Top 10 Best Dorm Tech - Back To School 2018

It's that time of the year, time to go back-to-school. Which means it's time to figure out what students need to go back this year. We're helping you out, with a few top ten lists on items to pick up this year. We've rounded up the best laptops, the best smartphones and tablets, the best laptop accessories, and the best in gaming. Now it's time to talk about the best tech for your dorm. That means that this top ten is actually geared towards those that are going (back) to college this year. Whether they are first time college students, or returning for another year, these are all things that would work great in their dorm.

On this list, there are many favorites, but perhaps the biggest favorite is the JBL Flip 4. This is because it's a really solid Bluetooth speaker, that offers some really great audio quality. Of course, that is to be expected, given the fact that this is a JBL speaker, and JBL is well-known for its audio quality here. The JBL Flip 4 is also waterproof and a bit rugged. It can take a beating, but don't run it over with a car. Now this is waterproof as mentioned, so this could go in the shower, or sit at the pool while you're enjoying your weekend. Another popular one here is the Logitech C920 webcam. This one offers some really good quality video footage, and it's great for making Skype calls back home to your parents.

All of the items on this list are great products to pick up before going back to school this year. You really can't go wrong with picking any of them up, and there are plenty of others you can check out as well. If you're looking for more ideas for back to school products, you can check out our other top ten lists.

Sony SRS-XB31 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Picking up a Bluetooth speaker for your dorm is a pretty good expense. And there are plenty of great Bluetooth speakers out there that you can pick up, without spending an arm and a leg. The XB31 from Sony is one of those. This one is under $100, and offers some great audio. It also has LED lights along the sides, so it can really provide a show, and it's great for parties.

SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable SSD

Hard drives can fail, which is why it's important to back up your data on an external hard drive. This portable SSD from SanDisk is the perfect option for going back to school this year. It's a fairly small SSD, that can honestly fit on your keychain. But it has plenty of storage, and it's pretty fast. SanDisk offers this in 256GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models.

WD 8TB My Cloud Home Personal Cloud Storage

While this isn't a SSD, it does offer some great storage functionality. This one is a bit more than what SanDisk is offering, but it is a cloud-based storage system, and it offers 8TB of space here. This means that no matter where you are, you can access the data on this drive, as long as it is connected to WiFi. So you could leave this at home, and still access it from your dorm, which is pretty neat.

HP Chromebook 14

If you're in need of a new laptop, the HP Chromebook 14 is a good option. It's not a super expensive Chromebook from HP - it typically comes in at under $300. But it will get the work done. As indicated by the name, it does sport a 14-inch display, with an Intel processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Samsung T5 Portable SSD

This is another great portable SSD to pick up and use for college this year. It's a bit larger than what SanDisk is offering, but it'll still get the job done. Samsung offers the T5 Portable SSD in four storage variants - 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. This is a great option since it boasts read and write speeds of around 540MB/s.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) is a great pair of headphones to use during a study session. This is because these offer up noise cancellation and also have some great sound quality. So you can block out all of the noise around you and get some studying done before that next test.

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

If you are in need of a new smartphone, the ZenFone 5Z is a good option here. It offers some great specs at under $500. That includes a 6.2-inch full HD display, the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and dual-cameras around the back. This means that it's going to take some incredible pictures, and that's definitely what's important here.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Webcams are a must-have laptop accessory these days, and that's because many laptops have pretty terrible cameras built-in. And if you're going off to college for the first time, this is going to be an easy way to call home, and allow your parents to actually see you instead of just hearing your voice.

RAVPower 26800 PD Portable Charger

Continuing with USB-C accessories, this portable charger is a good option too. It sports PD or Power Delivery, which means it is powerful enough to recharge your laptop in a reasonable amount of time. That means that you won't need to stick to a wall outlet all day while you are on campus and such.

JBL Flip 4

The JBL Flip 4 is a great Bluetooth speaker to pick up since it does offer some great audio, while also being somewhat rugged, so that you can take this with you to the pool or other gatherings. It'll make a great speaker to take on Spring Break in a few months as well.

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