Time to soup up your system? With so
many accessories to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what
you want and where to buy it.
Any tool you use to input information into your computer is called an input
device. Most computers come with the standard keyboard and mouse, which are
sufficient for most users. However, sleeker, easier and more
comfortable items are available. Most of these devices cost between $50 and $200.
Ergonomic Options Microsoft
offers ergonomically shaped keyboards that encourage a natural
Cordless Mice Logitech
offers a cordless mouse with a wheel that allows you to use your middle finger to scroll up and down a
page without moving the mouse. Logitech also offers trackballs, ergonomic
keyboards, video cameras, game controllers and speakers.
For those used to the feel of a laptop computer's touchpad,
offers technology that allows you to select items on your computer by simply sliding and tapping a
Wireless Keyboard Interlink Electronics
offers a cordless, programmable mouse, a wireless keyboard with
touchpad and an
eraserhead-sized stationary pointing device similar to those imbedded in
Scanners are used to convert images on paper into electronic images on your
computer screen. The most popular type of scanner is a flatbed, which has a
flat, glass bed for a scanning surface. The prices of flatbeds have
making them affordable for individuals outside the graphic
Costs range from about $100 to $800, depending on the image quality and
resolution you're looking for.
Epson has a selection of scanners as well as
a glossary of common terms in image scanning.
offers a list of links relating to scanning, including a list of
manufacturers, support sites, buyers guides and product reviews.
Digital cameras let you take pictures without film. The image instantly appears on the screen of the camera
and is stored digitally until downloaded to a
computer. You then have the option of printing out photos on a
color printer, posting
them on a Web site or e-mailing them to friends. This type of technology isn't
cheap -- most digital cameras cost between $800 and $1,500. Like
scanners, the amount of money you must spend depends on resolution.
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