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Using a computer comfortably and effectively means having the best computer accessories. Do you work standing or sitting? With a laptop or desktop? Do you have multiple video meetings a day, or do you want to take calls while getting your steps in? We've picked the best gear to optimize your workday.

The Best Portable Document Scanner Epson ES-300W
After 100 hours of research and testing since 2013, we think the wireless, battery-powered Epson ES-300W is the best portable scanner for most people.   Read More >
The Best Standing Desks Fully Jarvis Bamboo
After 50 hours testing three new standing desks, the Fully Jarvis is our top pick; if you can’t get it, the Uplift offers similar options and stability.   Read More >
The Best USB 3.0 Hubs Anker 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub
After 120 hours of research, testing, and consulting with electrical engineers, we found the Anker 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub to be the best for most people.   Read More >
The Best VR Headsets for PC and PS4 Oculus Rift + Touch
Our panel chose the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle as the best desktop VR setup. But VR is a work in progress, and we think most people should wait.   Read More >
The Best Portable AC Power Supply ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet
Of the dozen models we considered, and the three small models we tested for more than 20 hours, the ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet offered the best balance of size, capacity, and price. If you need to power more than just a laptop or another small device but a gas generator is out of the question, we like the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator for its higher capacity and output, plus its top-notch build quality.   Read More >
The Best SD Card Readers IOGear USB-C 3-Slot Card Reader
Out of 12 card readers we tested, the IOGear USB-C 3-Slot Card Reader is the best for anyone whose new MacBook or Windows laptop lacks an SD card slot.    Read More >
The Best Password Managers LastPass
LastPass is our favorite password manager out of the dozens we considered. It’s easy to use and free for essential features, and it works on all platforms.   Read More >
The Best USB-C Adapters, Cables, and Hubs to Connect Old Accessories to Your New Laptop
We tested over 25 accessories to find the best ways to connect your existing gear to USB-C–equipped devices and USB-C devices to each other.    Read More >
The Best SSDs Samsung 850 EVO
The Samsung 850 EVO is still the best SSD for most, but there’s a new runner-up (the Crucial MX300) and a PCIe upgrade for pros (Samsung 960 Pro).   Read More >
The Best Cable Modem Arris SURFboard SB6183
We recommend the Arris SURFboard SB6183 to people shopping for a cable modem. It’s fast, reliable, and supports more ISPs across the US than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Gaming Headset (for Most People) Kingston HyperX Cloud
After testing 12 new models, we still think the comfortable, affordable, great-sounding Kingston HyperX Cloud is the best gaming headset for most gamers.   Read More >
The Best Thunderbolt Dock OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
OWC’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock is our top pick for most people. It has every feature we considered important at a reasonable price.   Read More >
The Best Wireless Mouse Logitech Marathon Mouse M705
After 100 total hours spent researching nearly 200 mice, we tested 28 top-rated mice and consulted with a panel of experts and laypeople to find the $35 Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 is the best wireless mouse for most people. Our panel of mouse users almost unanimously favored the size, shape, and glide of the Marathon over the competition and especially praised its button selection and placement.   Read More >
The Best All-in-One Printer HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 All-in-One Printer
After 35 hours of new research and testing, we found that the HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 is the least-bad all-in-one printer for your home.   Read More >
The Best Standing Desk Mats Ergodriven Topo
After three months of testing a dozen anti-fatigue mats, most of our standing-desk users liked the Ergodriven Topo the best. Its varied terrain encourages movement and gives bored feet something to do.   Read More >
The Best Laptop Stands Rain Design iLevel 2
We tested 11 laptop stands over many months and found that the Rain Design iLevel 2 is the best for desk jockeys while the Roost Laptop Stand is tops for road warriors.   Read More >
The Best Lap Desk (So Far) LapGear XL Executive Mahogany Lap Desk
After spending a dozen hours testing six of the best-reviewed lap desks, we think the LapGear XL Executive Mahogany Lap Desk is the best choice for most people. Its large wood top offers a sturdy and stable surface for 15-inch (or smaller) laptops. The comfortable cushion and smart design allow air to circulate, keeping you and your laptop cooler during use.   Read More >
The Best Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) CyberPower CP685AVR
During short blackouts, the CyberPower CP685AVR is our first choice as a UPS for anyone to keep a home network and modem online until the power returns. It’s easy to set up, blessed with positive reviews from a large number of users, and supremely affordable. We also like the APC BE650G1 Back-UPS, which is nearly identical in performance and is just as good of a pick if you happen to find it for less.   Read More >
The Best Webcams Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
We researched 16 top webcams and tested five, and the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 has the best picture, with great autofocus and white-balance adjustment.   Read More >
The Best External Optical Drives for DVDs and Blu-rays Samsung SE-208GB
If you still need an optical drive sometimes, the Samsung SE-208GB is the best DVD drive and the Pioneer BDR-XD05B is the best for Blu-ray discs. We reached this conclusion after nearly 30 hours researching and testing eight USB optical drives.   Read More >
The Best Micro-USB Cable Anker PowerLine Micro USB (3ft)
The durable and affordable Anker PowerLine Micro USB cable lets you charge and sync at the fastest speeds. In any length, it’s the cable we’d buy.   Read More >
The Best Gaming Mouse Razer DeathAdder Chroma
A panel of PC gamers chose the Razer DeathAdder Chroma as the best gaming mouse. It's comfortable, accurate, inexpensive, and almost classy-looking.   Read More >
The Best PC Gaming Controller Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
After panel-testing nine controllers, we found that the Sony DualShock 4 Controller (yes, the PlayStation one) is the best controller for PC gaming.   Read More >
Our Favorite Laptop Sleeves and Cases
We tested 24 laptop sleeves to find the best ones for your style and budget. Whether aiming for something basic to luxurious, slim to armored, we have your computer covered.   Read More >
The Best SD Cards 64GB Samsung Pro Plus
After putting in 42 hours of research and testing over the past two years, we found that the 64GB Samsung Pro Plus is the best SD card for most people. It’s fast enough to shoot 4K video, has some of the fastest transfer and in-camera speeds we tested, and it’s the best card you can buy for the price. Plus, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty.   Read More >
The Best Office Chair Steelcase Gesture
After testing eight top-rated chairs and talking to four ergonomics experts, we think the Steelcase Gesture is the best office chair for most people.   Read More >
The Best USB Office Headset Jabra UC VOICE 550 Duo
We spent more than 30 hours on research and tested 11 headsets to find that the Jabra UC Voice 550 Duo is the best USB office headset. It has an easy-to-position mic boom, a noise-cancelling mic, and mute controls that are among the quietest and most discreet we tried. It's also comfortable enough for long conference calls and has the best sound quality of any model we tested.   Read More >
The Best Cheap Scanner Canon LiDE 220
After more than 40 hours of research and testing the four units that made our final cut, we found that the Canon LiDE 220 is the best flatbed scanner for everyday users. The LiDE 220 is the fastest and most intuitive scanner we tested. It produces scans with more visual accuracy than its competition and more accurately recognizes text across all documents. Plus, it’s small enough that it won’t clutter up your workspace.   Read More >
The Best Computer Speakers M-Audio Studiophile AV 40
We just finished a new round of testing, and we can tell you that we’ll be recommending the Mackie CR3 as a good, low-cost choice.   Read More >


Our Favorite Mechanical Keyboards WASD Code 87-Key
Out of 31 mechanical keyboards we tested, the WASD Code 87-Key has the best combination of smart features and good build quality, with a minimalist aesthetic.   Read More >
The Best Bluetooth Keyboard Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard
We tested 23 Bluetooth keyboards and used the most promising ones for months, and we found that the Logitech K380 Multi-Device is the best option. No other Bluetooth keyboard has the K380’s balance of price and features. It is both solid enough for desktop use and small enough to slip in a bag, and can switch between up to three devices with the press of a button (a useful feature that few Bluetooth keyboards have), all for less than about $50.   Read More >
The Best Ergonomic Keyboard Microsoft Sculpt Ergo
After 150 hours of testing, we found Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergo to be the most comfortable ergonomic keyboard; it was the only one to meet all our criteria.   Read More >
The Best Keyboard Cover KB Covers Clear Ice Keyboard Cover for MacBook
Keyboards get dirty, worn down, and spilled on. A keyboard cover is a good way to keep a MacBook’s QWERTY protected. After much research and testing, the $18 Clear (Ice) cover from KB Covers is our favorite. It’s just thin enough to preserve the keys’ responsiveness, and the price has dropped by more than 25% since we first started recommending it.   Read More >


The Best 27-Inch Monitor HP Z27n
After testing six new 27-inch monitors, the HP Z27n is our pick thanks to its amazing color accuracy, slim bezels, ergonomic stand, and port selection.   Read More >
The Best Monitor Arms AmazonBasics Single Monitor Display Mounting Arm
We tested 10 models and found the AmazonBasics Single Monitor Display Mounting Arm the best support for improving ergonomics at sitting or standing desks.   Read More >
The Best 4K Monitors Dell P2715Q
After nearly 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the Dell P2715Q is the best 4K monitor, because of its accurate colors, good ergonomics, and price.   Read More >
The Best 24-Inch Monitor Dell UltraSharp U2415
After 50 hours spent researching 19 different monitors and testing six finalists, we found the Dell UltraSharp U2415 is the best 24-inch monitor for most people. It has the best picture quality of any display we tested, 11 percent more screen space than a 1080p monitor, and an ultra-thin bezel that makes its screen feel bigger and look better than the competition.    Read More >