Chromebook accessories make it that perfect machine you can’t do without. Yes, it’s quite perfect all by itself already, but there are those cases in which you could do with a little more oomph, quality or comfort than you get with a standard Chromebook. And since the adoption rate of the Chromebook has pushed it past the status of dinky niche product into mainstream computing as a serious competitor to Windows machines we can now welcome many great accessories to go with it.
To make it a little easier for you picking the desired accessory I’ve grouped them into easy categories. If you like the product category just click the name and it will take you to the page.
One thing you won’t find on the back of a Chromebook is that trusty old parallel port we’re used to for hooking our printers up to. That doesn’t mean however that printing documents is now of limits for you. On the contrary, Google didn’t just build a Chromebook, it build an entire ecosphere to with it and printing is part of that.
The answer Google came up with is a new technology that connects printers to the internet called Google Cloud Print. It allows you to make your printer available via the web, to any other person (machine rather) you’d want to grant access to. Even better, Google Cloud Print works on more than just a Chromebook, it works on your Chromebook and on your phone, tablet, PC and any other web-connected device you want to print from. Great isn’t it? I’ve compiled an extensive list of Google Cloud Print ready printers here. They’re the great multifunctional print and scan machines we’re used to only now with the option to access them through the internet.
A lap desk can be a lifesaver when it comes to preventing lap burn and giving you the needed support when sitting in the couch or working from a chair. But that’s not all. There is a whole assortment of lap desks in all shapes and sizes, categories even that do a lot more than just give you support. They can be lifestyle enhancers too.
Did you know that there are nice looking Designer Desks that not only help you work but also make you look good? Or what about slick looking Executive Desks ready for the boardroom? Or even Tech Desks, desks that can house an array of different devices so that the working professional can feel right at home? No? Well, I sure didn’t. But they do exist, and are actually quite nice. One, the Lap Desk 45075 Old School [affiliate link], makes me feel like I’m back at school again. I might just buy me one. It’s in the overview I’ve made of some of the most popular and beautiful lap desks I good find.
If you love what you got, BACK IT UP! You can’t have enough backups. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of for backing up? It goes like this:
3 – copies of anything you care about
2 – different formats – Example: Google Drive+External drive or Dropbox+DVDs
1 – off-site backup – If the house burns down, how will you get your memories back?
You’re a winner with a Chromebook, because 2 and 1 are combined when you go for the Google Drive+External drive option.
Pretty much any external drive will work with Chrome OS as long as it is formatted the right way. Just make sure it connects using a USB. A list of Chromebook compatible external drives can be found here.
These are just some of the accessories that I’ve written about on this site. For mice, headphones, and other basics, check out Must have Chromebook accessories.