Perhaps the best part about back-to-school season is the opportunity to build an artillery of fancy new gadgets to start the year with. New sneakers are cool, but it's the techy stuff that really builds the anticipations for the upcoming semester. There's always some swanky new item that promises a bigger and better academic year than ever before, and this year is no different. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the most exciting devices to bring you the ones you'll definitely want.
Whether you're a college student heading back to campus, or a parent looking for the best new doohickeys for your kids, this list of tech wonders has something for everyone. Check out these cool gadgets for study session, note-taking and beyond, and get ready for an awesome school year!
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1. Livescribe Smartpen
It may just look like a bulky pen, but this all-in-one device takes note-taking to a whole new level by allowing you to convert your handwriting to digital text. You can also use the tiny built-in microphone to record long lectures and sync them to handwriting, so organizing your notes is easier than ever. There’s enough storage space for up to 800 hours of audio, or over one hundred thousand pages of notes. 4.0 GPA, here you come!
Available at Livescribe | $200
2. Apple Smart Keyboard
The iPad Pro is the ultimate back-to-school accessory, but this sleek add-on makes it even more of a classroom must-have. It’s a full-size portable keyboard that connects to your iPad Pro with a Smart Connector. Now, there’s really no need to lug a heavy laptop to and from the classroom!
Available at Target | $159
3. Balmain Special Edition Beats Headphones
These cool headphones will be the splurge of the school year and they are so worth it. Pair them with any Bluetooth-enabled device within 30 feet and block out the world with the sounds of your choosing. These are totally the headphones Kylie Jenner would pack for her first day of school!
Available at Apple | $600
4. Kindle Voyage E-reader
Download digital textbooks onto your Kindle to cut your bookbag weight (and your textbook cost) in half! The High-resolution 300 ppi display makes it feel like you’re actually reading a printed page. And, the front light provides ideal brightness whether you’re studying during the day or pulling an all-nighter.
Available at Amazon | $200
5. Amazon Echo Dot
Alexa is here to make life a little easier! This mini iteration of the classic Echo houses a built-in speaker so it can be your smart alarm clock, help you keep track of all your most important to-dos, and even lend a hand on some of those rigorous reading assignments.
Available at Target | $50
6. Philips Wake-Up Light
Change up your morning routine with this light therapy wake-up lamp that can help to improve your sleep and lend you more energy for the day ahead. Float off to sleep with a dimming sunset and soothing sounds and wake gradually to a sunrise simulation and your choice of five calming wake-up notes.
Available at Amazon | $119
7. Nexgadget Multi-Port USB Charging Station