10 Tech Essentials For College

With the end of summer vacation in sight, many students need to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. Having everything you need is essential for a smooth semester — it’s all about keeping your devices charged, having enough lighting to study, and investing in a good alarm so you don’t oversleep. Not sure know where to start? DeTeched is here to help.

1. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Having a good pair of headphones will make studying much easier on the ears. Use them to drown out any background noise so that nothing breaks your focus, regardless of how noisy your go-to study spot is.
Pictured: Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Over-ear Stereo Headphones – Black

2. Portable Phone Charger

Nothing is more inconvenient than a dead phone, especially if you’re a busy college student. Whether it be for texting, checking class schedules, setting reminders or taking notes, your phone will always be charged and ready to go whenever you are. Say goodbye to being stuck to a wall while waiting for your phone to charge. No outlet? No problem.

Pictured: Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More

3. Extension Cord

Outlets can be hard to find, and having a cord that’s long enough to reach it is even harder. I highly recommend keeping an extension cord in your backpack — you never know when you might need it, and often times, it can be a total lifesaver.

Pictured: SlimLine 2241 Flat Plug Extension Cord, 3-Wire, White, 8-Foot

4. Wallet Case

Instead of constantly having to pull your wallet out of your backpack, a wallet case is a handy way to keep your important cards (and maybe even some cash) in one easy-to-access place. I use my school ID numerous times a day to unlock my dorm, swipe into dining halls, and get access to campus libraries. It’s much more convenient to simply pull my phone out of my pocket instead of having to pause, open my backpack and dig for my wallet.

Pictured: Spigen Slim Armor CS iPhone 7 Case with Slim Dual Layer Wallet Design and Card Slot Holder for iPhone 7 2016 – Gunmetal

5. Printer

Many colleges charge students for using the printer, and often times you have to wait in line before it’s your turn to print. Not the best option, especially on the due date of your very important paper. Consider investing in a printer for your dorm room instead. It will save you lots of time and hassle.

Pictured: Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer with Mobile and Tablet Printing, Black

6. Alarm Clock

Sometimes your iPhone alarm just doesn’t cut it — especially if you forget to charge it before going to bed and it dies in the middle of the night. Save yourself from morning stress by getting an alarm clock instead.

Pictured: Chelvee Multi-functional Alarm Clock Pencil Holder,With Big LED Backlight Electronic Calendar Snooze Alarm Clock,Two Holes Brush Pot,Office & Home Desktop Stationery Container.

7. Power Strip

Most dorm rooms don’t come with a lot of outlets — maybe three at most. That’s not nearly enough for a desk light, fan, alarm clock, laptop charger, phone charger, hair dryer or whatever else that needs to be plugged in.

Pictured: AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack, 200 Joule – Black

8. Mini Projector

Movie nights are a great way to unwind after a long day or spend some quality time with your roommate. Instead of watching movies off of a laptop screen or paying for a TV, a mini projector is a great alternative to get the full movie experience when space is limited. All my roommate and I had to do was close the blinds, hang a sheet on the wall and movie marathon the night away. Popcorn recommended.

Pictured: Deeplee A1 LED LCD Mini Portable LED Projector with USB/SD/AV/HDMI Input – International Version White/yellow

9. Reading Light

A big part of sharing a room in college is learning how to be considerate of another person. Don’t be the roommate that insists on keeping the light on to study when the other is trying to sleep. Instead, consider getting a reading light that’s bright enough to study by but small enough to light up only what you need to see.

Pictured: Tranya Portable Eye-care LED Clip Lamp, Suitable for Reading/Relaxation/Bedtime,Night Light,Touch-sensitive Control Panel,Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery

10. Speaker

Whether you’re having some friends over or relaxing in your room, invest in a speaker that will fill your dorm with your favorite music. Just don’t play it too loud or else your RA will come knocking.

Pictured: DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass (Black)

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