High Tech Back to School Supplies for College Students

It’s that time of year again, back-to-school season is upon us, and with it, a deluge of high-tech devices to help make studying easier. How do you know which tools will actually make a difference, or give you the most bang for your buck? We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Read on to find out more.

Tablet PC

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A tablet PC is a great option for college students and is a highly portable PC whose primary interface is a touch screen. A tablet PC may also be called simply a tablet, for short. Most tablets are between the size of a smartphone and a laptop. Tablet PCs make it easy to take notes in the classroom or while studying at home. With a tablet PC, college students can also easily browse the internet, check email, download and read books, play games, watch videos, organize content, and so much more.1

Smart Phone

A smartphone can be a great supplement to a laptop or a notebook, and lets students easily look up facts online or confirm figures, all from the palm of their hand. They are also crucial for keeping young scholars connected with friends and family, whether by traditional phone calls or texting and video calling. The sound-recorder function of today’s smartphones is handy for recording bits of lectures, while the calendar app lets you stay on top of tests and assignments. You can also use the camera to snap photos of complex formulas or ideas directly off a blackboard.

USB Flash Drive

A USB flash drive is excellent for letting students chip away at their work, no matter where they are — perfect for squeezing in more study time between classes, while at work, or with family. It also offers a convenient backup option so you never have to use the excuse that you lost your homework. The good news is that portable storage like USB flash drives has never been more affordable — you can get a 16-gigabyte flash drive for as little as $20.

Portable Hard Drive

Another storage option that is a must-have for busy students is a portable hard drive. A portable hard drive lets them keep backups of all their work, and easily tackle assignments from home or while on the go. They are available in plenty of storage size options, as well as physical sizes to suit most needs. Some are so compact they are known as pocket hard drives — fitting neatly into a jean pocket. When purchasing a hard drive, opt for a solid-state and invest a little extra for the upgrade.

Hybrid Analog-Digital Stylus

Easily transfer from tablet to paper with one gadget with a hybrid analog-digital stylus. Not only is it a chic pen that writes beautifully on paper, it allows you to make the most of your touch-screen gadgets including tablet PCs and smartphones. A two-sided stylus is another great option for those looking for an all-in-one writing solution for their devices and paper.

Robotic Mini Printer

Gone are the days of clunky desktop printers, and it is the high-tech world of robotic mini printers. Devices like the ZUtA Labs ‘Mini Mobile Robotic Printer’ hook up to your mobile device in order to print documents while on the go. It boasts a speed of 1.2 pages per minute and is (re-chargeable) battery operated for convenience. A single inkjet cartridge can print over 1,000 pages!

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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Forget about heading to the library to find some peace and quiet — now you can make your own with a pair of noise-canceling headphones. They are available in several different styles to suit your needs, including in-ear buds, over-the-ear style, and over-the-head style. You can also find noise-canceling headphones in wireless versions for added convenience. Who knows? You may even learn better with headphones giving you constant background music to help you focus.2

Solar Powered Backpack

Ensure you never run out of power while on the go with a solar-powered backpack.3 These unique backpacks feature an integrated solar panel on the outside of the bag, combined with a battery system. These backpacks are often waterproof, lightweight, and built to withstand abuse.

When shopping for these high-tech back-to-school supplies, be sure to stick to your budget and look for longevity when making purchases. For example, consider the types of supplies the student in your life may need down the road in their careers, and invest accordingly while they’re in college.

Pen and paper are no longer required for back to school with today’s high-tech gadgets taking their place. From tablet PCs to smartphones and more, there are plenty of gadgets that can make the school experience a less stressful, more convenient endeavor.

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  3. Design of Solar Powered Charging Backpack. International Journal of Power Electronics and Drive System (IJPEDS). 2018; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 848-858. doi:10.11591/ijpeds.v9.i2.pp848-858