It's a new year, a fresh start. You probably have gotten all your school supplies by now. Time to look at your existing gadgets, and see if there's something you'll need to replace or upgrade. Perhaps you're due a new mouse or a faster charger. And while a brand-new laptop sounds like a great idea, you should know that most 2024 notebooks aren't available yet. Instead, here are five other back-to-school gadgets that will make your student life easier.
Asus VA24EHF Eye Care Gaming Monitor
A laptop is great for studying at the library or at cafes. But at home, it's probably better for your eyes to use a larger display. If you're constrained by space (or budget), the Asus VA24EHF Eye Care Gaming Monitor (S$139) is a good, affordable option. It may not have a high-resolution screen, but it has a decent 100Hz refresh rate (with adaptive sync), good viewing angles, and isn't overly reflective. And as its name suggests, it does an acceptable job in games.
Corsair M75 Air Wireless
Another useful computer accessory that's good for both work and play is the Corsair M75 Air Wireless (S$199). This low-key, and lightweight gaming mouse doesn't have fancy LEDs that attract unnecessary attention in class. But it offers smooth performance, with responsive, clicky buttons. Battery life is good, too, especially on Bluetooth (up to 100 hours). There's also a receptacle to store the wireless dongle if you prefer using 2.4GHz over Bluetooth.
Jabra Elite 8 Active
It's important to take a break from studying, and let off some steam. And what better pair of true wireless earbuds for your workout sessions than the Jabra Elite 8 Active (S$228)? They are built for the outdoors, and are said to be more durable than other earbuds with IP68 dust and water resistance. The ear-tips also fit snugly, and are not easily dislodged. You'll also get decent active noise cancellation, and other handy features such as Bluetooth Multipoint and in-ear detection.
Ugreen 100W 2-in-1 GaN Charging Station
An all-in-one charger that not only tops up your smartphone, but also other devices, including your laptop? That's the Ugreen 100W 2-in-1 GaN Charging Station (US$180) for you. It has a MagSafe charger that folds up, as well as two USB-C ports and one USB-A port. Charging speeds do become slower with more devices connected, they are still decent. Else both USB-C ports can output 100W when used alone.
Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield
Yes, cloud storage is the norm nowadays. But if you're working with videos, or passing large documents to others, a portable SSD like the Samsung T7 Shield (from S$159) can come in handy. It's designed to survive minor drops (less than 3m), though given that it's clad in a grippy rubber material, you probably won't drop it. Bonus: It's also water- and dust-resistant.
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