With school starting soon, there doesn’t seem to be a better time to talk about the Macbook accessories for students. Most high school kids have laptops and it’s safe to assume that about 99% of college kids have them. I’m proud to say that I still have my Macbook, nine years later, from my freshman year of college and that it’s still in one piece. There are a few bugs on it and it’s definitely a bit slow, but it’s survived a beating. Here are a few of the gadgets that I’ve used to keep my baby alive and the best Macbook accessories for students.
A keyboard skin is the number one best investment that you can make for yourself or your kid who’s going away to college. There are going to be beverages around that computer at all times, coffee, wine, water, beer, you name it. There will be crumbs everywhere. A keyboard skin, like this one from HRH, will save you a week of stress. They come in all kinds of colors and designs, so it still looks cool.
A cooling pad is more important than you think if you want to keep that laptop lasting all four years. If your kid is shipping off to Florida for school, there’s a good chance that he or she will be working outside in the sun. And there’s a good chance that their computer can overheat. Rather than run that risk, grab a cooling pad like this one from Cooler Master
A flash drive seems like a simple enough investment but you want to get a decent one. Lexar makes great flashdrives and I had the same one all through college. I lose everything so I got a flashdrive that I stick on a keychain and keep attached to my bag and I got one that was neon green so it was easy to find when I was two minutes late for class and I still had to run by the computer lab and print out my essay.
A great laptop case is one of the best investments that you can make. And it’s also great to choose a piece that looks nice. I got this leather one from Kamor a few months ago and I’m a fan, there are handles so that I can just carry it, and pockets for a zip drive or phone or you can slip it into a backpack. But a great laptop case is a solid buy.
A solid and reliable bluetooth speaker is one of the most important things to have, not just when you’re getting ready for that night out but also when you’re studying. Dorms and college houses can get pretty loud. You want something that can overpower the sound of your roommates playing Call of Duty. UE makes great pieces like this one that are tough and sound great.
Laptop cases come in all different colors and shapes. I have a wooden case on my laptop and I love it. I trust it a lot more than I would trust some dinky vinyl piece that looks pretty. There are quite a few nicks in the wood and a coffee stain and I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t have a case on my Macbook. This piece from Raidfox is great.
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Um, you forgot the MOST important item. An external hard drive for backup!