With school starting back up in a matter of weeks, it’s time to start thinking about your gear for the upcoming year. Whether it’s your first year of college (your parents are going to cry) or you’re a seasoned veteran going into your 12th year of a four year program, you’ve got to be prepared for the year ahead. To help you out, we have developed a detailed back to school tech guide! The guide includes everything you will need to get by, along with some additional gear that will make life easier. Trust us – when you hit your exams, you’ll be glad you read this post!
Back to School Tech: Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The newly released Note 7 is a nice update on the Note line of phones. It even improves in some capacity on the extremely popular S7 device. College life requires you have a mobile device with a long lasting battery, but also keeps your phone secure – in this case, with an iris scanner. Get it for $1050.
If you’re looking for something with a replaceable battery, look no further than the LG G5. LG’s G-line have been solid competitors with anything Apple and Samsung have put out, but they have almost always exceeded them in camera quality. Get it for $680.
OnePlus has been putting out some incredible phones in a sea of major brand names. As their own brand, they are growing rapidly and their fan base is rabid. If budget is a concern, then this is the phone for you – great quality inside and out for just $520.
Back to School Tech: Laptops
ASUS Zenbook UX306
This ultrabook improves on almost everything about the widely loved UX305. A backlit keyboard, improved trackpad, better speakers, a great screen and more. Check out our full review of the device, but simply put – it’s a great device for college students! You can order it now for $1200.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
If you want to have the most versatile device on campus, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the one to go with. With the keyboard cover case, you can use it as you would a traditional laptop, but it also can be interacted with the included Surface Pen or use it as a tablet with it’s touch screen. Check out our full review here and order one for $1000.
Apple MacBook (2016)
Expensive, but tried and true, the Apple Macbook continues to be a solid pick for purpose and popularity. Designed for portability, don’t expect to play games or video editing, but it will remain speedy and useful for years to come. You can order one starting at $1550.
Back to School Tech: Streaming Devices
Roku Streaming Stick (2016)
Whether you want to watch Netflix, YouTube or any of 100,000 movies and TV shows, the Roku Streaming Stick is perfect for college. The small device connects via HDMI and powers by USB making it great for small spaces. It also includes a remote control and the new app is great. Check out our full review or buy one for $60.
While a year old, it continues to be one of the best streaming devices on the market for a couple reasons. First of all, it has 4K compatibility, secondly it is very easy to stream games with to the big screen. The price point is a little higher, especially if you want larger onboard hard drive space. You can order one for $260.
Back to School Tech: Bluetooth Speakers
UE Boom 2
Waterproof and extremely durable, the UE Boom 2 is no slouch on sound either. The tube shaped Bluetooth speaker will keep playing loud for hours on end. With easy to use controls, simple pairing and how it fits perfectly in your hand it’s great for college dorms. You can order one for $180.
JBL Pulse 2
Want all the features of the UE Boom 2, including waterproofing, durability and a large battery – and you also want a light show? Then the JBL Pulse 2 will be your best bet. With slightly more complicated controls, it can do some pretty cool things. Set the ambiance of your room, if you know what we mean. Get one for $270.
Bose SoundLink Color
Really small space and want to save a few bucks? The Bose SoundLink Color fits the bill for college life. Strong and loud sound with an 8 hour battery life, it’ll fit nicely anywhere in your room. Best of all, the price set at $130 makes it very affordable.
Back to School Tech: Headphones
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0
There’s going to be many times where you need to tune out the partying around you and focus on studying. The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones are the perfect pair. Blocking out the sound around you with no wires to get in the way, these over the ear headphones are an investment in your studies! You can get a pair for $450.
Bose QuietComfort 25
If you’re wanting to save a few bucks, but still want a premium set of headphones check out the Bose QuietComfort 25’s. These wired headphones offer all the features of the Sennheiser’s, at a significant discount. Best of all, you’ll never need to worry about running out of battery life. Get them for $330.
Parasom A1 Wireless Ear Buds
Going to the gym or for a run? Got to stay in shape in college (that Freshman 15 can be a killer!) The Parasom A1 Wireless ear buds will stay in your ears despite the most rigorous of workouts. With a 6 hour battery life, you’ll be able to use them between classes without worry. You also cannot complain about the price, available for just $30.