcore games on your PC but the keyboard is not enough? Gaming keyboards can be quite expensive for PCs. But the Raptor LK1 costs only about $20. For this price, you get a fully functional keyboard with all the necessary keys. The keyboard is focused on efficiency, so certain “unwanted” keys, like the Windows key, can be removed when you don’t need it. By removed here means you can lock the keys you don’t want, so you don’t accidentally end up pressing one. How many times have you accidentally hit the Windows key while playing a game and ended up on your desktop? This keyboard safeguards you against such annoyances. There’s also a cherry on top of the cake: water resistance. You can wipe it down with a wet strained cloth to remove sweat after playing a pretty hard game.
8. LaCie DataShare USB Card Reader
Most PCs only have a single SD card reader. This external card reader will let you use two SD cards at once. The device has two slots: one supports MicroSD cards and the other supports regular cards. It can be used as another USB storage drive too. The card reader is mini sized so it’s very portable too. You can buy one for like $10, it’s practically a steal.
9. HP Envy 4500 Wireless All-in-One Color Photo Printer
Equip your PC with a good printer for your occasional photo or document printing needs. PC printers have a bad reputation, but this new HP Envy is quite efficient. It’s completely wireless, so you won’t have to bother with tangly cables as before. It’s compact and does not take up a lot of desk space. Plus, it prints color photographs and pages without borders quite vividly. There are plenty of other features available and you can get it all for about $60.
Improve your PCs usability and convenience with one or two of the above gadgets. For a one time pay, you can use many of the gadgets listed above for years.