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Smartphones and tablets have earned their place in the world of tech, but most of us still spend a big chunk of our day in front of a computer. Whether you’re an office worker, freelancer, or student, nothing will quite replace the power of a Mac, or PC.
Pairing your computer with the right accessories can help you get the most out of your machine. That could mean enabling you be more productive, adding, upgrading, or replacing a crucial component, or using your computer for more than just work.
We’ve collected the best accessories for your computer that cost less than $100. All of these accessories will work with a Mac or PC, and most will work with a Chromebook. We’ve also made sure that a majority of our picks can work with both a laptop or desktop, so you’re not limited to one type of machine.
1. Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers
If you spend a lot of time listening to music at your desk, Edifier’s R1280T bookshelf speakers will be a huge improvement over the ones built into your computer.
These are powered speakers, which means they have an amplifier inside, and need to be connected to an outlet for power. Each one has two drivers (the part of a speaker or headphones that produces sound): A 4-inch woofer for midrange and bass frequencies, and a half-inch tweeter for treble frequencies. This dual-driver system will make your music sound more balanced, and allow you to hear different instruments (or vocals) more clearly.
The R1280Ts have two sets of RCA (red and white) inputs, so you