Back to School 2016 Buying Guide: Top 10 Tech for your Dorm

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Just like that, Summer is almost over. It won’t be long before everyone is heading back to school, especially those attending college or university. Those that are living on campus, or at least not at home, will want to pick up some items for their dorm room or apartment. There’s plenty of tech out there that can help make your dorm room feel more like home, and make studying easier. But which items are the best to pick up? Here’s our top 10 picks.

Anker Lumos LED Desk Lamp



This lamp would look great on a desk – whether you’re in school or just want it for your office. But there’s more to this desk lamp than just providing light. There is also a USB port included here. This allows you to charge your smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, fitness tracker or any other gadget right from the lamp, without needing to be close to an outlet, or using another outlet that could be used for something else.

Buy the Anker Lumos LED Desk Lamp

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker



What’s a better way to study than to jam out to your favorite tunes? And this Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker will help you do just that. It’s a perfect addition to any dorm room because it doesn’t take up much space, but it still packs quite a bit of power. And best of all, it comes in a slew of colors and a price tag that won’t break the bank. Bose is known for their amazing audio quality, and that’s what you’ll get out of the SoundLink Color here.

Buy the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker


Amazon Fire TV Stick


If you’re looking to catch up on some shows on Netflix, YouTube or Hulu and don’t want to watch them on your laptop, then the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great option. It plugs into the back of your TV using the existing HDMI port, and essentially turns your TV into a smart TV. There’s a ton of apps available for the Amazon Fire TV Stick, and many more on the way. Including HBO Now, so you can watch Dwayne Johnson’s latest season of Ballers.


Buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick

Sony PlayStation 4



Take some of the stress off studying for that exam by playing NBA 2K16 on the PlayStation 4. Definitely a good way to relieve some stress. Sony also has a ton of other games available for the PlayStation 4, and there are many more coming. Not to mention PlayStation VR is coming later this year, which is definitely going to be an amazing experience.

Buy the Sony PlayStation 4

Samsung UN32J5205 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV



Just because you’re staying on-campus doesn’t mean you have to study 24/7, sit back, relax and have some fun. This 32-inch Smart TV from Samsung will allow you to do just that. It is a 1080p TV, but where most content is still streamed in 1080p (not to mention most WiFi networks can’t handle 4K just yet) this is still a fine choice.

Buy the Samsung UN32J5205 32-inch 1080p Smart LED TV

Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 Edition 



Every college student needs a laptop of some sort. And a Chromebook is a great option, especially with Android Apps coming – via the Google Play Store – later this year. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 Edition is a great choice to pick up. It comes in a few different configurations as well, and gives you the best bang for your buck. Not to mention the Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 Edition is definitely a great looking Chromebook.

Buy the Toshiba Chromebook 2 - 2015 Edition

Acer Chromebook 15


If you’re looking for something that is a bit bigger, and beefier specs, then the Chromebook 15 from Acer is a good one to take a look at. It features a full HD (that’s 1920×1080 resolution) display, and is powered by the Intel Celeron 3205U processor. Definitely powerful enough to get some work done, and some studying as well.

Buy the Acer Chromebook 15

Anker USB Power Strip


Every dorm room needs a power strip or two, or three. And this one from Anker is definitely something that will work nicely in any dorm room. Not only does it sport 6 outlets, but we also have four USB ports included. This means you can plug your smartphone, tablet, smartwatch and fitness tracker into the wall, without needing another wall adapter.

Buy the Anker USB Power Strip

Beats Solo2 Wired On-Ear Headphones


Beats Solo2 headphones are another great piece of tech to pick up and use in your dorm room, or in the library, or wherever you may be studying. These are on-ear headphones, so you’ll hear all of the music in your ears, with little to no noise-bleed (meaning the noise leaving the headphones and those around you can hear it).

Buy the Beats Solo2 Wired On-Ear Headphones

iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot


You don’t want to clean your dorm room or your apartment do you? Why not let a robot do it. iRobot has the Roomba 650 here, which is a robot vacuum cleaner and will clean your dorm room or apartment all by itself. In fact, you can even put it on a schedule so that it can clean why you’re in class, or maybe at the gym. Definitely a good piece of tech to take back to school with you.

Buy the iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot