Published On: Wed, Oct 19th, 2016

Essential Tech Gadgets Every College Student Needs

A college education is a fast-track route into any number of well-paid careers. You can also progress on to a masters in social work from Rutgers if you have a strong desire to help others. But before you get that far, you need to complete your studies. Here are a few essential tech gadgets for busy college and post-grad students. They might not help you pass your MSW online course, but they should make life a bit easier.

Student Gadgets

A Lightweight Computer

All students need a computer. The days of making copious notes in a notepad are long gone. These days, students are expected to submit papers online, so without a decent computer you will sink without a trace. Look for a thin, lightweight laptop that’s easy to carry to lectures, preferably one that slips into a handy backpack.

A Voice Recorder

Unless you are skilled at shorthand, making legible lecture notes is never easy. Interpreting them four months later is even harder. A handy voice recorder will ensure you don’t miss any important facts. You can even give it to your friend if you are stuck in bed with a hangover.

Roku Streaming Stick

Students need some downtime, so what better way to chill out than with a Roku streaming stick. A Roku stick lets you catch up on Netflix, Hulu and other popular streaming services. It’s the only entertainment you need for a dorm room.

Bluetooth Speakers

Music is a great equalizer. Blast out your favorite tunes via a Bluetooth speaker set and people with the same taste in music will gravitate to your room. Bluetooth speakers are also a cool accessory for parties, as you can treat everyone to your party playlist.

Flash Drive

Online backups are great, but a flash drive is useful if you don’t have internet access and you need to transfer files. It is also worth backing up important data on a flash drive, as an extra safety mechanism.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Living in a college dorm room can be noisy. There will always be at least one person who likes to play music late at night, or insists on chatting when you are trying to study. Plug in some noise cancelling headphones and you block it all out, in style.

Fitness Band

Many college students neglect their health by studying long hours and taking zero exercise. Wear a fitness band and it will remind you how many alcohol calories you consumed as well as how many steps you didn’t take the day before. Hopefully it will guilt you into exercising more and drinking less.

Backup Battery Pack

Ever had that moment when your phone battery died at the wrong time? With a handy portable battery pack, those days are long gone.

Bluetooth Keyboard

Bluetooth keyboards are a great accessory if you have a tablet. Connect one to your iPad and you can ditch the touch screen keyboard forever.

The only other tech gadget we heartily recommend is a surge protector to protect your electrical kit.