9 Connected Accessories To Boost Your Student Room

For those of you returning to your dorm room this autumn, we've put together a selection of connected devices to help you through the busy year ahead.

Back to school 2022 With TechUelx

Our list of connected products has been updated for the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Connected lighting, smart plugs, speakers or displays with voice assistants... Why not adopt one of these smart devices in your student room? All you need is a Wi-Fi connection. Here's our pick of the coolest things to get you back to school.

9 Connected Accessories To Boost Your Student Room

1. ISKN Slate 2+, the graphical note-taking tablet

The ISKN Slate 2+ is the ideal tool for paper lovers who have no room for their handwritten notes or drawings. Every letter or line drawn on this graphic tablet will be immediately transposed to your compatible terminal.

Notes on a computer are handy, but sometimes it's better to have them on paper. The ISKN Slate 2+ gives you the best of both worlds. This graphics tablet digitises your writing and drawings directly onto your smartphone (Android or iOS), tablet (Android or iPad OS), or PC/Mac. The connection is via Bluetooth or USB and the digital notepad can store up to 4GB of data.

2. Lenovo Smart Clock, the connected alarm clock to avoid missing the bus

The Lenovo Smart Clock is a minimalist connected alarm clock that fits on your dresser. You can easily read the time and find information such as the day's weather on its screen. The device is customisable and Google Assistant compatible, and can also play music. You can also sync your Gmail calendars with it so you don't miss any appointments, such as the start of the school year. There's also a snooze button to stop the alarm with a tap, just like on a good old alarm clock.

If you're not interested in the touchscreen, there's a more basic and affordable version that's still compatible with Google's voice assistant called the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential.

3. Acer Nitro VG240 and BenQ QW2475h, the affordable monitors for work and multimedia

When you're on the move, you can make do with the screen of your laptop or tablet. But at home, it's more pleasant to work on a larger, brighter remote display. It's also a great way to watch TV shows or play games in the evening after school.

And since this guide is aimed at students, we have chosen two affordable models for you. One is an Acer 24" IPS Full HD display with 165Hz (1ms), ideal for online gaming. The other, more affordable, is a 24-inch BenQ, also Full HD but with only 60 Hz (5ms) which will be sufficient for multimedia use.

4. Amazon Kindle, the reading device to keep your library close to you

Amazon Kindle : This new entry-level version benefits from a renewed, more attractive design and gets a built-in front light, but the Paperwhite remains the ideal Kindle to own.

Although they don't have the same charm as books, e-readers come in handy on a daily basis. You can always have your favourite books with you and save space in your (often small) student flat. We recommend Amazon's Kindle, which is often discounted (even if the system is closed). And if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs half as much for students, you can borrow a new book every month.

5. Philips Hue White and Xiaomi Yeelight, cheap connected light bulbs

Connected light bulbs are a fun and easy way to add a touch of personality to your home. If you want colour, we recommend the Xiaomi Yeelight, which is easy to use and uses Wi-Fi to connect directly to the wireless network. The downside is that if the internet goes down, you won't be able to use them.

The top of the range Philips Hue are more expensive. However, if you're happy with white light, you'll find White bulbs at the same price as the Yeelight.

6. TP-Link Tapo P100, the plug that makes your objects connected

TP-Link Tapo P100: At an average price of 15 euros, the TP-Link Tapo connected socket is undoubtedly a good deal. All devices connected to this socket can be easily controlled remotely via the smartphone or from a connected speaker such as Amazon Echo or Google Home. This is a much cheaper option than buying a sound system, a lamp or other devices with native Wi-Fi chips. The socket can also be programmed from the app to set a timer and turn devices off or on automatically. Like most smart plugs, it works with a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection and supports devices up to 2300W.

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for creating routines, this TP-Link connected socket is a very good product that costs less than twenty euros. It works with any Wi-Fi router without the need for a hub or a paid subscription service. The device can be programmed to turn on and off whenever you want. To control it, simply use the Tapo mobile app.

7. Google Nest Mini and Amazon Echo Dot, the connected speakers to control your room

A connected speaker like the Google Nest Mini or Amazon Echo Dot can play music or podcasts on voice request, keep you informed about the weather or news and more. If you're using other devices like the Xiaomi Yeelight light bulb or TP-Link HS100 socket, you'll also be able to control them by voice.

At the moment, our preference is for the Echo Dot, which is newer, has better sound quality and has an auxiliary output socket so you can plug it into more traditional speakers or systems to turn them into connected devices.

8. Google Chromecast, for easy TV viewing

Google Chromecast 2020 : Google's new Chromecast now includes Google TV. This is an interface that brings together in one place the streaming services and Android multimedia applications that we are used to using. It comes with a remote control to control the device by hand or by voice, but also the rest of your connected home. You don't need a Chromecast Ultra to stream in 4K either, so it's a complete little streaming stick that looks like a TV box and manages to be among the best products in its category.

With a limited budget as a student, you find yourself scavenging for equipment. If you have a (slightly) dated TV, you can rejuvenate it by connecting a Google Chromecast. This will allow you to duplicate your smartphone / PC screen on your TV, watch series from your mobile app (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Canal+) or listen to music from Deezer and Spotify. The Home application available for free on the Play Store and the App Store allows you to configure and manage it quickly. Note that alternatives exist such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K or the Apple TV 4K.

9. Nanoleaf Canvas, for gentle editing

Nanoleaf Canvas are luminous squares that can be assembled to transform your walls into a mosaic of colours. Connected via Wi-Fi, they can be controlled using your smartphone or by voice. A great way to add a little decoration while entering the world of home automation.

If you want to combine business with pleasure, these Wi-Fi connected light panels will brighten up your nights of revision while adding a decorative touch to your flat. You can customise the colours and animations to your liking, control them via voice commands with Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant, or even use the built-in microphone to sync them to your music.

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