College is the last few years where you have an official summer break. Once that tassel moves from the right to the left of your cap, summer break no longer exists, and it enters into the “Once Upon a Time” section of your brain reserved for activation after a few beers. But for now, you’ll need to gear up for the school year ahead.
As summer comes to a close, it can be a pain trying to round up school-year gadgets for the upcoming semester. Just the thought of transitioning from beach days and bbq to late-night study sessions and essays can be daunting. To tackle your daily tasks and get back into school-mode, the appropriate tech is required, which is why we’ve gathered the best back-to-school tech gadgets for your return to the grind. Make the school year a little easier with a few times from this well-curated list.
With the HP Pen in your corner, you’ll upgrade your performance and productivity at school. This high-tech pen features N-trig technology, allowing you to write, draw, and navigate with incredible accuracy. It has a precision tip, providing you with natural sensitivity, so you feel like you’re writing on paper. And it works with a variety of apps, so you can jot down notes or draw, as the PC converts your work instantly.
Everyone needs a little help getting organized, and the Notebook app is the perfect tool to help you keep everything in line. With this note-taking app, you can make checklists, scan important documents, and even sketch ideas when you have a light bulb moment. Create various notebooks, so you can find your projects easily when you need them.
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
With all the stress and excitement that school brings, it’s hard to keep track of every single thing in your possession. With the Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker, you can keep tabs on your most precious items and check the map via the accompanying app for the last known location. The battery runs for a whole year guaranteed, and you can replace them yourself once they’re spent.
Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon’s Echo Dot with voice-control for music and Alexa will come in handy for those late nights of studying. The third-generation smart device now has richer and louder sound and can be paired with another Echo Dot for stereo quality. You can control your lights, lock doors, and adjust the thermostat hands-free thanks to this smart device.
Mophie Powerstation Keychain
We live in a digital world with new tech invented every day, so keeping a keychain charger is a must for college. The Mophie Powerstation Keychain houses a 1,200mAh battery and has a cable release button for access to its integrated USB-C cable. And Priority+ charging technology makes sure that your device gets charged before the Powerstation.
Lenovo x Google Smart Clock
To help you get up to start the day and assist you in your research, the Smart Clock by Lenovo and Google is a home run. The 6W speaker has voice-control capabilities, background noise reduction, and a variety of everyday functions, such as calendar displaying calendar events and playing your favorite albums to help you get through the day.
Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2
Classes can be a drag, so keeping fit at the gym is a must to give your brain a much-needed break. Under Armour’s HOVR Sonic 2 shoes will help you keep track of your running sessions thanks to its integrated UA Record Sensor. The sensor tracks, analyzes, and stores almost every running metric, allowing you to stay fit while you sharpen your mind.
Amazon Fire TV Cube
Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player featuring Alexa. Places this in your dorm room and you can dim the lights, turn on the TV, and play your selection thanks to far-field voice recognition. You can also experience crisp picture quality and immense sound with access to 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps.
Jaybird Vista Wireless Headphones
College gyms can be distracting, which is why it’s a brilliant idea to isolate yourself with your music. The Jaybird Vista wireless headphones can keep up with any workout you do while it provides you with stellar-sounding tunes. It has a 16-hour battery life with its charging case and an IPX6 waterproof rating, so you don’t have to worry about getting sweat on it.
Polar Ignite Fitness Watch
Polar’s Ignite Fitness Watch would make another fantastic addition to your gym session attire and is sleek enough for everyday activities. It has integrated GPS, an advanced wrist-based heart rate reader, and an activity guide. And you can use it to follow your sleep stages for detailed insights, ensuring you get a good night’s rest to keep your mind fresh and focused.
Arcade1Up Street Fighter Arcade Cabinet
Bring this classic mini arcade to your dorm and take a break the right way. Arcade1Up’s Street Fighter Arcade Cabinet lets you brawl with a friend the old school way with a joystick and buttons. It has a commercial-grade construction and a 17-inch color LCD screen. And don’t worry, you won’t have to feed the arcade any coins.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
Carrying a ton of books can be a nuisance, so do your class-required reading on the 2019 Amazon Kindle Oasis instead. It features a new adjustable warm light, 300 ppi flush-front Paperwhite display, and e-ink technology, which allows for realistic page turns. The device is also IPX8 waterproof, so you can read by the pool or at the beach.
DJI Osmo Action Camera
College can move pretty fast, especially during the fun moments, so arm yourself with the DJI Osmo Action Camera to capture the best moments. This action camera provides you with 4K video at 60 fps, as well as RockSteady image stabilization and UHD image quality. Not to mention it’s waterproof up to 11 meters.
Marshall Tufton Speaker
With Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the Marshall Tufton will help you play your favorite jams. According to Marshall, this device is their most powerful portable speaker yet. It has a range of 30 feet and over 20 hours of portable playtime. Be sure to take requests if you use this Bluetooth speaker in your dorm, so your neighbors can enjoy it as well.
Apple MacBook Pro
With double the speed of the quad-core MacBook Pro and 4K video capabilities, the 2019 MacBook Pro is the perfect companion for college students. The MacBook complements the blazing speed with an incredible Retina display, all-day battery life, and super-fast SSDs. If you choose the 15-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll enjoy the Turbo Boost speed up to 5.0GHz.
The 20 Best College Backpacks
Picking up the right tech is just the start of your school shopping. Take a look at our list of the best college backpacks and find a reliable and stylish sack to store all of your gear.