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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 coffee machines, here are 40 cool gadgets for post-secondary students to make the most of their time in the classroom and beyond.

For working on the go

HP 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD Ryzen

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 15.6-inch screen won’t take up too much desk space.

For working on the go

Emtec USB 2.0 Sticks

Help keep your kid’s assignments, presentations and essays in one trusted spot with this pack of convenient, reliable USB flash drives. They offer an incredible 16 gigabytes of data storage (times three!), plus their neon colour makes them easy to spot, even when buried in your kid’s backpack.

For working on the go

Opolski 4-piece Silicone Earphone Cable Winder

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

For working on the go

Nicci Glitter Sequin Zipped Laptop Sleeve

With this sequinned laptop sleeve—available in four different glittery colours—your kid can carry their 14-inch device around in style. The foam padding on the inside also helps protect laptops and tablets from scratches and minor bumps while on the go.

For working on the go

Exian Power Bank

Nothing is worse than a device running on low while you’re on the move! This portable power charger will be your kid’s saviour when their smartphone or other mobile USB devices need a little extra juice. Its lightweight and travel-friendly design makes it super convenient for a charge on the go.

Logitech wireless keyboard

For comfortable learning

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 most desktops or laptops, this wireless keyboard has a spacious layout to allow cramp-free typing for big projects. Plus, it’ll slide easily in their backpack to take to class, the library and coffee shops.

For comfortable learning

Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse

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

For comfortable learning

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 17-inch device to a comfortable viewing height, whether it’s on the couch or at a desk.

For comfortable learning

Cyxus UV420 Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Reducing exposure to blue light is important for eye comfort and quality sleep—and the best way to do this is cut down on phone and laptop time altogether. But for days where long screen use happens, protect student eyes with this sleek pair of specs.

For comfortable learning

Targus Saffire 15.6-inch Backpack

Comfortable and modern, the Targus Saffire backpack has enough space for all the essentials of school life, including a 15.6-inch laptop. Its ergonomic back cushion and air-mesh padded shoulder straps make it perfect for carrying around campus. Plus, it has a zippered pocket in the front for pens and cables and a water-bottle pouch.

For stocking a dorm room

Eufy Robovac 25C Robot Vacuum

After late-night study sessions, their place will most likely be a mess. Why not help them catch some extra zzzs while this robot vacuum—with auto-clean scheduling controlled by a smartphone—whizzes around their dorm room or apartment? (For even more options, check out our best robot vacuum roundup.)

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

For stocking a dorm room

Salton Mug Warmer

Nothing’s worse than a lukewarm cup of coffee. With this mug warmer on their desk, your kid’s coffee, tea or soup will stay warm—even if they immerse themselves in work or get distacted by another episode of their favourite show.

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

For stocking a dorm room

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 healthy smoothies.

For stocking a dorm room

Google Nest Mini Gen 2

Whether your kid asks 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, the Google Nest Mini won’t mind one bit.

For stocking a dorm room

Canon PIXMA TR4520 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

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 all-in-one inkjet printer, which has Wi-Fi connectivity so students can wirelessly print letter-size (or smaller) documents from laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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

For unwinding after class

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. (Our roundup of the best Switch games will help you find ones they’ll love).

For unwinding after class

Sanyo 32-inch 720p 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.

For unwinding after class

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.

Black handheld Kobo eReader showing the page from a book

For unwinding after class

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 gigabytes of storage that can be packed full with novels, textbooks and more, making it one of the best tech gadgets for school. (For more class and dorm room must-haves, print or Pin our handy back-to-school supplies checklist.)

Long, thin black sound-bar

For unwinding after class

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 soundbar 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.

For pro multitasking

ViewSonic 32-inch 1080p Frameless Widescreen IPS Monitor

This 32-inch high-definition monitor offers best-in-class screen performance with screen split capability, making it perfect for researching an assignment topic while catching up on Netflix. Its vivid resolution will make focusing on work easy, while the built-in blue light filter will help minimize eyestrain from extended viewing periods.

For pro multitasking

Seagate Expansion 2TB Hard Drive

This sleek and portable external hard drive will help keep your kid’s computer clutter-free while they work on multiple assignments. It has two terabytes 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.

MSI gaming laptop

For pro multitasking

MSI GF63 10SC-1415CA Thin 15.6-inch 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, crisp 15.6-inch gaming display. It will also serve them nicely for school projects and after-school Netflix binge-watching.

For pro multitasking

VicTsing Desk Lamp Clip USB Rechargeable

This cordless, USB rechargeable LED reading lamp will allow your kid to work wherever and whenever they please. Its clamp base secures onto surfaces both indoors and outdoors, or rests easily on flat surfaces. It also has three-level brightness (low, medium and high) that can be adjusted with a touch of the clamp.

For pro multitasking

Tile Pro+

From project deadlines to exams, chances are your kid will have a lot on their mind come school time. With the help of this handy gadget and its app, your kid will be able to find their most-misplaced items—keys, smartphones and even the TV remote—with a click of a button. They can even use the tracker make their phone ring when it’s on silent.

GRDE night light alarm

For morning prep

GRDE Wake Up Night Light/Alarm

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

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

For morning prep

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.

For morning prep

Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

Make brushing their teeth each morning less of a drag 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. Plus, it’s super affordable. (For more electric toothbrush options, check out our top picks.)

For morning prep

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 morning prep

Conair Reflections LED Lighted Collection Mirror

This handy LED lighted mirror has a magnifying side for precision-primping before morning lecture. Plus, its elegant chrome finish and slim design makes it the perfect addition to your kid’s dorm room vanity.

For staying connected

Samsung Galaxy A21

This full-featured Android smartphone has a brilliant display for emails, texts and even movies and shows. Its macro-lens camera will capture all their campus memories up close, too. And thanks to its long-lasting battery, your kid can spend more time scrolling and less time worrying about where the nearest outlet is for a recharge.

For staying connected

Belkin 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 staying connected

Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 11

A smartphone is an expensive investment (and of course, among the best tech for school), so it’s important to protect it. Otterbox’s heavy-duty defender case guards against bumps and drops with its solid inner shell and resilient outer cover. They’re available in a variety of colours for a wide range of iPhones and Android devices, too.

Instax camera

For staying connected

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera

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 photos of their friends and adventures for school memories that will last a lifetime.

For staying connected

Merkury Grip'z Ring and Stand

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.

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

For keeping fit

Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

Wearables are the ultimate fitness companions, especially when it’s the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch that can track workouts plus 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 and get call and text notifications. (For more options, see our roundup of the best Fitbits for different lifestyles and budgets.)

For keeping fit

Soundcore Spirit X2 Workout Earphones

The hydrophobic coating on these earbuds make them truly sweat-proof and the hook design keeps them snug on ears, so your kid can enjoy an intense workout while listening to their favourite tunes. Plus, BassTurbo technology delivers heart-pumping beats to keep you in the zone. (For more wireless earbud choices, check out our top picks.)

For keeping fit

Letsfit Smartwatch & Fitness Tracker

The 1.3-inch touch screen on this Letsfit smartwatch fitness tracker vividly displays sports data, making it easier and more intituive to track health progress. Features like music control and stress training make it more than just a fitness tracker. It comes in pink, too!

Alphahom safety alarm

For keeping fit

Care Go Alphahom Smart Personal Safety Alarm

Whether they’re on a late-night run or walking home from the library after dark, you can keep an eye on your kid’s whereabouts with this personal safety alarm. With a twist of the device, emergency contacts are immediately alerted via phone notification, so you can keep track of your kid’s location in real-time using GPS.

For keeping fit

Thermos Tritan Hydration Bottle with Meter

While this water bottle may not share your water intake via Bluetooth like pricier models do, it manually tracks your hydration—for less than half the cost—with a rotating meter near the spout. Bonus: It also comes in a magenta and a smoke grey colour, so your kid can sip in style.

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