Laptops and Essential Accessories


It is the era of innovative inventions that we are noticing and passing through. It is also common to note that the inventions all centre around one common theme and that to turn gadgets smaller in size. Every gadget that has been lauded or applauded as the invention of the millennium has been some existing gadget that has been miniaturized. Take for example the mobile. The telephone is what been miniaturized to be hailed as the invention of the century. The big huge paperback books or hard cover books that we read our favorite stories till now have been transistorized into e-books and appear as squint eyed text characters on an e-book reader.

If such be the miniaturizing revolution it was but natural that the most common gadget and most utilized gadget that adorns most homes also had to go through this transformation in size. Yes, we refer to the desktop computer that had been sitting and occupying its very own reserved and revered place in most every home for quite a few years now. Sizing it up and making it a lean thin fighting machine we have it in the form of a Laptop now with us. Not only does it appeal to the eye of the neighbor, much more than it appeals to the eye of its owner, the Laptop for sure has lots of additional features that make it the gadget of the millennium. On itself this gadget is a highly versatile consumer unit and this is evident for the fact that the demand for Laptops are now far more than demand for its predecessor and mentor, the Desktop. However if one were to jazz up the laptop with a few accessories it would sure add to its overall looks as well as add power to its computing and entertaining abilities. Three of these accessories are listed below and would sure help as a look up list for a laptop owner.

Carrying Bag or Backpack – A laptop on its own is a gadget that cannot be hand carried or pocketed too. Without a carrying handle the carry bag is a necessity to make the laptop what it is meant to be, a gadget that follows your lap.

External USB Hard Drive – With its constricted internal space a laptop has not a very large hard disk capacity. In order to be able to store your precious data an external Hard drive is therefore essential. A USB hard drive is the recommended choice as this needs no additional power source, being able to run from the USB port of the Laptop.

Extra Battery – What a shame and disappointment it be if your Laptop gives way just when you need it the most during a presentation at some remote location. This just because your battery charge had depleted. Given the limited battery power of the Laptop this is a common phenomenon experienced by most Laptop users. An extra battery would sure come handy for all such exigencies.

Video Games and Essential Console Accessories

There are a mind blowing number of video games available both for children and adults. Consequently the number of accessories for the console video games is even more. Beginning with component cables, remote wrist straps, dust covers, Generic Xbox360 Faceplates, adapters, PSP Recharge Grips, Xbox360 HD DVD Drives, Travel kits, Steering wheels, USB fans, Skid proof gloves, back lock battery packs, movie stands, Boxing gloves, modem adapters, X box 360 vision cameras memory cards, wavebird game pads, Logic3 PSP Sound Grips and the Dual shock pads, the list is quite incomplete!

Pega WiiHD ProComponent cable: This is a very important cable which ensures connectivity for accessing all the pictures and graphics. It comes with a length of six feet. It is best to check if your device has a slot allotted for it before buying it.

Remote Wrist strap: This is available in different colours and different straps for all the members of the family! It essentially heightens the element of fun to the gaming experience. It is light weight and can be used with the video game controller also.

Generic Xbox360 Faceplates: This is a protective cover for the console and guards it against any damage. The function buttons can be operated with the protective cover on.

Adapters: These adapters are essential if one wants to access power from the mains. It requires about100 to 240 volts AC powering order to yield DC power of 12 volts.

PSP Recharge Grips: This is a useful device especially when you do not want to constantly use new batteries when they run out of charge. It is useful for recharging the used batteries.

Xbox360 HD DVD Drives: This is essentially a DVD player which has been designed for games. The audio system is exceptionally good and all the menus can be selected at will.

The Skid Proof gloves: In order to play the Nintendo Wii games and these skid proof gloves provide the convenience of being non-slippery. They are also sweat proof, ensuring enough air circulation.

Back-lock battery packs: There are different kinds of battery chargers suitable for the particular console game. The back-lock packs guarantee optimum battery recharge, wherever we are. It is thus ideally suited for travelling.

Movie stands: In order to adjust the right angle while watching a movie, the movie stand is recommended. They are slip proof and offer a comfortable position to enjoy movies. Viewers can also use the headphones with it.

Boxing gloves: The boxing gloves offer a unique boxing experience for the user. They offer the ultimate simulation of the boxing skill, with attendant thrills. The material is soft and nonabrasive for the skin.

Wave bird game pads: This is a small controller for Nintendo game consoles. It has colourful buttons to control while playing the game.

The Game cube Modem adapter: This is a must-buy device for online gaming. It is quite simple to add on this accessory to the gaming device and a serial port in the gaming device is enough to connect it. It can be plugged into the standard telephone line and played.

The Xbox 360 vision camera: This is a live video game chat device and can even be used as a web camera for the PC. It is very attractively showcased in a colourful exterior. Thus dual purpose device can be used to send photo messages even as one is chatting.

Essential Laptop Accessories

Laptop accessories are items you need in order to streamline the use of your laptop, particularly when traveling. You won’t want to overlook these in making your buying choices.

Laptop Bags

From fancy leather cases to canvas to vinyl, laptop bags come in all styles and sizes. And they don’t come with the laptop or Notebook. They’re additional-you have to purchase one.

When you go to purchase one, consider the weight and strength of your carrying case. Hard-sided or leather cases are very strong, but they’re heavy. It may be better to get a soft-sided case of lightweight material. Cases made of synthetic fabrics (nylon, cordura, etc.) are very strong and light.

Although laptops are becoming more lightweight with every new generation, on average they still weigh between 9 and 11 pounds. For salespeople not used to taking a laptop on the road, these extra pounds can make a difference in the hassle at the airport and in rushing to the next appointment. You might want to try a combination briefcase and laptop carrying case that comes on rollers and has an extension handle. That way you’ll be pulling the weight more often than lifting it.

Extra Batteries
Carry one extra set of batteries for each device that requires them. Make sure that they’re fresh and they’re the right size.

Surge Protectors
A surge shield prevents computer from being affected by fluctuations in the electrical power supply. Computer components are delicate and can be severely damaged in a millisecond by an unexpected surge in power. Some surge shields also let you to plug in other equipment.

Portable Printers
One option for laptop users is to invest in one of the tiny printers now available on the market. Take it with you on the road. You can print your documents at the hotel, in the lobby, or during your sales call. They’re small enough to fit easily into your carrying case, and they weigh almost nothing!

Phone Cords
Take at least one telephone cord in your laptop case. It may come in handy when you’re ready to fax a document or retrieve your e-mail.

Power Strips
A power strip may look like a surge protector, but it’s not. It’s a rectangular box with pronged outlets in it. The strip plugs into the wall on one end. You can plug your laptop and up to five other devices into one strip.

When you’re on the road with your projection system, carry a power strip. You’ll probably have projector and laptop to plug in right off the bat, and possibly more.

Safety Precaution
Tape all power cords to the floor with duct tape to avoid tripping.

Tip: Unplug the power cord from the power strip immediately after turning off your computer or projector.

Extension Cords
Carry at least one extension cord with you whenever you travel with your laptop and/or projection system. Connect a solo plug surge shield to the end of your extension cord.