“Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living. ~Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital, 1995″- Thomas Edison
Do you love powerful computers which could perform any task even preparing a cheese burger?
“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog”. ~Doug Larson
The impact of computers on our lives, our daily activities and more importantly on easing our tasks is insurmountable. That’s why after purchasing a computer, you will spend much time and resources trying to make it powerful — of course by adding peripherals and accessories which never came with the computer on purchase.
We yearn to improve the functionality of the computer to not only make them fast but to ensure that they match our specific needs; to be more efficient and prevent and likely mishap which might derail our plans or activities. We want them to be ‘hybrids’.
“I think computer viruses should count as life … I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”
― Stephen Hawking
How would life be today without computers?
How would the workplace be like?
How would our homes become, desolate?
Today, it’s really impossible to imagine how life would be without computers. They have become an integral part and a center for almost all our activities for everyone, young and old alike. The business industry being the largest gainer because of the nature of the industry and the efficiency and productivity which they help achieve. From learning institutions, to banks, to telecommunications companies, just name them. But to ensure the efficiency and productivity so much desired, and this pertains also to personal computers used at homes, there is need to add some more advanced functionality to them. That’s why there is need to for speakers, printers, uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs); and more basic accessories like the keyboard or the mouse.
“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila.”
― Mitch Ratcliffe
Initially the site was established to sensitize about a computer accessory called Cinnamon Peripheral which was also referred to as CinnaRack for Mac mini Limited Edition, a computer accessory designed to be fixed on the Mac mini Limited Edition to allow maximum airflow for the Mac mini.
However, now the site is about computer accessories and thus help computer enthusiast get more information about the different accessories which are more beneficial to be attached to the computer to perform individual needs which the user seeks to have the computer perform.
Unique computer accessories
Computer Technology has and is still evolving at a rapid rate. Today we have computers which seem as though as they have intelligence and can perform some outstanding functions? I don’t mean that the computer would cry or something, but the computer’s performance might be fast and efficient and could perform some unique tasks such as video calling. Such computers can be admired and seen as special but what it takes to make such a computer so powerful are the accessories which add the special effects on the computer’s functionality. This can still be done to any PC regardless the make but entails using unique computer accessories.
But with so many computer manufacturing companies producing various computer components which may serve the same function, you may get confused at which accessories are the best in the market. You obviously want to determine the best accessory which will serve the intended purpose efficient and give you value for your money.
1. Logitech G19 Keyboard
If you are a PC gamer, you will always love a keyboard with extra buttons, blinky lights and macro support to effective gaming performance, then this unique keyboard is for you. The Logitech’s G19 keyboard is built with all these and more extra features to make your gaming experience a unique one.
They come with even more unique features like a full-color screen and a super-mini monitor all which support the capability of displaying some of the most interesting thing that anyone would type about.
There are12 function keys which can be assigned across 3 different categories. This gives a gamer a total of 36 customizable buttons that can be used to program on a per game setting.
Logitech G390 Wireless Gaming Headset.
We all love cool electronic products. I mean gamers love cool devices, not everybody. The sound it produces is really cool and of great quality with low-frequency booms while both gaming or listening to music, thus making it one of the most powerful wireless headset device.
The ear — enveloping has got a total of four functional buttons on the headset — one for muting and the other 3 are customizable to the listeners choice.
Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition.
For archiving documents and other sensitive files, we love to use a device which supports privacy and confidentiality. Now this device provide a simple server which works like any other server in the storage and retrieval of info and data and on protecting it.
ASUS RT-N56U – wireless router – 802.11/a/b/g/n – desktop
When we talk about the best home routers on the market, then this might outshine all the rest. This dual-band 300mbs router is not only fast and reliable but is excellent and can work almost on any device with little trouble-shooting.
If you own several rechargeable devices and you need an awesome experience recharging them conveniently with minimum hurdles, then you should go for this device. The device has the capability of supporting a variety of devices ranging from mini-USB and micro-USB devices, to iPhones, iPads etc.
Accessorizing your Laptop
There are several key factors to consider when buying a laptop and the accessories which will perfectly match with it outputting great performance. You may either choose to purchase a laptop which has already been prepackaged by the manufacturer or you could instead customize you own according to your desired preferences and needs. This may take some time because you will have to provide your specifications to the manufacturer to customize it for you: not unless you are a computer hardware guru.
Either way, features such as the hard drive size & speed, the type & speed of processor and the size of memory (RAM) are some of the crucial factors which you must have prior knowledge of so that what you accessorize you laptop with will work as per your needs.
Must have accessories for laptops
When it comes to accessorizing your laptop, there are some accessories which you will definitely need…
Laptop case. Laptops are popular because they are light and less bulky and hence they can be easily carried around to work, school or even when going for a vacation. But because a laptop is electronic and you don’t want anything to tamper or malfunction your laptop, you will definitely required a good laptop case which not only prevents your laptop from shock and external damages but also has enough space for carrying the power cable, external hard drive and even DVDs or other soft-wares.
Flash drive. Flash drives are loved for their convenience and since some have high storage capacities, it will be advisable to have one. A flash drive will enable you to store or move documents easily when you don’t need to carry your laptop along.
External DVD drive. These are helpful especially for smaller laptops which have become so common today like notebooks and netbooks but are bought with no inbuilt DVD drives. You will therefore require purchasing one so that you can be able to install soft-wares as well as access files on DVDs and CDs.
Wireless Mouse. The touch-pads of most laptops will be stressful using after a period of time and thus a wireless mouse comes in handy to smoothen the whole experience.
Cable locks. Your laptop may be having some sensitive info and files that you wouldn’t want accessed by anyone else in the event that you leave your laptop unattended. Of course you can’t carry it everywhere all the time. To secure your laptop, a laptop cable lock should be bought for this function.
External hard drive. With time, you might have some files that you need to archive for reference or future use. For that purpose an external hard drive will be an important accessory.
USB hub. Today, most electronics are built with a USB plug and your laptop may not have many USB ports to support all the devices that you might need to use. Therefore you need consider going for a USB hub which expands the USB ports to accommodate extra USB peripherals.
Extended laptop battery. Are you frequently on trips? Then you might consider this accessory to keep your laptop on especially on long journeys.
Laptop Cooling Pad. If there is something which can easily malfunction your laptop, then it’s heat. What’s the solution for this, a laptop cooling pad? It also makes it comfortable for you as the laptop rest on your laps.
Choosing the Most Appropriate Monitor
to Suit your Purpose
If you own a PC, the best way to accessorize its display is by choosing a monitor whose performance and graphics are superb. Generally, you need a monitor whose screen display is of good quality in terms of the resolution and graphics and also has several ports which support various functions. Most buiyers will seek to read reviews or watch videos about the monitor that they intend to buy before making a decision. This is a great move but it’s always advisable to have first-hand viewing experience to determine if the performance of the monitor that you intend to buy will satisfactorily serve the intended purpose.
This guide is meant to help you make a wise decision when shopping for a new monitor for your desktop.
Determine your Objectives
Your needs for the new monitor will always be affected by several factors which include;
Type of monitor supported by your computer:
If you need a monitor for gaming, surfing internet or for home use, you will have to carefully choose the correct type which will help you achieve your purpose. Generally, there are three types of computer monitors, with each one of them using different technology.
They are abbreviated using a three letter acronym and they include:
CRT monitors. CRT is an acronym for Cathode Ray Tube. These are the traditional monitors which are considered outdated in today’s technological world, though still in use especially due to the facts that their graphics are able to emulate true colors and they update faster when gaming than LCDs. However, they are considered outdated due to the fact that they are heavy & bulky, have low resolution and they consume more power as compared to the other types.
LCD monitors. LCD is an acronym for Liquid Crystal Display. A few years when these monitors were introduced in the market, they captured it by a storm because they are less bulky, lighter and use less power. They were also loved because of their low radiation as compared to CRTs. Unfortunately, they were much expensive back then but in the recent years their prices have dropped significantly and today they are also much affordable.
LED monitors. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. These monitors are considered sisters to LCD, but they have more powerful graphics and resolution thus more popular today than LCDs. They also have much powerful onscreen display (OSD) settings.
Display size of the monitor. If you plan to run multiple programs concurrently on the monitor you will obviously go for one with big size like the 27” monitor. As you keep the aspect of size in mind, it’s also important to know the resolution of the monitor. A monitor with a higher resolution will have sharper images which you should also consider.
Connection type. This is a feature which would give you much headache, but be sure to buy a monitor whose connection (ports) matches you’re your PC.
Update Rate. If you are a gamer, you will love a monitor with a higher update/refresh rate. The most common monitors have an update rate of 60 Hz which means that they will only display 60 frames per second even if you are gaming on a 120 FPS game. This can be discouraging and the whole gaming experience won’t be such smooth. Instead you might need a monitor with a higher update rate maybe of 120 Hz.
Choosing Computer Components to Match your Accessories
If you are a cybernetic or maybe you run a business, you will agree with me that for a computer to provide you with essential functionality that you need, i.e. efficiency and better productivity, there must be customizations made to both the software and the hardware components of the computer so as to produce the desired results. However there must be accessories which you will also purchase, which make the whole process simpler.
There are basic computer accessories like the keyboard or the mouse which all computers are designed to accommodate despite the computer’s configurations; but there are other computer components which require some specific requirements be met first such as a specified Random Access Memory (RAM) or hard drive’s space before the accessory that you want to use on your computer can properly function as you would love. This is true especially for console games.
It’s also true that you could get a pre-custom PC from the manufacturer but the functionality may not match your expectations well the cost might be so much hiked. In that instance, it’s paramount that you custom make the computer yourself. Wondering how to go about the whole process?
This guide should help you establish what you need to do to enable your PC meet your expectations.
i) Outline the desired benefits and results expected from the computer.
For a computer to achieve set objectives, it needs to be configured for those specific objectives. The system requirements of the computer should also match those designed for the accessory that you need to use.
You need to realize that this varies with the different needs and hence you need be clear of your intended purpose. For instance, if you want to use your computer for gaming, then the accessories to be used may required more advanced system requirement that a person who needs to install a webcam and video chat online or one who wants to mix music.
This is also true for various business needs. Be clear about what you need and then know the system requirements and configurations which such accessories will require. Do you need the computer for office use or is it a workstation for rendering 3D designs in Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) applications.
When choosing the most preferable system requirements, then the following components should be given a lot of consideration because they will determine the functioning of your accessory.
The computer processing unit (CPU) and also the motherboard should be able to efficiently support the demands of the accessory to be used with minimal or no problems. The speed should be rational and the output expected should be satisfactory.
It should also support several types of accessories especially the ones that you intend to use. The cooling system of the computer needs to be efficient because computers are notorious working in hot environments and can lead to disruptions.
Random Access Memory (RAM)
RAM queues data as commanded by the computer user while the processor executes the commands. This means that the memory of the RAM should be sufficient enough to allow you to switch from one program to the other without inconvenience.
Most importantly, it must match the motherboards speeds so as to be productive as well as the bit-rate of the operating system. For instance, a 4 GB RAM will require a 64-bit operating system.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Little thought are often given to the PSU though it one of the vital components of a computer and when wrong chose it can lead to multiple complications which range from destruction of the accessories used to system crashes or unscheduled reboots if the power supplied is fluctuating and unstable.
Accessories to be used will determine the amount of power to be supplied hence this component should be given equal consideration.
The Graphical Interface Unit should be supportive in case of gaming or video-based accessories It should provide images of good quality and support variety of video cards especially the most recent ones and be fast enough at displaying images especially when gaming.
The hard drive is the computer’s internal storage unit and thus should be fast at both the storage and retrieval of data. The drive speed is vital to ensure this functionality.
It also should be compatible with the computer’s motherboard. The memory of the hard drive should also be sufficient to enable the configuring of the accessory and proper functioning.
Optical Disk Drive
This includes the Compact Disk and Digital Video Drives. This is a computer component which is easier to choose but the main difference between the different types which exist is their ports with some using IDE channels while others use SATA ports. Otherwise this component does it have complications choosing.
Some other components that you might need check for compatibility with your accessories include the mouse, this should be considered especially by gamers; the keyboard, USB ports, keyboards, floppy drive cable, monitor size and computer chassis/case
When assembling specific computer components which need to meet your requirements for the need to use specific accessories, the prices of the components could form the basis of the decision reached, but it’s important that price need not be an obstacle to sourcing the most desirable components.