With the new approaching new semester, students need to equip themselves with tech products that can help them to perform better at school. Handwritten assignments, photocopies and hardcover books are being replaced by digital gadgets. These devices also make it easier to do collaborative works or to perform research. Here are tech products that students should get this year. We know students budget are limited so we have added mostly affordable and good quality products.
At just around $150, the HP 11.6-inch Chromebook is a low-cost solution for students in 2019. With Intel Celeron N3060, 16GB of internal storage, 4GB RAM and a couple of USB ports, it’s an ideal laptop for making online researches and working on assignments.
Available for around $300, the HP X360 is a slightly more capable laptop with dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 16GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM and four USB ports. It has a convertible design, which is convenient for any student. For students who want “real” laptops, at $550.
Samsung Notebook 5 is an ideal model. It has 15.6-inch 1080p display with anti-glare, AMD Ryzen 5 processor 8GB RAM, 1TB of hard drive and Radeon Vega 8 graphics. At $590,
Dell Inspiron 15 is another option with 15.6-inch touchscreen 1080p display and Windows 10. With Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD storage and 8GB of RAM, students can get more than enough performance for daily tasks at school or college.
For some students, even the slimmest laptop is still too bulky and they want to travel light with a smaller backpack.
Fire HD 10 is available today for $149.99 at Amazon. It has a 10-inch display and 32GB of internal storage. With 10-hour battery life, it should be usable for a busy day at school. Amazon Alexa is also an amazing assistant to quickly do research for assignments.
For many students, an Apple product is a must and the iPad 32GB is an affordable option at $329.
For $279.99, Samsung Galaxy Tab A offers a spacious 10.1-inch display and 13-hour battery life.
Smartwatches show far more information than just showing time and date. They could help students to track their activity. When the midterms roll around in the next few months, smartwatches can gauge the stress levels. Although Samsung has introduced the Samsung Watch Active 2, the original Watch Active is still useful for any student. It offers no-frills aesthetics and should blend with just any outfit that students wear. With up to three days of normal operational usage on a charge, students can wear it during a lengthy outdoors activity.
Apple Watch Series 4 is a vast improvement over the original model released in 2015. It offers bigger edge-to-edge display and longer battery life. With hundreds of apps that are potentially relevant to educational purposes, students should be able to perform much better at school.
Students may not bring laptops, tablets or smartwatches to school, but it is much more likely that they bring a smartphone. With more powerful hardware and more capable software, smartphones in 2019 already become functional handheld computers. Google Pixel 3A is a capable mid-range device that’s future-proofed for at least a 2-year of use with Snapdragon 670 processor, Android 9.0 OS, 5.6 Full HD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
For parents with a more limited budget, they may consider giving students the $180 Nokia 6.1 smartphone. It offers Snapdragon 630 processor, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and 3000mAh battery. The Android One operating system offers a cleaner environment and full compatibility with standard Android apps.
Schools, dorms or homes can be noisy environments and it’s important for students to invest in a good pair of earphones. Noise-canceling earphones are essential for students to listen to educational videos or podcasts. When wearing such an earphone, students could have a distraction-free zone for studying. For less than $30, Earpods offers high-quality audio by minimizing sound loss and maximizing output. With Lightning Connector, students can use the Earpods with an integrated remote to adjust volume and control content playback.
Rockyrock Bluetooth 5.0 is one of the most affordable quality earphones with active noise cancellation. Its small attachments may seem a bit cumbersome to wear, but the effective elimination of background noises is definitely worth it.
If you can stretch to a high budget then the best product is the Apple Airpods. They offer automatic connect, double-tap to play or skip. Great for going for runs or just running to class.