Multitasking is the need of this generation. You need to be able to check your email smoothly while you are working on that office presentation. Playing your favourite game while uploading pictures of last night’s party on Facebook must be without any hindrance. In the midst of all this multitasking, what if you are in a flight without the comfort of your home’s charging point? The expectations from a laptop/PC have undergone a sea change. Computer manufacturers have tried to match up to these expectations but there’s still a long way to go before you stop needing any supporting accessories for your laptop/PC. Here’s a list of five such accessories that make your life easier:
Call me old school but howsoever responsive your laptop’s track pad maybe it’s not as smooth as the physical mouse. A lot of people feel the need for a mouse but then don’t want to block that USB port, which they might need for connecting other devices to their laptop. It is here that a wireless mouse comes into the picture. Incredibly easy to set up and not so pricey, it is a must have unless your first encounter with a computer was in the form of a laptop, in which case you are completely fine with the laptop track pad.
Imaging you are preparing that ‘all important’ presentation that will decide whether an investor puts his money in your idea or not. You have all the data you need in a couple of pdfs. Isn’t it irritating to the hilt to juggle between those two pdfs, your PowerPoint presentation and numerous other things that you might have open on your computer? Yeah, there are latest laptops which allow you to divide your computer screen into various parts and work on them simultaneously but unless you are in possession of such a computer, setting up an external monitor is the best that you can do.
This is indispensable if you are using a personal computer. Most old models do not have the WiFi capability and even those which have are following the old WiFi standards. You can’t change your PC just because of this one issue. Instead, the solution is to invest in a WiFi dongle. They come really cheap and all you need to do is plug them into one of the USB ports and you are good to go. You will experience huge improvements in speed and reliability of the network. This means a lot of time is saved which would have otherwise been wasted by you just staring at the screen, waiting for that file to download.
This is a no-brainer. Just like your smart phone, your laptop’s battery is limited. An external battery becomes a necessity if you cannot work without your laptop, be it because you are uncomfortable working on a tablet or because all your important data is on your laptop. Not as cheap as the wireless mouse or the WiFi dongle, it is nevertheless a good investment to make.
How many times have you felt enormous heat on your lap while using your notebook/laptop? It’s no rocket science that high temperatures aren’t good – neither for you nor your laptop. A laptop cooler ensures that the operating temperature of the machine doesn’t harm the machine or you. There are different types of laptop coolers. An active laptop cooler is another machine which needs a power source. It might be one which can work while being connected to a laptop’s USB port or it might be one which needs to be connected to a power adapter. Whichever type it is, what an active cooler does is use external fans to drive all the heat generated by the laptop away from it. A passive cooler, on the other hand, is nothing but a ‘chilling mat’. All you need to do is place the laptop on this mat, which doesn’t need any power source. Its surface is made from such a substance that it can absorb heat from the laptop, thereby preventing the temperature to rise too much.
Coming to think of it, some might call these accessories a luxury. But in today’s times, when lines between a ‘power user’ and a ‘general user’ are getting blurred, these items have come to be seen as not only add-ons but also efficiency enhancers. A few years back, an external hard disk was considered as required only by those who had a lot of data. Now, it is a necessity. With the advent of technology, laptops might get exceptional battery backup, smoother multitasking features and very little heating issues and then some of these accessories might get irrelevant. Till then, spending a little on these seems to be a good decision, considering the time and effort that you save.