Last week we compared Netbooks with Laptops and tablet PCs. Netbooks are perfect for anyone who’s always on the run and looking for a portable yet powerful device. Today we are sharing five top Netbook accessories which will further increase your productivity and peace of mind as well.
1. 3G USB Modem
The commonest purpose of the netbook is to stay connected to the internet while on the go. While traveling we cannot have the luxury of fast wi-fi connections like our homes or offices. You now have the option of purchasing one of the 3G modems which connect to your netbook or laptop via the USB port and provide great surfing speeds even while traveling. We recently reviewed the Micromax MMX 310G 3G USB modem and found it great for the purpose since it works on all networks worldwide. These cost approximately.
Alternatively, if you own an iPhone or Android device you can use Personal Hotspot feature to share the phone’s data network with your laptop.
2. External Hard Drive
Netbooks ordinarily come with a 160GB hard drive installed. Space might be a issue for a lot of people. Designers and developers need to often carry a lot of media. Entertainment seekers have movies and photos to carry. Whatever be the purpose, an external hard disk serves to add disk space and leaves your netbook’s memory free.
The price of storage media has decreased a lot in the past few years. You can easily find a portable 500GB USB hard drive for $60 or Rs. 3000 from any leading hardware vendor. Also read, our guide on How to Select Best External Hard Disk.
3. Portable DVD Writer
I hardly find myself using the optical drive on my Macbook Pro and really thinks its a great thing that they have removed it from netbooks and Macbook Air. Since we seldom use them, it’s good to do without the added weight and space.
For the few times that you do require to access data from a disk or burn some contents, you can buy yourself one of the compact external USB DVD drives. Carry them only when you need them.
4. USB Hub
Normally, netbooks feature 2 or 3 USB ports. Theoretically, if you had one each of the devices mentioned above 3 USB ports would have sufficed. However, in practice USB modems are sometimes so thick that they block adjacent USB ports. In this case or when you need to connect extra peripherals a USB hub comes very handy.
They are compact and come with retractible cables. Use them to charge smartphones, connect printers and USB Storage drives.
5. Kensington Security Lock
Agreed your netbook isn’t your priciest possession(smartphones cost more in fact) but we still can’t afford to lose one. If you find yourself leaving your netbook unattended at an open workplace or outdoors it’s a sound idea to invest in a Kensington security lock. They’ll cost you around $25.
If there’s any addition you would like to make to the list of top netbook accessories, feel free to do so via comments.