So, you took the plunge and bought yourself a brand-new laptop.
With more people working from home following the pandemic, it is now easier to add some of those desirable and interesting accessories that would have been difficult or impossible to implement if you needed to carry your laptop to work every day. As you may have guessed, those accessories go far beyond stickers and Velcro to hold the screen shut.
There are tonnes of add-ons and upgrades that you can add to your at-home laptop to get the most out of the machine, and in this article, you will be introduced to five of the best ones.
External Hard Drive
An external hard drive is a great idea, especially if you have bought a budget laptop with less memory than you would like and now need an upgrade.
They look cool, provide tons of storage space, and prevent your computer from stalling or crashing when you are using it. You can also use them as a backup solution if everything suddenly shuts down. Many computer brands like Lenovo are compatible with external hard drives, so don’t worry about this nifty accessory not being compatible with your laptop.
You have probably seen an external monitor in the home of a tech-savvy friend or even in a high-class office.
While the idea of a laptop is that it is portable, if you have a laptop that is usually placed at a desk at home, it can well be worth looking into an external monitor. Why would you want one? Well, if you want a screen that is larger for graphics-based work, then an external monitor is the way to go about it. You can even get more than one, which will allow you more space to read emails, write messages, and do work all at the same time.
Laptops have always aimed to be as light as possible. In recent years, the trendier laptops have also aimed to be as thin as possible. However, this has meant that many of them have had to get rid of things like USB ports, which is not ideal if you need to have a lot of things plugged into the laptop at the same time.
A multi-port hub can range in size and price, so make sure everything you need from one is included in the option you buy, and be sure to check online reviews too.
With laptops, space on the hard drive is at a premium. So, in most cases, laptops do not have the best sound system, especially when compared to desktop computers.
This is where headphones come in handy. Why not go one step further, and opt for wireless headphones? That way, you can have the multi-port hub plugged in and be talking on a Skype call or dictating at the same time.
For this, you will need to already have a touch screen monitor, which is easy to find if it is an external one. A stylus can help make it easier to navigate around your laptop and eliminates the need for a mouse or tracking pad. It saves room on the desk too!