The best tech for college freshmen

You're going to need a bunch of stuff your first year.

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Starting college is expensive. In addition to, you know, the tuition, you and the parentals will probably be making a large shopping trip to buy all manner of sweaters, snacks and extra-long twin sheets to round out your dorm room. And that's not counting all the gear you'll need to actually get work done. In addition to a few laptop recommendations (the XPS 13 is our reigning favorite), we have suggestions on things like cloud storage, backpacks and peripherals like travel mice and backup batteries. Check out the gallery below for all our first-year picks (think of it as a college starter kit), and be sure to read the rest of Engadget's back-to-school guide here.

Gallery: Back to School 2016: First Year | 13 Photos

  • Back to School 2016: First Year
  • XPS 13
  • Boosted Board 2
  • Aspire E series E5
  • PowerLight Mini
  • MX Anywhere 2
  • Juice Pack Wireless and Charging Base
  • Good Grips cold brew
  • Streaming Stick
  • Surface Pro 4
  • Spire
  • Cloud storage
  • Back to the main guide
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