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My Favorite Back-to-School Gadgets Under $100 on Amazon

Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to go back to school. But it can be something you look forward to rather than dread, with a range of cool tech gadgets at your disposal to make your study life a little better. All of these budget finds are under $100 and I have personally tested and verified all of these items to make sure they are worth your hard earned money.

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Fun Amazon finds under $100 for August 2022



When inspiration strikes, but your laptop isn’t at hand, pull out this foldable Bluetooth keyboard. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, and PC, and only slightly wider than a phone like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, so it’s super portable. This keyboard feels natural to type and is just under a full QWERTY size, so it feels natural to type without too much effort. It also comes with a separate phone or tablet stand so you can keep your device upright while typing. The rechargeable battery lasts 48 hours.


This six-in-one portable desk converts from a notebook to a tablet or laptop stand with three different layouts. But it doesn’t stop there, it also converts into a mini standing desk or lap desk that you can use when working from the bed (or couch). It can hold up to 44 pounds, so it’s sure to be strong enough for even your heaviest tech items or a big stack of books. There are built-in magnets for each configuration to lock securely in place, as well as a carrying pouch. Sure, it’s not terribly cheap at $90, but it’s worth it for how quickly and easily it turns almost any surface into a desk.


By now you know you really should back up your data, so an external hard drive is a must for anyone with digital files. The Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD has a built-in fingerprint scanner for authentication, so no prying eyes can see your files. This version has a capacity of 500 GB but there are 1 TB versions for a little more. It’s convenient due to its size, flexibility (works on PC, Mac and Android) and supports USB 3.2 for fast data transfers.


Never run out of paper again with the Rocketbook Core Reusable Notebook and Pilot Pen. Write as you please, then open the Rocketbook companion app on your phone. Take the page with your device’s camera, then email it or upload it to Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, Slack, One Note and more to protect your notes.

Then, when you’re ready to go from calculus to history, simply wipe off the ink with a little water on the included soft cloth. Wait for the pages to dry and you can reuse the notebook again and again.


Speaking of paper, sometimes there’s just no getting around the real deal. You can always be a little more eco-conscious with this staple-free stapler to secure all your important pages together. I had no idea this existed until a few weeks ago and this is honestly a game changer. No more searching for staples, just pick up your pages and this device punches a small hole to bind them together.


There are many smart lights on Amazon, but the reason I chose this version from Govee is that it has 16 million colors, top button controls, and app support. You can choose from an incredible range of lighting styles to make the light look like a retro lava lamp, or wake up to a sunrise effect to unwind your day. It also comes with adjustable color temperatures for white light, which is great if you want it to keep you company from day to night.

There’s also a built-in microphone for syncing light effects to nearby music, and it offers Alexa and Google Assistant voice control support.


A back-to-school list wouldn’t be complete without headphones, but these are specifically for kids. Buddyphones Cosmos Plus headphones come in a range of colors and designs, but more importantly they limit the volume, with three different levels at 75, 85 and 94dB so you can switch between different age groups, from all – small to teenagers. They also have active noise cancellation like more expensive headphones aimed at adults. The battery lasts 24 hours on one charge and you can use them without any power in the headphones.

The sound quality is surprisingly good for the price and the noise cancellation is really good for the money. Sure, they won’t replace your Sony XM5 or AirPods Max, but they’ll grow with your kids, from toddlers to teens, complete with a hard carrying case, audio cable, and detachable boom mic.


Sometimes all it takes is getting away from the screen and there’s no better time to do that than at night. The Morphee Meditation Device looks like a steampunk clock, but it’s actually a low-tech way to get you or your child to sleep. Turn the first dial to select a mode such as music, nature sounds or guided meditation. The second dial chooses from one of eight sessions and the last dial is for duration (8-20 minutes).

It comes with a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, with a choice of male or female voices to lull you into a better nap.


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