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Get More Out of Your Computer by Setting Up a...
Step-by-step instructions on how to add a second monitor to a laptop. Page 1 of 4.
A Visual Guide to Disabling Your Webcam
For whatever reason, you may need to disable the integrated webcam on your computer or laptop. These easy steps will walk you through it.
Make a Back Up Hard Drive From an Old Internal...
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.
How to Easily Connect a Wireless Mouse
Step-by-Step instructions on how to connect a wireless mouse
How to Connect a USB Webcam to Your PC
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.
9 Tips for Fixing a Broken Mouse
Troubleshooting tips for broken mice
3 Tips for Buying an External Hard Drive
3 things to know before you buy a portable hard drive
What You Need to Know Before Buying an External...
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.
The Easy Way to Setup Any Blurtooth Device
Having trouble setting up your Bluetooth device? Follow these step-by-step instructions to figure it out.
How to Get the Best Picture on Your PC Monitor
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.
Wired or Wireless Mouse?
Weighing the pros and cons of each peripheral. A wired mouse is cheaper, for example, but a wireless one is more comfortable.
What You Should Know Before Buying a Computer...
Using the mouse that comes with your computer is a lot like using the little white earbuds that come with your iPod.
What Size USB Flash Drive Do I Need?
Not sure what size to buy? Read here for some helpful hints.
My Keyboard Won’t Work. Now What?
Troubleshooting a broken keyboard
3 Important Keyboard Features
Buying advice for keyboards
What Is a Nano Wireless Receiver?
What's the difference between a nano USB wireless receiver and a regular one? Find out the definition here.
Frequently Asked Questions About USB Flash Drives
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 Optical and Laser...
An explanation of the differences between optical and laser mice and why you should (or shouldn’t) care.
What Is Surround Sound Audio?
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.
What’s the Difference Between Washable,...
Explaining the differences among the three
5 Great Wireless Mice for Laptops
Travel mice aren’t always just scaled-down versions of full-sized mice (although they almost always have smaller footprints).
4 Tips For Buying a Flash Drive
Buying advice for USB flash drives
5 Budget Webcams
A list of 5 wallet-friendly webcams
What Makes a PC Monitor High Definition?
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.
What are Read and Write Speeds?
Defining read and write speeds. Computer Peripherals.
What is an In-Line Mic?
An explanation of the term. Computer Peripherals.
5 Important Mice Features
Things to think about before you buy a mouse
What Does THX Certified Mean for Speakers or...
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.
5 Cool Earbuds for Under \$30
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.
Logitech M325 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech M325 wireless mouse
Typing Speed Test Sites
How fast can you type? Take these tests to find out and even have some fun!
5 Ways to Back Up Your Data
5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Webcam
What you should know before you buy a webcam.
How to Test and Adjust Your PC's Audio System
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.
Best Cheap Keyboards 2013
A list of the best affordable keyboards in 2013, including the Genius SlimStar i815, Logitech Media Keyboard K200, and Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 2000.
7 Important Webcam Features
7 details to pay attention to before buying a webcam
Best Travel Keyboards
A list of some of the best travel keyboards
What Are Webcam Frame Rates?
Still not sure what webcam frame rates are, and why they are important? Read this article to find out.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ
Here's a handy FAQ for all of your SuperSpeed USB 3.0 questions.
How to Clean a Wireless Mouse
Step-by-step instructions to cleaning a wireless mouse
What is PCI?
A definition of the term PCI. Computer Peripherals.
What is a mechanical keyboard?
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about mechanical keyboards
What is a Mechanical Keyboard?
An explanation of mechanical keyboards
Genius SP-HF1800A Review
A hands-on review of the Genius SP-HF1800A computer speakers, which for the price tag is impressive looking and not too shabby sounding.
What Is Shockproof
: Although it evokes images of electrocution, when a company says a hard drive is shockproof, it is usually
Eight Peripherals to Build the Ultimate Gaming PC
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.
Earphones vs. Ear Buds?
Explaining the differences between the two listening devices
Adesso Illuminated Multimedia Keyboard
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.
Five 2.1 Speaker Systems for Under \$100
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.
Before You Buy a Keyboard
Here is an overview of what you need to know before you buy a keyboard.
Do I Need a 5.1 Surround Sound System for My...
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.
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
How to Set Up a Webcam
How to install and setup a webcam
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 Review
A hands-on review of the LifeCam HD-3000
What is THX Certification?
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.
Logitech Z323 Desktop Speakers Review
A hands-on review of Logitech's Z323 desktop speakers
Do I Need a Second Monitor?
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.
Types of Headphones
Explaining the different types of headphones
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Comfort Mouse 4500
Logitech Media Keyboard K200 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech’s K200 Media Keyboard
FAQs About DVD-R Drives
FAQs About DVD-R Drives to answer all your questions about DVD storage, burning, and more.
FAQ About External Storage
Popular questions and their answers about the storage category
5 Things to Know about Ergonomics
Buying advice for ergonomic computer peripherals
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
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.
Eclipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard
A hands-on review of the Ecliipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard
Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Surround...
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.
Logitech HD Pro C920 vs. C910
Stacking the Logitech Pro C920 against the C910
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
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.
Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse Overview
A close-up look at the Logitech M525 wireless mouse
Saitek PK24U Eclipse III Wired Keyboard
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.
LaCie CloudBox Review
A hands-on review of the LaCie CloudBox
Blu-ray FAQ
The answers to your more pressing questions about Blu-ray drives
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 Review
A hands-on review of the ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710
5 High-Performance Hard Drives
A list of 5 hard drives that do everything you need them to do and then some
LaCie’s 500GB Rugged USB 3.0 All-Terrain...
A hands-on review of Lacie's 500GB Rugged USB 3.0 All-Terrain Hard Disk
Logitech Z623 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z623 desktop speakers
The Best Keyboards
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.
Altec Lansing VS4221 2.1 Speaker Music & Gaming...
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.
5 Wireless Mice for Under \$50
Five low-cost wireless mice reviewed, ranked and rated for anyone interested in a cheap, inexpensive cordless or wireless rechargeable mice.
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System
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.
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000
Review: LG 22" Flatron LCD Widescreen Monitor
Review of the 22 inch LG Flatron monitor.
Weird, Strange and Cool Webcam Feeds
A running list of some of the strangest and the coolest webcams on the Internet (and some fun and silly ones as well)
What is a Down-firing Subwoofer?
Find out the definition of a down-firing subwoofer here. What is a down firing subwoofer vs. a side-firing subwoofer.
Before You Buy Computer Speakers
What you should know before you buy computer speakers
Review: Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia...
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?
What is a solid-state drive (SSD) and how is it different than a hard disk drive?
10 Ways to Remember to Back Up Your Data
10 ways that let you remember to back up your data
What Does HDD Stand For?
Defining the term HDD. Computer Peripherals.
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
What is a Short Throw Projector?
Explaining the meaning of a short throw projector
What is Ambient Noise?
A definition of ambient noise. Computer Peripherals.
Microsoft Arc Keyboard Review
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.
3 Mice You Can Use (Almost) Anywhere
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.
Review: PNY Attaché 16GB USB Flash 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.
WD My Passport Ultra Overview
A close-up look at the WD My Passport Ultra
Western Digital My Passport Essential Overview
An overview of the My Passport Essential portable hard drive
What Are Megapixels?
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.
Guide to Webcams
Everything you need to know about the buying and using of webcams
Maxell NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones
Maxell's NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones reviewed, ranked and rated.
SwannSmart Network Camera Review
A hands-on review of the SwannSmart Network Camera
Nexus Silent Mouse Review
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse
Review: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200
The Review: Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 is a simple, cheap, effective USB powered keyboard that gets the job done with little frills and features.
What is a VGA Cable?
An explanation and a photograph of a VGA cable
Always Be Prepared
An overview of the SwissArmy flash drives
What is Unifying Technology?
Defining Logitech's Unifying Technology
5 High-performance Keyboards
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 Headphones
How to choose the right headphones
Logitech M310 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech M310 wireless mouse
Madcatz Cyborg gaming keyboard
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.
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000
Will My Headphones Work With My Smartphone?
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 Important Computer Peripheral Features
10 things to look for in computer peripherals
ioSafe Solo USB Hard Drive Review
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.
5 Buying Tips For Webcams
Buying tips for webcams. Peripherals.
Before You Buy a Video Card
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.
Seagate GoFlex Desk Review
A hands-on review of the GoFlex Desk from Seagate
Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000 Review
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000
Frisby Fs-5015 5.1 3000 Watt Surround Sound...
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.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable Hard...
An overview of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable hard drives
What is DPI?
Defining the term DPI. Computer Peripherals.
Best Cheap Headphones
5 Cheap Headphones
Father's Day Gift Ideas
Move beyond the ugly tie with these handy computer peripheral gift ideas for Father’s Day.
Genius Traveler 900 Review
A hands-on review of the Traveler 900 optical mouse
WD Elements Overview
A close-up look at the WD Elements portable hard drive
What is a Pico Projector?
Defining a pico projector. Computer Peripherals.
Verbatim Adjust Go Easy Riser Nano Laser Mouse...
A hands-on review of Verbatim's Easy Riser Nano laser mouse
What is an Ambidextrous Mouse?
Explaining the term ambidextrous as it relates to computer peripherals
5 Living Room Keyboards
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
What is a USB Hub?
: A USB hub is a device that features several different USB ports. Since many computer peripherals require
What is MFi?
Explaining MFi as it pertains to computer peripherals
Logitech HD Webcam C510 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech's C510 HD Webcam
Mother's Day Mice
A list of computer mice that would make great gifts for Mother's Day
LG W2252TQ 22" Flatron LCD Display
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.
5 Ways to Work Faster
Hints and tips for increasing your productivity using computer peripherals
What is Blu-ray?
An answer to the question: What is Blu-ray?
Guide to Mice
Everything you need to know about computer mice
What is Antimicrobial Protection?
Explaining antimicrobial protection
Microsoft Arc Mouse Review
A full review of the Microsoft Arc wireless mouse
What is a Dongle?
Explaining the term dongle in the realm of computer peripherals
Can I burn a Blu-ray disc with a Blu-ray drive?
An answer to the question: Can I burn a Blu-ray disc with a Blu-ray drive?
Logitech Wireless Touchpad Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Wireless Touchpad
Transcend P7 Multi-Card Reader Review
A hands-on review of Transcend's P7 multi-card reader
Kensington Pro Fit Washable Keyboard Review
A review of Kensington's Pro Fit Washable Keyboard
The Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 Surround Sound...
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.
Cheap Mice
A list of some of the most affordable wired and wireless mice on the market.
ADATA HV610 Portable Hard Drive Review
A hands-on review of the ADATA HV610 portable hard drive
Will a Blu-ray drive play DVDs?
An answer to the question: Will a Blu-ray drive play DVDs?
5 Buying Tips For External Storage
Helpful links for learning about external storage
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