5 Top Picks in Back-to-School Tech

The brand new school year is upon us. This means it’s time for back-to-school shopping, whether you’re in college or a K-12 student. There are many back-to-school tech items that may be just what you need to get ahead in your classes.  

So, whether you’re aiming for productivity, focus, or ergonomics, there’s sure to be a back-to-school tech item on this list that just may help you achieve your academic goals. 

1. Charge Your Gear On the Go

Stay connected and powered up at all times with the Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack. This solar-powered backpack will keep your gadgets charged so you’re always ready for class. With SunPower high-efficiency solar cells, this bag will charge your phones and laptop as fast at they charge at home.

What’s more, each backpack is made from 21 recycled plastic bottles. So, not only is it sustainable, it’s also:

  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • UV resistant

2. Digitize Your Paper Notes

Digital or analog: Are you still going back and forth between typing and writing your notes longhand? It feels good to have beautifully written, color-coded notes. But sometimes digital is the way to go if you feel you type faster than you write or if you want to review your notes while you’re out and about.

Luckily, you don’t have to choose with the latest back-to-school tech. Because with smart notebooks, you can have the best of both worlds. These notebooks allow you to handwrite your notes, create figures and diagrams, and access them digitally later. 

The Moleskine Smart Writing set has:

  • A smart pen
  • A paper tablet smart notebook
  • Its own notes app

The smart pen works just like a normal pen with ink refills, but it also has a built-in scanner that works as you write against the pages’ grids. The notebook syncs with the app so you can access your notes on any device later on. 

Another simpler option is the Rocketbook Core. This notebook is just like any high-quality notebook where you write your notes. Afterward, you can use the Rocketbook app to scan them so you can store and access them in any location of your choosing.

3. Have a Productive Study Session Anywhere

The enemy of productivity is distractions. And at home there’s always a kettle pot boiling, the buzz of the vacuum cleaner, wailing of small siblings, or noisy neighbors. Unless you have a dedicated study space, doing your homework at the kitchen island or the living room coffee table isn’t always easy. 

That’s why high-quality noise-canceling headphones are among the best back-to-school tech for students. Noise-canceling headphones will help you concentrate even in busy and distracting rooms. These devices will also make your favorite school corners a more peaceful place to cozy up and read. Whenever you need to focus, just put on your headset, blast your favorite study music, and you’re good to go. 

If you’re going to spend the whole day in school, opt for a noise-canceling headset that can last for hours. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones last up to 20 hours without charging and feature adjustable world-class noise-canceling and high-fidelity audio. 

If you’re commuting to school, you’ll probably want to go for a customizable and comfortable noise-canceling headset. The Life Q30 Active Noise-canceling Headphones from Anker feature a light build for a comfortable fit. The noise-canceling feature also has three modes: 

  • The transport mode blocks 95% of engine noise
  • The indoor mode blocks all low-frequency sound
  • The outdoor mode blocks noise, except for the voices close to you

4. Pay Attention to Ergonomics

Now that you’ve got the noise under control with your new noise-canceling headphones, it’s time to pay attention to the ergonomics of your study space. One of the best back-to-school tech purchases you can make is an ergonomic computer keyboard and mouse. Setting this up properly can help you:

  • Minimize pain
  • Reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and other related injuries
  • Concentrate for longer

You can opt for ergonomically shaped keyboards or “split designs” like the ErgoDox EZ. This keyboard’s truly split layout allows you to position your hands however you want, even at shoulder width, so you can keep your chest open and type in a more relaxed position. 

You can also go for an ergonomic mouse such as the Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse for better wrist health. Yes, you read that right, a vertical mouse. This style of mouse places your hand in a more curved, “handshake” shape. It will take some pressure off your wrist and forearm and will allow you to scroll using your thumb, which is more comfortable and results in less wrist strain. 

5. Rise & Shine With Natural Light

Students need to wake up at a precise time to get to class, but we all know waking up is not always pleasant. Traditional alarm sounds tend to wake you with a jolt, which can leave you feeling groggy for most of the morning. 

Philips Sleep and Wake-Up Light will wake you up refreshed by simulating a natural sunrise 30 minutes before your alarm time. This is ideal for K-12 students, especially younger students just getting used to their daily school routine The alarm’s natural sounds will also help your youngster ease peacefully into their morning. 

This smart lamp also simulates sunset to prepare the body for sleep in the evening and features light-guided breathing exercises to help with relaxation after a tiring day. Close your eyes and follow the rhythms of light intensity and natural sounds to keep your breathing steady and your mind at ease before bedtime. 

Make sure you’re equipped for the new academic year. Get the best and latest back-to-school tech so you or the students in your life can study productively anytime, anywhere.