Tech gadgets make our lives a lot easier, but they come with a high price tag. The average smartphone cost nearly $600 in 2020, and as you’re well aware, the price tag can only go up from there.
Given the high cost of gadgets, it’s important to keep them in good shape. Updating software or firmware, protecting your device from hacking and malware and other preemptive measures can help you do that. Using a good antivirus software program can also help protect your expensive laptop or computer.
Protecting your computer or phone’s internal components isn’t the only way to prolong its life. You need to keep the exterior in good shape, too. If you’re not sure how to do that, these 12 affordable products will help out. From streak-free electronics wipes to organizers and cord ties, these products are what you need to keep your devices clean and organized.
1. My favorite streak-free electronics wipes
Promising review: "Quite simply, these are the best monitor/computer screen wipes there are. Many brands leave a streak or film, and Windex does not. Very highly recommended for wiping your computer, tablet, handheld gaming console, smartphone, etc. Basically anything with an electronic display EXCEPT a television. This is a great product and has been since arriving on the market years ago."
2. Or use this spray and a microfiber cloth
Promising review: "I'm not easily impressed, but this product exceeded my expectations. My computer is hijacked by my kids several times a day, and naturally, their prints make it all over the screen. I also use my laptop to display recipes while I'm cooking/baking. Over time, my screen became caked with grime that was almost impossible to get off. However, after 10 solid min. of cleaning with this stuff, it restored my screen to a factory finish. My only regret is that I didn't purchase this sooner."
3. Squishy gel that gets all the crumbs out of your keyboard
Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. Was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. Squeeze it between your fingers! My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works and I highly recommend!"
4. Or try this keyboard deep cleaning kit
Promising review: "This is the second one that I have purchased because I LOVE IT! I love fact that it is small and compact enough to either sit on my desk at home or fit in my desk at work. I also enjoy the fact it is dual-sided - one side to wipe the screen and the other to brush away dust, dirt, food crumbs :D from my keyboard. It is a great buy and worth it. Not to mention it is made by a company with quality products, OXO."
5. Don’t forget old reliable, a can of compressed air
Promising review: "I bought this to blow the dust of my gas logs. I couldn't get them to ignite and someone told me to blow out the little tube where the flame comes out. There is a lot of pressure coming out of that little can! This cleaned off the logs very nicely as they were apparently a little dusty! And it cleared out the little tube and I was able to get the logs to fire right up afterward. Very good value for the money!"
6. A UV sanitizer for your phone and anything else that fits inside
7. A set of brushes to get dust out of all your electronics
Promising review: "The brush selection fits all the things I need to clean laptops and miscellaneous electronics. The nylon bristle brushes work for keyboards and getting between the tiny gap between the trackpad and the case. They are able to clean the fan vents on the bottom of the laptop. My kits included a key puller that is not visible in the images and not listed in the description. The bristles on each are aligned and firmly in place (I've purchased kits where some bristles fell out during use which is the only reason I mention it)."
8. Clean up your cords with reusable cable ties
Promising review: "I saw the Velcro branded one on Amazon, which were the same length and look, but at a much higher price (you always pay more for the brand). Sometimes, buying a well-known brand could mean better quality though, but I wanted to try those and see how they performed. Can't beat their awesome price point for the quantity you're getting. And I was nicely pleased by how similar, if not the same, those fastening cable ties were to the Velcro branded ones. They are fabric (so soft), and they work just great for all my needs. So yeah, definitely happy with those. Also, there are so many in this set that I ended up having plenty left over for future use."
9. Then store all your extra cables in this tidy case
Promising review: "This bag is incredible, seriously. The quality of it is great and it does its job really well. I use it as an organizer bag for my backpack so my bag is not full of random cables, flash drives, etc. I use it as a central place to keep all my charger cables, data cables, flash drives that I carry so I know where they are at at all times."
10. DSLR cameras need extra care. This kit gets the job done.
Promising review: "This cleaning kit is well worth the price. If you are like me and own a mirrorless camera and are a stickler when it comes to the most minuscule of sensor spots showing up in your image, having an air blower and a cleaning pen is a MUST. Along with that, the cleaning kit comes with tissue paper and a cleaning solution, which works like a charm on camera lenses, especially in moments, where microfiber doesn't do the trick. This kit is a must for any video/photo shooter because a dirty image no matter how creatively composed will ruin your work."
11. I protect my desk with this affordable faux leather mat
Promising review: "I'm so glad I stumbled upon this eco-friendly product! I painted an old desk and needed extra protection to preserve the not very new desk. It's a perfect shade of brown, somewhat simulating natural leather (except it's just a solid color, not distressed, which is just what I wanted). I LOVE the sustainable approach, we need more products like these! Even the packaging is PLASTIC FREE. They really did their research and did a wonderful job not greenwashing this product. I tried looking them up in hopes to find more products, but no luck."
12. Our News Director, Ben, protects his desks with a flashier mat
Promising review: "Love the size of this pad. It was perfect for my needs. Also, the LED lights are so much brighter than a previous one I bought from another company. I have an L-shaped desk that has 2 computers so I needed another pad for that one. And it works and looks awesome. Definitely no regrets and it's high quality. I will def recommend this to any gamer or pc user looking for a comfortable pad with no issues and amazing bright LEDS."