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College Dorm Essentials from 12th Man Technology

Originally published by 12th Man Technology.


Preparing for college can be a stressful experience, with the daunting task of deciding what to bring and how to pack it all. To ease your move-in process, here’s a valuable list of college dorm essentials from a fellow Aggie. You can conveniently find these items at or at our MSC location.

1. All-in-1 Printer 

From notes to assignments and study sheets, having quick access to a printer is a necessity in college. Save time and space with an All-in-1 Printer that has scanning and copy capabilities – perfect for every Aggie.

2. Onhand Surge Power Strip 

Outlets in dorms are always located in inconvenient places and there are never enough of them.  By purchasing a surge power strip, not only will it allow you to plug in more electronics, but it will also protect your devices from power surges. 

3. KB Keyboard Cover 

Dorm desks aren’t just used for school work and studying; they also act as vanities and kitchen tables. A keyboard cover can prevent damage to your laptop keys in case you spill your drink, makeup, or whatever else you may find yourself storing on your desk. 

4. Apple HomePod Mini® 

Whether you want to play music while you’re getting ready with friends, check the chaotic Texas weather, or tune in to Aggie sports, the Apple HomePod Mini® is the perfect device for you. At just 3.3 inches tall, the HomePod Mini® won’t take up any valuable space in your dorm. 

5. Prism 4-Cord Organizer 

When you’re in college, you have more important things to do than dealing with the hassle of untangling cords. Don’t forget your Prism 4-Cord Organizer when you are packing up your college dorm essentials. This tool will help you can keep your cords separate from one another so you can spend your time in the dorms meeting new people instead of unraveling cords. 

6. iHome 6 ft. Nylon Braided Charger 

Even with a surge protector extending the length of your charger, it’s likely it won’t reach the top of your lofted dorm bed.  A six-foot braided charger will allow you to charge your phone while you lay in bed on TikTok, and its woven structure will prevent tears and frays. 

7. Twelve South Laptop Risers 

You’re going to spend a lot of time on your laptop, but that doesn’t have to cost you your posture and productivity. A laptop riser takes the strain off of your wrists, encourages a better posture, and helps your laptop be more productive through increased airflow and temperature control. 

8. Falcon Dust-Off Gas Duster Can 

Nothing is more distracting than having dust and crumbs on your keyboard. The good news is that this problem has an easy and quick fix; the Falcon Dust-Off Gas Duster Can is safe to use to clean the surface of your devices and will last you all semester. 

9. Cable Matters USB-C Multiport Adapter 

Ensure you’re well-equipped in your college dorm with a must-have: Laptops are moving towards a port-free design. For those moments when you need to connect an HDMI cable for presentations, an Ethernet cable for faster downloads, or transfer data, the Cable Matters USB-C Multiport Adapter has got you covered. 

10. Seagate Backup Plus Slim Hard Drive 

Backing up your assignments and files can save you in situations where your laptop has unexpected issues or damage. Using an external hard drive can help keep your assignments organized, and safe, and your computer storage cleared up. 

11. Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse 

Using a keypad during a lengthy study session can get tiresome. By getting an optical mouse, you can have more precise control over your programs and take a break from endlessly scrolling on your keypad. 

12. Apple Airpods Pro® 

Noise-canceling headphones are a necessity when you’re trying to focus on your assignments and study. Not only does the Apple Airpods Pro® have active noise cancellation, but they also offer a customizable fit for maximum comfort you’ll want during those midterm week all-nighters.