Each new school year is another chance to start off on the right foot, establishing a new rhythm and habits to help you succeed. Having the right gear can help you keep that flow state going, and Dell’s back-to-school shopping guide brings a lot of capable gear to help you work, relax, and play to make the new school year as smooth as possible.
Communication is key in just about everything we do, and the Dell Speakerphone MH3021P is a communications powerhouse. Not only will you get to hear your classmates or teachers better through its built-in speakers, but they’ll get to hear you loud and clear with the 360-degree omni-direction mic. It also handles inter-device connection, serving as a USB hub for your laptop and even carrying a 4K/60Hz display signal through HDMI.
Hear and be heard better in class and in-game with the Alienware AW920H. This wireless gaming headset supports both a low-latency wireless connection and a Bluetooth 5.2 connection to mobile devices, and it backs that up with a 3.5mm analog connection for near universal compatibility. A detachable boom mic will help pick up your voice in pristine quality while the 40mm Hi-Res Certified speaker drivers pump out lectures and game audio alike.
When it’s time to put on your study tunes, the UE BOOM 3 speaker is ready to go. This Bluetooth speaker comes in a variety of colors and can blast the jams for up to 15 hours at a time. Its Bluetooth connection means no wires tying you down, and its IP67 rating means it can shrug off a bit of rain if you want to party through the weather.
The Dell Thunderbolt Dock can help you keep a tidier desk while plugging in more peripherals all at once. With one Thunderbolt connection to your desktop or laptop, the dock can give you connections to several display outputs, USB ports, Ethernet, and more. No more needing to unplug thirty things when you’ve got to take your laptop and run to class.
A separate mouse and keyboard can help you get more done, faster, and they can make it much easier to establish good ergonomics for your desktop setup. That’s crucial for comfort, productivity, and your health. The Dell Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo gives you just what you need to get started with a low-profile keyboard and capable mouse, both of which connect wirelessly to your computer or tablet for a clutter-free desktop. And the pair can last for three years before you need new batteries.
A mouse can be for both work and play, so Alienware’s AW720M mouse is a strong option. It can run for up to 420 hours on Bluetooth, making it a reliable mouse to take to class. And it can deliver extreme performance over a low-latency wireless connection for gaming for up to 140 hours, making it just as good a partner for gaming after class.
When you’re on the move, your gear needs protection. The Alienware Horizon Slim Backpack provides a safe space to fit in books, a 17-inch laptop, headphones, a mouse, and other small items. It stays sleek so you’re not lugging around a massive backpack, but keeps your gear well guarded with a weather-resistant construction, anti-scratch interior, and impact-resistant EVA foam.
Printers and scanners
If you’ve got to constantly print essays and worksheets for class, you won’t want to be running back and forth between home and wherever the nearest available printer is. The Canon Pixma TS6420a provides an affordable option for an in-home printer. It’s wireless, so you can send prints to it from your computer, tablet, or phone easily, and it also has a scanner built-in to easily digitize or copy papers.
When you need to do more than a little printing, the Epson EcoTank ET2850 is here for you. This is a machine for bulk printing, and it uses easily refillable ink tanks instead of cartridges, helping you save money over the lifespan of the device.
You can go larger still with the Epson EcoTank ET4850. This model also uses the ink tank system, but it brings even more to make large tasks easy. It can print, scan, and copy, and its auto-document feeder will make getting through up to 60-page (double-sided) documents a job the printer can handle all on its own.
Whether you’re studying film or like to share a screen with a lot of classmates at once (or maybe just enjoy unwinding after class with some movies), the Epson Home Cinema 880 can get you up to speed. This projector offers a bright, colorful, and sizable picture that can dazzle in the dorm room or living room alike.
When it’s time to really unwind, the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 provides a next-level home theater projector. It uses an exceptionally bright laser diode light source paired with a 3LCD projection system to create fantastically rich visuals. As an ultra-short throw projector, you also can easily get a 120-inch picture in a small room.
Content creation and productivity
From presenting on a zoom call to creating your first podcast, this Blue Snowball iCE microphone provides a capable and affordable way to capture your voice. Its high frequency response range captures all the detail of your voice, and has a stylish design to blend in nicely with a streaming setup.
You can make a great impression in meetings and classes with the Logitech C930e HD webcam. This camera offers a sharp picture that captures light well, so you don’t have to worry about looking grainy or finding the right lighting. And its 90-degree field of view makes it easy to stay in the frame even if you move around a lot.
It almost never hurts for your camera to get a bit of extra light, so Logitech’s Litra Glow makes for a handy accessory to your webcam setup. It clips easily to the top of a monitor or laptop and casts a full-spectrum light that’ll let you come through as clear as day to your webcam.
It’s not just hardware you need to get schoolwork done but also software, and Microsoft Office is one of the most robust suites of office applications you can get. This bundle will get you Microsoft Word for all your essays, Microsoft Excel (handy for stats and managing finances), and PowerPoint to make presentations for your classes.
If you’re ready to gear up for the new school year, you can find all of these items and more in Dell’s back-to-school shopping guide here.