August 24th, 2015

London Drugs’ Top 10 Tech Picks for Back to Dorm

Students heading to college or university this fall are starting to stock up on the must-have tech tools to help them get through school. From noise isolating headphones to help with study to health tech devices to help with sleep, our London Drugs tech experts have assembled the top 10 gadgets that are great for any student gearing up for dorm life.

image2Tiertime UP Mini 3D Printer

3D printing technology is now more accessible and affordable than ever before. Great for art or engineering students, the Tiertime UP Mini 35 Printer is as easy to use as a traditional inkjet. The printer’s best resolution at 0.2 mm gives great details at a great speed. The enclosed design protects children from hot parts. The UP software allows users to start their 3D printing adventures immediately.


image3Canon Pixma All-in-One Inkjet Printer

Having a personal printer is an affordable luxury or a cheap necessity. For about $50, a student can have his/her own Canon PIXMA MX492 compact printer right in the dorm, which can print, scan, fax, all without wires and cables (except the power cable).

image4Buffalo Mini Station 1 TB Portable Hard Drive

Why run the risk of losing that term paper you spent weeks writing? Back it up. The Buffalo Mini Station 1TB does just that with enough storage space to store all your schoolwork, as well as your entire collection of music you’ll want handy.


image5Fix Me Stick – Virus Removal

The Internet is a scary place. When it becomes a mandatory part of your school life, you need to be prepared for those bad things. A virus could be the worst thing to happen to your computer, so having a cure on hand is a must. The FixMeStick employs the computer industry’s best set of tools to help you find, isolate and eliminate all possible virus threats you may have inadvertently downloaded.


image6Microsoft Surface 3 10.8 Inch 64 GB

The Surface 3 was designed for the student in mind. It is a tablet that can replace your laptop, and is an affordable option for students on a budget.

With the integrated Kickstand, the ability to run desktop software and touch apps, and a full-size USB port, Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you’ll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device.

The best of a tablet
Surface 3 is built around a durable magnesium body that’s incredibly light and thin, so you’ll feel confident taking it anywhere.

Runs Windows & Office
With Windows 8.1, you can multitask by running two apps side by side.

Great Pen experience
With a Pen2 that feels like an actual pen, this is the most natural writing experience on a tablet. 2Keyboard and pen sold separately.

Amazing apps
Surface 3 comes with the apps you love like Skype, OneDrive, and Bing Smart Search already built in. There are more apps available for every aspect of our life.


image7NETGEAR Nighthawk Tri-band WiFi Router

Why share bandwidth with the entire campus, when you can create your own. Attach the Nighthawk to the LAN and you have your own ultra-efficient network with crazy good coverage.


image8FitBit Charge HR

A great gadget for the student on the go, the FitBit Charge HR can help keep away the famous freshman 15 pounds. Purepulse™ Heart Rate allows for continuous, automatic and all-day heart rate monitoring – with no need for uncomfortable chest straps. You can track heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes, as well as monitor how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm.


image9Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S 6 is perfect for post secondary students to keep connected and balance a busy schedule. The slim and lightweight, all-metal body and glass design make a bold statement, while the lightning-fast Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core 64-bit processor delivers the most power and speed we’ve ever put in a smartphone.

Snap and save school memories and selfies with the 5MP front-facing camera and a wide-angle lens, allowing you to capture more of the background and all of your friends. And if you double tap the home key, it quick launches from any screen. The ultra-responsive 16MP rear-facing camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization and Auto HDR will help you take great shots anywhere, every time.

Equipped with a 2550 mAh Fast Charging battery, Samsung’s exclusive Ultra Power Saving Mode and built-in wireless charging capabilities, the Galaxy S 6 keeps you connected to the things you love. With fast charging, your battery goes from zero to up to 50% in about 30 minutes. And in Ultra Power Saving Mode, at only 10% power, you’ll still get calls and texts for up to 24 hours.


image10Jabra Step Bluetooth Headset

Give up the cords to listen to music, play games and take calls on the go. These noise isolation earbuds may be small, but pack an impressive sound. The custom eargels are so light and comfortable you’ll forget they are there. With up to four hours of talk time and 144 hours of standby on a single charge, these earbuds will keep pace with the average student’s busy day.


image11Transcend 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Nearly every student (from grade one to post-secondary) requires a portable file storage device to save assignments, share files or download notes. The Transcend 8G Flash Drive runs at the USB 3.0 speed and is so affordable that a student can have one for each course.

London Drugs also encourages students upgrading to a newer electronic device for the 2015/2016 school year to consider recycling their old devices through our What’s the Green Deal? recycling program.

Students can also reference our Back to Dorm checklist for everything they may need for their home away from home.

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