Back-to-school shopping guide: phones, tablets, headphones, all the tech you need
Now, obviously, we’re not here to tell you which textbooks to get and how many notebooks and pencils will get you through the year.
Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone SE
Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Motorola Moto G Power
If you're looking for a phone that will get rid of your battery anxiety for good, look no further than the Moto G Power. The efficient chip and the massive battery ensure that "my battery died" is off the excuse list for not calling.
Apple iPad (2019)
Amazon Fire HD 8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Apple iPad Pro (2020)
If you're in the Apple ecosystem and working with a higher budget, the new iPad Pro is the way to go. Performance is off the charts, iPadOS updates are making it more useful than ever and now it even has LiDAR. The drawback is that the Apple Pencil and keyboard cover are sold separately, bumping the price of the complete package to somewhat uncomfortable levels. Still, compared to college tuition fees, it's just a drop in the bucket.
Smartwatches and fitness trackers
Apple Watch Series 5
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Withings Steel HR
Apple Watch Series 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Ace 2
Garmin Vivofit Jr 2
Apple AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro are pricey but if you want to keep distractions at bay their active noise canceling is irreplaceable. Plus, if you're an iPhone user, you get an almost instant connection when you pull them out and you can even ask Siri a thing or two if you so desire.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+
Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ have a massive advantage of their own: the battery life. It's almost unparalleled when it comes to true wireless earbuds. You can wear them for most of your waking hours without having to put them back in the charging case.
Anker Soundcore Life P2
If you're looking for a pair of earbuds on a budget, the Anker Soundcore Life P2 are a great choice. They sound much better than their price-tag suggests and can last up to 7 hours on a single charge, which is more than decent.
Moving to the over-the-ear category, we can't skip Sony's flagship wireless headphones. They set the standard for excellent active noise canceling and bring out near-perfect sound.
Sennheiser HD 4.50
Stepping down in terms of price, we get to a beloved pair of Sennheiser mid-range headphones. With a great balance between price and sound quality, these cans won't disappoint you.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20
Surprised? You shouldn't be! Anker is a bang-for-your-buck king and we often recommend the company's products to those that are looking for value. At that price, the ANC won't be as good as it is on Sony's pair but you still have it and the battery of the Soundcore Life Q20 will last for 40 hours! What's not to like?
Razer Kraken X
JBL Flip 5
JBL has established itself as one of the best Bluetooth speaker manufacturers and with good reason. The Flip 5 looks cool, has respectable bass for its size and can take a dive in a pool like it's no big deal.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
The UE Boom 3 is another durable Bluetooth speaker with sound that will satisfy the needs of every improvised party. And if any of your friends have one too, you can pair them all together and take it to the next level.
Marshall Acton II
This one you wouldn't want to roll around in the sand. Marshall Acton II oozes character and will add a pinch of class to your living space. Needless to say, it sounds amazing as well. With the Acton II, you're buying a Bluetooth speaker and getting a conversation starter as a bonus.
Bose Soundlink II
If the other suggestions don't fit you, maybe the Soundlink II will. We find the design a bit boring, but if that's not important to you then some of its other qualities might convince you to buy it.
Anker SoundCore Pro+
Getting to the lower prices we again reach an Anker product. The SoundCore Pro+ has everything that counts: powerful sound, battery life, durability. No one will be amazed by it but it will do its job and it costs significantly less than the rest, so why not give it a try?
Arc Star Floating Speaker
Apple MacBook Air
Apple's thin and light MacBook Air is the preferred choice of many students for its.. well thinness and lightness. Its performance is not top-notch and the SSD can fill up quickly, but if you're not studying anything that requires the use of heavy software, it should suit you just fine. Of course, if you already have a few Apple products, the MacBook Air will fit even better.
Dell XPS 13 9380
Dell's XPS 13 is packing a lot more punch while managing to keep its profile relatively slim. An Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 4K display are signs that this machine means business. If you want to separate yourself from the Mac crowd, this Dell is the right way to do it.
HP Envy X360
The HP Envy X360 bets on AMD's mobile processors and that's a breath of fresh air. Team Red's chips enjoy better power efficiency without sacrificing performance. This means better battery life and less heat on your lap. The Envy's hinge allows the display to go all the way around, so you can also use it as a tablet. Pretty nifty!
Acer Predator Helios 300
Joby GorillaPod Starter Kit
3-in-1 wireless charger for iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods
Plenty of people reading this probably have the iPhone-Apple-Watch-AirPods combo either on them or around them right now. Well, with this charger you can spare your desk from a bunch of cables and have all three neatly organized and charging while you're doing something on your computer, for example.
Anker wireless charger
Looking for something more universal? Anker is here to help you out once more! Charge any Qi-compatible device on this wireless charger without a hassle.
5-port USB charging station
One of the worst things about having a bunch of gadgets is that most of them need charging. It's not long before a corner of your home becomes a rat's nest of cables and power bricks. With this 5-port charging station, you can significantly declutter your charging operation and add convenience in the process. This one even comes with the necessary short cables to keep things as neat as possible.
Aukey 2-port USB car charger
Most cars these days have a USB port for charging or even a wireless charger. But those are often super slow. Aukey's car charger supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 and has two ports so you and your partner can both top up your phones in no time!
Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 power bank
Like to have camping trips over the weekend? This power bank is far from the biggest on the market, but it's slim and relatively light and can still top up your phone around 3 times, plenty to get you through a nature getaway. Of course, it can also charge anything that uses USB chargers, which makes it an invaluable addition to your tech lineup.
Logitech C920 Hd Pro Webcam
DJI Mavic Mini drone
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Who doesn't have a Kindle these days? But do you have the latest waterproof Kindle Paperwhite? Probably not. So give your old one to a younger(or older) relative and treat yourself to a nice new e-reader. There's no need to tell you what to do with it after that.
Fire TV Stick
You're stuck with an older TV in your dorm room that doesn't have integrated streaming services? Get a Fire TV Stick and you're good to go! Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, whatever your choice of streaming service is, you can probably get it via the Fire TV Stick.
Roku Streaming Stick+
The deal with the Roku Stick+ is pretty much the same as with the Fire Stick, but with a slightly different lineup of services. Which one you'd get largely depends on what you're planning to watch the most.
Asus Wi-Fi 6 Dual-Band router
Spending that much on a router might seem like an unnecessary expense, but think about it. Pretty much all of your devices rely on Wi-Fi, so why not treat yourself with a capable router that will provide a faster and more reliable connection?l----
The Switch has been out for a while but if you don't have one already, it's still not too late to get one. It's great for cooperative gaming and will make your room the gathering spot for your friends to hang out at. Plus, you can always take it with you somewhere else and play hundreds of awesome games on the go.
SteelSeries Stratus Duo Wireless Gaming Controller
TaoTronics Metal LED Desk Lamp
Okay, that's not a cheap desk lamp, but has plenty of features. It's energy-efficient, it swivels anyway you want it, has different light modes and brightness levels and even includes a USB charging port. And it just looks plain cool, which is important since you'll spend a lot of time near it.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack
Sure, this backpack is targeted towards photographers, but even if you're not carrying a camera and 5 lenses around, you can still take advantage of its superior compartment design and durability. Put an end to the rummaging and wasting time to find that one thing you dropped in your backpack weeks ago. With the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, everything has its place.
Sofa Sack Memory Foam Beanless Bag chair
This beanbag chair is actually beanless. What does that mean? Well, as the name suggests, it's filled with memory foam instead, giving you more comfort and less noise when moving around. This cloud-like chair will quickly become your favorite place to be.
Nouhaus Ergo3D ergonomic office chair
Sooner or later, you'll have to get some serious school work done and that means spending hours at your desk. So, do yourself a favor and get a chair that's comfortable and ergonomic. The Nouhaus Ergo3D is just that and will give your body the support it needs. Additionally, it comes with roller-blade-style wheels which are great for carpeted rooms and are smooth and quiet on hardwood floors as well.
SHW Electric Height adjustable computer desk
Maybe sitting while working isn't your thing. That's fine. With this height-adjustable desk, you can switch from a sitting desk to a standing desk in seconds. Just make sure all the cables have the necessary slack, or you'll be in trouble. It's not a small investment, but it's cheaper than physiotherapy, that's for sure.