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    Updated on Mar 6, 2020. Posted on Feb 24, 2020

    34 Computer Accessories You Probably Didn't Know You Needed

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    1. A zippered sleeve to keep all of those pesky wires and plugs under control and out of your way.

    Amazon

    Between my phone charger, headphone wires, and keyboard wire, I'm constantly getting tangled in my web of wires at my desk. I'll be ordering a pack of these ASAP!

    Promising review: "I have gotten a lot of things in the past couple months I never thought I needed until I got a puppy. One being this cable sleeve cover. As you know, puppies chew on everything which includes the wires for our laptops and phone chargers. This cable sleeve puts everything in one neat space and covers it so that he cannot get his teeth on the individual wires. I don't think it tastes good either because he doesn't really want to chew on the sleeve. It easily fits around the wires, zips up, and looks much better than a bunch of wires sitting on the floor." —krystina

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.98.

    2. Or cable clips to attach to your many wires to finally form a manageable system that won't have you fumbling to untangle cords every time you want to charge your phone.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I acquired these clips because I have a pc with multiple external accessories. The tangle of wires was getting crazy and these were right up my alley. I was able to keep all my cables together and calmed the craziness behind my computer desk." —P. Eden

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $5.97.

    3. A gaming mouse that'll give you such an advantage over your opponents, you'll be shouting "TAKE THAT, SUCKAAAS" in your sleep.

    Amazon

    Every true PC gamer needs a fancy mouse! This one has light features that can be customized to WHATEVER color you want, seven programmable mouse buttons, five default DPI levels, and four adjusting polling rate levels. Even if you have no idea what that means, the gamer in your home will simply be in awe over the features.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a good budget gaming mouse and this one hit the mark. This mouse has a good feel, fits my hand well, and the buttons have a nice feel as well. They aren't so light that I accidentally press them, but also aren't too heavy. Scroll wheel feels solid and accurate, the rubber coating is grippy and has a nice feel. I also like being able to adjust the sensitivity (DPI) on the fly. This mouse could easily sell for two times the price or more. The styling is also nice without being too gaudy." —Jeff G.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three styles).

    4. Or a splurge-worthy mouse designed for serious esports gaming with special features — it's extremely lightweight, has programmable RGB lights, and is ambidextrous.

    Glorious

    As my husband says, this mouse is "the best you can get for the money." Enough said.

    Promising review: "The model D is everything you could ever want. If you want a lighter mouse to get those easier flicks this is for you. One thing you need to know is that this mouse is ergonomic mouse, that means this is for finger tip players. If you play claw while gaming this might not be for you." —Rowan

    Get it from Glorious for $49.99 (available in two styles).

    5. A cleaning cloth made specifically to remove fingerprints and smudges without damaging your screens.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The microfiber cleaning cloths arrived swiftly and in excellent condition. The five cloths are packaged individually and placed into a larger bag. The cloths are amazing at cleaning phone screens, kindle screens and computer screens. Very little effort was needed to clean my various devices. My screens looked brand new. I highly recommend the micro cloths, I have tried other cloths and I was not a fan. The cloths exceeded my expectations. Fantastic product, thank you." —Ann

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.29.

    6. And a dusting glove so you can easily clean your keyboard with the swipe of your hand.

    Amazon

    Ugh, is there anything worse than that moment when whatever you've been eating trickles into the crevices of your keyboard? Not if you're a clean freak! Pick up this easy-to-use glove and swipe away all your dusty, crumby problems.

    Promising review: "I hate dusting! Didn't like handling a dirty rag. But, with this glove, my hand stays clean. Yes, it's much larger than my hand, but that allows me to wear it backwards getting use from both sides. I can get to difficult places, like carved wood trims...anywhere I could normally touch with a finger. Washes beautifully. So handy for a quick dusting." —Joyeuse

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. An adjustable monitor stand to make sure your monitor is perfectly aligned for all the hours you'll spend watching YouTube.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This monitor stand comes with column-style stackable legs, so you can choose the best height for your needs. Once you increase the height, you can use the extra space underneath for storage.

    Promising review: "I have a corner desk with a lot of space but my monitor isn't adjustable, so my eyes were parallel with the top of the monitor. I wanted something to be able to bring the monitor up and look decent on the desk. This stand fits that bill perfectly, it is a simple, no-frills stand with no parts that can break easily and lots of space to fit your monitor and even put stuff underneath." —Mike244

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in a pack of one or five).

    8. A webcam that'll let you pretend you ARE your favorite streamer, so your friends (and whoever else) can tune in and watch as you play your way through Apex Legends.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have never had the camera disconnect during a gaming stream. It is the best webcam I have ever owned. It works well right out of the box and I did not need to mess with white balance, occasionally I just up the vibrancy slider a bit to offset my naturally pale vampire skin. :) It does not lose saturation over time like some cameras do, it keeps its color consistent and sharp and the focus is right on the money and not all over the place." —RexRed

    Get it from Amazon for $50.99+ (available with or without a tripod stand).

    9. A gaming chair that's so comfortable, you can happily work on leveling up in World of Warcraft for hours and hours without getting a sore back.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This chair was modeled after actual race car seats, and if that wasn't cool enough, it also features extra lumbar support. TBH I would probably just lounge in this on the daily, even if I wasn't playing a video game.

    Promising review: "This is the best chair I have ever purchased. The price was a lower than others, but the quality is high and it is very comfortable. I really like the fact that I can raise the arms if I wish. I also like the way it looks — the green and black scheme goes great with my custom-built PC, keyboard, and mouse. I have had two lower back surgeries and the lumbar support is perfect and I can sit in this chair for many hours." —ultra55371d

    Get it from Amazon for $80.34+ (available in nine styles).

    10. Or a serious gaming chair you won't know how you ever lived without — it RECLINES, has a head pillow and extra lumbar support, and is made of high-quality carbon fiber leather.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    My husband spends HOURS (seriously) each night after work playing video games. He was forever complaining about back pain and found himself sitting with terrible posture. Since getting this chair he (unfortunately for me) feels like he could actually sleep at his computer desk. He is forever talking about how comfortable it is and how much more his back feels supported since switching from his old chair. This chair is pricey but if you're someone who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk it's definitely worth it.

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99 (available in three styles).

    11. A simple keyboard and mouse pad made of memory foam, because you (and your wrists) deserve to have the finer things in life.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    If you're going to spend hours upon hours at your computer, you might as well make your situation as comfy as possible. Made with memory foam and a non-skid rubber base, your wrist will feel pampered all day long.

    Promising review: "My wrist was hurting so badly I could barely move it. I bought these pads and the pain went away within days. They are very comfortable. Soft enough to cradle your wrist, but firm enough to protect it from injury. I never realized just how hard I was pressing my wrist onto the table... there's a sizable impression on the pad every time I lift my wrist. A lot of pads are too firm to do anything for you, but this one is very soft and comfortable." —David J. Garcia

    Get the two-piece set from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three colors).

    12. An under-desk stand with all the trimmings: a USB port, a stand for your watch, and a place to hang your headphones. Apologies to your S.O., since you'll likely never leave your desk again.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Tired of having a crowded workspace around your computer? Tidy up with some help from this stand. It has a spot for pretty much anything you'd have on your desk and features three USB charging ports.

    Promising review: "I like to be well organized, and have a place for everything. The headphone stand filled the need for a convenient headphone/smartwatch charging spot that doesn't take up precious surface space or add to clutter. This handles both nicely. I currently have it under-hanging a bookshelf, and am thinking of getting another to hang inside the CPU door of my desk. This is a vast improvement over the tabletop headphone hangers, and the cord management feature warms my neat freak heart." —keygirl

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two styles).

    13. A gaming keyboard that features a customizable rainbow backlight and that'll make anyone say, "Ooooh!"

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Can't say how many keyboards I've gone through. I am a gamer and as any real gamer I eat at my desk, so crumbs, food, etc., gets on the surface of my desk and that being my keyboard, this keyboard removes that worry. I've spilled water and food over this keyboard and I can safely remove it after. The sound level is pretty quiet, keys are responsive, the hand rest isn't much but doesn't bother me at all, and I like that the space bar has some grip." —Andy

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in three styles).

    14. Or a set of blank keycaps for any advanced computer aficionado who is interested in building their own mechanical keyboard.

    The Key Company

    These staple key caps come in pretty much any color you can think of! If you have any interest in dabbling in the *world of mechanical keyboards,* this set is an affordable and great first step!

    Get it from The Key Company for $24 (available in 21 colors).

    15. A discreet laptop case so you can add a pop of color to your computer without adding any extra weight.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    I have this exact laptop case and am obsessed. I've gotten tons of compliments not only on the blush-colored case I've chosen, but also on the soft texture the case itself has. Not to mention 5.6K Amazon customers have given it a five-star review!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS CASE! I just bought a MacBook Air (13 inches). It snapped on easily, arrived quickly and without damage, and the keyboard cover looks great. It's not off from the keyboard lettering at all, and doesn't hide too much of the back lightning! You also can see the Apple logo very clearly on the laptop when it's lit up. It's super easy to keep clean and it looks very fashionable. I have a rose gold apple watch and a rose gold iPhone, and this set is the perfect color to match. Will buy again." —Qiayra R.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 43 colors).

    16. And a set of hanging plant laptop stickers that certainly won't ~succ~ and will bring some much-needed greenery to your work space (even if it is fake).

    Stickers4dotcom / Etsy

    At BuzzFeed, everyone loves making their laptops feel like their own by adding a ton of quirky stickers. I was too hesitant to commit to putting stickers directly on my computer, so first I purchased the case noted above. Then I went to town decorating with fun stickers like these hanging plants.

    Get a set of give from Stickers4dotcom on Etsy for $8.07.

    17. A bamboo organizer to place your laptop or monitor on and have a space for your phone, coffee mug, and more.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Brighten your workspace with a touch of bamboo and organize all of the accessories you already have. This awesome stand has various slots to hold your phone, cup, papers, stapler, clips, etc. It's an organizer's dream.

    Promising review: "Great product. Very high quality for a good price. It's perfect if you want to use your laptop as your PC while using external monitors, keyboards, etc. You can easily pull out your laptop to turn it on, then tuck away. The little carve-outs are also convenient for those who have pens and Post-its scattered all over and want to stay a little bit more organized. Also, I've got a very large monitor that is relatively heavy. This has no problem supporting the weight." —Joseph

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    18. A USB hub that'll instantly add extra ports to your computer, leaving you to wonder "WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!"

    amazon.com, Amazon

    With nearly 10.5K five-star reviews, the only surprising thing about this product is that you don't own it already!

    Promising review: "I bought two of these hubs and I've got one plugged into the other, effectively giving me an additional 7 free USB 3.0 ports. To my surprise, it appears that the data transfer rate is not impacted by this configuration. Transfers are fast and reliable. I've copied several terabytes from one external drive to another, both of which were connected via the USB hubs, without a single hiccup." —Rob from California

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in four styles).

    19. A miniature projector you can connect to your computer to host the ultimate movie night at your place.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Whether you're looking to host an epic viewing party or simply want to upgrade your at-home viewing experience, this lil' projector will happily become your fave computer accessory.

    Promising review: "What’s better than sitting outdoors with friends and family watching a movie? This brings me back to the days of my youth at a drive-in movie theater. If you are thinking about this — go for it! It’s an amazing experience that does not cost much to set up. I don’t know much about the specs or technical aspects of this projector; but here’s what I can tell you...everyone is very impressed the first time they walk in our backyard and see the screen for the first time!" —iamnoman

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    20. A geometric accessory set with a large desk mat, coaster, and mouse pad that'll add a fun pop of color to your work space. You spend 90% of your time there, it might as well look nice!

    NoBadMondays / Etsy

    Get it from NoBadMondays on Etsy for $22.75.

    21. Bluetooth headphones for seamlessly listening to Taylor Swift and drowning out the noise of your office at the same time.

    BuzzFeed

    I was unsure about cutting the cord, so to speak, between me and my headphones. I decided to tentatively take the plunge by ordering these headphones in pink and I have not been disappointed! They're super simple to set up, have really clear sound, a very long battery life, and fold up for easy storage.

    Oh, and they're our budget pick for the best wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in eight styles).

    22. An ambient back-lighting kit from NZXT that you can use to add some ~mood lighting~ to your TV or computer monitor.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've built two custom PCs and I used the NZXT Hue on both. This product offers professional looking lighting to a custom pc build and is extremely easy to install." —Brian M. Clarke

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    23. A power strip surge protector to let you keep your computer plugged in while you charge your phone, your tablet, your e-reader, and other devices without blinking an eye.

    Amazon

    My husband has these bad boys ALL OVER our home. Seriously, you can find one of these power strips in almost every corner of our apartment. While it does seem a bit much, I must admit they work fabulously.

    Promising review: "Some background, I currently work in an IT department for an aerospace firm in southern California. One of my duties is to test hardware and devices prior to deploying them to our users. This power strip performs as good as it looks. It features a plug that swivels and a switch at the top side of the surge protector. The placement of the switch on the side of the surge protector is extremely well thought out. Other surge protectors have the switch on top, next to the additional plugs, which have the frequency of the user unintentionally turning off the surge protector when another plug is plugged in. I would highly recommend this surge protector for the cost per plug, functionality, and style." —NSRyan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16+ (available in sizes 5"–8" and in two colors).

    24. A patterned keyboard cover so you can keep crumbs out of your keys but make it ~fashun~.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this cover. Easy to put on and stays on easily. My last keyboard cover wouldn't stay on properly and kept coming off, but this one is a lot more durable and sticks to the keyboard well enough that it doesn't move around or come off. It doesn't even feel like a cover; it sticks on so well it feels like stickers. Overall love the design, feel, texture and durability of the cover." —Demi Gentry

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69+ (available in 31 styles).

    25. A 21.5-inch monitor with a crisp, flawless picture that 3K Amazon customers can't get enough of.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Do you use your computer to binge-watch Netflix? Or maybe you're obsessed with Fortnite and spend (perhaps too much) time staring at a screen? Then you need to accessorize your system with this fabulous monitor.

    Promising review: "Crisp and vibrant display! Really fits the budget and delivers better than expected quality. Colors are clear and precise; watching videos is a lot more enjoyable with this monitor (especially videos of the 60fps type). I bought one of these monitors for my main computer and it was so good, I bought a second one for a computer in my shop. I plan to buy a third one soon for a dual display on my shop computer." —JD

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99.

    26. A set of speakers so you can turn up the volume and dance your heart out to Harry Styles' latest album.

    Amazon

    ...I know you want to. ;) These speakers are the perfect price and can be easily connected to your computer. They'll ~pump up the volume~ in your home and are beloved by Amazon customers — 2.7K gave 'em a five-star review!

    Promising review: "These speakers are a bit on the expensive side, especially when you compare with other computer speakers that you can buy for $100, but they deliver on my expectations. I work in IT and apart from regular stuff like listening to music, I do lot of vlogs and video conferencing on my desktop and this is where these speakers really shine. They make your music sound good and they make simple sound (in my case a person speaking on a speakerphone with lot of ambient noise) audible." —Deejay

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    27. A microphone that'll help take that podcast you've been working on about your love for your dog public. You'll be serving ads for organic pet food to all your devoted followers before you know it.

    amazon.com

    Because who wouldn't want to hear you profess your love for your pup in a 45-minute weekly recording? This mic is really great for recording songs at home, using Google voice search, recording YouTube audio, and so much more directly to your computer.

    Promising review: "At first I did not know what to expect due to the low price of this item, but once I tested it the audio quality of this device really blew me away. The build quality of the item is fairly solid. The body is made out of anodized aluminum with steel parts, which makes it super rigid. The cord is fairly nice and thick, which reduces the chance of the ends of it getting strained and breaking the wires internally. The tripod that comes with it is fairly rigid and reduces the chances of the microphone slipping or picking up vibrations from the surface it is sitting on." —Angel D. Mercedes

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    28. A portable hard drive can answer your prayers the next time your mom says "how do I get these pictures off Facebook and onto my computer?"

    amazon.com

    This slim device will be the solution to all of the tech requests you get from your relatives. When your grandma wants to know what happened to all those photos she took of you at your college graduation, you can slip this slim little device out of your back pocket to save the day.

    Promising review: "This USB 3.0 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive is what I’ve been using. Not only is it small and compact, the transfer speeds are outstanding on this hard drive. I get up to 60-80 Mbps transfer speed. So if I’m transferring a lot of data. I only have to wait 5 minutes for it to be completed. Highly recommended." —Rob

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in 1–5TB and four colors).

    29. A cleaning kit so efficient it'll seem like a horde of magical creatures jumped out of a Disney movie and into your home to clean your computer.

    Amazon

    Complete with screen-cleaning gel, microfiber cloths, and anti-static wipes, this kit has it ALL. You'll never have to be distracted by smudges on your screen again.

    Promising review: "HOE-LEE COW!!! Incredible. I have PCs and TVs from 2011 that have never been properly cleaned because I did not know what to clean them with. Back in the 1990s I would clean the monitor screens with saliva. (I actually would spit on the screens — hey it works on the mouthpieces of brass instruments, anyways...) and then wipe that with a soft tissue because the instructions always warned not to use water or Windex etc. This stuff is AWESOME. I cleaned my 55-inch LCD with this. Next thing I knew I was cleaning every surface of every device INCLUDING the protective coverings of wall art. Those screens and surfaces are as clean as fresh out of the box. No lie. 150 thousand stars as far as I'm concerned. I NEVER thought I'd actually utter the words 'where has this stuff been all my life,' but I really did. You won't be sorry for buying this." —William F. Nappi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    30. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses, because if you're on the computer as much as I think you are, you should definitely have a pair of these to help prevent eye strain.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    If you have a tendency to spend hours gaming or binge-watching shows after you've already spent the whole workday looking at a computer screen and/or your phone, chances are you are hurting your eyeballs. They will totally benefit from a pair of these blue-light-blocking glasses.

    Promising review: "These glasses are perfect for working on the computer, videos games, and even watching movies! I love the pale pink color, they’re very feminine and fit my face just like I’d hoped. I recommend them for anyone that spends time on phones or computers" —Kelly Stagg

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 12 styles).

    31. An affordable laptop backpack to make going through airport security a breeze. No more rummaging past your undies in front of a TSA agent while trying to get your computer out!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's not bulky at all and is also exactly what anyone commuting on public transit can use! This bag is made of durable fabric and has a bunch of pockets, so you can fit your computer, lunch, book, etc. all in one.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. It is a lightweight backpack with good quality zippers that work smoothly. It's professional looking, as well. My 13-inch laptop slides in easily. There are nice pockets throughout. It also has two side pockets for water bottles. Those are pretty small and seems to only fit plastic disposable water bottles. It does not fit my traveler's coffee mug or metal water bottle. Aside from that, I love it." —Priscilla Rivas

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 10 colors).

    32. A mini tower with 10 outlets that'll act as a battery backup so (God forbid!) if the power goes out, you won't lose all the progress you made building your dream home on The Sims.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am the proud owner of three of these (so far). They're quiet when on AC power. They have great customization. I've muted the beeps and warnings so if the power kicks off, they just take over without distracting me further. I LOVE the two front USB plugs. I charge devices from them all the time. The LED screen is off by default until you press a button, so other than the dimly lit power button on the front, there's no distracting lights or sounds under normal use on AC power. So, how well do they work? Well, I've owned a lot of UPSes. These are by far much quieter than any I've purchased from APC. They have a true sine wave output (which is amazing!), and the 1500VA is perfect for most electronics. The front screen will tell you how much of a load you have plugged in and even an estimate for how long the unit should run given that load if you lost power. So, no surprises!" —Ramze

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95+ (available in four styles).

    33. A gaming headset, so you can tune out your loving significant other and focus solely on the task at hand — becoming a Fortnite champion.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    In case you were wondering what my living situation is like. Anyway! This headset is lightweight, wireless, padded with memory foam, and will allow the gamer in your home to communicate with their friends easily mid-game. Pretty sweet.

    Promising review: "I've had these about six months now, and still love them and comment to myself about them all the time. Biggest reason why is obvious, because they're wireless. As many of us know growing up with wired headphones was always a pain with the cord getting in the way and such but wireless tech has come a long way. Besides just the wireless part, they are SUPER comfortable, sometimes I'll forget they are even on my head, they don't fit super tight which is REALLY nice, but tight enough that if you shake your head slightly they aren't going to fall off obviously. Getting up to do things and just leaving them on is just... nice. Sound quality is great, I had a pair of wired Hyper X headphones before these and i would say these are better. Battery life is also great, I leave the Hyper X Logo light off to have the best battery life possible and can go all day without having to recharge them. I will typically re-charge them every night, I am a videographer so I am on my computer quite a bit and also play a few games so needless to say I am in my headphones almost daily" —Colin McEvoy

    Get it from Amazon for $94.17.

    34. And a hedgehog cord organizer so your USB wires and charging cables won't ~hog~ your desk space.

    Jewelryleather / Etsy

    Adorable and useful? Why wouldn't you want this lil' hedgehog hangin' at your desk? Buy multiple ones for every spare cord you've got!

    Get it from Jewelryleather on Etsy for $9.20+ (available in two styles).

    What you'll probably look like while placing your orders for ALL of these gadgets:

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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