PC monitors: Buying a new PC Desktop PC accessories
Your computer will be provided with a mouse and a keyboard, but they’ll often be functional rather than stylish – and there are plenty of others to choose from when buying a new PC.
Make sure that you try a mouse before buying, as not all mice feel comfortable for all users.
Wireless mice are now common – often supplied with a charging cradle to keep with internal battery topped up. Other wireless mice will need you to replace the battery when it runs out.
And some manufacturers boast special technology to enable their mice to work on a wider range of surfaces – such as Microsoft’s BlueTrack and Logitech’s Darkfield.
If you’re fed up with cables clogging your desktop, you’ll find plenty of wireless keyboards to choose from, as well as compact models that are designed to take up less desk space.
If you listen to lots of music on your PC, you might want to look for a keyboard with play and volume controls built in, for example, and gamers will find dedicated gaming keyboards to boost their skills.
Unlike with laptops, you’re less likely to find a webcam built in to a desktop PC. However, it’s easy to add a webcam via a USB socket, and it’ll sit happily on top of your monitor allowing you to make video calls to friends around the world. Check out our review for the best webcams to buy.
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