If you want to accessorise your PC with a few gadgets then there are plenty of everyday options such as wireless keyboards, USB hubs and external hard drives. However, there are also many gadgets for your desktop or laptop that you may never have considered, ranging from the inventive and useful to the bizarre and novel. Here are just a few examples.
One of the most appealing and novel options for fans of word processing is the USB Typewriter, which is capable of delivering an old-fashioned typing experience that is compatible with all modern PCs and Mac.
You can either purchase one of a number of pre-built typewriters which have been converted to offer compatibility with PCs via a USB connection, or you can get a do-it-yourself kit which will let you convert an existing typewriter.
There is even the option to turn a typewriter into a dock for your iPad or other tablet device, which means that you can work on your novel without having to use lots of paper in the process.
For a modern alternative to this retro typing option, you might instead consider investing in an Infrared Keyboard. Rather than taking up an entire desk, this involves a small transmitter and receiver sitting over a flat surface and beaming out a full QWERTY keyboard in infrared light.
You type by tapping on the surface in the area that corresponds to the letter or symbol of your choice. This type of keyboard is convenient since it can be set up anywhere and takes up much less space than a full-size alternative.
Not many people will have sat down and thought, “How can I make this HP laptop more like a military installation?” However, the designers of the USB missile launcher clearly followed this through to its logical conclusion, allowing you to plug in a mini defence tower and let fly with a barrage of entirely harmless but fun projectiles.
There are a number of USB missile-launcher options on the market, although the best will allow full control from the connected computer, letting you adjust the angle to aim and fire at the touch of a button.
The USB fridge combines both wackiness and functionality by allowing you to keep a single can of pop or an alcoholic beverage of your choice nice and cool while you are at your computer. This is the perfect present for someone who spends all day in front of a PC. It will be particularly suitable for those all-night gaming sessions when you want some refreshment without having to get out of your chair and go all the way to the fridge in your kitchen to retrieve a drink.