The 9 Best Back-to-School Products, Even for Out-of-School People

Every year around this time the back to school articles start to appear. And every year, even though I’m not at school for a while, I still check them out. Maybe you can relate? While these products are definitely aimed at people who go to school, from elementary all the way through college, they will work for anyone as well. Whether you’re looking to boost your productivity, buy a new electronic device or even treat yourself to some new fall clothes.

If you’re putting together a new workspace or just making some adjustments to an existing setup, you should be able to benefit from a new, more powerful and compact power hub, which is what Anker is now offering. Or maybe some new workout clothes and comfortable walking shoes could make racing across campus a little easier. There are a variety of product types for all kinds of school needs – and non-school needs too. As always, the prices listed may fluctuate over time.

Anker 727 Charging Station (GaNPrime 100W)

Anker 727 Charging Station
For the size of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Anker 727 Charging Station has six charging ports and offers 100 watts of total power.

Anker is not the only company that makes its power adapters and electronics smaller and more powerful through Gallium nitride (GaN) technology, but it is one of the leading ones. Their new GaNPrime chargers come in several new flavors, including the most relevant, in my opinion, the Charging Station 727. This is a six-port power strip with two AC outlets, two USB-C ports and two USB- A.

The 727 Charging Station can provide 100 watts of power but is less than an inch thick and overall about the size of an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Its 5-foot power cable is also removable. (If you want an even more compact version, the new Anker 615 USB Power Strip is also an option.)

Buy at Anker for $94.99.

Nomad Base One (Gold)

Nomad Medal One
The Base One from Nomad now comes in gold for a limited time and makes a great desktop charger for your iPhone.

A luxury charger built for a desk or bedside table, the Nomad Base One now comes in a limited edition gold color. The price tag might be hard to come by, but this MagSafe charger will power an iPhone wirelessly at its full speed of 15 watts. It needs no adhesive on the bottom, either, because its weight is significant.

I would love to use the Base One on my desktop. It is minimal in design and adds a nice touch of elegance. Nomad describes the new gold color as an homage to the sandy beaches of Santa Barbara, California, and after seeing it up close, it’s hard to disagree. The gold is a stunner without being too bold. (The color is also available for the Base One Max, though neither model will be around in gold indefinitely.)

Buy at Nomad for $99.95.

Omie box

Omie Box
OmieBox is an adjustable and insulated lunch box for children.

The OmieBox is a perfectly organized lunch box that can be modified to accommodate different lunches throughout the week. It’s aimed at kids who have an idea about keeping their food neat and tidy – and/or parents who prefer it. The OmieBox comes with a small cylindrical container that sits inside and can be used for soup or other messier foods. But if you don’t need that container, its space can be used to fit larger food items.

My daughter became a fan of the adjustable spacers the moment I showed her OmieBox. She also said that all the color choices were nice. (Adults can also fit into the bento box with the OmieGo, which is aimed at larger portions.)

Buy at OmieBox for $44.95.

Incase Two-Way Transfer Tote

Incase Two-Way Transfer Tote
The Incase Transfer Two-Way Tote can be used as a backpack or tote with straps that hide away.

Maybe it’s the stealth straps and hidden compartments that two or three-way bags include that appeal to me, but I love a clever transformation. The new Incase Transfer Two-Way Tote is practical for a variety of uses but also very intelligent in how it serves each task. Long carry handles slide into deep pockets on the front and back of the bag when you don’t need them but can quickly access them. To wear the Incase, the back straps are detachable and can slide into the same back pocket that the strap was used for.

I’ve been impressed with Incase bags for a while now, and this Transfer Two-Way Tote was no different. I enjoyed the fuzzy soft interior that protected my laptop and tablet. The large side pockets also worked out really well for carrying a water bottle or two.

Buy $99.95 at Incase.

Satechi Side Eco-Leather Desk

Satechi Side Eco-Leather Desk
The Satechi Dual Sided Eco-Leather Desk will keep a new desk looking fresh or cover blemishes on an old one.

Earlier this year when I got a new standing desk, I decided it was time to add a desk mat to my workspace. I evaluated several different ones but chose the Satechi Dual Sided Eco-Leather Desk for its combination of price, style and features. It is made of polyurethane leather, which keeps the price down but also allows it to be waterproof and perfectly smooth.

I especially like the reversible design; The mat continues to look fresh over time without the need to spend more money. Unless you have a new or fancy desk, the Desk can cover scratches or other dings.

Buy at Satechi for $39.99.

Apple MacBook Air M2

MacBook Air with M2
The keyboard gets full-height function row keys, including a better integrated Touch ID sensor in the upper right corner.

This option is my recommendation for a fairly wide laptop for back-to-school use. The new MacBook Air M2 is an excellent computer that is easy to recommend to most people even without knowing what they will use it for. The machine gets great battery life for all-day use, but it’s also fast enough, so it can be used to learn programming, writing papers or general research without turning on loud fans – because there’s no there is a cooling fan.

There are specific reasons for some people to consider other Apple computers like the iMac or MacBook Pro, but if you’re looking for a portable that can do it all and doesn’t cost as much as a Pro, then it’s a great choice. this. .

Buy at Best From $1,199.

Atoms 001

Atoms 001
The soles of the 001 shoes are less squishy than the 000 ones around the perimeter.

The reason to get Atoms 001 shoes is if you are on your feet all day or have a lot of walking to do. These shoes provide bounce right out of the box and continue to offer support until you decide to take them off. These are perfect shoes for multiple cross-campus treks. Comfort came first in my testing, but I also enjoyed the elastic laces – I didn’t need to return them.

Buy at Atoms for $159.

Miir Stainless Steel Cold Brew Filter

Miir Cold Brew Filter
Take an existing Miir wide-mouthed bottle and add the company’s new Stainless Steel Cold Brew Filter for an easy drink before class.

Miir’s new Stainless Steel Cold Brew Filter slips into one of its wide-mouth bottles (from $39.95) and provides a cool drink with little effort. Simply add coffee grounds to the filter, fill with water and refrigerate overnight for a cold brew that’s ready to grab and go in front of your first class. Even if cold brew is only a seasonal drink for you, as it usually is for me, this filter pays for itself after a few uses. But since summer stretches long into fall here in Southern California, I’m looking forward to plenty of cold brew with this budget-priced filter.

Buy at Miir for $14.95.

Champ Solotex Reigning Mesh Track Short

Champ Solotex Reigning Mesh Track Short
The Reigning Champ Solotex Mesh Trail Short is a great choice for everyday fitness or keeping sweat at bay while running around campus.

There are many academic reasons why you might need new fitness clothing, but you should still be looking at the new Solotex Mesh Trail Short even if you can’t think of any. The shorts are part of Reigning Champ’s new Solotex collection, which is all about their pioneering Japanese fabric. The Trail Mesh is light and breathable but has a healthy amount of stretch with high rebound. It has an elasticated waistband with a drawstring and zippered pockets to keep items from falling out.

If you haven’t yet experienced Reigning Champ apparel, you’re missing out. I was impressed by their fit and luxurious feel. They stay strong and can handle sweat and intense activity.

Buy at Reigning Champ for $125.

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