The latest MacBook Pros are loaded with the newest Intel processors and faster AMD graphics cards, so one of these 2017 laptops -- like the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar shown here -- should easily last you through four years of college.
The 15-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus laptop is incredibly slim despite its Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GeForce 1080 GPU. That's really the combo you want for high-end PC gaming, while still being suitable (if expensive) for schoolwork.
Apple's latest and greatest 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros have plenty of screen space to take advantage of the new split-screen, app-managing and file management tools in iOS 11. The new features make the tablets feel more computerlike -- in a good way.
If you want a Windows 10 tablet inside the body of an iPad Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Book is a swell compromise. It lacks the finesse of the Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet, but it's still a sexy slate in comparison to other Windows 10 tablets.
There's one Linux hobbiest in every residence hall. If that's you, the Endless Mission One, a quirky low-cost mini desktop, does a lot with minimal hardware, and even includes preloaded educational software.
The Dell XPS 27 is a great all-around all-in-one with a color-accurate display for designers, but also a killer set of 10 speakers for when you need a little background music for studying (or partying).
Designers, architects and other creative types will like the Microsoft Surface Studio's giant reclining display, the excellent stylus and the very cool Surface Dial for onscreen control in apps like Photoshop.
A new version of the computer accessory called the AirBar adds touch functions to Apple's slim 13-inch MacBook Air laptop, using a USB-connected sensor bar that attaches to the bottom edge of the display.
There's more magic in Apple's Magic Keyboard -- a new version of the slim, wireless accessory now includes a 10-key numeric keypad. It's very, very similar to the current Magic Keyboard, but it makes the process of typing numbers into your computer a breeze.
Many new laptops have only USB-C ports, so to hook up any of your older equipment, from displays to memory sticks, you'll need an adapter. This Accell USB-C Mini Dock adds a USB-A port and HDMI, and still lets you charge via USB-C.
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is a clever idea for anyone who experiences wrist or arm pain from using a standard mouse. This "vertical" version turns your wrist 90 degrees, and is surprisingly comfortable to use.
Another untraditional mouse, the Penclic R2 looks like a pen attached to a tiny base. It angles to meet your wrist, and feels a lot like using an actual pen. It takes some getting used to, but could be a good alternative if a regular mouse causes wrist pain.