Whether you're going from class to class or staying in your dorm room, you'll need more than just a basic laptop to get the most out of the college experience.
Most laptops provide a decent hard drive, but they all have their limits. You'll be installing programs and creating documents for class and before you know it, you'll be running out of space. Plus, it's always a smart idea to back up your data, and an external hard drive is the easiest way to do that. Point is, there'll be plenty of ways to use the 2TB of space you'll get with this deal at Newegg, which also comes with free shipping.
The line at the library printer before class is abysmal. But there are plenty of all-in-one printers on sale to help you skip the queue. Plus, you don't have to spend much. The Canon PIXMA MG2220 does it all: It scans, copies, and prints photos and documents. You'll only have to pay $39 for it now at TigerDirect—down from $69.
Whether you're jamming tunes on the way to class or seeking silence while studying, the Klipsch Image S4i headphones will get the job done, and they're on sale now at Amazon. We found the S4i headset to be a solid pair of entry-level in-ear buds in our tests last year, giving them an Editor's Choice Award for offering a lot of bang for the buck. They're normally $99, although Amazon has them for $44 with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime.
For the creative types out there, Wacom pen tablets like the Bamboo Splash let you use a stylus to control your computer, great for drawing and other sketch-intensive tasks. If you buy through Macmall, it also comes with ArtRage 3 Studio and Autodesk SketchBook Express that can help you to realize your vision. We recommend this for art students or anybody who likes to draw in their downtime. This deal prices the tablet at $59 with free shipping.
Lenovo's multimedia remote acts as a handheld keyboard that you can use to control your computer up to 30 feet away. It's not necessary for a college student to succeed through the semesters, but it's still fun, especially if you're too lazy to get up and change the web page from the other side of the room. You can take $48 off a purchase of this multimedia remote if you apply the coupon code "USP1AG416678" at checkout.
The Targus Drifter II laptop backpack can hold models up to 17 inches and still has room for other books and accessories for class. Two pockets for water bottles help with those long days, and it should survive in most reasonable weather conditions. The deal through Amazon allows you to purchase the backpack for $54 with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime. You can also get a 16-inch model for slightly cheaper.
The final piece of any student's tech inventory is a USB flash drive. Whether you want to bring files from class to class or transfer documents to a library computer, these things always come in handy. The Patriot 128GB Xporter Xpress is one of the biggest sizes we've seen in a flash drive. BuyDig has it on sale for $49 with free shipping after a $20 mail-in rebate.
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Carli writes for the Deals blog at Reviewed.com, and has become a professional at researching the web for the best deals on electronics. She graduated in 2012 from Northeastern University with a degree in English. She enjoys writing about technology, and is a video game freelance writer on the side with too many games in her backlog.
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