Those ubiquitous high-buck zipper-case computer tool kits always start looking appealing around this time of year, either as gifts for techie friends or for yourself. But I’ve seen very few that aren’t oversimplified — or loaded down with useless “tool count” boosters. On the other hand, the case these kits ship in is often perfect in size and shape.
My advice? Pick up a cheap kit that comes in a decent case, then throw away junk like chip pullers and flesh the kit out with some selections of your own. Here are ten of my favorites:
Even the most basic computer tool kits usually include a pair of standard and Phillips screwdrivers in a medium and small size. You’ll likely find these included with the kit you’ve purchased for the case, but if they’re really crappy you might consider dropping in a couple from your shop spares — or maybe catching one of Sears’ or Stanley’s sets on sale, adding the appropriate ones to the kit, and dumping the rest in your shop drawer. I personally avoid screwdrivers with excessively large handles for this application, as most computers are compact these days and space is always at a premium.