7 Accessories That Will Turn your Laptop Into a Supercomputer

Even if you have the world's most powerful laptop, it's still going to be hobbled by one core factor: It's a laptop. When it comes to sheer performance—from screen resolution to processing power, and all the other tech jargon you can think of—a grounded machine is simply going to be superior. So get on even ground. Soup up your machine with this high-powered tech. You'll enter the Matrix in no time.

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LG 24UD58-B 4k Monitor

Laptop screens can be pretty, but desktops will always be prettier. So enhance your laptop experience with a top-of-the-line 4k monitor. This 24-inch one, from LG, will give you ultra-HD quality on a TV-sized screen. Whether you're gaming, streaming TV, or simply wiling away the minutes on Instagram, the clarity, vibrancy, and sharpness of the image is sure to stun. ($380; frys.com)

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PNY NVDIA GeForce Graphics Card

Video games are only as pretty as the hardware they run on. The PNY graphics card increases video memory and allows you to access GeForce Experience visuals (that's tech-speak for "as good as it gets"). Bonus: It has DVI, VGA, and HDMI ports to support three HD displays simultaneously. ($60; bestbuy.com)

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XYZprinting da Vinci Junior 3-D Printer

Embrace the future with this wireless 3D printer, which allows you to build, from your laptop, designs at 100mm/second speed—not too shabby for a mobile device. (Most entry-level models print at about 60mm/second.) It's equipped with a nine-point auto-calibration software, too, to ensure your designs are always printed perfectly to a tee. ($500; bestbuy.com)

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Toshiba Canvio Advance External Hard Drive

This Toshiba external hard drive will solve all of your storage problems. It is easily portable, so you can take it anywhere along with your laptop—in fact, you can probably slide it right into your laptop bag without any issue. This beast holds up to 3TB of storage, has proprietary top-of-the-line Toshiba Storage Backup Software and Toshiba Storage Security Software, and includes a 2-year standard limited warranty. On the style front, you can choose from four different colors to match your taste. We're fond of the deep red (pictured), but more conservative tastes might prefer the black or blue. ($93; amazon.com)

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Crucial 16GB Memory Module

Instantly amplify your laptop's performance with a memory stick that adds RAM to your processor. The Crucial Memory Module provides a solution for any CPU slowdowns. It will store temporary data while your computer is running, allowing your computer to do more, and do it faster. And the installation guide is thorough, but, if you need help with installation, Crucial's experienced team will provide any technical support you need. ($160 each; officedepot.com)

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Mophie Power Station AC Portable Charger

The Mophie Power Station AC is the perfect accessory for when you're on the go. This portable charger can charge your laptop's battery anywhere, anytime, so you always have access to your computer. It has enough power to fully charge a MacBook (effectively doubling your battery), or provide an hour of extra battery when connected to a 90W laptop. Plus, it's wrapped in fabric to protect it from suffering scratches or other environmental damage. ($200; amazon.com)

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Newer computers are starting to lack all of the ports that laptops used to have, making an external USB hub a must-have. The VAVA USB-C hub has inputs for an Ethernet cable—so you can access the internet from anywhere—a charging port, a HDMI port, a SD card reader, a TF card reader, and three USB ports, to make sure you can do just about anything you want right from your laptop. ($60; amazon.com)

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