Back-to-school shopping has begun and while collecting notebooks and folders for your classes is a fast and easy task, buying technology and electronics can be intimidating. Where do you start when there are so many choices? How can you be sure your big investment is going towards a device that will really work for you? Look no further than our back-to-school technology recommendations. We have school laptops, headphones and even more products that are bound to help improve your workflow and get you through this upcoming year.
For All Workloads: Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i 16″ Laptop
When it comes to school laptops, the Lenovo Ideapad 5i is a great choice for almost any student. The lightweight and slim design makes it easy to carry from class to class. Registered for virtual classes? The Full HD 1080P webcam with a privacy shutter will provide high-quality video calls for all your most important meetings. The anti-glare display screen eliminates any unnecessary reflections and reduces eye strain, so you can work longer with less discomfort. You won’t have to worry about overheating or low battery either, thanks to the enhanced thermal performance and the handy 15-minute Rapid Charge Boost. When you’re finished working for the night, feel free to save your projects to this Lenovo laptop and take advantage of the lofty 1 TB of storage.
For The Art Student: ASUS ZenBook Pro 14 Notebook
If you’re a creative looking for a device that will cater to all your digital art needs, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 notebook is a great place to start. Below the main display, this laptop features a secondary touchscreen above the keyboard to help boost productivity and make multitasking easier. This extra touchscreen gives you the ability to switch apps quickly or to use it as a paint palette for digital art. Try the intuitive ASUS DialPad controller with your favorite creative apps for instant fingertip controls and customizations like changing saturation, brush size and more. The laptop even comes with a stylus so you can get far more precise with your creations. Start new projects on programs like Adobe® Premiere® Pro and Photoshop® and save all of them to the large 1 TB of storage offered on your device.
So you’ve chosen a laptop… but why would you invest in an external screen too? When you add displays like the LG 27″ Full HD borderless monitor to your desk setup, you can actually extend your viewing area and give yourself more space for bigger homework projects or even gaming. This monitor has terrific true color performance and features an IPS display so each viewing angle, no matter where you’re sitting, is a great one. The LG borderless monitor’s Flicker Safe technology decreases onscreen flickering to nearly zero in order to protect your eyes from visual fatigue. You can even tap into Reader Mode when you’re using the monitor to read or write assignments for additional visual support. Reader Mode creates the most optimal and comfortable reading conditions by reducing blue light.
While most teachers upload assignments and readings digitally these days, many do give out paper resources or expect essays and other writing to be handed in physically. If on-campus printing isn’t free at your school, this HP ENVY Inspire all-in-one printer will save you some money in the long run. This device not only acts as a paper printer but a scanner, copier and photo printer too. Students can take notes in classes and scan their writing digitally back onto their school laptops. This printer features an automatic document feeder and a built-in photo tray. The photo printing feature, specifically, offers true-to-phone quality prints in a variety of sizes, including square and panoramic. As you capture more memories over the semester, use these prints to decorate your dorm!
If you’ve already curated the perfect study time playlist, then you’ll need these Beats in-ear headphones to create the best listening experience. These earbuds can connect to school laptops wirelessly to provide a custom acoustic platform, delivering the most natural, powerful sound. We recommend these Beats for their Active Noise Canceling (ANC) technology. If you’re attempting to work in a noisy environment, these headphones will block most external sound to completely isolate you from every distraction. This device features dual beam-forming mics that promote high-quality call performance, as well as three ear tip sizes that are stable, soft and comfortable for long-term wear. Extend your study sesh as long as you’d like as the battery allows for 8 hours of listening time as well.
Whether you invest in just one of these school laptops or all of the devices above, we hope our back-to-school technology recommendations put you on the right track to having the most successful academic year possible. If you’re looking for other products to help make this semester even better, check out our curated list of gifts for graduates for more ideas!