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Smartphones and tablets have earned their place in the world of tech, but most of us still spend a big chunk of our day in front of a computer. Whether you’re an office worker, freelancer, or student, nothing will quite replace the power of a Mac, or PC.
Pairing your computer with the right accessories can help you get the most out of your machine. That could mean enabling you be more productive, adding, upgrading, or replacing a crucial component, or using your computer for more than just work.
We’ve collected the best accessories for your computer that cost less than $100. All of these accessories will work with a Mac or PC, and most will work with a Chromebook. We’ve also made sure that a majority of our picks can work with both a laptop or desktop, so you’re not limited to one type of machine.
1. Monoprice DT-3
Monoprice’s DT-3s are a great pair of powered speakers that’ll upgrade the sound of your desktop or laptop. Because they’re powered, the speakers have an amplifier built inside, so you can plug them directly into your computer’s headphone jack. If you want wireless connectivity, you can get a version of these speakers with Bluetooth.
We like Monoprice’s speakers in part because they’re only eight inches tall, which means they won’t take up too much room on your desk. They have two drivers: a 3.5-inch woofer and .75-inch tweeter, so they should sound balanced right out of the box. We’re also fans of the speakers’ headphone jack, which is way more accessible than the one on a desktop machine.
If you listen to a lot of music on your computer, Monoprice’s DT-3s are an essential accessory.
2. Logitech M557 Bluetooth Mouse
If you need a new mouse, and don’t want to clutter your desk with a bunch of cables, Logitech;s M557 is a great choice. It connects to your computer over Bluetooth, so you don’t need to plug in a cable or wireless adapter.
I’ve used this mouse for several years, and appreciate its relatively small size, and lack of latency (lag). The M557’s standout feature is the ability to customize its buttons to perform custom actions. Pressing the Windows button, for example can bring up Windows Search on PCs or Spotlight on Macs. Once you get used to these little time savers, you won’t want to go back to a keyboard command.
3. Plugable USB Hub
Plugable’s USB Hub allows you to connect more accessories to your computer at the same time. It has three USB-A ports, for common accessories like external hard drives, and an Ethernet port, which allows you to plug your computer directly into a Wi-Fi router or your cable modem. Plugable’s USB Hub comes with two cables, so you can connect it to a USB-A or USB-C port.
Note: If you regularly connect your computer to a TV, or want a hub that can read SD-Cards, we recommend Belkin’s USB-C hub, which is available for $99.99 on Amazon.
4. Satechi Compact Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard
If you’d like a Bluetooth keyboard to pair with your Logitech M557, we recommend this one from Satechi. It also connects to your computer over Bluetooth, and has a rechargeable battery inside, so you don’t have to worry about keeping a pair of AA or AAAs around. You can pair it with up to three devices (computers, tablets, or smartphones), and switch between them by pressing the Bluetooth 1, Bluetooth 2, and Bluetooth 3 buttons in the upper-right-hand corner of the keyboard. Bluetooth keyboards have become common, but Satechi’s is one of the few that have back lighting, which makes each key easier to see (and press) when you’re typing at night.
5. AudioQuest DragonFly Black
If you prefer to listen to music over headphones, AudioQuest’s DragonFly Black is a must-have tech accessory. It’s a DAC (digital analog converter), with a USB-A jack on one end, and a headphone jack on the other. The purpose of a DAC is processing the digital audio file you’re listening to (streamed or from your local library), more accurately than the DAC in your computer.
The result is music that sounds clearer, and easier on your ears; I’ve used a couple of AudioQuest’s DragonFly DACs, and noticed a difference after switching between them and my computer’s headphone jack while listening to the same songs. This was especially clear when listening to the bass parts of classic rock songs, which were more distinct without being overpowering. Consider the DragonFly DAC to be an upgrade for your entire digital music library.
6. JETech Laptop Sleeve Compatible for 13.3-Inch Notebook
If you carry around a laptop, you should keep it in a sleeve to prevent scratches or dents. Sleeves are more protective than hard cases because they surround your entire computer, and can block dust or water from reaching your machine while it’s in a backpack.
This sleeve from JETech is designed to work with 13-inch laptops (PCs or Macs). Its outer layer is made out of a waterproof fabric, while its insider is made out of cushioned foam to prevent damage if the computer is dropped. Our favorite feature is the sleeve’s front pocket, which is large enough to hold accessories like chargers and cables.
7. HP Pavilion 22cwa
An external display allows you to spread your work over a larger area, which makes it easier to multitask. This 21.5-inch monitor from HP has a resolution of 1080P (1920 X 1080), so text, images, and videos will look pretty sharp.
You can connect your computer to it with an HDMI or VGA cable, which means you probably won’t need an adapter. The 22cwa can be tilted 5-degrees forward or 25-degrees backward, so you can get the right angle. The display isn’t height adjustable, but you can use a monitor stand to lift it up if necessary.
8. Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive
Cloud storage services are getting faster and more reliable, but it’s still smart to keep a full, local backup of your computer on an external hard drive. This one from Seagate has 2TB (terabytes) of storage, which should be enough to hold all of your files.
It’s bus powered, which means it gets electricity from your computer’s USB port instead of having to be plugged into an outlet. The drive supports USB 3.0, which allows you to transfer data to it at up to 128MB/s (Megabytes per second), and comes with a cable that needs to be plugged into a USB-A port.
9. Amazon eero mesh Wi-Fi router
Whether you’re trying to video conference with colleagues, or contribute to a collaborative assignment, you’ll need a strong internet connection. Eero’s Mesh Wi-Fi router can offer you speeds of up to 550Mbps, and is rated to cover an area up to 1,500 sq. ft (square feet). You can set up and manage the router via an app (iOS and Android), which is easy to navigate.
While you can use this router on its own and get great results, you can add additional eero routers to extend your network if you move to a larger space.
10. Canon Pixma TS3320
If you’re a student, or setting up a home office, you’re going to need a printer. It’s important to have a hard copy of important documents, and it’s way more convenient to hit “print” than have to run to a copy store.
Canon’s Pixma TS3320 is a wireless printer that can print at a rate of roughly eight pages per minute. You can plug the printer into your computer, print from any device over Wi-Fi, or even connect it to an Amazon Echo to start a print job totally hands-free. One thing to keep in mind is that the TS3320 isn’t an all-in-one printer, so you won’t be able to use it to scan or copy documents.
11. Logitech C920x
Video calling is more important than ever, and Logitech’s C920x can help you look and sound more professional.
The 1080P webcam has sensors that automatically adjust based on the lighting conditions in your room, so you always look your best. Its stereo microphones will pick up your voice clearly, so you don’t have to speak loudly to be heard. We’ve been using Logitech’s webcams for a long time, and they’re constantly top performers.
The C920x is compatible with PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks, and will work with any video chatting service out of the box with no additional software required. If you want to make tweaks to the webcam’s settings, like manually adjusting your exposure, you can download an app from Logitech.
Most laptops have crummy webcams because their screen lids are incredibly thin, leaving little room for a decent camera. Logitech’s C920x is a definitive solution.
12. Razer Seiren X USB Streaming Microphone
Razer’s Seiren X is a USB microphone that can substantially boost the audio quality of your video conferencing calls. The microphone sits on a swiveling stand, which you can bend to move into the proper position.
It has a mute switch on the front if you have to cough, and a volume knob so you don’t have to reach for your computer’s audio settings to make adjustments. The Seiren X also has its own headphone jack, so you can plug your cans directly into the mic.
13. SimpleHouseware Metal Desk Monitor Stand Riser
SimpleHouseware’s monitor stand can help prevent neck strain by raising your external display closer to eye level. The stand will lift your monitor 5.8-inches off your desk, but cannot be raised or lowered. This monitor riser also has a front drawer, plus two side pockets with a divider in the middle. These storage pockets are perfect for storing all of your stationary, or cables that would be cluttering up your desk.
14. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH710N
Sony’s WHC710N are an excellent pair of over-ear headphones that support active noise cancellation. They can connect to your computer wirelessly over Bluetooth, or plug them into your DAC with a 3.5mm audio cable. Sony says you can get up to 35 hours of music playback per charge. The headphones support fast charging over USB-C, so you can get an hour of playtime by charging them for 10 minutes.
15. Elimoons Webcam Cover Slide
It’s unlikely that your computer’s webcam will get hacked, but Elimoon’s Webcam Cover Shades will offer an extra layer of protection. The shades are only .027-inches thick, and are adhesive on one side, so you can place one directly over your computer’s camera. The shade is small enough that you can move it easily with your finger tip.
16. Belkin 2-in-1 MagSafe Charger
The iPhone 12 line of phones supports a new charging technology called MagSafe, which is twice as fast as a standard Qi wireless charger, and holds your iPhone in place using magnets.
Belkin’s 2-in-1 MagSafe charger allows you to charge your iPhone using MagSafe at a rate of 15W, and features a wireless charging pad on the base, which can be used for AirPods or other true wireless earbuds. We’ve used a handful of MagSafe chargers, and this is by far your best option under $100.
The charger has worked flawlessly in our tests, quickly charging two devices simultaniously. Its minimalist look helps it fit in on any desk, which is a nice perk. If you like wireless charging, but have been frustrated at how slow it is compared to plugging your phone into a power adapter, Belkin’s MagSafe 2-in-1 charger is a great solution.
17. Anker 60W USB C Charger
If you’re still using the power adapter that came with your phone, Anker’s 60W USB-C Charger is a much-needed upgrade.
It has two ports, a USB-A port, which is good for phones and tablets, and a USB-C PD (Power Delivery) port, which outputs enough power to charge a laptop. The option to charge your laptop and smartphone from the same power adapter means you can lighten your load while traveling, and won’t have to clog up all of your outlets at home.
We’ve used several Anker chargers over the past few years, and they’ve always worked perfectly. What’s especially impressive is that Anker’s gear holds up really well over time, so you don’t have to worry about this power adapter flaking out after a few months of heavy use.
18. Eufy Security 2K Indoor Cam Pan
Eufy’s Indoor Cam Pan is the only tech accessory in this guide than offer some peace of mind when you’re out of the house.
The small camera can record video in 2K (better than 1080P) video, and it’s the best indoor security cam we’ve tested yet. It’s recorded high quality video whether it’s light or dark, and it’s microphone picks up sound — from footsteps to voices — very clearly. The camera reliably sends us a notification each time its motion sensor is tripped, and we can immediately check what’s happening through Eufy’s app or Apple’s HomeKit app.
The Cam Pan’s key feature is that the camera sits on a rotating base, which can be programmed to follow movement. If a thief breaks in and goes snooping around your room, they’ll never be out of frame. This is a huge advantage if you need to turn evidence over to the police. If you want to beef up your home security system, Eufy’s Indoor Cam Pan is the perfect place to start.
19. Fire HD 8 Tablet
Amazon’s Fire HD 8 is, by far, the best tablet you’ll be able to get for less than $100.
The bag-friendly tablet is a lot smaller and lighter than the iPad, and while it’s screen isn’t quite as nice you’ll still be able to make out a lot of detail when looking at pictures and watching videos. Graphic novels and Kindle books are also sharp on the tablet’s screen.
The Fire HD 8’s biggest strength is how connected it is to Amazon’s services. From the moment you turn it on you’ll have quick access to your Kindle, Amazon Music, and Amazon Video libraries. This tablet is still great for surfing the web, or streaming content from services like Netflix and Spotify, but it’s definitely an Amazon-first device.
If you need a mid-sized screen for reading in bed, or catching up with TV shows on your commute, the Fire HD 8 is a great gadget.
20. Moft Z
Moft’s Z is a portable laptop stand that can be folded into five configurations, including a standing desk.
When folded, the Moft Z is slim enough to fit in a backpack alongside a laptop, which we were able to test firsthand. By following Moft’s instructions, we were able to transform this accessory to position our laptop at an assortment of angles. Our favorite was the standing desk arrangement you see in the photo above.
If you work from hotels rooms, or travel often, the Moft Z will quickly become one of your most-used accessories. It can help you work more comfortably from wherever you are.
21. iOttie Easy One Touch 5
iOttie’s Easy One Touch 5 is one of the few tech accessories we rely on when we’re in the car.
The phone mount can be attached to any place on your car’s dashboard with a suction cup, which has stayed put on bumpy roads. The mount’s grips held onto an iPhone 12 Pro Max without flinching, so we’re confident it’ll work well with smaller phones, too.
We like this mount because you can install it in exactly the right place for your sightline. Ideally, you’ll be able to quickly glance at your map app of choice without ever taking your eyes off the road. Gadgets rarely make driving safer, but if you’ve been glancing down at your phone on your knee while driving, using iOttie’s car mount will be a big improvement.
22. Nomad Universal Cable
If you’ve traveled with devices made by different companies, you know how annoying it is to double check that you’ve got the right charging cables.
Nomad’s Universal Cable has multiple tips, which lets you charge devices with a MicroUSB port, Lightning port, or USB-C port. The cable is wrapped in ultra-durable kevlar, and comes with a strap that lets you keep it wrapped up for easy storage. We’ve tested this cable, and it’s held up well over multiple trips. Switching between the different tips is simple, and each one worked flawlessly.
This charging cable can help keep all of your devices topped up while you’re on the go, and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting the right charging cord again.
23. Oakywood Vertical Laptop Stand
If you don’t have a lot of desk space, Oakywood’s Vertical Laptop Stand can help you make the most of it.
The wooden stand holds your laptop upright, so you can keep it to the side of your monitor, or even behind it. We’ve used this stand with a 13-inch MacBook Pro for several months, and it’s never tipped over. Pads on the inside of the stand prevent it from scratching, and Oakywood includes extras to accomodate laptops with different thicknesses.
We’re recommending Oakywood’s stand because of how well it works, but we’re also a fan of its aesthetic. In a world full of plastic accessories, the steel and wood in this stand are a welcome change. It’s a great example of the balance between syle and substance.
24. RAVPower 20000mAh Battery Pack
RAVPower’s 20000mAh power bank will help ensure that your devices never run out of battery when you’re out of the house.
The battery pack holds enough juice to fully recharge an iPhone 12 Pro over four times, and a 13-inch MacBook Pro about once. It’s got a USB-A port and USB-C port, which you can use to charge laptops and tablets at their fastest possible speed. We’ve tested RAVPower’s batteries in the past, and they’ve always been reliable.
If you’re planning to be out of the house all day, or need a battery pack for a cross continental flight, this is the one we recommend.
25. Roav SmartCharge F2
Roav’s SmartCharge F2 is the best car charger we’ve tested so far.
It has two USB ports, so you can charge your phone and another device simultaniously, which your passangers will appreciate. Car chargers have become common recently, but the F2 stand out because it’s also a wireless music streaming accessory.
You can connect your phone to the F2 over Bluetooth, and it’ll send its audio to an FM radio frequency. This gives you the ability to upgrade an older car’s entertainment system without breaking out the toolkit. Our Bluetooth connection with the F2 has always been rock solid, and the streaming audio quality is pretty good.
Whether you need a way to keep your phone charged while using it as a GPS, or want to stream tunes to its stereo without a cable, Roav’s SmartCharge F2 has you covered.
26. Vankyo Leisure 470 Mini
If you’re setting up a home theater on a budget, or want to host backyard movie nights this summer, Vankyo’s Leisure 470 Mini is an essential accessory.
The portable projector can create a screen up to 250-inches wide, and has a native resolution of 720P (HD), so your videos will look really sharp. This projector doesn’t have any smart apps built into it, but you can plug a game console or media streamer into its HDMI port if you want to watch videos or listen to music. You can use the projector’s built-in speaker in a pinch, but we recommend plugging a more powerful set (like the Monoprice DTS-3s) into its headphone jack.
This projector’s best feature is its support for Wi-Fi, which allows you to stream some content from your phone to the 470 Mini without a cable. This won’t work with videos from major services because of copyright protections, but can be useful if you’re watching home movies. Regardless of your situation, the Vankyo Leisure 470 Mini makes it easy to watch your favorite TV shows and movies on the big screen from the comfort of your home.
Note: Amazon is currently offering a $30 off coupon, which brings the projector’s price down to $99.99.
27. Twelve South AirFly Pro
AirPods are extremely convenient, but they can’t be used on airplanes, with exercise equipment, or anywhere else that requires you to plug your headphones into a headphone jack. Twelve South’s AirFly Pro solves that problem.
The adapter sends a Bluetooth signal from a device — think in-flight entertainment system — to your AirPods, or any Beats headphones with Apple’s H1 chip. This is especially helpful at home, because it turns your AirPods into a set of wireless TV headphones, so you can play games or watch TV on your big screen without disturbing the other people in your home.
Twelve South offers a handful of AirFly models, but we like this pro model because it can connect to two pairs of AirPods simultaneously. This is a simple, single-use tech accessory that can easily solve a very annoying traveling problem.
28. Soundcore A2 Earbuds
Soundcore’s A2s have a lot of features you wouldn’t expect from a true wireless pair of true wireless earbuds.
The company says they get up to seven hours of listening time per charge — that’s two more than Apple’s AirPods — plus an additional 28 thanks to their battery case. The A2’s standout feature is support for noise cancelling, which is possible because of six microphones (three on each bud) filter outside noises before they reach your ears. Soundcore says it uses a custom algorythm to cancel noise as effectively as possible.
One of the reasons we recommend Soundcore’s audio gear is the company’s app (iOS and Android), which allows you to tweak the EQ on your speakers or headphones. While the A2s should sound great out of the box, you can customize them to your personal taste in a couple of taps. Finally, the Soundcore A2 earbuds are IPX5 water resistant, which means they won’t get damaged if you sweat.
The Soundcore A2s long lasting battery, durability, and support for noise cancellation make them a great alternative to Apple’s AirPods Pro.