PC setups are very personal things, specially for home PCs and also for office PCs. Since many people spend the majority of their time with their devices, there are various tech gifts that can enhance their experience and improve how their PCs work.
I recently set up a work PC for home and enjoyed my time searching and shopping for various peripherals to make my desktop a more personal yet productive device. Here are some items that stood out.
Ever feel like your two-monitor setup is somehow cluttered and outdated? Me too.
I jumped at the opportunity to get LG’s UltraWide 29″ Widescreen IPS monitor, and I am so glad I did. This decluttered my desk and made it easier to manage running multiple screens, documents and enjoying videos and even video games right on my desk. I like that it is a reflection-free matte display and not coated in any shiny plastic unlike some other options out there.
I simply love what this monitor offers. It has dual HDMI inputs, so while I have one input occupied by my Windows 10 PC, I can just as easily fire up my Xbox One and play Fallout 4 or Rise of the Tomb Raider without needing to unplug anything.
The wide viewing angle of this IPS display is great, and Its 21:9 aspect ratio lets you divide the display into sections to make multitasking easier, and 2560 x 1080 resolution ensures everything from text to video looks crisp. High contrast ratio and low response time keep picture vibrant and smooth. Definitely a monitor worth considering if widescreen applications and limited desk space are a reality.
Computer mice aren’t created equal, and just how a widescreen display can really open up experiences and productivity, a powerful, ergonomic and accurate mouse is the the tool that can help users navigate their PC and manage their apps more effectively.
Logitech’s MX Master Wireless Laser mouse is a pinnacle of engineering and precision and simply the best mouse I’ve ever used.
Its sculpted design and textured build gives a lot of tactile clues and the range of functionality (much of which can be programmed as per user’s needs),
This high-end mouse is equipped with Darkfield laser tracking for accurate cursor control on a wide variety of surfaces, even glass and other glossy tabletops.
The sculpted shape feels natural in your hand, while the thumbwheel makes it easy to scroll side to side. A few hours with this mouse is all it takes to get used to all the features and the level of performance it has to offer.
I like that you can charge it with the microUSB cable of your smartphone and that I can use it on 3 devices (desktop, ultrabook and Surface Pro 3).
Anyone who enjoys a well designed product, needs an accurate mouse and a lot of functionality, will appreciate what the MX Master offers.
Ideal for creative types or anyone that needs to edit, retouch photos, the Wacom Intuos Art Graphic Tablet is just the right thing.
You can play, experiment, and create with the Wacom Intuos Art pen tablet. It features multi-touch that lets you use common gestures to zoom, rotate, and pan your artwork.
The pressure-sensitive pen behaves just like pen on paper and is comfortable to use for both right and left-handed artists. It also includes Corel Painter Essentials 5 creative software.
This is also Mac and PC compatible and can be used with a variety of applications for drawing, sketching, editing, inking and painting.
It includes Corel Painter Essentials 5 creative software lets you play and experiment, by allowing you to switch between pencils, chalks, oils, and watercolors to create your own unique effects and style.
Being a medium-size tablet lets you make broader pen strokes and easily fits into a regular laptop bag.
A proper webcam can add great video and audio capabilities to a PC for those times when you need to video conference, catch up with friends and family on Skype or Google Hangouts, as well as when you want to shoot a short video or voice over.
Microsoft’s LifeCam Cinema Webcam is a great little tool since it connects via USB, can be placed on any monitor or notebook screen easily and integrates a great microphone as well.
Being a Microsoft product, you know it is designed to work well with Windows 10 and should work great with any video conferencing software out there.
The LifeCam Cinema is a 720p HD webcam with a wealth of advanced features that provide vibrant, crystal-clear video and audio.
I found it easy to use and set up, you can enjoy true-to-life video chats that include more people in one frame thanks to the wide angle, high-precision lens.
You get a wideband microphone for premium sound recording has noise cancelling technology to improve speech quality for crystal clear audio.
ClearFrame Technology delivers smooth, detailed video, even in low light conditions and 720p HD video recording records true HD-quality video at up to 30 fps which, when using a strong WiFi or Ethernet connection, ensures a professional and clear looking video transmission.
With the sheer amount of devices and peripherals we have, it is not unusual for us to run out of space to connect, plug and charge these devices on our PCs, most specially if these are mini form factor models or all-in-one PC’s with limited I/O.
Connect multiple USB devices and simultaneously and speedily charge your tablet or phone with the Vantec USB 3.0 7-port Aluminum Smart Charging Hub
Featuring a dedicated fast charging port, it can also power up smartphones and tablets quickly.
Save time and consolidate your devices all in one place. This helps cut the clutter and keep everything in sync.
This Vantec Hub offers industrial strength build and features, and is made with industrial-grade aluminum casing and anti-slip rubber feet.
A certified Power Adapter is included to ensure stable power for both data and the dedicated charging port.
It is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 and has over voltage, over current protection to ensure stable power.
These are some accessories and gifts that should delight any PC owner.