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5 Must Have Computer Accessories Under $100

Updated on May 13, 2009

Computer Accessories

When looking for specific accessories for your computer, most people just don't want to spend too much money for a simple webcam, flash drive, or picture printer, which it's good to know which ones are the best that are not going to break the bank.

But before you purchase any accessory for yoru computer, you want to make sure that you check out the options and features before you set your site on one particular product alone. There many be another, similar product that features more options that you're looking for and at a better price. For the most part, though, a flash drive is a flash drive; it's just the matter of find the best price.

HP USB 2.0 Flash Drive

USB flash drives can be used to hold files on the go. They're great for business people who travel and students who may use different computers. Flash drives come in a variety of sizes, brands, and styles. This HP flash drive here, is one of the best, and you can get it in 1, 2, 4 and 8 GB. They read up to 16MB a second, and depending on what size flash drive you purchase the writing speed is either 4MB per second (1GB) or up to 8MB per second (for 2, 4, and 8GB).

You can drag and drop your images, audio files, and data files onto your flash drive so that all you have to do is plug it into another computer or laptop's USB port and drag/drop again so that the file is on whatever computer you want it to be. It transfers at 480MB per second for USB 2.0.

There is a 2 year limited warranty that starts on the day of receipt. You'll have access to 24/7 toll-free or email customer service for any questions or concerns that you may have.

This HP flash drive is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS: 10.5 above.

Iomega Portable External Hard Drive

The Iomega portable hard drive is probably one of the best. It comes in 250, 300, and 500 GB, and your choice of jet black, ruby red, and alpine white.

The eGo portable hard drive doesn't require any external power supply, as it's powered by the USB port. and when you purchase one you get free software to help backup your files. The Iomega eGo hard drive is simple to use and has a nice, stylish appearance, so you don't have to give up aesthetics for functionality.

This portable hard drive is very durable with the Drop Guard feature, so if you drop it a few times, you're files will still be protected.

The Iomega portable hard drive is compatible for both PC and Mac.

Bamboo Pen Tablet with Pen Only

Bamboo plugs pen and paper into your computer for this easy to use tablet that makes slide presentations, collages, and other graphic projects quick and simple. You have all access to patented pen technology that puts your personalized work right on the computer. Navigate your desktop with a flick of the pen, which will give you precise control and 512 levels of pressure sensitivity for scrolling and zooming with the pen or your finger.

The Bamboo tablet is not powered with batteries, instead it uses a detachable USB cable that plugs into your USB port, which makes for easy storage and transport.

You get a one year warranty when you purchase the product.

Dimensions- 7.88W x 7.36D x 0.3H

Canon All-in-One Photo Printer

This is definitely a must have printer for your home computer, as it combines high quality performance and personal convenience so that you can print your pictures at home in about 45 seconds. The Canon Photo Printer uses a 4-color ink system that ensures bright colors and bold blacks that have up to 2400x4800 color DPI resolution.

You can print directly from a compatible digital camera or camera phone, or even a Bluetooth device via the optional BU-30 Bluetooth interface, as well as your computer, of course.

There's an LCD color display on the printer so that you can preview your pictures before you print them, which prevents you from printing the same picture twice, or just printing the wrong picture, altogether.

You'll also be able to auto correct red-eye in your pictures, and the printer enhances the overall look of your pictures, using the software that is included. Some claim that the copies that you make with the scanner are better than the originals when you print them off with the Canon All-in-One Picture Printer.

And, with the Quick-Start feature, you'll only have to wait a few seconds in order to turn on the picture printer before it's ready for you to select your picture and print, which is great if you're in a hurry.

Logitech QuickCam Pro

The Logitech QuickCam Pro has a 2MP sensor that improves the clarity and color of the image when compared to other webcams, making the image seem real as though you were sitting the on the other side. It has Crystal-clear echo-cancelling audio that cancels out the excess background noise since its built-in microphone is able to detect your voice over the crackling in the background, as well as fun video effects that you can use.

The Logitech webcam features automatic light adjustments for dim or bright light, so that the image is always clear on the other end. It also features automatic auto focus, so as you move around the room, the webcam will follow you.

It even has a double hinged clip that fits securely on your laptop or monitor surface.

The QuickCam Pro is compatible with Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger for PC or Mac.

The only disadvantage that people have is that even though the Logitech QuickCam Pro has the capibility to capture HD quality video, you can only utilize it if you're saving the video to your hard drive.


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    • nikitha p profile image

      nikitha p 7 years ago from India

      Very informative hub! Thanks

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Useful guide - I couldn't survive without my pen drive!

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      Glen 8 years ago from Australia

      I bought myself a graphics tablet a while ago. I haven't been able to use it because either my wife or my eldest son are using it.

    • Jerilee Wei profile image

      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for enlightening me. The bamboo pen tablet sounds exciting and I want one.

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      johnb0127 8 years ago from TX

      Great hub! Thanks for the advice. I really like the Bamboo Pin Tablet with Pen, that looks cool! I will have to check that one out :)