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Computer Accessories Survey Shows Office Workers Still Rely on Tethered Solutions; Number of Monitors Still Growing

Plugable Peripherals Survey Highlights Trends in Accessories Use
( | Press Release | 2018-06-05 22:09:35 )
Plugable, a leading company specializing in the manufacture of USB, Bluetooth, and power-related devices, unveiled results of its latest Computer Peripherals survey, which shows which peripherals and accessories are used most by today’s businesses, how much they’re paying, and which ones require the most troubleshooting.

Plugable presented its online survey to more than 1,300 business users in the U.S. between April 16 – 20, 2018, and found that the top three accessories used for work are external hard drives (69.8%), Bluetooth devices (58.1%), and docking stations (55.8%). Most respondents also indicated that they spend between $500 - $700 annually on accessories.

Interestingly enough, in an era of wireless connectivity, many business users still rely on “wired” technology for the majority of their accessories, with Bluetooth as the largest exception. Widely used peripherals such as external hard drives (44.2%), USB input devices such as keyboard and mouse accessories (37.2%), and docking stations (32.6) are still primarily tethered to the computer in the office.

Speaking of Bluetooth, it also ranked as the top “most troublesome” accessory at 74.4% of respondents. Graphics adapters ranked second at 44.2% followed by external hard drives at 39.5%.

The number of screens continues to grow, mostly at the office compared with the home. The results show that 56% of office users say they utilize one or two monitors; conversely, 51% say they use just one monitor at home. In fact, another 30% say they use between three and four monitors in the office, showing how the appetite for “screen sprawl” is growing throughout the workforce.

“It’s interesting to see how the trends in peripherals keep evolving over the years, particularly the differences between office and home users,” said Bernie Thompson, CEO of Plugable. “Our users continue to rely on tethered devices at the office, even though wireless connectivity is desirable for convenience at the home. Our customers continue to point toward reliability for devices in the office, which we believe is a leading reason why wireless peripherals remain in the background for many in the workforce.”

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