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Critical Computing: Shopping List for Your New PC

How to Find the Right Accessories
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So you got a new PC. Congrats! The only thing better than getting a new computer is choosing all the extras that go with it. It’s a tough job, but we’ve gone and done the hard work for you. Personalizing your new PC has never been easier with these tips.

1. Keyboards & Mice

Wireless Combo:

This keyboard and mouse combo offers an easier way to type without all the extra plugs and cables. Featuring a plug-and-go installation, programmable hotkeys, a 2.4 GHz wireless connection and an extra-long battery life, this wireless combo is a good overall choice at a great value.

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Wired Combo:

If wires don’t bother you, then the Kensington mouse and keyboard sets offers a beautiful, full-sized keyboard and ergonomic mouse. Compatible with Windows 8, this combo comes both waterproof and spill-proof — making it ideal for office or home use.

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Looking for keyboards a little more outside the box? NO problem. You can ditch the utilitarian fare and get yourself something more fun by checking out these kooky keyboards and wonky wireless mouse designs.

  

2. Mousepads

The Basic Pad:

Now that you have your keyboard and mouse, the next step is to find the right mousepad. This no-frills black mouse pad offers a comfortable smooth surface and reliable rubber base. Also, it’s a neutral black, so it goes with pretty much everything.

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The “Crazy” Option:

Looking for something a little more…fun? This quirky mouse pad features a stormtrooper riding a horse in a Napoleon-style pose. Featuring a stain-resistant cloth and a beautiful high-quality print, it’s a great way to add a little creativity to your setup. C’mon, who wouldn’t get a kick out of this?

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3. External Monitors

HP Pavilion 21-Inch Monitor:

Featuring 1920 x 1080 HD screen resolution enclosed in a super thin frame, the HP Pavilion makes a great external monitor. You’ll need this when you’re editing projects on your screen, or if you like to stream movies and shows. What makes this monitor so unique is the use of IPS technology, which makes the screen illuminate at any angle, making it easier to watch stunning shots from any vantage point.

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Acer 24-inch Widescreen Monitor:

If you’re looking for a slightly bigger screen, then this Acer model is the one for you. Featuring a stellar IPS display, extremely adjustable display stand and various HDMI ports, it’s a solid piece to accompany your budding PC setup.

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4. Laptop Case

CoolBELL Messenger Bag:

If you happened to buy a laptop, you’ll likely need a bag to keep it in. This elegant messenger bag offers a sleek and secure way to store your laptop. Made from extremely durable Oxford cloth, this bag offers waterproof and shockproof protection — all while looking great.

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5. Speakers

Classic Stereo Pair

You’ll also need a pair of speakers. Don’t let the small size fool you — these little speakers pack a powerful punch. Satechi’s Acoustic Spring technology provides better bass, louder high notes and even clearer lows. And with a sleek metal finish and blue LED accents, they look good anywhere. Simply plug them in, turn ‘em on and bask in their high-quality sounds.

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Soundbar Speaker

Or you can try a soundbar option with this ELEGIANT speaker. This USB-powered speaker includes a four-foot cable, high-quality sounds and tons of easily adjustable options. Utilizing a dynamic stereo system, it sounds even better when you use the audio cable.

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In addition to your speaker set, you may also want to invest in a good set of headphones.

  

6. Storage and Backup Devices

Seagate 2TB:

You’re also going to want to add an external drive. Depending on your specific needs, some hard drives offer more space at the cost of extra features, while others may offer tons of extras but very little space. The Seagate Expansion is a good middle ground. With a 2 TB capacity and a plug-n-play setup, you can start backing your network up immediately.

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Samsung Flash Drive:

Sporting 32GB of storage, the Samsung Flash Drive is another smart choice for saving and storing on the go. The sleek all-metal frame comes waterproof, shockproof and even temperature proof — offering complete protection for your files.

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7. Adapters

And finally, don’t forget to pick up whatever adapters you’ll need to complete your setup. Happy computing.

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