Five Inexpensive Technologies


Presented below are a few inexpensive computer gadgets that you might find useful.


1. USB extension cable. A USB extension cable that plugs into the back of your computer and extends to your desktop will provide easier access to your USB port (cost: $2 to $5).


2. Laptop traveling mouse. Mini mice are smaller and have shorter cables, making them easier to carry with your laptop when you travel ($8 to $20).


3. SD card. Most newer computers have ports to accommodate both USB drives and SD cards, however SD cards don’t stick out of the side of the laptop, making them more convenient for traveling ($15 to $40).


4. USB laptop light. Several manufacturers make small, flexible lights that can plug into your laptop’s USB port to provide extra lighting, which can be handy on airplanes or in dark hotel rooms ($10 to $20).


5. Laptop artwork cover. Applying a laptop artwork cover to your laptop not only protects the surface from scratches, but also it makes your laptop readily identifiable, which might help deter thieves from stealing it in public venues or prevent mix-ups in airport security lines ($20 to $40).


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