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A good accessory should complement or enhance the functionality of the main product. Whether it's a printer working with a computer, or an Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro, the two should work in lockstep to give you a better experience.
But accessories get expensive, some can run well into the three-digit range, and some are meant for only a niche audience. To make your day-to-day computing experience better, though, a few key, inexpensive accessories can make all the difference.
Whether you're trying to charge multiple devices at once, keep your stuff more secure, or clear up clutter, these 20 accessories can make that happen — all for $20 or less:
A lock portAmazon
If you've got tech you want to stay put, then protect it! Kensington lock ports are still available on a wide variety of laptops and are definitely a theft-deterrent.
A USB hub with micro and regular SD card readersAmazon
A hub with a twist! USB hubs have become a fairly standard accessory, but Cateck ups the ante a little by including a micro and regular SD card reader alongside the three USB 3.0 ports.
What makes the inclusion of the card readers so nice is that this hub puts them at arm's-reach. Even though most laptops and desktops have built-in card readers, they're typically somewhat inconvenient. This is especially true if you've got a laptop in a stand hooked up to a display. This hub eliminates that problem.
A wireless mouseAmazon
Unlike Bluetooth keyboards, Bluetooth mice are a pretty pricey proposition. Instead, this Amazon Basics wireless mouse requires the use of a USB port for a little receiver.
There's not a lot to say about this mouse. It's not going to win any design awards, but the upshot is that picking one up frees your desk from yet another cable. It also compliments the Anker keyboard quite nicely.
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