The Logitech X-230 speakers are from years ago, but boy oh boy do they put out some good sound. Playing music or video, it really makes a difference to have some good quality speakers.
My Logitech MX Revolution is about a year old, and I really get annoyed when I use another mouse now. It's customisable, and oh so comfortable. In particular, I really hate using a wired mouse and having the cord "snag". Wireless is awesome, and the recharge dock beats changing batteries all the time.
So what about the screen? For the last few years I've been staring at a 17" 1280x1024 LCD screen. The LCD is nice, much better than a CRT, but it was aging in a world where large, widescreen monitors are starting to get pretty cheap. So the other day I picked up a BenQ E2400HD. This is a 24" Widescreen running at full high definition resolution - 1920 x 1080! I cannot believe the difference this has made to my workstation area, and just the general "feel" of using the computer, be it for work or play. I have downloaded some high definition videos to test it out, and I'm very happy with the overall quality. BenQ is a brand name I was a little hesitant to purchase, but reviews and that purchase price made me go for it. We'll see how it stacks up long-term, but after the first week using it, I'm very impressed.
So what's next? They keyboard, of course. I'm still using a very old Logitech Internet Pro keyboard, it's clunky and noisy, but it works fine. Not sure what I'll get, but it will be a while before I get it! And then after that, perhaps a BluRay drive to complement the HDCP-enabled components in my system. And then maybe a nice camera to sit on top of the monitor for when we Skype the family. And then...
See some pictures below for the before and after. Next time you're thinking about upgrading, why not splurge a little on the "nice" extras that we use so much? It really lifts the game and makes using the computer so much more enjoyable.
Becomes THIS :
Not the best quality pictures, I know... Maybe I'll have to upgrade my camera too...