We hate to break it to you, but summer is quickly coming to an end and it's almost time to head back to school. Most students are enjoying their summer break right now, but it's never too early to start planning for your return to the classroom. We know how stressful studying can be, which is why we have put together the ultimate back to school tech guide to help make your school life a lot easier!
Going back to school is all about making yourself feel prepared — and the tech that you bring should do the same. We have found some of the latest gadgets and accessories to help you get the best deals on all your favourite tech essentials!
For some of us, going back to school means summer jobs and internships are coming to an end — and it's time to load our parent's minivans and move back to campus. But our back to school shopping list no longer comprises of lined paper notebooks and yellow highlighters. Students are moving towards the latest tech gadgets and finding new ways to stay productive.
This back to school guide includes some great additions to make to your shopping list, including some amazing tech deals that will fit within your student budget. From portable chargers, to noise-cancelling headphones, and even some mini kitchen appliances, we have got you covered for this back to school season!
Amazon Prime Student
Take advantage of the perks of being an Amazon Prime member for half the price! Amazon offers college and university students free two-day shipping for six months and then 50% off Amazon Prime. You can try free for six months and cancel anytime. Get some exclusive offers including Twitch Prime, Prime Photos, and more!
Save your mom the trouble of waking you up every morning and use the Echo Spot as your alarm clock instead! This portable smart speaker will remind you of upcoming calendar appointments, provide daily news, and of course, blast out your favourite Spotify playlist. Aside from showing you the time, this Amazon device can also display lyrics, photos, weather forecasts, and more!
MacBook Pro 13-inch
Not only are MacBook Pro laptops efficient and easy to use, they provide great benefits for students. Apple is now offering a free pair of Beats headphones when you buy a MacBook. The touch bar models with the latest 8th generation CPU might be a little too pricey for some of us. Which is why, the touch bar-less 13 inch MacBook Pro makes for a great buy! It has the 7th generation Intel Core i5 Intel CPU, giving you enough power for video editing and graphics.
This is perfect for those taking any design, film, or photography class. It's one of the best ways to edit digital media content. Adobe's Creative Cloud software gives you access to more than 20 Adobe applications including Photoshop, Premiere, and Illustrator. All these apps are available to students for only $19.99 (USD) per month. It requires an annual commitment and it will give you a straight 60% discount.
BeatsX In-Ear Headphones
The Beats X in-ear headphones are the perfect wireless companion for you to experience authentic and clear sound throughout your day. It has up to 8 hours of battery life and allows you to make calls, control your music, and activate Siri. In addition to sounding great, the behind-the-neck design and magnetic buds mean you'll be less likely to losing them. If you're looking for a lightweight Bluetooth headset, the BeatsX are a good addition to your ears.
Even if you're a die-hard pen and paper fanatic, you have to transfer your hand written notes to a digital note-taking app at some point. You can capture and organize your notes, files, photos, and voice memos all in one place. Not only can you access your data instantly on any device, but you can also give your information that added bit of protection.
Programmable Coffee Maker
For most students, coffee is an absolute must when it comes to those 8AM morning lectures. If you want a great cup of coffee but need to save money. Shop for the Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Coffee Maker. It's efficient and easy to use for students on the go. It is also programmable, so you can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee before you head for class.
Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini
Like most college and university students, you probably won't be blessed with a big kitchen. Which is why, having a multi-purpose kitchen appliance is a must! You can use it too cook everything from rice to pulled pork. We know that time is of the essence for most students, which is why this Instant Pot is perfect because food will be done in half the time. It's ideal for one or two people and won't take up too much space.
This is not one of your ordinary back to school gadgets. The Rocketbook Wave is a whole new take on the classic spiral-bound notebook. Since the microwave is a student's best friend, why not turn it into a study aid with the Rocketbook Wave. It works with any pen, marker, or highlighter from the Pilot Frixion line. You can download all your notes to Dropbox, Evernote, or iCloud. Simply pop the Rocketbook in the microwave to erase and reuse your notebook.
Microsoft Surface Pro
Laptops can be bulky and heavy to carry around from class to class. So, if you're looking for something that is as light a tablet but as powerful as a laptop. The Microsoft Surface Pro is the perfect buy! It has a powerful Intel Core processor and up to 13.5 hours of battery life. This is the best-in-class laptop and the versatility of a studio and tablet. The PixelSense display supports both Surface Pen and touch.
If you're tired of scouting through YouTube for the latest music albums, try giving Spotify a try. Students are eligible to get Spotify Premium for only $4.99. This way you can listen to your favourite tunes with no ads and no limits. You can't go wrong with this amazing deal. Experience no interruptions, instant offline play, and premium sound quality!
If you own an iPhone, Mac, or MacBook, there's nothing more convenient than having wireless earbuds. Avoid the struggle of detangling your wired earphones every time you take them out of your pockets and opt for these AirPods. You can turn them on instantly and connect to your device. You can use them to adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions. They come in a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.