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Your kid’s college and university years will be some of their most fulfilling—brimming with hard work, newfound independence and probably more than a little partying (let’s be real!). And whether they live at home or away, they’ll need the best tech for school to reach their full potential. From laptops and headphones to TVs and sandwich makers, here are 40 cool gadgets for post-secondary students to make the most of their time in the classroom and beyond.

Canon Pixma TS3320

For the essay whiz

Canon Pixma TS3320

The best tech for school includes an easy-to-use, reliable and affordable printer for all those assignments and research papers. Enter the Canon Pixma, which has Wi-Fi connectivity so students can wirelessly print letter-size (or smaller) documents from computers, smartphones and more.

For the smarty with a back-up plan

Seagate Expansion 2TB Hard Drive

The Seagate Expansion is a sleek and portable external hard drive with 2 TB for storing massive amounts of school projects, movies, pictures and more. Students can use its lightning-fast USB 3.0 connection to make speedy backups of important computer files, too, to protect from crashes or data corruption. (For more class and dorm-room must-haves, print or Pin our handy back-to-school supplies checklist.)

For the work-anywhere student

I-Spire Series Laptop Lift

They’re going to be spending a lot of time staring at a laptop, so do their neck and back a favour with this tilted platform that elevates their device to a comfortable viewing height, whether it’s on the couch or at a desk.

For the lounger

Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360

Laptop keyboards are great, but sometimes your kid will want to stretch out their fingers and get a little distance from the screen. Easily paired to any desktop or laptop, this wireless keyboard has a spacious layout to allow cramp-free typing for those big projects. Plus, it’ll slide easily in their backpack when they’re on the go.

Wireless blue BOSE headphones

For the exercise enthusiast

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

Staying active is a great way to cope with deadline stress—and it’s even better with music. Bose wireless headphones are renowned for their sound quality, and this pair won’t have any cords getting in the way during a workout. Plus, they’re sweat- and weather-resistant.

black gaming laptop with red and black abstract background

For the work-hard, game-hard type

Acer Nitro 5 15.6" Gaming Laptop

Your kid can bring their League of Legends prowess with them to school with this powerhouse gaming laptop and take advantage of its big and crisp 15.6-inch gaming display. It will also serve them nicely for school projects and after-school Netflix binge-watching.

For the space saver

Acer Swift 3 14" Laptop

With its solid-state drive (read: fast!), Bluetooth connectivity and long battery life, this stylish Windows 10 laptop has everything needed to get through an entire degree’s worth of school assignments. At less than an inch thick, it will slip between the books in their backpack, and its 14-inch screen won’t take up too much desk space.

For the power-hungry

Westinghouse 3-Outlet Desktop USB Cradle

With a six-foot cord that makes working in the library, coffee shop or at home a total cinch, this power solution has three grounded outlets and two USB ports (hello to using all the cool gadgets at once!). It also has a handy device stand where a smartphone can sit while charging.

Wireless pink computer mouse

For the comfort craver

Black Web Wireless Mouse

They’ll be spending a lot of time clicking and scrolling, so they might as well do it in comfort and style. Compact, affordable and easy to stuff in a bag or backpack, this wireless mouse connects to just about any computer model with its USB receiver.

For the movie-loving multitasker

Acer 32" HD LCD Monitor

With such a wide size (and great price!), this Acer 32-inch LCD monitor lets student multitask like no one’s business. It’ll also double as a sweet dorm room TV for that Marvel marathon on Disney+.

For the on-the-go streamer

Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB

This full-featured Android smartphone has a brilliant display for emails, texts and even movies and shows. Its world-class camera will capture all their campus memories, too. It also has an innovative PowerShare feature that students can use to charge other devices (even their best friend’s phone).

Black handheld Kobo eReader showing the page from a book

For the bookworm

Kobo Clara eReader

A lightweight and slim e-reader that can go anywhere, the Kobo Clara’s natural print-like surface and six-inch screen are easy on the eyes in any lighting situation. It also has 8 GB of storage that can be packed full with textbooks, novels and more, making it one of the best tech gadgets for school.

For the tuned-in listener

Plantronics BackBeat GO 810 BT Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

Help your kid block out noisy environments and focus on their work with these affordable-yet-mighty over-ear headphones. Lightweight and comfortable for 22 hours on a single charge, they’re also free of wires—meaning no annoying snags.

For the (budget-conscious) music buff

Sony Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones

You don’t have to spend a ton of cash on good noise-cancelling headphones, but your kid may be stuck contending with a cable. If that’s OK, these top-ranked Sonys block up to 95 per cent of outside noise and sound, which is great for music, podcasts or good-old peace and quiet.

For the neat freak

Opolski 4-piece Silicone Earphone Cable Winder

To prevent that annoying tangle of cords from messing up your kid’s purse or backpack, give them a cable winder. This pack of four silicone winders will keep charger, headphone and earbud cables nice and tidy.

Light pink electronic Fitbit watch with rose-gold bordered touchscreen clock-face

For the ultra-organized

Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

Wearables are the ultimate organization companions, and the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch has Alexa built right in to do everything from setting assignment reminders to checking the weather. Your post-secondary student can also listen to music, get call and text notifications and track workouts, too. (For more options, see our roundup of the best Fitbits for different lifestyles and budgets.)

Multimedia headphone splitter

For the social butterfly

IK Multimedia 11.8" Headphone Splitter

For those late-night library study sessions, or just sharing some downtime with a friend, this headphone splitter is one of the best gadgets for college students. It lets two people share podcasts, music, recorded lectures or the latest Netflix series off the same device.

For the budding boss

Google Nest Mini Gen 2

Go ahead, let your kid tell that Google Nest Mini what to do! Whether they order it to play music on Spotify, control their smart home gadgets, give them the news and weather, remind them of their day’s schedule or play games, it won’t mind one bit.

For the movie maven

TCL 32" FHD LED Roku Smart TV

Dorm-room tech at its finest, this beautiful HD smart TV has the Roku platform built-in to give access to thousands of streaming channels and services, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. If your kid wants a larger TV (and you have a bit more money to splurge!), we’ve got recommendations for the best TV sets 30-inches and above.

For the Apple devotee

Apple TV 4th Gen

Your kid can stream the latest shows and movies on Apple TV+, Netflix, Crave and more to their dorm room TV—and even ask Siri to do it for them. Playing video games via Apple Arcade is also a cinch, and they can connect with AirPlay to view their pictures and videos on the big screen.

Long, thin black sound-bar

For the big-audio lover

LG SK1 Sound Bar

If your child loves to bring the noise, their TV’s sound just isn’t going to cut it for all their games, movies and shows. Luckily, the LG SK1 sound bar is inexpensive, compact and easy to set up. Most importantly, it delivers bigger bass and clear sound to any TV. Bluetooth connectivity allows students to stream music from their smartphones, too.

Round black and silver robot vacuum and small image of an iPhone to the right, showing the app associated with controlling the vacuum

For the well-meaning slob

Shark Ion Robot Vacuum

Between parties and all-night study sessions, their place is a mess. Why not help them catch some extra zzzs while this robot vacuum—controlled by Alexa or Google Assistant—whizzes around their dorm room or apartment? (For even more options, check out our best robot vacuum roundup.)

Black, wireless bluetooth speaker with

For the 24/7 jammer

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

A good Bluetooth speaker lets students have their tunes while they study, workout or head off to a friend’s place for the weekend. The SoundLink has Bose quality, so it’s crystal clear, and it’s super small at just four square inches. As far as gadgets for college students go, this one’s a winner.

Turquoise-coloured handheld video game console with a medium size screen that reads

For the downtime gamer

Nintendo Switch Lite

If they have a few minutes between classes or are in transit to their next destination, the Switch Lite is the perfect companion. It’s a pared-down version of the Switch and is built for a large range of Nintendo’s handheld games that can be played anytime, anywhere. (Need suggestions for what games to get them? Our roundup of the best Switch games can help you find ones they’ll love).

Mini white smart plug with brand name 'WeMo' on it

For the automation artist

Belkin WeMo Mini Smart Plug

Why shouldn’t your kid’s plugs get an education, too? This device makes any plug a smart plug, which means they can control things like fans, lamps and heaters right on their smartphone, so they can come home to a warm, lit apartment at the tap of an app.

For the photo pro

Canon Powershot

Remember cameras? They still have a purpose, especially for anyone looking to minimize their phone time. Your kid can keep their precious smartphone safe in their pocket and snap high-resolution (20-megapixel) photos of their friends and adventures that they can have blown up and printed to turn their school memories into art.

For the uber-stylish

Kate Spade Cases for iPhone

A smartphone is an expensive investment (and of course, among the best tech for school), so it’s important to protect it. Kate Spade’s moulded, grippy, shock-resistant, hard-shell cases will not only guard against bumps and drops, but they’ll do it in style. They’re available for a wide range of iPhones and Android devices, too.

Woman's holding a silver iPad infront of her using a small white and round phone grip attached to the back of the tablet

For the multitasker

Phone Grip Holder

Your kid will be able to stride to class with one hand on their coffee and the other texting and checking their email. This phone grip will keep fingers firmly under its pop-top, which easily collapses to get out of their way. It can also act as a stand for phones and tablets.

For the vinyl lover

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X Turntable

Your young adult can start their record-collecting days right and fill their residence hallways with the sweet, warm sound of vinyl with this entry-level automatic turntable.

For the mover and shaker

Kensington Campus Collection Laptop Backpack

Comfortable and rugged, the Kensington Campus backpack has enough space for all the essentials of school life, including a 15.6-inch laptop and a dedicated slot for a tablet. Plus, it has easily-accessible zippered storage compartments in the front for pens and cables, as well as a water-bottle pouch.

For the sleeping beauty

GRDE Wake Up Night Light/Alarm

This bedside alarm-clock light uses music and the soothing features of the sunset to help your kid fall asleep easier after a hard day hitting the books. And at wake-up time, it simulates sunrise for a gradual return to the waking world.

For the light traveller

100 Percent Mini Charge Tower

Here’s one of those cool tech gadgets you never knew your kid needed. At home sitting on their desk, this charger is a mini AC plug tower with four USB ports for powering devices and charging speakers, phones and more. But when they’re on the move, its detachable power bank slips in a pocket for a top-up at school.

For the smart dresser

Black + Decker Compact Garment Steamer

For class presentations, Zoom lessons or job interviews, this compact steamer will de-wrinkle your kid’s duds so they can look their best. They can stick it in their backpack or luggage for travel, too!

For the well-pressed

Mini Iron

When living space is tight, your kid (and their roommates) will appreciate this small but powerful iron that heats up in just 15 seconds and has an ample 7.5-foot cord and anti-drip feature to prevent burns. It’s just one of those dorm-room essentials.

Indoor grill with plastic black top, stainless steel bottom and cooking function buttons on the front

For the cooking newbie

Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Indoor Grill

Dorm-room cooking gadgets that save money on takeout are key, and your kid will love making home-cooked meals on the Ninja Foodi. It grills, air fries, roasts and bakes in a single countertop unit. For even healthier meals, pair this grill with a powerful juicer (we have five excellent recommendations to consider) to make delicious, antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable smoothies.

For the bedtime reader

LED Touch Lamp Reading Light, Pen and Phone Holder with USB Power Bank

Handy on the bedside table or desk, this LED light has three brightness settings to reduce eye fatigue during late-night studying. It also doubles as a phone stand and charger and can hold pens, keys or other knicknacks.

For the cavity prone

Oral-B Vitality FlossAction Electric Toothbrush

Whether your kid is nine or 19, convincing them to brush their teeth before bed is a struggle. Make the decision a no-brainer with this electric toothbrush designed to deep clean and loosen plaque between teeth with minimal effort. An automatic timer also acts as a helpful reminder to keep brushing for the recommended two minutes.

Medium sized grey mug with coffee in it, placed inside a round, white mug heater with the brand name

For the steamy sippers

Salton Mug Warmer

Nothing’s worse than a cold cup of coffee that’s meant to be hot. With this mug warmer on their desk, your kid’s coffee, tea or soup will stay warm—even if they get up to go to the bathroom and get lured into watching another episode of their favourite streaming show.

For the not-so-organized

Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker

Most of us are a little forgetful when it comes to our keys, smartphones and even the TV remote control. But with the help of this handy doodad and its app, your kid will be able to find their most-misplaced items with a click of a button. They can even double-click the tracker or log in to the Tile website to make their phone ring when it’s on silent. Now that’s useful!

Light blue Keurig coffee-maker and medium-sized white mug filled with coffee

For the one-a-day coffee lover

Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker

Cute, stylishly designed and compact enough to fit on a crowded kitchen countertop or desk in a college dorm room, the K-Mini uses Keurig K-Cup pods for a perfect single cup (177 to 355 millilitres) of joe. The drip tray is removable to fit a standard travel mug, so your kid can even caffeinate on the go.

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