School's back for some in Singapore. Maybe that's when you found out that your mouse is finally on its last legs. Or perhaps you're just taking stock before the new term starts next month, and are planning to replace some ageing gadgets. After all, there's a certain deal event coming up that may offer you the chance to snag products for cheap. In any case, here are five useful tech gadgets that won't break the bank, even when it's not on sale.
Do you tend to misplace your belongings in the classroom or lecture hall? There's an easy fix in the form of the Apple AirTag (S$45), which will let you locate your valuables using Bluetooth and your iPhone (11 and above). It's also small enough (slightly bigger than a S$1 coin) to fit in a coin pouch.
Creative Zen Hybrid
Whether you're studying in the library or reading notes on your commute, there's nothing like a good pair of active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones to block off all distractions. Creative's latest Zen Hybrid (S$149) does a great job at muffling the sound of typing from your neighbour. It's also very comfortable, lightweight, and has excellent battery life.
HP LaserJet M211dw
There are many good reasons to go paperless. But there are times when hardcopy is required, so it's handy to have a fast and reliable printer when you really need it. The HP LaserJet M211dw (S$229) produces sharp and crisp printouts (A4 and below). And it's compact enough that you can easily find a place for it in your home.
Logitech G413 TKL SE
The S$99 Logitech G413 TKL SE doesn't take up too much space on your desk. It's tactile, with durable PBT keycaps and a premium aluminium frame. In short, an affordable keyboard that's versatile enough for work or play.
Ugreen 65W GaN charger
If you're spending a lot of time studying outside, it makes sense to pack either a power bank or a portable multi-port charger like the Ugreen 65W GaN charger (from S$50). It provides enough power to charge a USB-C laptop and other mobile devices at a decent rate. It also supports fast-charging standards, so you should be able to top up your phone in a jiffy.
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