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Computer Accessories

Time to soup up your system? With so many accessories to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what you want and where to buy it.

Input Devices

Any tool you use to input information into your computer is called an input device. Most computers come with the standard keyboard and mouse, which are sufficient for most users. However, sleeker, easier and more comfortable items are available. Most of these devices cost between $50 and $200.

  • Ergonomic Options
    Microsoft offers ergonomically shaped keyboards that encourage a natural hand position.

  • Cordless Mice
    Logitech offers a cordless mouse with a wheel that allows you to use your middle finger to scroll up and down a page without moving the mouse. Logitech also offers trackballs, ergonomic keyboards, video cameras, game controllers and speakers.

  • Touchpad Technology
    For those used to the feel of a laptop computer's touchpad, Cirque offers technology that allows you to select items on your computer by simply sliding and tapping a finger.




  • Wireless Keyboard
    Interlink Electronics offers a cordless, programmable mouse, a wireless keyboard with touchpad and an eraserhead-sized stationary pointing device similar to those imbedded in laptop keyboards.
Scanners

Scanners are used to convert images on paper into electronic images on your computer screen. The most popular type of scanner is a flatbed, which has a flat, glass bed for a scanning surface. The prices of flatbeds have fallen drastically, making them affordable for individuals outside the graphic design world. Costs range from about $100 to $800, depending on the image quality and resolution you're looking for.

  • Epson has a selection of scanners as well as a glossary of common terms in image scanning.

  • Canon Computer Systems and Hewlett Packard all offer scanners in this price range as well.

  • Scantips.com offers a list of links relating to scanning, including a list of manufacturers, support sites, buyers guides and product reviews.
Digital Cameras

Digital cameras let you take pictures without film. The image instantly appears on the screen of the camera and is stored digitally until downloaded to a computer. You then have the option of printing out photos on a color printer, posting them on a Web site or e-mailing them to friends. This type of technology isn't cheap -- most digital cameras cost between $800 and $1,500. Like scanners, the amount of money you must spend depends on resolution.

  • Digital Eyes, an independent online publication for news and reviews of scanners, digital cameras and software..

Other Resources

For more help buying these and other computer accessories, check out these sites:

  • ComputerShopper
    The Shopping Tips section includes "How to Buy Guides" on a number of accessories, including scanners, digital cameras, printers, graphics cards and game hardware.

  • mySimon
    Comparison shopping site offers product information and recommendations.

  • BotSpot
    Their list of shopping bots includes comparison shopping sites which allow you to find the best price (if you know what item you're looking for) or the best item (if you're not sure what product to buy).

  • Computers4sure
    Retailer offers a wide range of computer accessories.

  • CNET Shopper
    Compare prices on computer products.




       --- A. Harris

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