What's Your Favorite Chrome OS Peripheral?

Sometimes the integrated inputs on your Chromebook just simply aren't good enough (looking at you, Chromebook 11 trackpad). But the OS is still new enough that not many major manufacturers directly support it. Sure, Chrome OS is supposed to be plug-and-play compatible with any USB HID peripheral, but this nest of… » 2/04/14 5:20pm 2/04/14 5:20pm

How to Choose, Buy, and Safely Use a Good Surge Protector

Most of us have more devices than we have plugs in the wall, which is why you'll likely find a surge protector behind most people's televisions and under our desks. However, not all surge protectors are alike, and some even put your gadgets at risk. We talked to an electrician to sort out how to tell the good ones… » 9/27/13 8:12am 9/27/13 8:12am

How to Choose the Best Mechanical Keyboard (and Why You'd Want To)

Mechanical keyboards, or keyboards with full, individual switches under every key, have exploded in popularity recently, although the technology inside is as old as the keyboard itself. There's really no substitute for that solid, clicking sensation under your fingers as you type, and the satisfying sound each key… » 6/04/13 3:56pm 6/04/13 3:56pm

This Polygamist Mouse Can Partner with 9 Devices

Besides a lack of unruly cables, the other big advantage to using wireless accessories like a Bluetooth mouse is that they can be easily swapped between devices. And Elecom is betting that there are enough consumers using nine different devices at once to profit on its new 9nove wireless mouse. Good luck with that. » 12/13/12 2:40pm 12/13/12 2:40pm

Synaptics ForcePad: The Laptop Trackpad Is About to Change Forever

The last big things to happen to trackpads were the addition of multitouch gestures and elimination of a dedicated button. The next big thing is going to be force detection. We've seen force detection pop up a couple of times before—most recently in the keyboard cover for the Microsoft Surface—but with the… » 8/20/12 9:00am 8/20/12 9:00am

10 Amazing Peripherals You Didn't Know You Needed

You're a veteran tech geek. Your friends and family always look to you for advice when buying PC gear or gadgets. Yet there's still stuff you don't own, and don't realize you need. Now, it's true that many of you may have a couple of the items on this list. But there's likely gear here you don't have, and didn't… » 12/15/11 8:00am 12/15/11 8:00am