Gadgets You've Gotta Have: Laptop Accessories (Including a USB Aquarium)

By , dealnews contributor

What good is an expensive, fancy laptop if you don't have a stylish bag to protect it? Or a strong lock to keep it safe? Or a sturdy travel table to mount it on? These laptop accessories run the gamut and are sure to keep your prized machine safe.

  1. STM Armour 13" Laptop Shoulder Bag
    Store: Adorama
    Price: $39.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $40

    Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice is in the bag, literally. Here you've got a great way to stow and carry your laptop, as the hard, corrugated EVA outer shell keeps your computer safe from the brutish dings, jolts, and jostles of everyday life. Available in Black, it features a removable shoulder strap, cable case, foam padding, and more. It's designed to fit a variety of 12" to 13" laptops.

  2. Timbuk2 Control Small 15" Laptop Messenger Bag
    Store: 6pm
    Price: $40.05 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $22

    Is It Worth It?: This laptop bag is from a San Francisco company that makes really reliable computer gear. Available in Gunmetal/Blue, this $40 bag accommodates most laptops with up to 15" screens and features a water-resistant front flap, fold-out laptop compartment for security checkpoints, and padded shoulder strap.

  3. GearXS Computer Lock with 6-Foot Steel Cable
    Store: GearXS via eBay
    Price: $7.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $6

    Is It Worth It?: This laptop lock includes two keys, and the steel cable is fashioned to be cut-resistant and attachable to any secure object. It's a surefire way to protect your laptop and save!

  4. Devo Folding Travel Table for Laptops
    Store: Adorama
    Price: $7.95 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $11

    Is It Worth It?: Attention computer spuds! It's time to use your "freedom of choice" and purchase this travel folding table for your laptop. Now, you may wonder: Is this product really from that all-time, way-cool new wave band Devo (pictured)? While we can't find any evidence that it is, we can't find any evidence that it isn't, either. This lightweight table measures 17" x 15.5" x 1.9" and attaches to your luggage carry-on handle to make computing on the go a breeze.

  5. Mini USB Desktop Aquarium with LCD Display
    Store: smooth-dealer via eBay
    Price: $26.86 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $1

    Is It Worth It?: Tied with last week's mention, this deal delivers to your door a cool little gadget that runs on three AA batteries (not included) and produces not one, not two, but six nature sounds, including "frog," "cricket in the night," and "bird with water running." It also features an LCD display with calendar, time, and temperature functions, LED lights, water faucet, and more. It won't necessarily make your computers run any faster or better, but it's a great bet to brighten up your office desk.

Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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