Technology has changed the way society works, lives and plays, and a number of ancillary devices have come to market to improve the performance, integration and speed of all types of computing equipment. Here are some of the year’s top picks in computer accessories.
1. AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable
The AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable allows Apple product users to charge and sync their mobile computing devices efficiently. The lightning connector and USB cable connects Apple products to USB enabled wall chargers or computers. The white cable is six feet in length and is compatible with the family of iPhone 5 and 6 series phones as well as iPad Air, Mini, Pro and 4th Generation. Music lovers find that the accessory also works with iPod Touch, iPod Nano and Beats Pill portable bluetooth products. The Lightning to USB Cable comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
2. AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning Cable 3 FT Version
The Amazon Basics Apple Certified Lightning Cable also comes in a three foot version that connects Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod products to computers and wall chargers for syncing and recharging. The Lightning USB Cable also works with the Beats Pill bluetooth accessory. The manufacturer recognizes that this is potentially a high use product for many Apple computer operators, and it has made the cable to withstand many instances of bending without fraying or being damaged in other ways. AmazonBasics offers a one year warranty on its three foot Apple Certified Lightning Cable. Consumer reviews warn that the device does not fit certain iPhone 6 cases like Lifeproof and Otterbox Defender, and many claim that the cable burns out quickly.
3. SanDisk Ultra 32GB Micro SDHC
SanDisk is a leading manufacturer of external storage devices, and its micro SDHC flash memory card allows users to store up to 32GBs of data, photos, audio files and videos. The micro SDHC card comes with an adapter that allows it to be used with a variety of digital cameras. The product is especially suited for Android tablets and smartphones. The manufacturer advertises data transfer speeds of up to 80 MBs per second, and consumer reviews happily validate their claim. The device is waterproof, shatter proof and climate proof, and users will have no problem taking it through airport security because x-rays and magnets do not harm it. SanDisk provides a 10 year warranty for the card.
4. SanDisk Ultra 64 GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card
SanDisk’s Micro SDXC UHS-I Card provides users with 64 GBs of external storage for devices like digital cameras as well as many smart phones and tablets that run the Android operating system. The card is impervious to water, extreme temperatures, magnets and x-rays. The product’s adapter allows for transfer of pictures and video from cameras. Data transfer speeds reach up to 48 MB per second. A manufacturer provided mobile application allows users to manage stored media and available storage space so that phones continue to work optimally.
5. Samsung 32GB Evo Class 10 Micro SDHC Card
Samsung’s 32GB memory card offers users a quick and reliable external storage option for video, text, pictures and audio files. According to the manufacturer, users who want to store and transfer high definition video find adequate performance with the Samsung 32GB memory card. The card is compatible with a number of portable computing devices like mobile phones, tablets and personal computers. The Samsung 32GB Evo Class 10 Micro SDHC Card comes with an adapter that allows users to transfer pictures and video from many digital cameras to computers.
6. AmazonBasics High Speed HDMI Cable-Two Pack
The high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cables by AmazonBasics allow users to connect HDMI enabled computers, video game hardware, Blu-ray players to television sets, monitors and projector screens for the ultimate home entertainment set up. The industry standard cables make home theaters easy to hook up, and they are touted to be the only ways to gain the full benefits of audio and visual performance from high definition devices. The cables feature Type A male to Type A male connectors, and they are three feet in length. The AmazonBasics high speed HDMI cables also support Ethernet connection, and they allow users to connect multiple computers for internet sharing without additional Ethernet cables.
7. AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to HDMI Adapter
The AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter allows users to connect HDMI enabled devices such as laptops, gaming consoles and televisions to display devices that use Thunderbolt connections such as Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and some personal computers that are marketed for business use. Users can transfer and receive high definition videos and watch them on Microsoft Surface Pro monitors with this adapter. AmazonBasics backs up its Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to HDMI Adapter with a one year warranty.
8. Hewlett Packard 61 Black Original Ink Cartridge
Hewlett Packard (HP) is a leading manufacturer of printing equipment and accessories. The 61 Black Original ink cartridge provides high quality, laser printer like finishes that last. This printer cartridge is designed to work in a number of HP printing systems.
9. Xcords iPhone Lightning Cable Charging Cord-Two Pack
The iPhone lightning charging cord by Xcords is a convenient alternative for charging one’s Apple computing devices like the 5 and 6 series iPhones, the Air and Mini versions of iPad and the 5th and 7th generation iPods. The cable allows connection to wall mounted, USB enabled charging mechanisms, computers and USB ports in cars. The braided Xcords cables are six feet in length and feature a durable nylon shield wrapping that protects the cord from tangles and damage from continued use.
10. Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech brings computer users the convenience of a full sized keyboard and portable mouse without the constraints of wires. The wireless combination input devices connect to computers through the use of only one USB port. Long battery life and compatibility with computers that have Windows based operating systems installed are key features of the product.