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These Back-to-School Tech Accessories Make Life Easier

The start of school can be a stressful time, but these devices can make the transition back into learning a bit easier.

School is starting up again, and that means it's time to get your gear in order. Whether you're returning to school or just starting out, having all the right gear will help students start the year off on the right foot. Everyone knows having a good Chromebook or laptop helps. Or even a reliable tablet or iPad can make going back to school a little less painful. But a few carefully chosen accessories to go with your tablet or laptop can make a huge difference.  

To that end, this list lays out a handful of back-to-school tech accessories I've found to be the most useful during the school year, particularly if you're still remote all or part of the time. The picks here are ones I've tested but consider them just solid suggestions for accessories to make the return back to school a bit easier.


When learning moved online at the beginning of the pandemic, this little Logitech keyboard served me well and has continued to ever since. One feature I really love is that the keyboard can be paired with up to three different devices, and you can switch between these devices with keys at the top of the keyboard. It's most helpful when using Apple's Sidecar feature with an iPad. Pair the keyboard to a MacBook and then, whenever you want to switch to working on an iPad, you can physically move the keyboard in front of your iPad, hit a button and start typing. The K380 is lightweight and portable, meaning you can throw it in your backpack and bring it to all of your study sessions. 


Much like the Logitech K380, I bought this at the beginning of online schooling to build out my home classroom setup. However, even as online schooling for me came to an end, this stand still proved super-useful. Being able to put my laptop a bit higher up off the table and moving it a little further away from my face takes some of the strain off my eyes and neck. This stand is also relatively portable. It is a bit on the bulkier side, but if you have a larger backpack it should fit without any trouble. 


In all honesty, I was an Apple Pencil hater for a long, long time. It seemed like another nonsense accessory Apple was trying to convince everyone they needed. Eventually, I succumbed to the hype, and I am so glad I did. 

The Apple Pencil totally changed how I take notes for the better. Taking notes on an iPad with the Apple Pencil is more dynamic than taking notes on paper. You can effortlessly draw graphs, use various pen colors and insert images into your notes. The Apple Pencil also comes in handy when using the iPad's screen-sharing Sidecar feature. When displaying your Mac screen on your iPad, you can use the Pencil to mark up files on your Mac that you would not be able to usually draw on. 


For many people, Apple's AirPod options are the only true wireless earbuds they swear by. The Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Earbuds are more versatile and can be adjusted to fit every situation. For instance, when you're studying you can crank the noise cancellation up to its highest level and when you're commuting to and from classes you can disable the noise cancellation completely, so you can enjoy your music, podcast or whatever, more safely. The earbuds and their charging case have great battery life, so you won't need to worry about lugging a charger around all day. It's really nice to have a catch-all pair of headphones that I can take between the gym, library and walking to class. 

Read our Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review.


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