Desktop computing may not be as cool and trendy as tablets and smartphones today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up the computing experience at home. There are plenty of accessories and peripherals on the market that can make desktop computing an exciting and fulfilling experience.
With Cyber Monday computer deals on the horizon, here’s a look at some of the most luxurious accessories you will want to use with your desktop computer.
One of the most underserved areas in desktop computing is the mouse pad. That’s right — the surface that your mouse moves across. How many times have you have mice that couldn’t track properly because of dirt accumulated inside the rollerball, or because the sensor was forced to travel across an uneven or dirty surface?
With a high-end mousepad, problems like those won’t be a factor any more. One of the best high-end mousepads out there is made by Func. The company’s Surface 1030 XL mousepad is a polycarbonate mat that measures 36cm by 28cm, has a thickness of 4 mm and weighs 422 g. You can use both surfaces, with each one offering a different degree of traction, precision and consistency. Large rubber feet ensure that the Surface 1030 XL doesn’t move when in use, and the polycarbonate composition means that it’s washable and spill-proof.
Func’s Surface 1030 XL is marketed at gamers, but its understated looks and grey and black color scheme mean that it won’t be out of place in your study at home or even at your desk in the office. What won’t change, however, is the smoothness and precision with which your mouse will glide over its polycarbonate surface when in everyday use. The difference is marked. The Surface 1030 mousepad can be found in stores and online for $18.99.
Another thing your desktop can do that tablets and smartphones can’t is to deliver a high-quality aural experience. When it comes to high-end speakers for a desktop computer, you’re spoiled for choice.
The Audioengine 5+ is one of the finest speakers you can connect to your home computer set-up on the market today. The Audioengine 5+ are a pair of powered speakers that claim to deliver audiophile-quality sound. They feature custom Kevlar woofers, silk dome tweeters and hand-built cabinets. These basic-looking rectangular units are available in three finishes: Satin black, hi-gloss white and solid carbonised bamboo.
The Audioengine 5+ is rated as one of the very best speaker units for your desktop. PC Magazine gave it an Editors’ Choice Award, saying that the speakers are “perfect as monitors for your home studio, or simply a giant leap up from your typical PC speakers”. They retail for $399.98 so they aren’t cheap by any means – which is why you should look for them when you’re sniffing out those Cyber Monday computer deals.
With mouse and audio covered, what other areas in your desktop computing life could be significantly enhanced with an upgrade? The answer is, naturally, the keyboard. But it turns out that in this sphere, the latest technology isn’t necessarily the greatest. There’s a movement among keyboard connoisseurs towards old-school mechanical keyboards, because these devices offer greater tactile feedback and weight, and can help you type faster and with greater precision.
One of the coolest mechanical keyboards on the market is the Japanese Filco Majestouch 2 Camouflage. As the name suggests, this keyboard is swathed in a green camo pattern, lending your computing set-up a stylish, military-inspired touch. The Majestouch 2 Camouflage uses the Cherry MX Blue switch, which means the keys will make a ‘click’ sound when pressed and have a tactile bump. The Majestouch 2 Camouflage even comes with olive drab-colored USB and PS/2 adapters to complete the military look.
According to a PC World review, the Majestouch 2 Camouflage is made so solidly that it “feels like it could stop a bullet”. The review went so far as to say that the keyboard is just what you’ll need in the event of a “zombie apocalypse”. That’s putting a lot of faith in a computer peripheral. Nevertheless, it retails for $170 so it’s best to try and scoop one up when looking for deals this weekend.
Whether it’s a high-spec mousepad, an audiophile-level set of speakers or an amazing camouflage mechanical keyboard, these three high-end accessories for your desktop are sure to enhance your home computing experience. Get the best value from then by seeking them out when you’re out looking for Cyber Monday computer deals.