Top 10 Laptop Essentials

At last count, there were approximately 65 billion laptop computer accessories available. Okay, so I'm exaggerating. But trust me: There are tons of products aimed at portable-computer users--including a fan that plugs into your laptop's USB port and blows air on you. (I'm not kidding: If you want to be really cool, check out Kensington's FlyFan USB fan.

Not all laptop accessories are quite so superfluous, of course. As the author of PC World's weekly Mobile Computing newsletter, I've probed, prodded, and test-driven many worthwhile portable computing products. Here are the best accessories for your notebook--five for your home or office, and five for when you travel.

For the latest laptop reviews and prices, check out PC World's Top 15 Notebook PCs.

At a Glance
  • Kensington FLYFAN MOBILE USB FAN (Kensington-62648)

  • The Plasticsmith Lapvantage Deluxe Dome

  • MOBILITY ELECTRONICS IGO JUICE COMBO AC AUTO/AIR NOTEBOOK ADAPTER UNIVERSAL (Mobility Electronics-PS005512)

  • Targus USB Mobile Port Replicator with Ethernet (Targus-PA090U)

  • Linksys by Cisco Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G-PC card Adapter (Linksys-WPC55AG)

  • Forward Solutions Migo

  • TDK 4X DVD+R DVD-R Multi-Format External Drive USB2.0 Firewire (TDK-DED+440BXN)

  • Kensington Comfort Type USB Keyboard-BLK USB Ergonomic 104-Key Keyboard

  • Kensington Comfort Type Wireless Optical Desktop

  • Kensington Expert Mouse Pro Trackball 4-Button USB 6 Direct Web Buttons

  • Kensington TurboBall 4-button Mouse

  • Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse

  • Dell D/Port Advanced Port Replicator

  • CMS Products 20.0GB Automatic Backup System Plus PC Card External Hard Drive

  • Targus Ultra Mini USB 4 Port Hub

  • Travelon 14

  • Linksys by Cisco Wireless Network PCI Card Adapter for Desktops

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