Whether you want to believe it or not, having a computer is the most useful thing you can own, outside of a smartphone. A phone will only get you so far, and there are times where the smaller screen just doesn’t get the job done. Then, once you have the best computer you can find, you’ll want to deck out your setup with an awesome keyboard and mouse combination, or some great speakers for the desk.
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If you’re looking for the best Chromebooks that money can buy, you’re in luck. Outside of the Chromebook Duet with its unique design, there are quite a few great Chromebooks that includes specs and features that rival, or surpass, even some of the best Windows laptops.
ASUS Chromebook Flip
The Chromebook Flip from ASUS is arguably the best Chromebook overall. From its 14-inch convertible display, to providing a solid keyboard and plenty of ports, you really can't get much better than this at this price point.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
The Chromebook Duet is a rather unique product in that it's one of the best ChromeOS, but is actually a tablet. With the included keyboard, and up to 10-hours of battery life, the Duet is sure to handle anything you want to throw at it.
Google Pixelbook Go
It should come as no surprise that Google ditched the tablet idea and went back to a traditional design with the Pixelbook Go. But this Chromebook is extremely lightweight, and sports Google's Titan C chip for some of the best security protection on the market.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
If you want all the bells and whistles in a Chromebook, then the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is the way to go. You'll find specs that rival most Windows laptops, while getting a gorgeous AMOLED display and even an included stylus.
Lenovo Chromebook C340
The Lenovo Chromebook C340 offers a great 15.6-inch touchscreen display, to go along with 4GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. This 2-in-1 Chromebook can fold back into multiple modes, while being used to watch some videos, or as a tablet of sorts.
Laptops can change the way how you work or game, or can just be a great way to lounge on the couch and browse the web. Regardless of what your needs are, they are also versatile enough to be able to handle everything you’ll need for years to come.
Dell XPS 13
Dell has come a long way in the PC game and it has culminated with the XPS line. The XPS 13 is a front-runner for the best laptop thanks to its portability combined with some of the best specs you can find in any computer.
Surface Pro 7
Microsoft has made it possible for you to finally use Windows in a tablet form with the Surface Pro 7. This 2-in-1 device is a productivity monster, as you have a built-in kickstand, and grab the Type Cover and Surface Pen for all of your computing or tablet needs.
Before 2020, we probably wouldn't be recommending any MacBook's but Apple finally ditched its awful scissor-switch keyboard for something that is much, much better. The MacBook Air is the perfect step up from the iPad Pro, as you get a full operating system, while maintaining a slim and lightweight design.
HP Spectre x360
Like Dell, HP has also come a long way in the PC market, and the Spectre x360 is a perfect example as to why. This laptop features a convertible design, top-of-the-line specs, and is compatible with a stylus so you can doodle or write down some notes if you don't want to use the keyboard.
Razer needs no introduction, as it's offers some of the best accessories for gamers. But the Razer Blade is a fantastic lightweight laptop with enough power for you to game on the go. There are multiple versions available, including one that offers a 120Hz refresh rate, which is just next-level when it comes to gaining a competitive edge.
MSI GS75 Stealth
If you're looking for a desktop replacement, the MSI GS75 Stealth is the way to go. This laptop sports a desktop-level graphics card, a display with a 300Hz refresh rate, and more RAM than you'll ever have to worry about. Load up all of your Chrome tabs and game at the same time, and forget about worrying about hiccups.
Best Desktop Computer
If you thought the world of desktop PC’s was deteriorating, you would be wrong. We are seeing new PC hardware released on a regular basis, including new chipsets and graphics cards from the likes of AMD and NVIDIA. But best all of, you can end up getting a much more powerful desktop PC for much less than what you would spend on a comparable laptop.
Alienware Aurora R11
Alienware has been a sub-division of Dell for a few years now, but these are some of the best desktop PC's you can find. The Aurora R11 features a futuristic PC case, with plenty of ports on the front, and all of the specs you could want from a mid-range gaming PC.
CyberPowerPC Gamer Supreme
CyberPower has been pushing the envelope with some of its desktop PC's, and the Gamer Supreme is a great example. You'll get all of the RGB-goodness you could want, along with an included mouse and keyboard, in the event that you don't already have one.
SkyTech Blaze II
The problem with many desktop PC's is that they are overkill. The Blaze II from SkyTech is not, as it gets you the bare minimum to run a few of your favorite games, along with a sleek case design and some RGB fans for some extra pizzazz.
At some point in time, you’re going to want an external keyboard, even if you primarily use a laptop. Gamers will need the clickiness of mechanical switches and RGB, while others will want low-profile switches that are conducive to typing faster than everyone else. Regardless of your needs, there’s a keyboard out there for everyone.
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
If you play a lot of games or type a lot at your computer, the BlackWidow V3 Pro is fantastic. With tactile feedback from the Green Mechanical switches, to having TGB across the board and the ability to create custom macros, you can do everything and then some with this keyboard.
Logitech Ergo K860
With more and more people spending hours at a desk, it's important that you do everything to keep your wrists and hands comfortable. The Logitech Ergo K860 fits the bill quite nicely with its ergonomic design, built-in wrist rest, and compatibility with both Windows and macOS.
Logitech MX Keys
Those wanting a low-profile keyboard will love the MX Keys from Logitech. This keyboard has backlit keys, along with Flow Cross-Computer Controls, and keys that are designed to ensure that you can cut back on your spelling mistakes.
The Corsair K100 has many of the features you would want from a gaming keyboard, with fast switches, and comfortable keycaps. The built-in control wheel can be programmed to control an array of various features, including performing custom actions in games and applications. Plus, there are dedicated macro keys that can be used and customized to your heart's content.
SteelSeries Apex 7
The SteelSeries Apex 7 Gaming Keyboard is rather unique with its OLED smart display and USB passthrough. There are the usual media controls available, along with the customizable RGB lighting. And if you're worried about being comfortable for those long gaming sessions, SteelSeries offers a detachable wrist rest.
Headphones are great and all, but there are some times where you just want some music to listen to without covering or plugging-up your ears. Over the years, desktop speakers have grown in popularity, and with that, brings some cool and unique designs that are perfect for almost every desk setup.
It's one thing to have a Bluetooth speaker on your desk, but it may not really fit your aesthetic. With the Audioengine A1, you get bookshelf speakers which will work with a multitude of devices, but these also feature built-in Bluetooth connectivity. Audioengine also makes it possible for you to hook up a subwoofer if you need a little bit more punch.
TaoTronics Computer Sound Bar
Soundbars are a quick and easy way to get some solid sound without taking up too much space. The TaoTronics Sound Bar is powered by USB, while sporting a slim design, which is perfect for setting under your monitor.
Razer Nommo Chroma
If you want as much RGB as possible, the Razer Nommo Chroma speakers are the de-facto choice for RGB speakers. These can be controlled with the Razer Chroma app on your PC, while featuring knobs for sound levels and the bass, all from the right speaker.
Edifier R1280T Studio Monitor Speakers
Being able to find some bookshelf speakers that look good, sound great, and don't break the bank can be tough. Thanks to the R1280T from Edifier, you don't have to worry about looking for speakers anymore, as these are practically perfect for every desk setup. There's even an included remote, in the event that you want to adjust the volume, without fiddling with your computer.
Logitech Z337 Bluetooth Speaker System
Logitech offers fantastic keyboards and mice, but the company's Z337 Speaker System also shows how to do budget sound systems the right way. The Z337 sports two satellite speakers, along with a wireless subwoofer, and includes a wired control pod so that you can turn them on, adjust the volume, or set up Bluetooth pairing.
You can’t get some work done or play that game if you don’t have a monitor. Whether it’s just to fill out some spreadsheets or to hunker down for the next raid, a monitor can really vastly improve your desk setup. But the best part is you don’t have to go for the biggest, latest, and greatest just to get a solid experience.
BenQ PD3200U 4K UHD
This 32-inch monitor from BenQ is great for gamers and creators alike. The IPS panel looks absolutely stunning, coming with a resolution of 3840x2160. There's even a built-in KVM switch if you have multiple computers you want to connect the monitor to.
Lepow Portable Monitor
Having a second screen can really come in handy, especially if you are only working from a laptop. The Lepow Portable Monitor connects via USB-C, and has built-in speakers. There's even an included smart cover and screen protector so your portable display wont get messed up when you hit the road.
Those looking for a basic monitor and don't care about 4K or USB-C will love the VS2210-H from Viewsonic. This monitor has a built-in Blue Light Filter, connects via HDMI, and is even compatible with many VESA mounts.
Ultrawide monitors are all the rage nowadays, and you can't get much better than the Viotek GNV34CB. Not only does this 34-inch monitor feature a 21:9 aspect ratio, but it also has a deep 1500R curve, and is compatible with most VESA mounts. The GNV34CB also features a 100Hz refresh rate, along with AMD FreeSync compatibility.
The Samsung CHG90 Gaming Monitor is one of the largest computer monitors you can get, measuring in at a massive 49-inches. There's a resolution of 3840 x 1080p, and sports a 144Hz refresh rate with a 1ms ultra-fast response time.
Best Computer Mouse
Gone are the days where your mouse only had two buttons and a scroll wheel. Mice are arguably just as important and versatile as a great keyboard. Some of these can help gain a competitive edge while gaming, while others can be used to get tasks done more efficiently than ever before.
The VicTsing MM057 is about as basic as you can get from a Bluetooth mouse, but also features adjustable DPI levels. This is a fan-favorite for many, as it won't break the bank and will last you for a few years.
You never know when something will go wrong with your current mouse or trackpad. And Bluetooth connections can be a bit finicky, so it's always good to have a basic corded mouse stashed away. The Logitech B100 fits the bill, with a basic design that will work for both righties or lefties.
Razer Viper Ultimate
When it comes to gaming, you need to be faster than the competition, and a heavy mouse can hinder that. The Razer Viper Ultimate is one of the lightest mice on the market, while also featuring 8 programmable buttons and up to 70-hours of battery life.
Logitech MX Master 3
There's a reason why creators everywhere love the MX Master 3. The mouse features customizable gestures, an adjustable side-scroll wheel, and lasts up to 70-days on a single charge. Plus, it's one of the most comfortable mice to use with its soft finish and ergonomic design.
Corsair Harpoon PRO
If you want to do some lightweight gaming, but don't want to break the bank, then the Corsair Harpoon PRO is the way to go. This lightweight mouse weights just 85G, and you won't have to worry about a shoddy Bluetooth connection messing you up mid-game, as this connects to the USB port on your computer.
You don’t have to be a YouTuber or a gamer just to have a microphone for your computer. Whether it’s Skype or Zoom calls, or just because you want a good microphone, there are some solid options out there for everyone.
Razer Seiren X
It should come as no surprise that Razer opted to make a microphone geared towards gamers and streamers. The Seiren X features a built-in shock mount, along with a Supercardiod pick-up pattern, to eliminate distractions and sounds other than your voice.
Blue Yeti Nano
Blue Yeti is the way to go for many who need a basic microphone, that won't break the bank. The Yeti Nano is perfect for podcasting, game streaming, or even Skype calls. There's even a headphone output to get rid of any potential latency issues, along with a plug and play interface.
- Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
- Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display of response setting
- Improved rejection of electromagnetic hum, optimized for shielding against broadband interference emitted by computer monitors
Best Computer Headsets
If you don’t want to deal with traditional headphones because the microphones can be a bit shoddy, then you’ll want to get a proper computer headset. All of these feature solid microphones, while also providing up to 7.1 digital surround sound and a comfortable listening experience. Even if you’re attached to your computer for hours on end, these can help make life easier and make your day a little bit better.
HyperX Cloud Flight S
With the HyperX Cloud Flight S, you'll get a 7.1 surround sound experience, to go along with up to 30-hours of battery life. Not only is this headset compatible with PC and your PS4, but it even has a detachable microphone for those times where you just want to listen to the game or some music.
Corsair HS60 PRO
Corsair's HS60 PRO offers 7.1 virtual surround sound, with a little bit of help of the included USB DAC. This headset is also Discord certified, making it perfect to use for those streaming sessions, or games of Among Us. Plus, it works with just about every console you could want, along with your PC.
Audio Technica ATHPDG1
The Audio-Technica ATHPDG1, you know you'll be getting some great sound quality, along with a rather unique design. There are in-line volume controls, and it connects to whatever device you are using via the 3.5mm cable.
Razer Kraken X
Razer's Kraken X gaming headset is much lighter than the competition while providing 7.1 digital surround sound and a bendable microphone. This headset is already rated to work with the upcoming next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, removing the need to try and find something else for your new console.
Phandroid’s 2020 Holiday gift guide
While the list above highlights a few of our favorite gadgets of 2020, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of 250 products in 19 different categories to make it easy for you to find the best gifts for your family members, friends (or yourself) this holiday season. We’d also like to thank MediaTek for sponsoring the Chromebooks, Smart Home, and Smart Speakers & Displays sections of our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.
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