PC Accessories

If PC components are not your thing, perhaps some PC adjacent stuff! The following are some suggestions for useful stocking stuffers or gifts that the recipient can add to their tech toolkit and make their digital life a bit easier!

iKross USB 3.0 Multifunction SD card reader – $7.99, Amazon

Looking for a cheap and useful stocking stuffer? iKross has a SD and Micro SD card reader with a full-size USB 3.0 (or Type-C) on one end and a Micro USB port on the other end for connecting to your PC at home and your phone on the go. If you know someone that takes a lot of photos, this would be a great gift for them to make getting their photos off their camera, backed up, and posted to their social media.

APC Back-UPS Pro 1000VA UPS Battery Backup​ – $122, Amazon

As something I would put into the nice to have but probably would not buy for myself category, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can be a handy accessory to provide your PC and other electronics with clean power that can allow you to finish out your gaming session or even just give you enough time to save your college final paper and shut down the computer should the power go out.

Inateck USB 3.0 to SATA Dual-Bay Hard Drive Docking Station – $38, Amazon

An external drive dock can be extremely useful for the family PC technician in your life! Having an external dock makes it a much simpler process to backup up client computers and troubleshoot drives that family and friends might bring you to pull data off. It can also make upgrading their storage to a larger drive easier by offering offline / in the field cloning abilities that do not require a host PC to run. Some docks even allow RAID though I would not advise going that route. Instead, look for the drives that offer cloning (in many cases this is an either/or choice though some higher end models include both features and let you choose). Check out our review of the Inateck dual bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 dock which Allyn found worked well.


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