Three Essential PC Accessories on a Budget



The personal computer has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. With the emergence of Mac and Linux operating systems, a viable threat is once again being posed to market leaders Microsoft. This has lead to incredible innovation across the board in recent years.

The personal computer has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. With the emergence of Mac and Linux operating systems, a viable threat is once again being posed to market leaders Microsoft. This has lead to incredible innovation across the board in recent years.

 

As processors are becoming ever more powerful and software more streamlined, computer manufacturers have been able to offer consumers something new - stripped down hardware. Whether it's an ultrabook or a tablet, manufacturers have a number of products in their range which can offer users something extremely powerful as bare minimum.

 

In addition to providing consumers with lightweight and affordable computing power, this change has also given a boost to the market for PC accessories. Rather than buying a computer which comes with everything the user needs, people are instead opting to buy a minimal base machine, with the intention of picking and choosing their accessories at a later date.

 

Here, we take a closer look at three different but equally vital computer accessories which you can pick up without breaking the bank.

 

1. External hard drives

 

Storage space is something which we all value. Whether we're keen to house all of the latest software on our computer or simply refuse to cut down our extensive collections of music or photographs, most of us now have a demand for a great deal of storage space.

 

It wasn't long ago that computers for all budgets were being shipped with huge hard drives - 1TB may have been considered standard but storage is changing quickly. The introduction of the solid state drive has seen high performance computers coming with less internal storage space than you might imagine.

 

Rather than focussing on internal storage, manufacturers are prioritising speed when it comes to the internal hard drive. The result is super-fast computers which make use of online Cloud solutions or external hard drive to cater to their storage needs.

 

External hard drives today are affordable and huge. In addition to this, the introduction of USB 3.0 allows previously inconceivable transfer speeds. Not only do external drives allow you to carry all of your data with ease, for use with an unlimited number of computers, but they will also allow your own computer to run faster and provide a convenient data back-up should your PC or computing device encounter any difficulties.

 

Great examples include the WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive available in red or black with a capacity of 2TB for less than £100 at Curry's.

 

                                                 

WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive in red - £99.99

 

2. Headphones

 

If you choose to do your computing using a laptop rather than a desktop PC, one of the things you value is likely to be portability. Today's highly powered laptops are able to provide the battery life necessary to watch films or listen to music while on the move.

 

Of course, enjoying media in public can be a little embarrassing if we are forced to make use of our laptop's speakers. Whether you're worried about your neighbour overhearing a raunchy movie scene, or simply making judgements about your music taste, headphones are a must.

 

It used to be the case that headphones forced us to compromise on sound quality. Unless we were willing to shell out a vast sum on a fancy set of headphones, it just wasn't worth the effort. Today, it is a different story.

 

If you're on the lookout for some budget in ear headphones, you won't be disappointed by sound quality with a pair like those produced by Sennheiser.

 

                                             

Sennheiser MX 365 Headphones in white - £14.99

 

3. DVD drives

 

More and more people are choosing to use their computers as media centres. With increasingly powerful sound cards and standardised video outputs, there are more reasons to do so each year. The ability to acquire high quality digital media online and put it out to a large monitor makes the home computer an ideal tool for watching films.

 

As we've mentioned above, many computers today are being streamlined. Laptops are looking to shed weight wherever possible and the disc drive is often the first thing to go. This is no reason for film lovers to despair, however. Not only do users have the option of storing films on their external hard drives but they can also make use of external disc drives - such as great slimline options from brands including HP.

 

                                            

HP DVD600s External Slimline USB DVD Writer - £39.99

 

An external DVD drive can allow you to watch your favourite films, either using your standard computing monitor or by plugging into your television set with the appropriate cable. Keeping the drive outside of your computer's shell allows you to shed the weight, using it only when you need it.

 

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