Whether you’re heading back to class or getting ready to start your first year, having the right essentials can help make the first few weeks run smooth. Sure, binders, books and pencils are all basic supplies you’ll want to have on hand, but when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a range of gadgets that aren’t only fun, they can actually help you get all that soon-to-be homework and studying done with finesse.
We’ve rounded up 10 tech gadgets that are sure to help ease you into the new year. With everyday essentials like Qi chargers and headphones to must-have gizmos like Bluetooth shower speakers and portable printers, you can mix and match and level-up your tech game in 2019.
1. Yootech Wireless Charger
BEST WIRELESS CHARGER
The latest in charging technology, this sleek wireless charger is the easiest, most efficient way to charge your phone without ever having to put it away. By simply placing your device on the charging pad, this charger uses 10 watts to quickly, safely and discreetly power your phone. You can plug it directly into your laptop via USB, so you don’t have to worry about needing to find another outlet. Best of all, it works with both Apple and Android devices.
2. COWIN E7 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
BEST NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Tune in and tune out the background sounds with these noise-canceling headphones. Equipped with built-in Bluetooth and above-average sound quality, you can sync your Spotify playlists and zero in on the task at hand without interruption. These headphones offer a smart and instant way to zone out in any setting, which is a must when you’re cramping for a test and your roommate won’t turn the music down.
3. Travel Laptop Backpack
Aside from being durable, rugged and super spacious, this seemingly everyday backpack harbors a hidden secret: it features a built-in USB port and charging cable so you can power your devices without ever having to stop to find an outlet. A smart choice when you’re running late for class and your phone’s already low on juice, this smart backpack also features a large front compartment, dedicated laptop storage and a handy front organizer to store all your papers.
4. HP DeskJet 1112 Compact Printer
BEST PORTABLE PRINTER
Every student needs access to a reliable printer, and the HP DeskJet 1112 Compact Printer offers superior printing quality at a bargain-budget price. With USB connectivity, you can connect your phone, tablet or laptop for easy-peasy prints. It definitely beats hitting up the library at midnight—or worse, FedEx.
5. iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
BEST SHOWER SPEAKER
Finally, there’s a better way to wake up in the morning. This handy shower speaker lets you listen to all your favorite tunes–or podcasts…or the news–while you wake up. It’s 100% waterproof and fully submersible, too. Your roommate will probably thank you for singing in the shower instead of in the kitchen.
6. Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Kit Pro
BEST CAMERA LENS
Get more out of your smartphone’s camera with this attachable lens kit by Xenvo. Featuring both a macro and wide-angle lens, simply attach the lens to your Android or iPhone and explore more image options in vivid clarity. The zoom on the macro lens is particularly outstanding. It offers a simpler and better way to take better photos in virtually any setting.
7. Wireless Earbuds
BEST BLUETOOTH EARPHONES
For more discreet listening, consider these wireless Bluetooth earbuds. With extra crisp sound quality (including excellent HD bass), you can listen while you work or study for your exams. And because these earbuds are wireless, you’ll never have to worry about cumbersome cables. Best of all, they work with both Android and Apple phones.
8. iPad Keyboard Case for iPad 2019
BEST TABLET CASE
Deck your iPad out the smart way with this awesome keyboard case. Featuring a stylish finish grip, an extra spacious layout, multiple viewing options, wireless connectivity, and even backlit options for better viewing in lectures. Aside from simply looking cool, it actually keeps your iPad safe and secure, which is a must when you’re haphazardly hustling to class.
9. Anker 40W 5-Port USB Wall Charger
BEST MULTIPLE CHARGER
WIth your laptop, phone and whatever else you’re carrying all running on batteries, having a dedicated USB outlet is paramount. This handy Anker charger comes with five separate ports, so you can charge all your devices at the same time without having to rush and scurry around your classmates to find multiple open outlets. Packed with 40 watts of power, this tiny charger makes a must-have accessory and even comes with built-in safety features to help prevent overheating.
10. Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus
BEST GRAPHING CALCULATOR
Graphing calculators have come a long way, and Texas Instruments has been leading the pack toward more features and better designs. This model features a built-in USB port and sports an impressive 154KB of Ram. Sure, your phone comes with its own calculator, but if you’re planning on doing equations that involve more than one decimal point, you’re gonna want something stronger.