Best Budget Gadgets For Students

Best Budget Gadgets For Students

One of the most basic student gadgets is a laptop. These help students take notes in lectures, work on assignments and communicate with home.

If waking up to an alarm clock that sounds like a sunrise isn’t their idea of fun, a sunrise wake-up light might be. It’s an inexpensive and environmentally conscious gadget.

1. Amazon Fire TV Stick

A Fire TV Stick is a small streaming device that can turn any television into a smart one. It plugs into an HDMI port and gives you access to a host of apps that offer streaming TV and movies.

It also includes live TV apps that can function as cable alternatives, like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. These apps let you watch your favorite shows in HD or 4K.

The latest Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the best model of this streaming device. It has a more powerful processor than the standard Fire TV Stick, which makes apps launch quickly and navigate without lag or stuttering. It also has slightly faster Wi-Fi, which is compatible with Dolby Vision and HDR support.

2. AdirChef Personal Coffee Maker

Designed with the active lifestyler and on-the-go coffee drinker in mind, this single-cup AdirChef personal coffee maker is easy to use, takes up minimal counter space and is relatively inexpensive. It perks quickly, cleans up fast and reaches an excellent temperature, so it’s perfect for a dorm room or apartment kitchen.

It comes with a companion travel mug that fits the brewing base. You slide the mug into place and click a single button to start the machine. The mug and brewer are dishwasher safe for fast and simple cleanup. This nifty little personal brewer is also available in seven trendy colors and has a three-minute perk time. It’s lightweight enough to easily carry in a dorm bag or cube office. A padded travel pouch is also sold separately.

3. Tribit Noise-Cancelling Headphones

If you’re looking for a cheap pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones that can cancel out most day-to-day noise and provide an immersive audio experience, these are a great option. They’re comfortable, simple to use and come with a sturdy hard case for storage. Call quality is also decent – they can block out wind and street noise while still allowing voices through clearly.

The Tribit headphones have a rich, smooth sound and a solid ANC active noise cancellation that helps limit distracting ambient noise up to 35dB. They’re lightweight, foldable and comfortable thanks to super soft pressure-relieving ear pads. They also come with a USB-C charging cable and a 3.5mm audio cable for wired connection. You can also control music and calls with voice commands.

4. August Home Smart Lock

Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, August Home makes it easy to upgrade your new place with smart locks. In our testing, the Wi-Fi lock performed reliably with push alerts and auto-lock features working seamlessly and the DoorSense sensor providing accurate location data.

This entry-level model also offers Bluetooth Smart support so it can work with a range of third-party integrations, including voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant as well as HomeKit routines and automation. You can also add virtual keys to the app for family members or roommates who may be staying over for the summer.

Unlike other Bluetooth smart locks, this one doesn’t require the separate Connect bridge for Wi-Fi connectivity (it uses August’s own technology). It also has geofencing that can lock the door when you leave your neighborhood.

5. Anker Wireless Ergonomic Mouse

The Anker Wireless Ergonomic Mouse is a sleek-looking vertical mouse that looks good, feels comfortable, and works well. It’s a good option for those who spend long periods of time on the computer and want to avoid wrist strain, which can lead to health problems down the road.

This ergonomic mouse has a vertical design that encourages a neutral wrist and arm position to minimize strain. It has 800, 1200, and 1600 DPI resolution optical tracking technology for smooth movement across a variety of surfaces and features next/previous buttons for webpage browsing.

It connects to your laptop via Bluetooth or the included USB receiver and can switch between left and right-handed modes with the button on the bottom of the mouse. However, it doesn’t have software to customize settings or a click latency that’s as low as other models we tested.

6. Clip-On USB Fan

There aren’t many gadgets more useful for students than a clip-on fan. You can use it to cool down your desk while studying for exams, clip it to your backpack when hiking in the summer or attach it to the side of your laptop to stay comfortable during a Zoom call. This USB desk fan is quiet enough to not disturb you while you work or play games, and it has different speed settings to keep you cool. It comes with a rechargeable battery and a USB cord, so you can power it up when you’re near an outlet. It also accepts dry AA batteries, which makes it perfect for traveling. You can even swap in an extra AA battery if the rechargeable one runs out.

7. HP DeskJet 2720 All-in-One Printer

A good option for people who need a versatile, reliable printer for light usage at an affordable price, this HP DeskJet 2720 all-in-one printer is a great choice. This model is easy to use thanks to an icon LCD and the included HP Smart app. It also offers manual duplex printing for more economical printing. Moreover, high-yield cartridges help reduce the cost of printing.

With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity options, this printer works seamlessly with your computer, laptop or tablet. This printer is also compatible with HP Instant Ink, which delivers ink when you need it. Plus, it has a six-month subscription to HP+ included in the box. This means you can save up to 70% on ink costs and never run out.

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