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Dorm Room Survival Guide: Tech Edition

Back to school shopping season is coming to a close, but it's not too late for last-minute shoppers or items you might have forgotten. But instead of new bed sheets, books and boxes of food, we're covering the essential tech items you'll need for every college scenario. (If you're a parent reading along, this list will also make for the perfect gift come Family Weekend!)

So here it is: Our top picks for music players, speakers and more that'll get you through when...

You’re walking to class and need the perfect soundtrack...

Big music fan? Then it's time to upgrade to a device that'll deliver your favorite tunes the way they were meant to be heard and still fits in your pocket. A hi-res music player, such as the Sony NW-A35 Walkman with Hi-Res Audio, plays music at a noticeably greater quality than the average smart phone. After all, its sole purpose is to deliver high-res music files. 

Sony NW-A35 Walkman with Hi-Res Audio

Sony NW-A35 Walkman with Hi-Res Audio


You’re going from online class to dorm room party...

Whether you're watching a monotonous professor give an online lecture or DJing a party from your laptop, you need the right speakers for every scenario. These desktop speakers from Harman Kardon or Audioengine will get the job done. Plus, they look freaking awesome.

It's time to Netflix & chill...

Of course, there will be nights when you'll wanna kick back with friends and a movie, but not dish out the dough for the full theater experience. To upgrade your dorm viewing party, try adding a soundbar (like the JBL 15" Boost TV Soundbar) to the room for a little more boom. It's also worth mentioning this guy is great for the gamers out there! 

JBL Boost TV Soundbar

JBL Boost TV Soundbar


You need the perfect tailgating or BBQ companion...

Supplying the music for a game day tailgate, bleacher spirit section or backyard BBQ? Then a portable Bluetooth speaker is a must. With batteries that can last up to 16 hours, you can be sure there's never a dull (or quiet) moment. And bonus points if it's waterproof (for obvious reasons), like the JBL Flip 4 or Bose Revolve+ speakers below.


Your phone is filled with hundreds of dog pics and selfies...

Your photos, videos and other phone content are valuable. So it's probably a good idea to make sure everything's backed up. This dual charging-memory power cable from MEEM will keep your devices charged and store up to 128 GB of data (and it's available for both iOS and Android devices). After all, you never know when it could meet an untimely and disastrous fate.

MEEM Memory Phone Charger Cable

 MEEM Memory Phone Charger Cable


It’s time to sweat out those toxins at the gym...

Quality music shouldn't be sacrificed just because you're hitting the treadmill or lifting weights. Get wireless headphones that are designed to endure athletic activity and the necessary detox after a Saturday night. The JBL Reflect Contour in-ear headphones or earbuds with a heart rate monitor do the trick — plus, they come with a microphone and audio controls.

...Or block out your roommate...

Living with a roommate can be a blast, but sometimes you need to block out their fifth phone call to mom or thunderous snoring. These noise cancelling headphones from Bose or Sony are a must. And they're comfortable enough for any scenario.

Your phone, computer and laptop are all at 0% battery...

Between all of your sweet gear (and your roommate's)outlets are precious commodities. To avoid bulky extension cables, try adding a charging station to your space. This one from Monster even features USB ports, so you can charge your phone or tablet without a wall adapter— opening up more space for your standard power cables. It’ll be the best investment you make this year (aside from the one in your education, of course).

Monster Large Charging Station

Monster Large Charging Station


You just want the coolest dorm room in the building...

With these gadgets and gizmos, you'll be well on your way for an awesome year.  Check them out now!

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