Back-to-School Technology

With back-to-school season in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to need for the coming school year. I’ve put together a list of tech gadgets that no college student should be without.


Laptop Computer

Whether you’re taking notes in class, working on a project at the library, or playing games at the coffee shop, a laptop is an invaluable piece of gear.

External Backup Drive

There is nothing worse than having your computer crash and take all of your files with it. Backup drives have gotten incredibly affordable and easy to use. Regularly backing up your files gives you the security of not losing your assignments to an untimely crash or virus.


With many apps designed to help you plan your life, a tablet can be a real life saver. The portability of a tablet makes them perfect for carrying around from class to class. These devices become more and more commonplace everyday, giving you the chance to get one at a reasonable price, too.


Many textbooks are now available in an electronic format, which can mean fewer books to carry and can even save you money. If you aren’t ready to invest in an e-Reader, there are apps that you can use on a tablet or laptop that will let you access ebooks.

Backup Power

With all of your tech gadgets, you’re going to want an emergency power supply that can give you that extra time to finish what you’re working on when your battery dies.

MP3 Player with Noise Canceling Headphones

Whether you’re listening to music to relax or to help you focus on your homework, an MP3 player with noise canceling headphones can cut out distracting noises around you.


The most popular smartpens work on regular paper and have a ball point. This makes them perfect for taking notes while in class and then studying those notes later. Some of these little gadgets even record audio in sync with your written notes to help you study later. Certain types can also work with special notebooks and sync with an app to transfer your notes to a digital format. These apps often include a transcription ability to create searchable text out of your handwritten notes.