Our Top 5’s have really focused on what PC’s are the best in many categories. Today, I am going to focus on the Top 5 Must Have Peripherals for your new (or used) computer. Printers, external hard drives, keyboards, mice, speakers and more were all considered for this list.
5. Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710
One way to get the best experience from your computer is to have a good mouse and keyboard. The Logitech MK710 gives you both at a good price. The mouse included with the bundle is fantastic, with great ergonomics and fast response times. The scroll wheel is an industry best, with very little comparing. The keyboard that comes with the set is also decent. The keys are a little soft for my liking, but the built in LCD display, smallish footprint and decent media keys makes the keyboard quite useable. Both the mouse and keyboard are wireless, using a ridiculously small USB receiver. For $100, this is a great combo. Oh, and forget the batteries because this set will last you 3 years on a single set.
4. Epson WorkForce 630 Printer
A lot of people buy the wrong printer for there needs. You buy one with all those fancy photo features, when in reality you need one that is efficient with printing text documents while also printing photos. Epson recognized this with their WorkForce series of printers. The 630 is my pick of the litter, with a lot of cool features. Aside from the standard All-In-One features (Scan, Fax, Copy) the Workforce 630 has built in Wifi and Ethernet, USB Port/Memory Card Reader for direct printing, LCD screen and ridiculous printing speeds. The 630 will turn out ~25 Pages Per Minute in draft Black and White, and about 9 ppm in full color. I have one of these printers at home, and the speed and ink efficiency is fantastic. For $180, its a must have on your desk
3. Windex, Simple Green and a Can of Air
This one may seem odd, but keeping your computer or peripherals clean is crucial to their longevity. Believe it or not, you don’t need to buy fancy branded cleaners to accomplish this task. Use Windex on your screen (Or metal), Simple Green on your plastic pieces and a can of air for cleaning under your keyboard and your fan vents. Remember to never spray the cleaner directly on the surface, but onto a paper towel or microfiber cloth. All of this will only cost you about $12, and will keep your technology clean and tidy.
2. Logitech Speaker System Z623
Speakers/headphones are probably the most argued about piece of technology around. Everyone has an opinion about how they should sound. Some want bass heavy sound (Im looking at you “Beats”) while others want balance. Some want headphones only, while some feel the need for a 17.8 Channel (not real) super system. For me, I think the right pair of 2.1 channel desktop speakers are perfect for everyday use. The Logitech Speaker System Z623 is a great fit for casual users and audio enthusiasts alike. I know what you’re thinking, “Logitech is a keyboard company, not speakers”. Although you may be tempted to over spend for a brand like Bose, I have used several pairs of speakers from Logitech and have always been quite satisfied. The Z623’s come with an 6″ subwoofer, multiple inputs and THX certification, along with slick (simple) looks. I am listening to this set now and it really pumps sound with great accuracy. Bass is strong (and adjustable) and the Mids and High’s are not lost like in many smaller speaker sets. These will set you back about $150 street, which is a good value for a great set of speakers.
1.Western Digital Elements External Hard Drive
Back up your data. This is the single most important hint I can give to any user. Its easy to do, cheap and will save your data when (not if) your hard drive fails. The Wester Digital Elements series of external hard drives are a great tool to have. They come in large capacities, are cheap and offer good reliability and speed. When purchasing, the rule of thumb is buy one with 4x the total amount of data you have. This will ensure sufficient amounts of storage for all your backing up needs.
In the end, it is hard for me to tell you the Top 5 Peripherals that you will need. This list however, covers the top 5 most common needs of consumers like yourself. Are there peripherals you cannot live without? Let me know in the comments section down below.
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