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Here are some of the best college tech essentials to start your new year

BY Taylor Gadsden | Mon Aug 12, 2019
Here are some of the best college tech essentials to start your new year

Whether you’re starting your college experience or just looking to upgrade your devices for the school year, some new gear can be just what you need to succeed. From alarm clocks that track sleep schedules to portable chargers that keep you powered up on-the-go, check out our picks for some college tech that can ease the stress of your school year.

Best laptop

Dell XPS 13

  • Starting at $1,573.44
  • 13.3” 4K Ultra HD Infinity Edge touch display
  • Built with GORE Thermal Insulation for cooling
  • 1 TB Solid State Drive storage

Invest in high-quality internet access during your entire time at college. This brand new model from Dell features a brilliant display with less border and more pixels, four built-in mics and Waves-enabled speech technology that responds to your commands. Store your documents and applications with 16 GB of memory and work as long as you like with up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.
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Best alarm clock

Amazon Echo Show 5

  • Starting at $89.99
  • 5.5” touchscreen smart display
  • Alexa voice assistant
  • 1MP front-facing camera with built-in shutter

This all-in-one alarm helps even the heaviest sleeper become a morning person. Set as many alarms as you want, schedule them to repeat on various days of the week and even select what tone plays with each. Ease into your day with a display screen that gradually brightens before your first alarm. The intuitive Alexa voice assistant and built-in touchscreen give you multiple ways to start video chats, check the weather and more.
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Best tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10

  • Starting $149.99
  • 10.1” HD display
  • Alexa voice assistant
  • 32 GB storage
  • Rear- and front-facing cameras

Tablets are notoriously useful college tech for storing and reading multiple books at a time. However, a good tablet can do so much more for a busy student. This tablet is compatible with any Echo-enabled device for complete connectivity of all your equipment. Ask Alexa to call or video chat family and friends and play music and movies hands-free. The cherry on top? Log in to your Kindle, Netflix and social apps to keep all your accounts with you while around campus.
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Best noise-canceling headphones

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3

  • Starting at $348
  • Alexa voice assistant
  • Bluetooth and NFC pairing
  • Up to 30 hrs of battery life on one charge
  • Swivel and foldable design

Study time isn’t complete without a good pair of headphones. Sony’s noise-canceling design features touch controls, rapid charging (30 hrs. on one charge) and superior sound quality that’s made these the best headphones for two years in a row. Fold and pack them in the included carrying case during travel or enjoy the ergonomic design made for all-day comfort.
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Best portable charger

Anker PowerCore 20100

  • Starting at $49.99
  • Seven-day charge capacity
  • Dual device output
  • PowerIQ and VoltageBoost high-speed charging
  • Charges an iPhone 8 up to seven times and the Galaxy S8 five times

There’s not always an outlet around to recharge your devices. That’s why this high-speed portable charger is perfect for students with a heavy workload that need to stay on the move. Charge the device itself for 10 hours and recharge two devices at a time for up to seven days.
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Best activity tracker

Fitbit Charge 3

  • Starting at $134.98
  • 24/7 heart rate tracking and calorie burn
  • Swim proof and water-resistant up 50 meters
  • Over 15 exercise modes with touchscreen display
  • Battery life up to seven days

An activity tracker is imperative for students with fitness at the top of their priority list, but very little time. The Fitbit Charge 3 does all the heavy lifting for you, with heart-rate tracking and 15 exercise modes that give real-time performance stats. Learn more about the quality of your sleep with insights into time spent in Light, Deep and REM sleep stages. This tracker is also compatible with Bluetooth technology and connects to popular lifestyle and social apps to keep you connected.

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