Must Have Chromebook Accessories

By October 29, 2012Accessories, Reviews
accessories for chromebooks

After you’ve gone all hipster boasting your Chromebook an’ all, you probably don’t want to get caught using some kind of an old clunker for a mouse, end up looking all pixelated on your Google plus Hangout or come across garbled while on a Google Talk session, now do you? Not to worry, there are great Chromebook accessories out there that will make you shine in all your beauty.

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Since one of the most frequently asked questions is “Can I use a … with my Chromebook?” I thought it’d be helpful to create a resource page with the most needed accessories to use in combination with your Chrome device. I’ll add to this as I learn more, so you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I hope you’ll enjoy!

A Mouse

When picking a mouse the obvious choice is to go with Samsung’s own series of mice which work fine with the Chromebook. The one I’d recommend is the AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver because of it’s ease in use. All you need to do is plug in the little USB plug that stores away in the bottom of the mouse and you’re good to go. Be ware though! The Chromebook Series 3 has only 1, yes one, USB 2.0 port. So if you decide to get a USB mouse you’ll either be out of USB ports, or you’ll have to get a USB hub to go with it. They’ll go from about seven dollars and up, so not too much money, just something to keep in mind.
Another option is a to go with a Bluetooth mouse. The thing to keep in mind, and check for, is that not every Chromebook has Bluetooth. It is in the 1st generation Acer A700 and the relatively new Asus Chromebox, but not in all the series 5 or the newest Samsung Chromebook for example. So if you’re looking to connect your trusty wireless mouse you can do so, though you’ll need to plug in a Bluetooth dongle to make it work or get the latest Chromebook that does have Bluetooth. It is Bluetooth 4.0™ Compatible.


Time to make you look good. Depending on the type of Chromebook you’re using you’ve either got a nice onboard HD Webcam that works well with GTalk and Google+ with its Hangout feature or you’ve got a somewhat okay VGA webcam at a measly .3-Megapixels. The first one being the Series 5 550, the latter the newest Chromebook. When you’re just into hanging out with your friends or doing a bit of one on one G-Talking, you’re fine, no need to buy anything extra. But, when you’re planning on joining Leo Laporte on TWiT you better get some gear.

Don’t really know what 1080p HD looks like? Check out these scenes! And remember, make sure it displays at 1080 as Youtube defaults it on a crappy setting which is not even close to as awesome as 1080p HD is!

Unlike with any Windows or Mac machine there’s no guarantee that the webcam you pick works with your Chromebook. This complicates things a bit in choosing a great webcam, but it shouldn’t hold you back either. The ones I show here are two great ones that have been reported to work on Chromebooks in the wild. I myself use the Logitech C920 depicted below for professional Hangouts on a daily basis. Google has even made it the camera for their Chromebox for Meetings product, their conference tool for small businesses. The C920 is that good of a webcam slash camera.

Now remember, being on TWiT or your companies cost-effective, easy-to-use video conferencing solution requires 1080p HD equipment. With Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 you get exactly that. Full HD 1080p video, high quality dual mic for stereo audio and more. It’s even better than it looks because the H.264 video compression is done in the camera itself! You heard that right, we are talking about built-in hardware compression here. Usually a webcam captures the video and sends it in an uncompressed stream to the computer, where the main processor (CPU) performs the video compression.

By having the camera perform the processing, it is possible to have excellent video quality, even on a mildly powerful computer. To me that makes this particular one the webcam to get for your Chromebook. The best thing is that it doesn’t run you broke either, you can get your hands on one over at Amazon.


Microphones and Headsets for Chromebook

If you’re anything like an average chrome user, you’ll find yourself using Google Talk/Voice and Google Plus Hangouts more and more. If so you will undoubtedly run into the limitations of the on-board microphone on both the old and new Chromebook models. They’re fine for a quick call to a friend, but lack the quality for continuous or professional use. A shortcoming, especially during those important calls when quality of sound is important. Not to worry though. You can use wired or wireless microphones and headsets.

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The Buddy FlamingoMic 7G Portable is a 17″ unidirectional noise cancelling microphone. It has a specially designed L shaped USB connector, designed especially for the Chromebook, notebook, netbook and tablet PC.

This microphone is ideal for use with all portable devices. Contort this microphone into any desired position to suit your needs. The use of FilteredAudio technology makes this by far Buddy’s highest quality FlamingoMic to date. The unrivaled combination of highly accurate speech recognition results and ease of use makes the Buddy FlamingoMic 7G an ideal product for use both at the office and on-the-go.

If a headset mic is not for you because of pain in the neck or because of –the most common complaint by people– you feel silly wearing it, the FlamingoMic is for you. It plugs into the USB port and easily coils up neatly against your computer for portability and easily extends for dictation. Oh yes, and you have both your hands free to use the mouse and keyboard, flip through papers or hold your cup of coffee.

When a headset is more your cup of tea then the next generation headset microphones, the GE Universal All in One Stereo Headset series is the way to go. It has adapters to connect the headset to various different devices. It can connect to mobile phones, tablets and Chromebooks with the 3.5mm connector, computers with separate 3.5mm input and output ports, or VOIP phones with the 2.5mm port.

Very important for you to remember that the Chromebook sports a 3.5mm TRRS connector which is not your everyday connector. The GE Universal Headset is ideal for pairing with devices such as a Google Chromebook simply because it comes with such a TRRS connector, making it one of the must have Chromebook accessories.

Solid State Drive

There are a lot of people who have bought into the whole cloud computing / Chrome OS story and gotten themselves a Chromebook, but who don’t want to store their stuff online only. A perfectly legit stand to subscribe to, I do so myself. It’s not that I’m not afraid of security or privacy issues. If your data is safe from hackers anywhere it’ll be on Google’s servers, and when it comes to privacy you’re again best off with them.

solid state drive

I store locally for two main reasons. #1 You have no control over the entity holding your data. If they decide its time to end your account, for whatever reason, you’ve lost all of your data. Now data doesn’t sound very bad, so think of it as your family photos, contracts, financial statements, your contact list that took your life to build, everything.

Reason #2 is that I need to be able to get to my data all the time. Being online 24/7 does do the trick. But that’s not always possible. When I’m relaxing at the family lodge in France, for example, I don’t have internet. Also the company I work for has had a dozen outages of the wifi network this past year. Some lasted for days. In these kinds of situations I want local storage and being limited to the 16GB of on-board storage that is a bit of a problem.

The cool thing is that the Chromebook recognizes and works with external drives, so if you want to you can carry an external SSD with you. And when you connect using USB 3.0 (make sure you know which port on your Chromebook is the 3.0 port) you get data transfer at blazing speeds. I wrote up an article to help you choose the best external drive for you.


And there you go. These are some of the must have accessories that make your Chromebook come to life and have you rock yours like a pro. There are of course many more things that could go into your Chromebook ecosphere like the right cloud printer  or a nice lap desk for comfortable computing on the couch or in your La-Z-boy recliner.

Thank you for visiting ChromebookHQ, I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll make sure to answer you.

Till next time, Kain.

Join the discussion 63 Comments

  • Does my device have a bluetooth installed?

  • Tim says:

    What about attaching a CD drive to the Chromebook? Is it possible?

  • cam says:

    the link you give above to view the 1080 HD is blocked

  • Harold Walters says:

    The only thing I need to get is a light for the keyboard.One that plugs in to usb port with a long lasting bulb.

  • Harold Walters says:

    What I need is a light that plugs in to the usb port for the keyboard.If it had a dimmer it would be perfect.

  • Harold Walters says:

    A light that plugs in to usb port. A dimmer would be perfect.

  • jm says:

    I have the Acer c7 chrome book. If I bought a dongle could I print to a Bluetooth printer using an app like printershare?

  • Sb says:

    Hi! I bought a Samsung chromebook without 3G, only wi-fi but it turns out that I need 3G at work, what can I do?

  • d00mbilly says:

    On the phone with Samsung, they can not guarantee the Logitech C920 will work with the Chromebook. This is kind of the whole point of me looking at these.

  • nedguy says:

    I use a C920 webcam with my Acer Chromebook for hangouts. It’s ok but I wish Logitech would get off their arses and produce a control app like the one I have for my Windows desktop C910.

  • Karl_S says:

    I picked up one of Acer’s touchscreen Chromebooks and would say that with this, a mouse is not needed. When I need fine tuned selection the touchpad works well, but for most of my use, which has included a lot of formulas and scripting in spreadsheets, the touch screen has worked verfy well.

  • Is it true that an HP Google chromebook has no plug-in accessory that will allow a CD to be used? If so, HP is missing a big opportunity to make some extra money by selling such an accessory.

  • Marcia says:

    What about a carrying case or bag?? That’s one of the basics when I think of accessories. Any recommendation for that?

  • Ajay V. says:

    In this article, it says that I can use the Logitech HD Pro C920 webcame with a chromebook, is that correct? If so, how can I use it with Acer C720? Please advice.

    Thanks in advance!

  • George Villalta says:

    I have a case from amcase that I really like. Its made of neoprene stuff, and does a really good job protecting the chromebook. I know it’s not super popular, but check it out, it’s a pretty awesome product.

  • JuneauDude says:

    Can you hook up a bluetooth speaker and headphones at the same time? (Toshiba Chromebook CB35-A3120). Thanks!

  • Jodi Dibeler says:

    I’m new to the Chromebook world and I don’t understand half of what I read in user reviews, comments and questions, let alone the answers. I bought an Epsom Cloud Ready printer but I haven’t even attempted to set it up. I get wifi with the laptops I had and the Chromebook but not the accessories. Right now I need a recommendation on wireless speakers – I bought one that plugged into the Chromebook but it wasn’t even as loud as the low volume of the Chromebook so I have to return it. What do I buy? I really want one that I can move around the house with me and adjustable so I can turn it up loud, and be sure I’m buying what I want so I don’t have to keep returning things that don’t do what I need. Also, my husband says there should be 2 so that the sound will be stereo? I did learn from the comments above to look for bluetooth and did find a setting to enable it, so I know to buy bluetooth speakers. What brands do you recommend? Walmart has a dizzying array of them but I’m at a loss.

    Thank you in advance. Jodi

  • Ed Fisher says:

    is there really no way to control c920 in chrome os? So you can’t zoom etc? I am asking because I am thinking of buying for vlogs etc. But now I am thinking of getting something else.

  • AL says:

    Logitech HD Portable 1080p Webcam C615 does not work with the Chromebook. Just wasted $50 finding that out.

  • Pat P says:

    I would like to play my own DVD’s on my chrome book 2. Can I use a portable dvd player. If so which one?

  • Carol Grass says:

    I have an HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook and am looking for a 10 key keypad for entering numbers when I am working on it from home.does anything exists?

  • Piers Lort-Phillips says:

    Some sort of video tutorial on how to get the Logitech cam to work would be great. I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 ( 2014 ) and have not been able to achieve a result once a Hangout is underway. Works fine prior and the resolution is amazing. Settings tells me all is well but the reality begs to differ. Am I missing something ?

    • Kain Young says:

      Which Logitech model – C615 or C920?

      • Piers Lort-Phillips says:

        Thanks for getting back, Kain. The model is the C920. I just have no idea what I might be doing wrong; it works perfectly until I actually want it to work ! Any suggestions would be welcome. Cheers.

        • Kain Young says:

          If I understand correctly, you can use the camera in Hangouts, and the person on the other end can see you fine, but you’re seeing a low resolution video of the other person on your screen. That’s actually an issue with the other person’s camera, their internet connection, or your internet connection. You can test that by recording a video with the camera and playing it back on your own screen.

          • Piers Lort-Phillips says:

            G’day again, Kain. Perhaps I didn’t explain the problem as well as I might have. The camera works perfectly up until I try and access Hangouts. The blue light comes on and I can see and hear myself perfectly. It records like a dream. However, as soon as I attempt to have a video conversation the light disappears and the person to whom I’m speaking can’t see me ( they do, however, hear me ). My small window in the bottom right corner is black, too. Problem is solved when I unplug the camera and revert to the default webcam though, of course, the quality is not nearly as good. I can’t help but think I’m doing something that is really easily fixed. Thoughts ? Thanks for your continued patience.

          • Kain Young says:

            That makes sense now. I don’t have the answer, but there are very helpful people on this forum who can sort it out:!forum/chromebook-central

  • Piers Lort-Phillips says:

    Once again, thanks for your help. The adventure continues ! Big fan of this site. Keep up the good work … it’s an exciting time to be in the Chrome-O-Sphere.

    • Hello again, Kain. The saga continues ! Buoyed by my success in finally getting the Logitech camera to work ( thanks to your suggestion to throw myself at the mercy of the product forum ) I went ahead and bought a Buddy Flamingo gooseneck mic. Same old story, I’m afraid. Plugged it into the USB port, green light on, Settings acknowledges its presence with a tick, but no luck in getting the person on the end of the call to hear me. In the separate Hangouts Settings section the microphone box only registers the Default option. This, too, should be an easy fix but even the experts at the google forum have been slow in getting back to me. Am I missing something ? Cheers, Piers

      • Kain Young says:

        Did you have a response back on the support forum? I don’t have that mic anymore, so I don’t have a way to help you test.

        • Hello again, Kain. We’re becoming quite the pair ! I’m afraid there’s been little joy from the support forum this time. A number of theories have been advanced but my problem persists. It’s not a huge deal actually … the internal mic on my Toshiba Chromebook 2 is much better than that of the Logitech webcam audio. I was able quite easily to substitute one for the other. No such luck, however, with the Buddy Flamingo mic. It’s a pity, as it’s such a cool unit and everything I’ve read ( including your piece ) seems to suggest that it works extremely well when up and running. If you’re at all interested, the ongoing discussion is under the headline: “Buddy Flamingo mic gives Hangouts the bird.” I’ll resist the temptation to continue bothering you. Cheers, Piers

          • Kain Young says:


            I will check out the support thread and see if there’s anything I can contribute.

  • stacy fredericks says:

    I’m looking an external DVD ROM drive that is compatible with my Acer Chromebook. I’m not having any luck. Please help. Thank you.

  • jamie reed says:

    i have an acer chromebook and i need to find and external dvd/cd drive that is compatible can anyone help me.

    • Kain Young says:


      Are you trying to play movies? Keep in mind that Chrome OS doesn’t have that capability natively, but many people have had success installing VLC to do it.
      Also note that DVD drives are read-only with Chrome OS because the driver software can’t be installed.
      You want to look for a USB external optical drive. This looks like the least expensive one on Amazon right at the moment, that’s a brand I would trust: There aren’t a lot of USB 3.0 options, so I would go with USB 2.0 unless you have massive amounts of data to transfer regularly.
      Does anyone else have a favorite optical drive for their Chromebook?

  • TJ says:

    Well, I bought that GE Universal All-in-One stereo headset based solely on your recommendation and it DOES NOT WORK with my Chromebook. It will plug into the jack but the Chromebook does not recognize it and gives me no option to use anything other than the default microphone. At this moment, I very much regret that I visited your page and wasted time and money following your advice.

  • TJ says:

    Kain, I owe you an apology. I was upset when the GE headset that you recommended did not work and I posted an angry message. My granddaughter (who’s only 12) figured out that getting it to to work was only a matter of changing the Chromebook settings. Boy, do I feel foolish!! I’m so sorry for doubting you. It really is a great headset.

  • pssst3 says:

    This posting has become antiquated. It badly needs to be updated.

    For instance,

    the Asus Chromeboxes are no longer relatively new/
    No Chromebook introduced since 2015 lacks Bluetooth.
    The vast majority of webcams, head sets and USB mics released since 2015 have worked with CBs made since early 2016, and better than with Android 4 and 5 devices.

    There continue to be APPS for Chrome that don’t recognise external USB accessories.

    If the Chromebook controls shows the device , either a USB or other, there is a device compatibility problem. Most often it is from an older device that REQUIRES drivers.

    If a device is recognised by the current version of Chrome OS (release 59 since 6/15/2017) it should work with the current version of Hangouts. If it doesn’t, check if Screencastify light does, or:

    Go to Settings/Content Settings/Microphone. See if Hangouts is blocked. If not, UNINSTALL and reinstall the Hangouts APP and the Hangouts extension.

  • Anne Neighbors says:

    I would find a standard chromebook charger a useful purchase. Any suggestions? I have an Asus Flip (c100-p) and a Samsung Plus.

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