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Basic computer accessories include those items that are needed to operate the computer. These include the mouse, keyboard and monitor. Other accessories include webcams, microphones, printers, and scanners.

Basic computer accessories

For any computer owner and user, merely the usage of a personal computer is not sufficient. In order to become much more efficient with the work one does and also for the work to be performed easily, there are certain basic computer accessories available, that will aid the user for this cause.

Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)

Many of us have gone through the painful anger of losing important work half way through, when the power supply suddenly goes out, while some of us have also lost valuable computer equipment due to spikes and surges of electricity. The solution to these problems can come from a UPS, which will remedy these issues with regard to electricity supply in a computer.

A UPS is an essential computer device that performs the maintenance of a continuous electricity supply to equipment to which it is connected, when power is not available or when the current fluctuates. Importantly, it is different from a standby generator, which provides power during a power failure. A UPS, however, continues to provide power for a stipulated number of minutes (around 15-20 minutes in general), so that preventive measures can be taken by the user to save data and other equipment. Many UPS's also provide protection from lightening.


This is another important accessory for the computer user who has to engage in typing as well as listening and talking activities in his or her work environment. A headset comes with speakers coupled with a microphone making it further easy for the user to perform his job. Headsets are used in a variety of areas, ranging from call centers to home based gaming for kids.


As the instant messaging trend revolutionized into the limelight, this accessory became extremely popular, for instant messaging through media such as video and images.

"Webcams (web cameras) are small cameras (usually, though not always, video cameras), whose images can be accessed using the World Wide Web, instant messaging, or a PC video conferencing application. The term webcam is also used to describe the low-resolution digital video cameras designed for such purposes, but which can also be used to record in a non-real-time fashion." -

Cases and Covers

These are most basic accessories for computers for their protection. These bags and covers can be utilized to provide ease when it comes to transporting computers, security from damages and tarnishes and other similar purposes. These types of accessories come in handy for cautious users who use their computers with care and protection. Though these are very minor innovations and accessories for the computer, these can be very useful for long term usage, especially in dusty environments.

Cleaning and Repair Kits

For any computer user, it is vital he / she have some idea of how to fix basic technical issues with regard to their PC. These issues can range from either software or hardware. For hardware issues, the above mentioned accessory is highly useful. In order to repair hardware accessories in a PC, one needs to possess certain tools and accessories. These tools can be found in a useful array for performing various basic repair jobs in Cleaning and Repair Kits. These kits are also very handy for regular maintenance of computers, such as for dusting and cleaning the monitor, keyboard, CPU and the mouse.

Summery: This article describes some of the basic computer accessories that help easy use and maintenance of a computer, while safeguarding its long-term usage.
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