What are the Different Types of Netbook Accessories?

Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth

A netbook is a particular model of very small laptop computer that is classified as a subnotebook. Made without a built-in optical drive, the highly portable netbook has a screen that is only 7-9 inches (17.8-22.9 cm) and weighs in the range of 2-3 pounds (.9-1.4 kg). Netbook accessories are any peripherals made specifically to enhance netbook use or items to make using a netbook more convenient.

An external hard drive.
An external hard drive.

Because the netbook lacks an optical drive and has a reduced-size keyboard and hard drive, these are key areas in which users seek netbook accessories. An external optical drive is one popular netbook accessory. If one gets a notebook stand with an integrated keyboard, the keyboard problem can be easily solved and the notebook’s position can be more adjustable, or one can try out a portable keyboard that is not only foldable, but also waterproof. A mobile external hard drive is a good way to expand the available memory, and if less is needed, a USB flash drive may do the trick, providing back-up for documents.

A USB mouse.
A USB mouse.

Other peripherals that are often purchased as netbook accessories extend the computer's use in other ways. Since the built-in mouse doesn’t give the user a lot of freedom of movement, some users get a USB or wireless mouse. External speakers can make the movie, music, or gaming experience richer. A Bluetooth® adapter makes it possible to do things like transfer photos to the netbook from a camera wirelessly. If more USB ports are needed, a hub can expand what’s available. Add a mobile printer, and the netbook has turned into a portable office.

A Bluetooth® dongle.
A Bluetooth® dongle.

Specialized netbook accessories that are not used as widely include a video chat light to help illuminate your face for video chats in dark places. Foaming screen cleanser is another item that many will not need. For the “green” netbook owner, a solar charged emergency backup battery may be of interest, but many will likely stick with a standard power adapter.

A netbook.
A netbook.

Outside of peripherals, there are other items that can be quite important as netbook accessories. A sleeve or case can help protect the netbook in transit. Cases may be fashioned like briefcases, backpacks, purses, and messenger bags. A netbook security lock keeps the notebook attached to a desk, and adds safety for a dorm room and other locations that are semi-public or public.

A headset with microphone is a good accessory used for video chatting.
A headset with microphone is a good accessory used for video chatting.
Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth is passionate about reading, writing, and research, and has a penchant for correcting misinformation on the Internet. In addition to contributing articles to wiseGEEK about art, literature, and music, Mary Elizabeth is a teacher, composer, and author. She has a B.A. from the University of Chicago’s writing program and an M.A. from the University of Vermont, and she has written books, study guides, and teacher materials on language and literature, as well as music composition content for Sibelius Software.

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