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In this digital era gadgets, it can rightly be said that smartphones and humans are inseparable. But what is even more inseparable are smartphones and their accessories. For starters, only a chosen few can make through the day without a data cable or a pair of earphones.
Yeah, smartphone or computer accessories are essential in the day-to-day life. But it’s also true that a majority of these accessories are expensive. Thinking along the same lines, we have compiled a list cool gadgets which are below Rs. 300 on Amazon. So, let’s have a quick roundup of them.
1. BUDDY SELFIE FLASH
If your Android smartphone is one which lacks a selfie flash, then worry not, we have a nifty trick to solve the problem of dark selfies.
Say Hi to the Selfie Flash. This external flash with a 16 LED bulbs is light and can be carried easily in your pockets. All you need to do is plug it into the headphone jack and switch on the lights. The Buddy selfie flash is rechargeable and has a capacity of 200 mAh.
2. MI LED LIGHT
The Mi LED light is the perfect companion if your laptop doesn’t have a backlit keyboard. It comes with a USB connector at one end and all you need to do is plug it into your laptop to give the necessary light.
What’s more, the Mi LED light can also be plugged to a power bank and used as a torch light or as a table lamp.
This handy light is available in two colors — Blue and White — and can be purchased online through the MI store for just Rs. 250. A universal travel adapter should be the first thing to go into your backpack if you are planning for an overseas trip. Though there are many options out there, an inexpensive choice would be the World Wide Travel Charger Adapter.
3. WORLD WIDE TRAVEL CHARGER ADAPTER
A universal travel adapter should be the first thing to go into your backpack if you are planning for an overseas trip. Though there are many options out there, an inexpensive choice would be the World Wide Travel Charger Adapter.
5. HERO NFC TAGS
Given that one can whip up NFC recipes in just a matter of minutes, it’s imperative that you know own a few NFC tags to speed up your work. For starters, NFC tags can be used as alarm clocks or to set up Wi-Fi networks. All you need is an NFC-enabled smartphone and an app to write the task to the tag and you are done.
6. USB FAN
Does a USB powered fan sound a tad over-the-top? Well, in this sweltering heat, it would be highly unlikely. Gadget Deals offers a diverse range of small micro-USB powered fans which you can plug on your smartphone and use it in times of emergency.
7. KIDSLOUNGE LED SHOELACES
If you on a lookout for shoelaces which glow and change colors, then you are in for some luck. The Kidslounge LED shoelace does just that. It is powered by a battery and you just need to lace it on your shoes and switch it on. Impressive, ain’t it?
8. 6-WAYS AUDIO SPLITTER
The 6 ways audio splitter is a cool device if you want to split music among your buddies and yet not compromise on the audio quality. The 6-ways Audio Splitter also comes with an AUX cable and can easily power up to 5 devices at the same time.
9. MXPLOD EARPHONES
If you have been looking for a pair of earphones which resemble the iPhone’s earphone, then the mXplod earphones will serve the purpose perfectly. And in terms of quality too, the mXplod Earphones don’t do badly either — it manages to output decent quality audio.
10. PREMSONS FIDGET SPINNER
Fidget Spinners are one of the latest fads in the tech world and when a fidget spinner combines the beauty of LED light and a spinner, it’s definitely a must have. What’s more each of the light panels can be activated by touch and has three distinct modes and creates a number of beautiful patterns and designs when spun.
11. TECHNOTECH CARD READER
The Technotech Card Reader is not just a card reader, it’s much more than that. It is a mini USB 2.0 hub which can connect up to 3 USB cables and has 4 slots for memory cards — be it a microSD card or a massive SD card. This product is especially handy if your laptop has fewer USB ports.
12. STORITE 5 IN 1 OTG MICRO CARD READER
The Storite 5 in 1 OTG is a micro card reader for the Android smartphones. This card reader is compatible with Android phones having version 4.2 or above and has a micro-USB port. With this card reader, you can use your phone to read your cards or connect your phone to a USB flash drive or a keyboard.
Essential College life can be hard. The insane number of assignments, project work, plus not to mention the extra-curricular activities can surely test anyone’s patience.
However, there is always a workaround, and with the right accessory by your side, you can make your college life a bit bearable. OK, I might be exaggerating, but yes, you get the drift. In this list today, we are showcasing a list of top seven essential laptop accessories to help you on the go.
1. LAPTOP SCREEN PRIVACY FILTER
If you want to keep your work away from prying eyes, the best investment would be on a screen privacy filter. These filters restrict the viewing angle and hence, the screen is only visible to the one who sits directly in front of it i.e. you and you alone.
The 3M Privacy Filter is available in multiple sizes depending on the you’re. It also comes with a few clear plastic tabs to hold the filter in place. However, this system seems to work seamlessly if there’s a slight raised perimeter around your laptop’s screen.
For laptops with edge to edge screens, you may want to double check on the screen size before you hit the buy button.
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If you’re looking for a privacy filter on a budget, you can check the Akamai Privacy Screen Filters.
2. EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
If your laptop’s onboard storage isn’t much to boast about, the most viable option is a good budget-friendly external hard drive. Unlike the heydays, thankfully, external hard disks are now small and easy to carry around.
The Buffalo MiniStation comes preformatted with the NTFS file system, however, it can be made to work on macOS just by reformating it into HFS+, thanks to the ModeChanger feature. On a brighter side, it also allows HFS+ formatting, on the rare occasion where you’d want it to work on both a Windows or a Mac system.
Other than that, the highlight of this device is the NFC security feature where you can unlock the drive using an NFC key card. What’s more, it comes with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors. However, it lacks a USB-C port thus, not future-proof.
3. WIRELESS PORTABLE PRINTER
Alas, a few of us still have to submit our homework and assignments in the physical form. If you’re caught in the same mess, the most obvious choice is a handy compact printer.
Getting the printer up and running isn’t rocket science, All you’d need to do is follow Canon’s setup wizard.
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If you are on a budget, check out the Canon PIXMA iP2820 Inkjet Printer. Priced at $34.43, this printer is compatible with both Windows and MAC OS, however, it doesn’t have support for Wi-Fi.
4. LAPTOP LOCKS AND SECURITY CABLES
Laptops are expensive devices and nobody would want their device or data to fall into the wrong hands. However, if you’re new to a place, it’s impractical to carry the laptop along with you every time you have to hit the loo. That’s when laptop locks and security cables come into play.
Other than that, using the Kensington laptop lock in day-to-day life isn’t laborious. The small stub can be kept connected to the computer throughout while attaching the tumbler to it only when required.
However, the steel wire of the Kensington ClickSafe Portable Laptop Lock’s wire isn’t that durable. However, as user Stephanie Wolf observes, it would at least stop crimes of opportunity during that small time you’d leave it alone.
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The above lock is priced at around $79. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the Ruban Notebook Lock and Security Cable is the answer.
5. KEYBOARD COVER
If you have a brand-new MacBook Pro, it would be a good idea to invest in a quality keyboard cover to protect it from cosmetic and functional damage.
Another advantage of using a keyboard cover is that instead of hitting hard plastic, your finger touch soft silicon thus giving making it a comfortable experience. The only issue with this cover is that it hinders the keyboard backlight.
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Desktop users may check out the Bonayuanda Keyboard Skin Protector.
6. USB KEYBOARD LAMP
If you don’t like your keyboard to light up a Christmas tree, the best bet would be to invest in a USB keyboard lamp. These are super compact and all you need to do is plug it into the USB port and it lights up your keyboard.
The lamp is stable and flexible at the same time. However, if your laptop doesn’t have too many USB ports, and instead rely on USB hubs, the length of around 10-12 inches may pose a bit of an issue.
7. LAP DESK
Last but not the least we have a Lap Desk. Especially useful in the absence of a study desk, these mini desks can easily fit a laptop, smartphone and a couple of other stationeries.
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If you’re looking for a no-frills lap desk, you can give the Honey-Can-Do Portable Lap Desk a try.
LEARNING WITH A TECH ANGLE
So, these were some of the essential laptop accessories that you must certainly have to push your learning experience. So, how many of these did you have already?
The LAN/Ethernet cables provide better speed and connectivity (bandwidth and ping rate) compared to the Wi-Fi networks. However, it also comes with its set of hassles. For one, you need to have proper cable management tools in place to connect the cable to your PC/laptop. While in the case of the wireless USB Wi-Fi adapters, plug them to your PC or laptop, and you will be sorted.
Yeah, most USB Wi-Fi adapters are plug & play devices. So they do not need a dedicated setup process. And they are easily portable thanks to their compact size. Well, most of them. So, if you are searching for the best USB Wi-Fi adapters for your PC, here are our recommendations.
1. TP-LINK MINI AC600 WI-FI ADAPTER
It’s a dual-band 802.11ac adapter. So yeah, you can use both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands if your routers transmit. Again, there isn’t any dedicated installation process. Simply plug this tiny device into the USB port of your PC, and you’ll be able to connect.
The speed delivery is great, and it delivers an interruption-free service, as per most users. That means you can stream your favorite movies without any lags.
2. INAMAX AC600 MINI WIRELESS NETWORK WI-FI DONGLE
This Wi-Fi adapter can easily fit into the area reserved for USB ports of both laptops and PCs, even if they are close together. And you will be able to leave it plugged. For now, this tiny device has amassed great reviews with users praising its signal quality. This is a USB 2.0 adapter.
3. TECHKEY USB 3.0 WIRELESS NETWORK ADAPTER
Unlike the USB Wi-Fi adapters above, this one has dual antennas. On top of that, it’s a dual-band adapter with remarkable signal strength. Several reviewers on Amazon back this claim. User Laurelglen puts it simply as, “This increased my signal strength way more than the small wireless adapter that I was using before.”
Again, it’s a durable product and will last you a long time. This product is compatible with Windows 10 and the older version of Windows, and in most cases, does away with the usual installation process.
4. QGOO USB 3.0 WIFI ADAPTER
The slightly longish body will ensure that you won’t hit the antenna when you are typing if you plan to use it on your laptop. So far, this Wi-Fi dongle has around 800 ratings with around 73% positive reviews.
5. TP-LINK USB WIFI ADAPTER
It boasts of high network speed along with a durable design. It comes with a has a 5dBi antenna, similar to the Teckey USB dongle.
However, the Archer T2U Plus is only compatible with USB 2.0 ports. Yep, bummer. But on the bright side, it performs as has been claimed by several reviewers.
The good signal strength and the easy installation process is what makes it one of the favorites among the masses.
6. EDUP WI-FI ADAPTER
This USB adapter has earned pretty rave reviews from its user base regarding its performance and its compact size. Plus, the fast and easy installation process also helps its cause.
And yeah, when it comes to streaming games and movies, this one provides a lag-free experience.
CONTROL THE WIRELESS NETWORK
With PCs, the best practice is to stick the dongle on the motherboard ports in the back. This way, you will get a reliable network. At the same time, make sure that the CPU is not kept in a location with spotty Wi-Fi network.