A good pair of headphones is the first back-to-school necessity. At just $25 to $32, the Skullcandy Grind is a great choice. But if you can splurge, go for the Grind Wireless, which can be found for as little as $54.
The full-size but lightweight Panasonic RP-HTX7s have an old-school vibe, but they sound great for the price. They're available in at least five colors (black, white, red, pink and green) for as little as $35.
The Chromecast Audio isn't a wireless speaker in and of itself, but this $35 Wi-Fi gadget adds streaming audio to any old stereo. It offers universal compatibility with Android phones, and some (but not all) iOS apps can stream to it, too.
The largest Bluetooth speaker on our list is still small enough to travel well. It delivers a bit more oomph than the micro-mini models listed previously. The Amazon Basics model is also available in blue, white and red. A smaller model, the Ultra-Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker, retails for just $30.
In addition to providing a home for the Alexa voice assistant, Amazon's $50 Wi-Fi speaker handles music, too. The audio quality isn't fantastic, but you can connect it to any other stereo or speaker system.
Who needs on-campus cable TV when you have streaming video? This little $50 streamer turns any HDMI-equipped TV into a gateway to online entertainment bliss: Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, HBO Now and literally hundreds of other streaming channels.
Stuck with an ancient pre-HD, hand-me-down tube television? Don't fret: You can still watch Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon and all the other great streaming video options with the Roku Express+, which connects to old-school RCA jacks (yellow, red, white).
Embrace the mobile lifestyle with the $35 Chromecast video streamer. Connect it to any TV, and use your phone as the remote control for services like YouTube, Netflix and many more. Just note that it doesn't offer Amazon Video.
The $50 Biolite PowerLight Mini is a handy lantern, bike light and charger all in one. You clip it to a pocket or strap or mount to your bike (mount included) and its 1,350-mAh USB rechargeable battery provides up to 52 hours of light. It can also give your phone a backup boost. Lighting modes include White Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe and White Point Light. It's a great choice for eco-minded students who enjoy camping or other outdoor activities. See the PowerLight Mini at Amazon.
For under $40, the Logitech K380 is the best multidevice wireless keyboard we've seen to date. Toggle between three devices -- say, a PC or Mac, a tablet and a phone -- at the click of a button. This one's a great choice for students who bounce between working on their phone, tablet or computer.
Yes, everyone's phone already doubles as a music player. But for as low as $30, this standalone mini MP3 player is useful for runners and gym rats who may want to set their phones aside for a workout. It works with both PCs and Macs, and -- best of all -- doesn't need to sync with iTunes: just drag and drop your music files.
Just like vinyl, Polaroid-style cameras that print out hardcopy photos are a hot commodity for millennials. The Fuji Instax Mini 8 goes for closer to $62, but it's a great novelty that adds a tangible memento that phone cameras can't match.