If you’re in college, I can safely assume that you have so much going on right now. This is on top of, you know, your actual academics. And this is where some of the best tech gadgets come in. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apple purist or a PC evangelist; your objectively boring study sessions are in need of something fun other than new AirPods.
I’m not going to lie; when it comes to fun tech gadgets that bring life, aesthetics are key. Still, they do need to serve some actually helpful tech gadget-y purpose. So I’ve scoured the web for the best of the best — because you deserve it, bestie. Did you know that an actual emoji keyboard exists? As well as a water bottle with a Bluetooth speaker?
Anyways, scroll below for the best tech gadgets out there for college students that are seriously helpful and will bring actual joy to your life.
$78 at Amazon$100 at Logitech
Honestly, there's no better blend of mechanical practicality and sheer joy than a cute retro-inspired bubble keyboard. But what makes this colorful keyboard an emoji-specific keyboard is the five dedicated emoji buttons and eight swappable keycaps for easy emoji access.
As far as the basics go, the Logitech emoji keyboard is compatible with both Mac and Windows systems and can sync up with three different devices, including your iPhone. You also get an excellent three years of battery life from the included pair of AAA batteries.
And yes, the emoji keyboard comes in five fun colors to match your vibe.
$33 at Amazon$40 at Logitech
Did you think the Logitech emoji keyboard didn't have a matching mouse in each of the five keyboard colors? And just like with the keyboard, the mouse gives you easy access to emojis with the click of a button — or you can customize it with other shortcuts.
The snug design fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, and the high-precision tracking helps you work on smaller surfaces.
$39 at Amazon
When I say this notebook is a magical notebook, you have to believe me. Basically, just fill the reusable notebook with handwritten notes as you would — and then poof them up to whatever cloud storage you prefer, including Google Drive and Dropbox. Then, wipe the pages clean. See? Magic.
The notebook itself has 42 reusable pages and features seven different templates, including a task list, weekly planner, monthly calendar, goal template, idea list, dot-grid and lined pages. FWIW, reviewers say it actually feels like writing with a classic pen and paper situation.
$40 at Uncommon Goods
Yes, this is an insulated water bottle with a built-in Bluetooth speaker. No, I'm not joking. Wherever you're studying (or hanging out in general), you will have two very important study buddies: Water and music. This is especially key if your AirPods die. Just, like, don't be that person who plays music loudly in the library unless everyone else is down.
$40 at Amazon
If you think that this tiny desk fan looks just like the very fancy and very expensive Dyson fan, you are correct. And if your study space has never included a tiny portable desk fan, you really don't know what you're missing.
$30 at Amazon
Basically, this laptop cooler literally and figuratively keeps your laptop chill so it doesn't overheat. The laptop cooler uses three ultra-quiet fans while the metal mesh surface makes sure your laptop is stable. It also triples as an ergonomic stand with two adjustable height settings and features built-in USB ports so you can plug in more devices. We love a three-for-one freebie.
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