Laptops are made to be light and handy, but not without a price. There are lots of things out there that can address this issue, providing all the capabilities you want, but which of them are truly useful? As you might expect, you’ll have to judge them on a case-to-case basis, but there are laptop accessories that are simply indispensable.
External Hard Drives
In this age of technology, where computers are vulnerable to stray magnets, viruses and other risks, backing up is a must. If you just need to secure new files, you may need no more than a USB drive. Online services, such as Google Drive and DropBox, are an option for storing larger chunks of data. If you want all your files, preferences and settings saved, then you should go for an external hard drive. People usually buy a basic, portable hard drive, but if portability isn’t important to you, you can save some bucks by getting a larger, heavier desktop external.
If you’re a computer pro and you find that your machine is burning a hole through your lap, you can just take off the base and start cleaning the fan. Otherwise, just buy a laptop fan. The cost is around $15-20, but it’s likely that you’ll never have to replace it. It’s one of those costs that are important, not simply for convenience’ sake but, more importantly, for safety. Fires that began with burning laptops don’t sound so remote these days.
Whether or not you should keep spare batteries is disputable. As Apple laptops use built-in batteries, it would be largely useless to keep an extra set. But you definitely should consider getting one if you depend on hours upon hours of battery-based performance. That will come in handy on extended flights or bus rides. When purchasing extra batteries, make sure they’re right for your laptop. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending $80 on something that won’t fit.
Touchpads are quite annoying, though they’re not hard to get accustomed to with time. If you’re seriously into gaming, you may already have a killer mouse. If you just prefer to use a mouse, or your touchpad is poorly built or becoming unbearable, consider buying a mouse at your local store.
Don’t you just hate how tiny and usually inaudible the sound coming from laptop speakers can be? Though they have improved much over the years, sometimes, they just won’t do, especially if you’re trying to watch a movie or a video. In such a case, a pair of cheap speakers can make a world of difference. You will surely find many cute and fancy options out there, but don’t let them tempt you. Just get what works for you, even if it looks dull and boring.