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10 tech gadgets every college student needs

From late-night study sessions to binge-watching parties on the weekends, these devices will help the semester go smoothly

Student studies in library while listening to music on headphones and using a laptop.

School is back in session, and you don't want to wait until the night before to get your laptop, tablet, or other tech for next semester.

Not sure what to buy? We can help. From fixing and protecting your devices to showing you how to get the most out of the ones you use everyday, Asurion is your one-stop-shop for tech.

Here are a few gadgets every college student should have.

1. Smartphone

For many students, college is the first big step into adulthood. When you know your family is just one video call away, it's suddenly a lot less scary. Whether you decide to buy a new one or take your old one on a new adventure, it's important to have a reliable smartphone at your fingertips.

2. Laptop

From online classes and term papers to Zoom® discussions and binge-watching your favorite shows, your laptop has to handle it all—often when you're on the go.

Shopping for a new laptop can be intimidating. Don't know where to start? Check out our guide to what to look for in a new laptop.

3. Tablet

Laptop or tablet—it's a common question for many college students. Why not try both? 2-in-1 laptops are available at different price points, but if there's room in the budget, we recommend having a separate laptop and tablet. That way you have a backup if the worst happens. If you'd rather not carry around your heavy, expensive laptop in your bag, opt for a light, inexpensive tablet for in-class notetaking. Your shoulders will thank you.

4. Portable hard drive

An external hard drive is handy if you want to save large files without having to take up space on your laptop. Now you can take your files with you and access them wherever you are.

5. Portable battery pack

While you're at it, add a wireless battery pack to your cart. It'll help keep your phone charged, especially during those library sessions when a free power outlet is nowhere to be found.

6. Noise-canceling headphones

Not everyone can be blessed with a roommate that doesn't snore. You can use noise-canceling headphones to continue your late-night cram session or write your term paper in peace. Need help deciding which brand is best? Check out our guide.

7. Smart Watch

OK, so this one isn't a must have. But hear us out: These devices not only tell you the time but also give you access to your text messages in case you left your phone in a bathroom stall, keep track of your calendar, and tell you just how many z's you're catching every night. With a cellular plan, it also gives you more ways to call Mom and Dad—you know, in case you miss them or something. Can your old watch do that?

8. Streaming device

If you're bringing a TV with you, and it doesn't have a built-in Roku®, you might also need a streaming device. It's rare for campuses to provide anything more than basic cable TV, so if you want access to Hulu® or Netflix® like you had at home, a streaming device is a comfortable, inexpensive way to do so without using your laptop.

9. Smart coffee maker

You're going to need something besides ramen noodles and energy drinks to fuel your all-nighters. Or you can set your coffee maker to a routine to make getting up for those 8am labs a little bit easier. Try a smart coffee maker from Hamilton Beach® or Atomi®. Both work with virtual assistants like Alexa™.

10. Smart lights

Speaking of Alexa, no smart dorm is complete without smart lights. We know—lights? Really? Yes, really. Creating a routine that helps ease you to sleep by dimming the lights is one way to ensure you're getting much needed rest. On the flip side, it's a great way to wake you up gently ahead of your annoying alarm clock.

Also, they look really cool when synced to your TV or computer.

Tech is expensive. Protect it all.

No matter what tech you decide on to set your student up for success this semester, make sure it's protected. With Asurion Home+, we cover your computers, TVs, tablets, premium headphones, smart devices, and so much more under one simple plan—plus, 24/7 live support for your tech care needs—for less than $1 per day. Learn more about Asurion Home+ coverage and how you can get peace-of-mind electronics protection.


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