Peripherals: Most Popular Articles
For whatever reason, you may need to disable the integrated webcam on your computer or laptop. These easy steps will walk you through it.
Step-by-step instructions on how to add a second monitor to a laptop.
Step-by-Step instructions on how to connect a wireless mouse
Looking to connect a webcam to your new PC? Many laptops come with webcams these days, but with most desktop PCs, you will need to connect a separate webcam via a USB port or similar connection, and this is a step-by-step guide for doing just that.
Troubleshooting tips for broken mice
3 things to know before you buy a portable hard drive
A step-by-step tutorial with full color photos describing the process for taking an internal hard drive and turning it into an external one, in very simple terms.
Backing up your data can be an overwhelming step, but it's a necessary one. Portable hard drives are a great way to secure your data. Here's what you need to know before you buy an external hard drive.
Having trouble setting up your Bluetooth device? Follow these step-by-step instructions to figure it out.
Weighing the pros and cons of each peripheral. A wired mouse is cheaper, for example, but a wireless one is more comfortable.
How to test and calibrate your PC monitor for the best color, picture, and professional performance. Learn the definitions of all the different settings, what they do, and how to use them to give your display the best looking picture.
Buying advice for keyboards
How fast can you type? Take these tests to find out and even have some fun!
Not sure what size to buy? Read here for some helpful hints.
What is surround sound? What is a 5.1 audio system? What is the difference between 2.1, 5.1, and other types of surround sound speaker systems? Answer those questions here, with a simple guide to surround sound audio systems, including what they include, and what they're for.
A FAQ guide to the specifications, uses, and purposes of portable USB flash drives. Get all the details about the functionality, terminology, and physical design of USB flash drives.
What's the difference between a nano USB wireless receiver and a regular one? Find out the definition here.
Using the mouse that comes with your computer is a lot like using the little white earbuds that come with your iPod.
A list of 5 wallet-friendly webcams
An explanation of the differences between optical and laser mice and why you should (or shouldn’t) care.
Troubleshooting a broken keyboard
Travel mice aren’t always just scaled-down versions of full-sized mice (although they almost always have smaller footprints).
Defining read and write speeds. Computer Peripherals.
An explanation of the term. Computer Peripherals.
The Adesso Illuminated Multimedia Keyboard is a unique keyboard with ultra bright backlight illumination, multimedia capability, and a striking modern design sure to turn any heads that come across it.
Things to think about before you buy a mouse
What you should know before you buy a webcam.
Buying advice for USB flash drives
5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe
Essentially, it means that the sound coming out of your 5.1 surround sound or other speaker system is being heard exactly as the audio engineer intended.
A hands-on review of the Logitech M325 wireless mouse
A high definition, widescreen computer monitor is one of the foundations of an exciting, effective multimedia PC. An HD display instantly makes any movie, video game, or online video experience better. Find out what HD can do in this article.
Explaining the differences among the three
These 5 cheap, cool earbuds will provide you with a striking listening experience at a low cost. Affordable and stylish, its hard to go wrong with these cheap earbuds.
Having a sophisticated surround sound audio system for your computer, and the advanced, high-tech PC audio card that it usually requires takes more than simply purchasing it. You have to set up, test, calibrate and generally ensure yourself of the quality of your PC system, and here's how to do it.
A list of some of the best travel keyboards
Step-by-step instructions to cleaning a wireless mouse
An explanation of mechanical keyboards
Here's a handy FAQ for all of your SuperSpeed USB 3.0 questions.
The Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard breathes new life into the extra-full category of high-end computer keyboards, offering not only substance and functionality, but high-tech style, as the backlight is available in three colors and comes with a dimmer switch.
7 details to pay attention to before buying a webcam
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about mechanical keyboards
Explaining the different types of headphones
Explaining the differences between the two listening devices
Here is an overview of what you need to know before you buy a keyboard.
Eight computer peripherals to help you build your ultimate gaming rig, including the right kind of speakers, monitors, and more. Anyone can choose a fast, video game-ready PC, but it's the peripheral experience which can truly elevate your level of play.
Still not sure what webcam frame rates are, and why they are important? Read this article to find out.
How to install and setup a webcam
: Although it evokes images of electrocution, when a company says a hard drive is shockproof, it is usually
A definition of the term PCI. Computer Peripherals.
Keyboards are an important purchase because of the heavy amount of use they go through. You’re going to want to something that’s durable, practical and comfortable, and some of you may want something with a few more bells and whistles. Here’s a list of some of the best keyboards on the market.
The Saitek PK24U Eclipse III Wired Keyboard is the third generation of the immensely popular Eclipse high-performance keyboard series. It's illuminated with an impressive backlight, and has several extra keys for additional capabilities. See it reviewed here.
Looking for an inexpensive 2.1 speaker system with two satellite speakers, a powered subwoofer, and a low price tag? Find the perfect audio setup for your desktop PC at a cheap price here, with five top 2.1 speaker systems ranked and rated for your information.
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
Do you need a second monitor? We go over some of the advantages of adding a monitor to your laptop and provide the steps on how to do it.
A list of the best affordable keyboards in 2013, including the Genius SlimStar i815, Logitech Media Keyboard K200, and Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 2000.
FAQs About DVD-R Drives to answer all your questions about DVD storage, burning, and more.
Everything you need to know when you're considering a 5.1 surround sound speaker system for your computer. Many different types of PC users can find great use in 5.1 audio systems.
A hands-on review of the LifeCam HD-3000
A hands-on review of the Genius SP-HF1800A computer speakers, which for the price tag is impressive looking and not too shabby sounding.
The Bose Companion 2 Series II multimedia speakers provide great sound quality from a simple set of two desktop speakers. Enhance your computing experience with rich audio technology from Bose.
Buying advice for ergonomic computer peripherals
The Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard is a high performance keyboard with smooth typing action and extra functionality that will surely make anyone who uses their PC for more than day-to-day activities happy. Read the review and ratings here.
The Microsoft Arc Keyboard is the perfect complement to its sister product, but is it practical for everyday computing? Read our full review to find out.
A hands-on review of Logitech's Z323 desktop speakers
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Comfort Mouse 4500
The Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Multimedia Surround Sound System reviewed, ranked and rated on the basis of features, functionality and performance. Pros and cons of a 5.1 surround sound system from Logitech.
A close-up look at the Logitech M525 wireless mouse
Popular questions and their answers about the storage category
A hands-on review of the LaCie CloudBox
A hands-on review of Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000
A list of 5 hard drives that do everything you need them to do and then some
A hands-on review of Logitech’s K200 Media Keyboard
THX Certification is one of the holy grails of audio reproduction for audio speakers and surround sound systems. To be THX Certified ensures that the sound reproduced by your home audio system is heard in precisely the way the sound engineer intended.
The Madcatz Cyborg gaming keyboard isn't just for gamers, but they'll be sure to be pleased with this high-performance keyboard. It's cool, comfortable, stylish and smooth. Read it rated, ranked and reviewed here.
A hands-on review of the SwannSmart Network Camera
A hands-on review of the Ecliipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard
What you should know before you buy computer speakers
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse
Find out the definition of a down-firing subwoofer here. What is a down firing subwoofer vs. a side-firing subwoofer.
Review of the 22 inch LG Flatron monitor.
A running list of some of the strangest and the coolest webcams on the Internet (and some fun and silly ones as well)
A list of computer mice that would make great gifts for Mother's Day
Megapixels can be the single most important factor when considering a web cam or digital camera, as the megapixel performance is directly related to the quality of images a camera might produce. Read on to learn more.
Explaining the term ambidextrous as it relates to computer peripherals
A close-up look at the WD My Passport Ultra
An overview of the My Passport Essential portable hard drive
A review and rating of the PNY Attaché 16GB USB Flash Drive, including price range, specifications, performance and style descriptions. Useful for anyone looking to upgrade, improve, or add onto their current hard disk and removable storage device scheme.
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z623 desktop speakers
Defining the term HDD. Computer Peripherals.
Answering the most common questions about Cloud storage
A hands-on review of the GoFlex Desk from Seagate
Stacking the Logitech Pro C920 against the C910
Defining Logitech's Unifying Technology
An explanation and a photograph of a VGA cable
How to choose the right headphones
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000
Move beyond the ugly tie with these handy computer peripheral gift ideas for Father’s Day.
An overview of the SwissArmy flash drives
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
A hands-on review of Logitech's C510 HD Webcam
The Altec Lansing VS4221 2.1 Speaker Music & Gaming System is a speaker set featuring a subwoofer and two satellite speakers, all of which are specially designed for music and gaming applications.
A hands-on review of the Logitech M310 wireless mouse
10 things to look for in computer peripherals
The Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 surround sound audio system is an inexpensive, compact surround sound system that still delivers quality sound in a convenient package.
The Frisby Fs-5015 5.1 3000 Watt Surround Sound System looks great and packs quite a punch at a very cheap price, as is clear in this review in which the powerful surround sound speaker system is ranked, rated, and reviewed for performance and features, not to mention style. Affordable yet powerful sound.
The answers to your more pressing questions about Blu-ray drives
A useful description of the different terms, phrases and specifications consumers should look for when choosing to buy a video card or upgrade their current one. What a gamer is looking for in a graphics card might be different from that of a graphic designer, and this article will help you tell the difference.
A hands-on review of the ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710
What is a solid-state drive (SSD) and how is it different than a hard disk drive?
A full review of the Microsoft Arc wireless mouse
The LG Flatron W2252TQ LCD Monitor is a large, high definition display which is great for everyday computing, as well as watching HD video and playing video games.
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000
An explanation of USB 3.1. Computer Peripherals.
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z906 Surround Sound Speakers
Maxell's NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones reviewed, ranked and rated.
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
The Dell S2409 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel LCD Monitor measures in at a massive 24 inches, and has performance stats that predictably match its high-end size and price tag. But if you're a serious PC user who needs that extra space for either multimedia entertainment or workspace necessity. See it rated and reviewed here.
The Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System offers professional-quality sound at a reasonable price. Even with just two satellite speakers and a subwoofer, this system has achieved THX certification to assure even the most thrifty of audiophiles that they're getting their money's worth.
A hands-on review of the Logitech Wireless Touchpad
10 ways that let you remember to back up your data
A close-up look Epson’s VS220 projector
Of course you'll be able to hear music from your smartphone, but will you be able to answer calls without touching your phone?
Defining QWERTY keyboard. Computer Peripherals.
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5 high-performance keyboards reviewed, ranked and rated. From backlights to customizable keys, extra powered USB ports and illumination schemes, find out which is best for you by reading through the reviews and ratings.
Five low-cost wireless mice reviewed, ranked and rated for anyone interested in a cheap, inexpensive cordless or wireless rechargeable mice.
: A USB hub is a device that features several different USB ports. Since many computer peripherals require
An overview of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable hard drives
A hands-on review of the CloudLocker
A review of Logitech's latest G-series speakers, the G51 5.1 Surround Sound System, which is designed for gamers, but enhances anyone's audio experience.
How to clean your external keyboard
An answer to the question: Will a Blu-ray drive play DVDs?
Both Microsoft and Logitech have mice that are designed to be used on traditionally inoperable surfaces. Instead of being tethered to a mousepad, or even a desk, these mice let you take use your laptops on granite kitchen counters, carpeted floors, or even couch cushions.
Everything you need to know about the buying and using of webcams
A hands-on review of the Rapoo 3920P wireless mouse
A definition of ambient noise. Computer Peripherals.
A review of Kensington's Pro Fit Washable Keyboard
A list of 5 slightly different mice
Looking for the best external storage solution for your data? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite suggestions.
The Best Mice For Left and Right Hands
A hands-on review of Logitech’s Z305 laptop speaker
A hands-on review of Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
A hands-on review of the clip-on Z205 Laptop Speaker from Logitech
The definition of a pico receiver
The Review: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 is a simple, cheap, effective USB powered keyboard that gets the job done with little frills and features.
If you've recently introduced a streaming-media device into your living room, you may want a keyboard to help you control it more easily. Check out this list
Determining whether a wired or wireless keyboard is best
Defining the term DPI. Computer Peripherals.
A hands-on review of the ADATA HV610 portable hard drive