Back-to-school laptop accessories | What the Tech?

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WHAT THE TECH?) — A laptop is a back-to-school essential but there are accessories out there to boost what you can do with it.

Many computers have just one or two but your student may need more. A USB-C hub, like one from Anker, adds two standard USBs, an HDMI, and SD and micro-SD card slots.

It’s very necessary to add photos and videos they shoot with a camera. Other hubs have up to 9 connections.

There may be a shortage of electrical plugs in dorms. Desktop power strips add plugs and chargers for phones while a desktop hub has fast charging for all of their devices.

They probably need a flash drive for projects and files. These come in all sizes, storage-wise.

The Kingston Iron Key vault protects the data by requiring a passcode whenever it’s connected to a computer. Even if they misplace it, no one else can open the files without the code.

Working on a laptop really causes neck strain. A laptop stand can bring the screen to eye level for study sessions and video calls back home. Pair it with a wireless keyboard to make it easier to use.

Dorms are noisy so a pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones can keep their minds on homework, instead of snoring or partying roommates.

Headphones may be the single best thing you can give them to help with their homework. Even if they have earbuds, these are better because they’re a lot more comfortable.

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