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Get new gadgets for the holidays? These are the must-have accessories for all your new stuff

So you got a new gadget for the holidays, huh? Now it’s time to pimp it out….

So you got a new gadget for the holidays, huh? Now it’s time to pimp them out….

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]hew, you made it! The holidays are finally over. No longer do you have to worry about waiting in long shopping lines or the panic of buying someone a last-minute gift. Now it’s time to focus on you!

If you were fortunate enough to cop a new device—a laptop, a phone, a tablet, a TV, whatever—now it’s time to trick it out. Below we gathered up a ton of our favorite accessories for all your new toys. A lot of the items you’ll find is products we love and have used in the past and some we highly recommend based off customer reviews. Either way, it’s worth checking out.


It’s probably common knowledge by now that cables don’t last forever. Whether they’re lost, misplaced, or damaged, it seems like this is one product that you have to buy every couple of months or so. Here’s some of your best options:

The AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lighting to USB cable is no doubt your best and cheapest back-up cable for recharging an iPhone or iPad. If you got a new TV, you’ll need at least a couple AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cables to connect your Xbox, Apple TVC, or Roku. Just need regular old USB cables? These Anker PowerLine Micro USB cables are superb. For plugging your phone into the Aux input in your car, an external speaker, or some other stereo system, here’s your best bet: iXCC Male to Male Auxiliary Cable.

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Battery pack

If there’s one thing we all wished for in smartphones, it would be longer battery life. But unfortunately that’s not happening anytime soon. Your next best option? Battery packs.

The Anker Astro E4 is a well-reviewed and affordable battery pack. It’ll charge most smartphones three times, and it’ll refill an iPad Air’s battery once. If you’d prefer a case with a battery built-in, get the Mophie Juice Pack. It’s a protective case that provides one to three full re-charges of your phone. For something much cheaper and much smaller, try the Innogie eLite, which provides a bit of juice. If you’ve got a laptop and a phone (and who doesn’t?), consider a Zolt charger. It’s capable of charging three devices at once, and it also means you can leave your power bricks at home.



Notice how that new smartphone of yours is absent of scrapes and scratches? Well, don’t get used to it, unless you protect with a cover or protective gear.

Keep the glass display scratch-free with a Tech Armor Screen Protector or a NuShield Screen Protector. The BodyGuardz Pure Screenguardz are made of glass, and feel really nice under the fingertip. For full-phone protection, it’s tough to find something more rugged than an OtterBox Case with a built-in screen protector. Another great option is a LifeProof FRE Cases, which also has a built-in screen shield.


Smartphone Camera Lenses

Alright, your new phone’s camera is pretty amazing–but what if it could be better? That’s what accessory lenses accomplish, taking your Instagram to a whole different level.

The new Photojojo Iris Lens Series is awesome, especially the way it clips onto your phone. Aukey’s 3-in-1 clip-on lens kit is inexpensive and works with multiple models of phone. If you want to step up and take really amazing pictures, get a really amazing lens system like one of the options from Moment.



Hv-600 wireless headphones

If you haven’t lost a pair earbuds at one point of your life, the you’re part of a very special club. For the rest of us who lose them in bags, pockets, drawers—tangled to the point of hopelessness. Your best alternative is purchasing a few cheapies to keep lying around for quick runs, short flights, whatever.

Our current favorite is the Mrice E300s, which gives you really great sound for around $20. Another good option around $20 are the Brainwavez Delta earbuds. For around $12, you can get a pair of Panasonic RPTCM125Ks (and how about that name huh?). Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi also has some brand new $20 headphones that look and sound great.



Remember how we mentioned back up earbuds earlier? Having a pair of cheapo earbuds help you preserve your nicer headphones, meaning you can bust them out whenever your ears deserve a treat.

The best-looking and best-sounding wireless cans we tested this year are the Master & Dynamic MH40’s. The antenna is powerful, and the battery lasts all day. They’re also pricey but hey, splurge once in a while. Our runners-up for the year’s best wireless headphones are the BeoPlay H7 and the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless. If you’re looking for great headphones to wear while using your new PC, the are a perennial favorite, as are the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2s. Our favorites for under $100 are these Sony headphones.


Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth Speakers

Believe us when we say it: The speakers on your new smartphone or laptop are not going to be loud enough to fill a room—not even a tiny room. Cough up a few bucks on a Bluetooth speaker now and you’ll thank us later.

The best portable speaker for just about anyone is the UE Boom 2. It’s $200, waterproof, and has amazing battery life. Oh yes, and it sounds fantastic for the size. You should also check out the smaller UE Roll with has a strap on the back for clamping it to your BMX or your Segway as you cruise the neighborhood. For listening around the home, the biggest, beastliest speaker is the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless, which in addition to Bluetooth also runs AirPlay and Spotify Connect.


TV Soundbars

Were you lucky to get a new TV? Well, the speakers on it are probably aren’t the best, so pump up your viewing experience with a nicer soundbar. They can be fastened to the wall just below a wall-mounted TV, snuck into an entertainment center, or just plopped down on the table in front of your television.

Some of the best cheap options are made by Vizio. Yamaha’s models are a small step up in price, but they sound great. Sonos makes a nice soundbar which, if you’re a Sonos person, is a no-brainer. The best one on the market to our ears is the new Motion Vision X from Martin Logan. It’s a 100-watt monster that’ll make Apocalypse Now feel like an actual trip to the Do Long bridge.


Laptop Cases

If you don’t like the idea of your new laptop falling on the ground, you’re going to need something to protect your new beast. If all you require is some simple padding, the AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve can’t disappoint. This fabric case from Plemo has an external pocket for a phone or Kindle. The Case Logic LoDo Laptop Sleeve has even more internal pockets, but it’s still cooly minimal. If you like Herschel’s backpacks, then you definitely need one of these.


Did we miss anything? Share your suggestions in the comments! 

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