Back To School: The Tech Essentials For Your Dorm Room

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A student’s lifestyle can be an exhilarating experience to say the least, especially if you participate in the kind of antics I did back in the day – I’m surprised I’m still breathing if truth be told. My triumphs aside, however, thanks to an abundance of different factors – mainly COVID-19, everyone’s favorite pandemic – many students are having to leave the drinking and parties behind for a more relaxed and study-based lifestyle – I know, boring.

Whilst spending most of your time in your dorm room isn’t nearly as exciting as going out for drinks and socializing with your besties (did I really just use that word?!), life can be made a little more bearable with these neat tech ideas for your dorm room.

In the following article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the must-have tech additions to your dorm room for the students returning to school.

So, let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it!

The Best Tech Products For Your Dorm Room

Treating yourself to a new tech product for your dorm room is a great way to take your mind off the fact that we’re all locked in for the foreseeable future. Below are some of the best tech products that will make being in your dorm room all the more enjoyable.

Laptop

No student is complete without their own personal laptop. It’s one of the most convenient ways a student can complete assignments, take notes, and study for upcoming exams. It’s also a great way to keep up to date with social media, watching your favorite Netflix programs, and (if you have the power to do so) can be used to play less-intensive computer games.

However you decide to utilize the versatility of a laptop, they’re a great tech addition to your student dorm room. Whilst we could have listed any number of laptops from a whole host of different price points, we’ve decided to recommend a laptop that is the best of both worlds.

Mouse

Whilst many students have already reached advanced levels of touchpad usage, it isn’t the most efficient way of navigating your laptop. A mouse is much easier to use, quicker in navigation, and is much more accurate – making the entire process of studying and browsing a whole lot easier.

It’ll also open certain laptop users up to an entire world of gaming that wouldn’t be possible when using a touchpad.

Whilst gaming is probably frowned upon by most teachers and professors, it’s a great way to break up the monotony of everyday studying. Finding enjoyment in your day-to-day routine is a great way to keep motivated during these testing times.

So, for that reason, we’re recommending the Razer Viper Ultimate – a high-end mouse that pretty much does it all. It’s wireless, compact, lightweight, and extremely effective from a performance standpoint.

Monitor/TV

Most people moving to student accommodation probably have a TV already packed and ready to go. Whilst that may be the case, we think you should hold off and look to invest a much more versatile monitor – you know; if you aren’t spending your cash on anything else in this guide.

A monitor can be used in tandem with your laptop – giving you a ton more desktop real-estate. It can also be used as a TV for watching your favorite Netflix shows or playing your console on. Lastly, if you have a higher-end laptop you might want to utilize it for a fast gaming monitor.

Without getting into too much detail, a monitor can offer much higher refresh rates and lower response times than more generic household TVs. This makes gaming a much smoother and more enjoyable experience.

Pair these excellent pros with the low price tags found on some of today’s great gaming monitors, and you have a no-brainer in my eyes.

Alexa Speaker

Alexa speakers are a great addition to any student’s dorm room, and not just for blasting your favorite music. They’re also a great source of information for any on-the-fly questions you might have on your latest essay piece.

That isn’t all they’re useful for though, ordering food, shopping, Amazon deliveries, and checking the weather without having to lift a finger – simply shout your request and Alexa will do the rest for you. A great tech addition to your dorm room setup.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

I’ve been a huge advocate of noise-canceling headphones ever since I bought my Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II headphones – one of the best investments I ever made. I used my own personal set to block out the stress and noise that comes hand-in-hand with busy flights. However, you can use the same ideology for less courteous (noisy) flatmates.

Having a way to block out everyday disruptions could literally be the fundamental difference between grades when it comes to finals day.

The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 IIs were, and still are one of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market. So, for that reason, we’re recommending them once again – only this time it’s for must-have tech additions to your dorm room.

Hydroponics

What student worth their own weight doesn’t have their own “vegetation” growing? Whilst the pandemic is in full flight and showing no signs of slowing, we can’t think of a better time to take up the art of self-sustainability. There are a bunch of self-watering systems that don’t even require you to wake up early, simply set the timer and let the system do all the hard work for you. No longer will you have to deal with any of those pesky “farmers”.

Before you know it, you’ll have a full garden ready for harvest for your next chill-out session. Enjoy.

Conclusion

So, there you have it guys, our comprehensive breakdown of the best tech additions for your dorm room this 2020. Hopefully, this list has given you the inspiration required to transform your student accommodation much more enjoyable.

If you feel we’ve missed any major tech additions out, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below. Better still, why not head on over to the Community Hub where you can discuss everything tech-related with like-minded individuals.