Your keyboard might be a practical piece of kit but that’s not to say it shouldn’t look good and be fully functional as well. Perhaps you find it a bit clunky, you don’t get on with the key arrangement, or you’re looking for a specialised design due to something like Repetitive Strain Injury (a disorder caused by repetitive movements to specific muscles in the upper body and arms through working with a mouse or keyboard for a lenghty period of time over an extended period).
Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes but whatever design takes your fancy, you should definitely consider a wireless model. If you need a break from your office chair, you can pick it up and move it around the room. Plus, the wireless option also means you can get rid of another cumbersome cable from your desktop. Make sure you choose a 2.4GHz model for maximum compatibility and performance.
The Advent K212 Wireless Keyboard includes numeric keypad for full functionality.
Best wired keyboard: if you're on a budget then our very own Advent K112 offers great value, with a full-sized keyboard and numeric keypad. Alternatively, the Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 is an ergonomically shaped keyboard that reduces the strain on your hands and wrists. It also features a number of shortcut keys for useful functions like the calculator, and volume and media controls.
Best wireless keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Wireless Keyboard K800 offers beautifully tactile keys that will improve both your speed and accuracy. You can also illuminate the keys (great if you work in darkened rooms) and there’s a power switch to save battery life when the keyboard’s not in use. It's quite pricey though, so take a look at our wireless keyboards, the full-size Advent K212 Wireless Keyboard and compact, media-friendly Advent K312 Wireless Keyboard, if you're looking for a less expensive option.
If you find your mouse uncomfortable to use, or you can’t get to grips with the touchpad on your laptop, don’t sit there struggling: there are lots of mice on the market.
As with the keyboard, a cordless mouse can help free your desktop from wires. And if you’re into gaming, a specialist mouse will offer all the buttons and sensitivity you need to control even the most complex games from a single device.
The Advent M312 Wireless Optical Mouse is shaped for comfort.
Best gaming mouse: Razer Naga Epic Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse comes with a staggering 13 programmable buttons – enough for the most feature-heavy games – to go with its precision-sharp accuracy and responsiveness.
Best cordless mouse: Advent M312 Wireless Optical Mouse is superb value, and shaped for comfortable use with both left and right hands. Its nano-receiver can be stashed inside the mouse itself when not in use.
If you plan to use your Advent PC for design work, you may find the mouse and trackpad too limiting. A graphics tablet pairs a tablet with a pen to make sketching and scribbling easier and more natural.
Free your creative side by using a tablet and pen, instead of your mouse, to draw
Best budget graphics tablet: The Wacom Intuos Pen CTL-480S-ENES Graphics Tablet plugs into a spare USB port and makes drawing a pleasurable and productive experience.