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COED’s Back to School 2017 Guide: Tech & Gaming Edition

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It’s August and we all know what’s coming right around the corner… back to school time!

This guide will be your go-to page for all things tech that you’ll need to survive the upcoming semester. In the dorm and out and about, all of these products will make every bit of your college experience all the much sweeter… Plus who doesn’t love new gadgets?

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a seasoned senior, this guide will have all the things you need to make your college dorm a tech paradise. Take on the school year right with everything that’s going make you a campus tech guru. From laptops to the newest gaming consoles, this guide has you set to get through your semester with ease.

Jump in to see what you need for this school year.

Dorm Essentials:

Apple MacBook Pro (13″ or 15″)

Apple

Apple MacBooks have been a mainstay of the college experience, filling classrooms with the glowing white apple, and for good reason! The Apple MacBook Pro is not only is a sleek and sturdy laptop but a powerful piece of equipment. Whether you’re editing videos on Final Cut Pro X or cutting a demo on Garageband, the MacBook can do it all with ease (especially with the brand new touch bar). Despite the hefty price tag, the MacBook is a laptop that is not only reliable but easy to use.

Get the 13 or 15 inch Apple MacBook Pro on Apple


Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2 in 1 Laptop

Don’t have the budget for a fancy MacBook? Don’t worry! This Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15″ 2 in 1 laptop sports some impressive parts for a pretty low price! Featuring an i7 Intel processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Despite not being a desktop gaming PC, this laptop could definitely get you a couple rounds of PUBG with your roommate!

Get the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 on Amazon 


Playstation 4 Uncharted 4 Bundle

Sony

If you’re not already on board with the Sony family, now is the time to get on the train. With blockbuster exclusives already released ONLY on the PS4, there’s no question why it is the number one game console on the market. This bundle comes with one of the consoles best games, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, giving you a head start to the system’s vast library. Also, access to major streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube) makes the console a perfect addition to your new home.

Get a Playstation 4 on Amazon

Hot Playstation 4 Games to Pick Up:

BUY: Overwatch
BUY: Horizon: Zero Dawn
BUY: Battlefield 1
BUY: Persona 5


Samsung 32″ 1080p LED TV

Samsung

TVs are essential when moving to your new pad. Amazon is running a pretty great sale on these Samsung 1080p 32 inch LED TVs which will definitely make your new crib the go-to place for all the movie nights and Breaking Bad marathons. Plus, the $229 price tag is a mighty fine deal.

Get the Samsung 32″ 1080p LED TV on Amazon


PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

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Take your school’s gaming scene by storm with the hottest game on Steam! Gather your friends for a squad match and take down your enemies to survive this hostile island or become a lone wolf and take on the island by yourself. No matter how you choose to play, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will make some of your favorite gaming memories.

Get PLAYERUNKOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS on Steam


Amazon Echo

Amazon

Get Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa to help you manage your life at college with Amazon’s extremely handy home speaker, the Amazon Echo. Combining your Amazon account and (almost) any major app you use; the Echo’s virtual assistant, Alexa, will manage Amazon wishlists, answer your questions, send messages, make phone calls and play your music.

Get the Amazon Echo on Amazon


COED.com Merch

COED.com

Rep your favorite city with pride with City Shirts from the COED.com Shop. Check out the COED.com to rep your favorite college website with pride. From T-shirts and hoodies to tanks grab some gear from the shop and rep COED on campus!

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Midea WHD-125FB1 Compact Refrigerator

Whether you’re stuck in a double or living it up off campus, a personal compact refrigerator is A MUST! Having to share your fridge with roommates who don’t know how to clean out their moldy food won’t be a problem with this compact refrigerator from Midea. Featuring a separate freezer section and refrigerator, this compact fridge will made a fine addition to your new dorm room.

Get the Midea WHD-125FB1 Compact Refrigerator on Amazon


Nintendo Switch

Nintendo

Score yourself a Nintendo Switch and not only will you be the luckiest guy on campus but take this baby out before class and all eyes will be on you! Being the hottest product on the market right now the Nintendo Switch may be a hard product to find but being able to pop off a “Joycon” and use it as a second controller only opens the possibilities of gaming fun.

Get the Nintendo Switch on Amazon


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo UK

Challenge and race your friends in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch! Mario Kart racing has been a staple of the modern college experience since Mario Kart 64 and what better way to keep up the traditions of tearing friendships apart over first place than with the definitive version of the series, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 

Get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Amazon


Out and About

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung

Take on the new school year with this year’s best phone! The Samsung Galaxy S8 (and S8 Plus) features the new “Infinity Display” that sports a 5.8″ screen that takes up the entire front of the phone. Featuring a stunning 12 megapixel camera and an amazing 8 megapixel front facing camera your pictures will look better than ever! Samsung has really bounced back and single handedly made the best phone on the market.

Grab a Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked on Amazon


DJI Spark

DJI

The DJI Spark is an excellent choice for beginners to drones as it is lightweight and can fit in your bag allowing access to amazing aerial shots whenever. Plus, with its ability to launch from your hand and be controlled with motion controls allow you to use it, even if your phone has died. Sporting a 12mp camera, this drone will get great video and photos from a great height.

Buy a DJI Spark on Amazon


JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker 

JBL

JBL’s flagship portable bluetooth speaker, the Charge 3, is an extremely amazing and quality product. Featuring crystal clear sound and deep rich bass, this speaker is also completely water-proof which makes it ideal for any type of situation. Throw it in your bag and you can bring your favorite music anywhere you go or keep it in your dorm for an room speaker! For $138.50 on Amazon this speaker is well worth the investment.

Get the JBL Charge 3 on Amazon


Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera

Nikon

Capture all your college memories on this Nikon D3200 camera! Sporting a 24.2MP sensor and a 18-55mm lens, this camera will take great photos and videos of your college experience. Whether you’re a film/photo major or just a regular student, this camera will do it all.

Get the Nikon D3200 on Amazon


Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack

Herschel Supply Co.

With all the tech and books you’ll have this semester you’ll need a sturdy backpack to support it all. Luckily Herschel Supply Co. backpacks are not only sturdy and reliable but they come in a variety of styles that can suit anyone’s need! Plus, their classic design never goes out of style.

Get a Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack on Amazon


Sony Wireless RF Headphones

Sony

Wireless headphones have come a long way in the past couple years and these Sony ones take the cake for best wireless headphones on a budget. Going for $67.77 on Amazon, these Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless headphones have comfortable headband and pack quality sound! Jam out while studying with these headphones or take them on a run at the gym, they’re perfect for anywhere.

Get the Sony Wireless RF Headphones on Amazon


COED Writer
A native New Yorker with a passion for tech and gaming with his eyes set on trying to one day direct a Marvel blockbuster (preferably Spider-Man). Follow him on Twitter @tom_megan19 for daily virtual eye rolls to the internet at large.