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MON­I­TOR A/ HP Pav­il­ion 32 Dis­play If you’re used to hunch­ing over a 13-inch lap­top screen, a big ex­ter­nal dis­play will trans­form your life. This HP is ex­cep­tion­ally valu­able for its huge size, and comes rec­om­mended for any­one ex­cept video ed­i­tors or se­ri­ous gamers, who will need a higher res­o­lu­tion. (R5 320) MOUSE B/ Logitech MX Ergo The pay­off for tak­ing time to learn a track­ball? A con­spic­u­ous lack of wrist pain. If R1 500 is too much to spend, the R250 Logitech M325 is an ex­cel­lent clas­sic-type mouse. Same for any­thing Logitech, re­ally. It makes awe­some pe­riph­er­als. (R1 500) ROUTER C/ Asus AC2900 Up­grad­ing from the router you got from Telkom will give you an im­me­di­ate bump in speed, sta­bil­ity, and range. It may seem pricey, but this Asus has all the lat­est con­nec­tiv­ity hard­ware and soft­ware to han­dle a whole house­ful of smart de­vices and stream­ing TVS, plus si­lent se­cu­rity that will keep out would-be crim­i­nals. (R5 000) KEY­BOARD D/ Ma­tias Tac­tile Pro Me­chan­i­cal key­boards, un­like the mem­brane- and scis­sor-switch key­boards found in most lap­tops and desk­tops, have loads of in­de­pen­dent springs that last for­ever and have a sat­is­fy­ing tac­til­ity that will make other key­boards feel mushy and im­pre­cise. Trade-off? They’re loud. But if you’re the only one in your of­fice, who cares? (R4 000) SPEAK­ERS E/ Sonos One Knock­out sound for such a small foot­print, ideal for set­ting on a book­shelf and play­ing what­ever tracks keep you go­ing. The built-in Ama­zon Alexa func­tion – and, soon, Google As­sis­tant – is a bonus. (R4 000)

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