10 Must-Have Gadgets for College Life

Because every college student needs a karaoke microphone.

None of these techy gadgets are items that you necessarily need at college, but we can’t help but want them all anyway.

1: Instax Printer

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Fujifilm

If you're obsessed with taking photos on your smartphone, an Instax printer might just be the perfect dorm room essential. This portable, lightweight printer allows you to print Polaroid-style photos directly from your phone using Instax film as the "paper." The tiny prints can easily be hung around a dorm room or pinned to a bulletin board, and it’s so small you can even bring the printer with you to a party.

Fujifilm Instax Printer, fujifilm.com

2: Pocket Projector

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Brookstone

You almost don’t need a TV if you have a pocket projector that you can easily hook up to your phone or laptop. You can use it to project movies or TV shows from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime directly onto a blank wall in your dorm room.

Pocket Projector, brookstone.com

3: Laptop Lock

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Kensington

A laptop is one of the most important tools a college student has in their arsenal. A laptop lock will make sure you're covered whether you're in class, at the library or even sitting out on the quad.

Laptop Lock, kensington.com

4: Bladeless Fan

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Dyson

Dorms aren’t always known for having the best air conditioners. Depending on what part of the country you attend school, a good fan might be a necessity. And this 10-inch desk fan would work well in even the tiniest dorm room.

Desk Fan, dyson.com

5: Wireless Speaker

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Bose Corporation

More and more, a good wireless speaker is becoming a necessity for dorm rooms. Those who like to study with music on in the background will appreciate this stylish yet efficient speaker.

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker, bose.com

6: Karaoke Microphone

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Urban Outfitters

This mircrophone can easily plug into a phone or a laptop and works seamlessly with a variety of free, downloadable karaoke apps. It’s a must-have gadget for any college student who’s ever been caught singing in the shower.

iRig Karaoke Microphone, urbanoutfitters.com

7: Throwback Game Console

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Urban Outfitters

For the casual gamer who likes a bit of a retro flair, this Atari flashback console is perfect for parties or study breaks. It easily plugs into any TV and comes packed with 100 old-school Atari games like Space Invaders, Centipede, Asteroids and more. It’s light and portable, so it can easily be used in either a dorm room or a shared living space.

Atari Flashback Classic Game Console, urbanoutfitters.com

8: Walkie Talkies

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Amazon

Walkie talkies are a great solution for students who have friends in different rooms or on various floors of their dorm. Plus, it will save that phone bill.

Floureon Handheld Walkie Talkies, amazon.com

9: Wireless Headphones

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Beats Electronics

Once you’ve tried wireless headphones, it’s hard to go back. These wireless bluetooth headphones come in a bunch of different colors and will quickly become your daily accessory.

Beats Solo2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, beatsbydre.com

10: Portable Phone Charger

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Amazon

For students with packed schedules, a portable phone charger is a great thing to always keep in tow. When you're running around from one class to another, there’s not always an accessible outlet to charge phones and tablets. A small, portable charger will keep you covered no matter how busy your day gets.

Mopower Portable Phone Charger, amazon.com

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