Like many Unplggd readers, shopping for computers and laptops does excite us a little bit. There are so many things to check out and research before finally deciding on what to get. If there's one thing that you should never neglect, it's getting the right accessories for your new computer or laptop. Here are a few that we're dying to try out.
Since we do a lot of photo editing, we'd love to try a Wacom tablet. Those are the tablets that graphic designers and photographers tend to use. They are touch sensitive and usually navigated with a stylus. The ultimate would be the Wacom Cintiq, available as a 12-inch or 21-inch tablet. They both feature color LCD screens that allow you to use them almost like paper. The only problem is the price: they cost $1,000-2,000. The Intuos 4 ($490) or the Bamboo series ($99) would make much more sense at home. If we get a Mac, we'll definitely try out the Apple Magic Trackpad. At $69, it's something that won't break the bank.
The other accessory that we've been wanting to try out is a backlit keyboard. Yes, it seems pretty mundane, but backlighting makes a big difference when you are typing in the dark. The Logitech Wireless Illuminated K800 keyboard is a nice option. The list price is $100 and it looks interesting. The other option would involve getting a gaming keyboard of some like, like the Logitech G19, which features customizable backlighting, in different colors, as well as a color LCD panel on the top of the keyboard. While it's wired, it's still a good, yet pricey option, at $200.
As for mice, we think that the Logitech Gaming Mouse G700 makes sense, not because you can play games with it, but because of the high-button count. There are a total of 13 programmable buttons on this mouse, which can easily be programmed with keyboard shortcuts, such as cut, paste, delete, select all, close, copy, and more to make life easier and faster.
[images via Digital Media, Wacom and Logitech]