;Computers are like outfits. Yep, you read that right—just like with choosing an outfit, accessories can make or break a computer. Just like accessories for your outfit, there are plenty you can do without, but some are absolutely necessary—imagine having a brand new, state-of-the-art iMac desktop computer with no monitor. Or no keyboard. Or no mouse.
You need certain accessories to operate your system, back up and share data, or work faster, smarter or collaboratively across machines. Others are less vital, and help you maximize the fun you can have on your computer or online. Keeping up to date with the latest accessories can keep even the most dated of systems running with the new breed, at a fraction of the cost of the next state-of-the-art model. Here is a rundown of some of the most popular computer accessories of all time.