Peripherals: Most Popular Articles
Step-by-step instructions on how to add a second monitor to a laptop. Page 1 of 4.
For whatever reason, you may need to disable the integrated webcam on your computer or laptop. These easy steps will walk you through it.
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.
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
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.
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.
Weighing the pros and cons of each peripheral. A wired mouse is cheaper, for example, but a wireless one is more comfortable.
Using the mouse that comes with your computer is a lot like using the little white earbuds that come with your iPod.
Not sure what size to buy? Read here for some helpful hints.
Troubleshooting a broken keyboard
Buying advice for keyboards
What's the difference between a nano USB wireless receiver and a regular one? Find out the definition here.
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.
An explanation of the differences between optical and laser mice and why you should (or shouldn’t) care.
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.
Explaining the differences among the three
Travel mice aren’t always just scaled-down versions of full-sized mice (although they almost always have smaller footprints).
Buying advice for USB flash drives
A list of 5 wallet-friendly webcams
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.
Defining read and write speeds. Computer Peripherals.
An explanation of the term. Computer Peripherals.
Things to think about before you buy a mouse
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.
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.
A hands-on review of the Logitech M325 wireless mouse
How fast can you type? Take these tests to find out and even have some fun!
5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe
What you should know before you buy a webcam.
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 the best affordable keyboards in 2013, including the Genius SlimStar i815, Logitech Media Keyboard K200, and Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 2000.
7 details to pay attention to before buying a webcam
A list of some of the best travel keyboards
Still not sure what webcam frame rates are, and why they are important? Read this article to find out.
Here's a handy FAQ for all of your SuperSpeed USB 3.0 questions.
Step-by-step instructions to cleaning a wireless mouse
A definition of the term PCI. Computer Peripherals.
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about mechanical keyboards
An explanation of mechanical keyboards
A hands-on review of the Genius SP-HF1800A computer speakers, which for the price tag is impressive looking and not too shabby sounding.
: Although it evokes images of electrocution, when a company says a hard drive is shockproof, it is usually
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.
Explaining the differences between the two listening devices
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.
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.
Here is an overview of what you need to know before you buy a keyboard.
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 Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
How to install and setup a webcam
A hands-on review of the LifeCam HD-3000
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.
A hands-on review of Logitech's Z323 desktop speakers
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.
Explaining the different types of headphones
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Comfort Mouse 4500
A hands-on review of Logitech’s K200 Media Keyboard
FAQs About DVD-R Drives to answer all your questions about DVD storage, burning, and more.
Popular questions and their answers about the storage category
Buying advice for ergonomic computer peripherals
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.
A hands-on review of the Ecliipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard
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.
Stacking the Logitech Pro C920 against the C910
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.
A close-up look at the Logitech M525 wireless mouse
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.
A hands-on review of the LaCie CloudBox
The answers to your more pressing questions about Blu-ray drives
A hands-on review of the ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710
A list of 5 hard drives that do everything you need them to do and then some
A hands-on review of Lacie's 500GB Rugged USB 3.0 All-Terrain Hard Disk
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z623 desktop speakers
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 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.
Five low-cost wireless mice reviewed, ranked and rated for anyone interested in a cheap, inexpensive cordless or wireless rechargeable mice.
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
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 Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000
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)
Find out the definition of a down-firing subwoofer here. What is a down firing subwoofer vs. a side-firing subwoofer.
What you should know before you buy computer speakers
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.
What is a solid-state drive (SSD) and how is it different than a hard disk drive?
10 ways that let you remember to back up your data
Defining the term HDD. Computer Peripherals.
A hands-on review of Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Explaining the meaning of a short throw projector
A definition of ambient noise. Computer Peripherals.
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.
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.
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 close-up look at the WD My Passport Ultra
An overview of the My Passport Essential portable hard drive
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.
Everything you need to know about the buying and using of webcams
Maxell's NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones reviewed, ranked and rated.
A hands-on review of the SwannSmart Network Camera
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse
The Review: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 is a simple, cheap, effective USB powered keyboard that gets the job done with little frills and features.
An explanation and a photograph of a VGA cable
An overview of the SwissArmy flash drives
Defining Logitech's Unifying Technology
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.
How to choose the right headphones
A hands-on review of the Logitech M310 wireless mouse
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 Microsoft's Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000
Of course you'll be able to hear music from your smartphone, but will you be able to answer calls without touching your phone?
10 things to look for in computer peripherals
The ioSafe Solo USB hard drive promises it can protect against fire and water -- two things that never mix with electronics. Read our full review of the drive here.
Buying tips for webcams. Peripherals.
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 GoFlex Desk from Seagate
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000
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.
An overview of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable hard drives
Defining the term DPI. Computer Peripherals.
5 Cheap Headphones
Move beyond the ugly tie with these handy computer peripheral gift ideas for Father’s Day.
A hands-on review of the Traveler 900 optical mouse
A close-up look at the WD Elements portable hard drive
Defining a pico projector. Computer Peripherals.
A hands-on review of Verbatim's Easy Riser Nano laser mouse
Explaining the term ambidextrous as it relates to computer peripherals
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
: A USB hub is a device that features several different USB ports. Since many computer peripherals require
Explaining MFi as it pertains to computer peripherals
A hands-on review of Logitech's C510 HD Webcam
A list of computer mice that would make great gifts for Mother's Day
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.
Hints and tips for increasing your productivity using computer peripherals
An answer to the question: What is Blu-ray?
Everything you need to know about computer mice
Explaining antimicrobial protection
A full review of the Microsoft Arc wireless mouse
Explaining the term dongle in the realm of computer peripherals
An answer to the question: Can I burn a Blu-ray disc with a Blu-ray drive?
A hands-on review of the Logitech Wireless Touchpad
A hands-on review of Transcend's P7 multi-card reader
A review of Kensington's Pro Fit Washable Keyboard
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.
A list of some of the most affordable wired and wireless mice on the market.
A hands-on review of the ADATA HV610 portable hard drive
An answer to the question: Will a Blu-ray drive play DVDs?
Helpful links for learning about external storage