Some kids have already gone back to school and some are still waiting for that dreaded day depending on where you are in the country. Part of the preparation is of course, school supplies and things you’ll just generally need thru this coming year. This is just a list of things that every student should think about getting or definitely make sure that they have?

Anker chargers and cables

Sometimes we never realize how much wear and tear our chargers take (Mostly because they’re cheaply made) or how many times we need a charge but don’t have a charging cube or we just don’t realize exactly how bad some of our phone chargers that come with our phones actually are. I figured this out after some time and I personally make it a point to keep charging cables and charging cubes on hand. There are a lot of companies that make chargers and cables but my personal favorite are made by Anker. You can’t have enough of these. Why? Someone will always need to borrow one, especially your friends, you’ll need one at home and one in your bag and it never hurts to carry around a charging cube that isn’t your crappy charger that came in the box with your phone. My suggestion? The Anker 40-Watt PowerPort 4 charging cube and Anker’s braided 3 & 6 ft. charging cables. You can pick up the PowerPort 4 on Amazon for $26 HERE and also make sure you pick up some charging cables. Get them for every type. You should make sure you have a Type-C, iPhone lightning and microUSB on deck. Again, make sure they are the braided kind. Get those HERE. The lightning cables for the iPhone are a little more expensive at $20 while you can find Type-C and microUSB for $10.

Viotek 27 inch curved gaming monitor

If you’re a student you’ll more likely than not be doing a lot of your work on a computer. If you’re going to be using a desktop or you want to connect your laptop to a monitor that has some good size that won’t break the bank then look no further than the Viotek GN27C2. Why did I suggest this? You’ll get a lot for your money. The GN27C2 is a gaming monitor primarily but who says you can’t use it for everything else? This monitor in particular is curved, has a 16:9 widescreen with a resolution of 1920×1080 and a 144Hz refresh rate for when it’s game time. This monitor also supports AMD Freesync. The best part? It’s only $300. That means it’s affordable. You want one of these? Head over to Viotek’s website and get one HERE

Acer Nitro 5

Recently, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Acer Nitro 5 as an experience from the casual gamer. The thing about gaming laptops is, while they may not be the most portable, they are powerful. In most cases. The Acer Nitro 5 tackles two issues, not only is it powerful with the 8th Gen i5 CPU and the GTX 1050ti, it’s portable, weighing in at just under 6 pounds. It might not be the ideal laptop for everyone but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great pickup. The Acer Nitro 5 comes in at a cost under $800 and not only can you be productive but in your downtime you can pretty much play any game you want on it. That should be enough to add this as a possible pickup for Back to School. You can check my review on the Acer Nitro 5 HERE and you can pick one up from Bestbuy.com which currently has it on sale at $699 HERE

BenQ ScreenBar LED e-Reading Lamp

Whether you’re writing a paper or just studying if you do it in bad lighting over time this will begin to do harm to your eyes. A lot of the time we don’t realize how much lighting and the effect it has on your eyes plays a role in how productive you can be especially in the late night hours. The BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED lamp is the solution. It sits on top of your monitor and it focuses the light it gives of from the LED’s on what you’re looking while reducing reflection which is most harmful to your eyes. It leads to fatigue and eye strain. At just $99 this is the best solution for lighting in the night hours or poorly lit rooms. This is a MUST pickup. Trust me. You can check my review HERE and pick one up from BenQ HERE

Logitech MX Master 2S

There is no better mouse to use. Period. Get one HERE. It’s only $99 bucks.

Canon PIXMA TS9521C Crafting Printer

If you’re going to be writing and handing in papers then you’ll need a reliable and multifunction printer to do it on. What makes the Canon PIXMA TS9521C the printer you probably need? This printer was designed not only to give you basic printer function but it also gives you the ability to be creative by “crafting”. This printer comes with greeting card stock paper as well as built in printable paper patterns for your inner artist that wants to have fun with some DIY arts & crafts. This printer also has photo printing capability as well as support of Wi-Fi, AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. You can also tackle all of your scanning and copying needs and it has a built-in SD Memory Card slot to make printing super easy. The printer comes at a price of $249 on pre-order just in time for school. You can put in your pre-order direct from Canon right HERE

Western Digital MY PASSPORT 4TB external hard drive

Who doesn’t need extra storage? Besides, it’s better to save your files externally or in the cloud than on your computers’ internal HDD. 4TB is a lot of storage and you can pick one up for just $99. Grab one at Amazon HERE

Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drives

If you don’t want to carry around an external hard drive or you don’t have $99 bucks to spare then flash drives do the job as well. Get as many of these as you can because you’ll need them. You’ll lose a few, someone will borrow one, not to mention you can never have too many. Get them in USB 3.0 for faster read/writes and get the Sandisk Red USB 3.0 version. They have them in black too but why not be different. Prices do vary on these and they often go on sale but you can get a few at Bestbuy for about $13 bucks HERE for a 64gb but shop around for these

Back to school doesn’t have to suck

Going to back to school is an indication that the summer fun is over and it’s time to work. It sucks. We get it. Since you have to go back make sure you’re prepared with the best stuff. Best doesn’t mean the most expensive, just the best for your basic needs or whatever needs you have. Don’t spend a lot of money and get the best out of these picks we got for you. If you have any additional suggestions, leave a comment below

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Mike Bitter is a born gadget head and true lover of technology. It all started with computer classes at age 10 and his first PC the Tandy 1000. From then on he found his love and he became a gamer and a PC builder and has not stopped since. He specializes in hardware, troubleshooting and custom PC building. He’s known as the “fixer” amongst his friends whenever there is a problem with a PC or a Mac. He’s also fully immersed in all things that pertain to the world of computers and gaming. He's an 80's baby and he grew up watching technology evolve from the NES to PS4 and from the Commodore 64 to the iMac. He has a unique and minimalist perspective on technology and is here to help the average person to understand technology today.