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7 Essen­tial Lap­top Accessories for Col­lege Students

Essential College life can be hard. The insane number of assignments, project work, plus not to mention the extra-curricular activities can surely test anyone’s patience.


However, there is always a workaround, and with the right accessory by your side, you can make your college life a bit bearable. OK, I might be exaggerating, but yes, you get the drift. In this list today, we are showcasing a list of top seven essential laptop accessories to help you on the go.


If you want to keep your work away from prying eyes, the best investment would be on a screen privacy filter. These filters restrict the viewing angle and hence, the screen is only visible to the one who sits directly in front of it i.e. you and you alone.

The 3M Privacy Filter is available in multiple sizes depending on the you’re. It also comes with a few clear plastic tabs to hold the filter in place. However, this system seems to work seamlessly if there’s a slight raised perimeter around your laptop’s screen.

For laptops with edge to edge screens, you may want to double check on the screen size before you hit the buy button.

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If you’re looking for a privacy filter on a budget, you can check the Akamai Privacy Screen Filters.


If your laptop’s onboard storage isn’t much to boast about, the most viable option is a good budget-friendly external hard drive. Unlike the heydays, thankfully, external hard disks are now small and easy to carry around.

The Buffalo MiniStation comes preformatted with the NTFS file system, however, it can be made to work on macOS just by reformating it into HFS+, thanks to the ModeChanger feature. On a brighter side, it also allows HFS+ formatting, on the rare occasion where you’d want it to work on both a Windows or a Mac system.

Other than that, the highlight of this device is the NFC security feature where you can unlock the drive using an NFC key card. What’s more, it comes with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors. However, it lacks a USB-C port thus, not future-proof.


Alas, a few of us still have to submit our homework and assignments in the physical form. If you’re caught in the same mess, the most obvious choice is a handy compact printer.

Getting the printer up and running isn’t rocket science, All you’d need to do is follow Canon’s setup wizard.

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If you are on a budget, check out the Canon PIXMA iP2820 Inkjet Printer. Priced at $34.43, this printer is compatible with both Windows and MAC OS, however, it doesn’t have support for Wi-Fi.


Laptops are expensive devices and nobody would want their device or data to fall into the wrong hands. However, if you’re new to a place, it’s impractical to carry the laptop along with you every time you have to hit the loo. That’s when laptop locks and security cables come into play.

Other than that, using the Kensington laptop lock in day-to-day life isn’t laborious. The small stub can be kept connected to the computer throughout while attaching the tumbler to it only when required.

However, the steel wire of the Kensington ClickSafe Portable Laptop Lock’s wire isn’t that durable. However, as user Stephanie Wolf observes, it would at least stop crimes of opportunity during that small time you’d leave it alone.

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The above lock is priced at around $79. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the Ruban Notebook Lock and Security Cable is the answer.


If you have a brand-new MacBook Pro, it would be a good idea to invest in a quality keyboard cover to protect it from cosmetic and functional damage.

Another advantage of using a keyboard cover is that instead of hitting hard plastic, your finger touch soft silicon thus giving making it a comfortable experience. The only issue with this cover is that it hinders the keyboard backlight.

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Desktop users may check out the Bonayuanda Keyboard Skin Protector.


If you don’t like your keyboard to light up a Christmas tree, the best bet would be to invest in a USB keyboard lamp. These are super compact and all you need to do is plug it into the USB port and it lights up your keyboard.

The lamp is stable and flexible at the same time. However, if your laptop doesn’t have too many USB ports, and instead rely on USB hubs, the length of around 10-12 inches may pose a bit of an issue.


Last but not the least we have a Lap Desk. Especially useful in the absence of a study desk, these mini desks can easily fit a laptop, smartphone and a couple of other stationeries.

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If you’re looking for a no-frills lap desk, you can give the Honey-Can-Do Portable Lap Desk a try.


So, these were some of the essential laptop accessories that you must certainly have to push your learning experience. So, how many of these did you have already?