Whether you’re off to college, studying abroad, or just trying to get through high school, these iPad accessories can give you an edge.
1. Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition Fine Point Stylus
You don’t often hear people passionately praising their iPad stylus, which is what makes the Adonit line of styli so impressive. People who use this stylus aren’t shy about recommending it to others.
The Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition Fine Point Stylus has a tip 70 percent smaller than the nearest competitor. This make it ideal for art students who need to do fine work, or students who need a fine point to write down as much info as possible on a crib sheet.
Ideal for users of Penultimate
LED indicator light
Requires AAA battery: if you run out, your stylus is useless
Only works on iPad 3rd generation and newer or iPad Mini
Point may be too fine for some types of art creation
Doesn’t always work consistently across different apps
2. iConvert Scanner
Constantly losing your syllabi or homework handouts? This iPad scanner can help you stay organized by offering a simple way to scan and store important documents. The only downside? This is an accessory that can really only be used with older iPads with the 30 pin connector.
Great back to quickly back up paper documents
Lightweight and easy to tuck into a backpack
Adjustable feeder adjusts from 2″ to 8½” wide
Available online for nearly 70 percent off list price
Reliable brand name
Doesn’t work with newer iPads that use the lightning connector (unless you have an adapter)
For some documents, taking a photograph could give you the same info in less time
Saves as JPEG, may require additional conversion if you need another file type such as PDF
Some users reviews state device broke down early in its lifespan
Tends to give better results with documents than with photos
3. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
As nice as the iPad’s on-screen keyboard is, there are times when you want a physical keyboard instead. This keyboard cover from Logitech is a solid option, mostly because Logitech is a respected name in the peripherals game. It comes with a three-year limited warranty. For students who need a laptop-like experience for typing up term papers, this is a great option.
Multiple color options
Both English and Spanish keys are available
Sturdy magnetic dock
Auto-wake feature built in
Does not appear to work with the 1st gen. iPad
You may feel more secure transporting this in a case or sleeve
Keyboard is small, missing some function keys
Magnetic lock could be stronger
Some users have experienced accessory failure after six months
4. ION Audio ‘IDJ2GO’ DJ System
Whether you’re studying music or just looking to blow off some steam with a little party, this iPad DJ system is a sweet buy. It could also be used to create sound for a multimedia classroom presentation. For any student who loves music, this is a useful (and fun) iPad accessory.
Authentic DJ controls including two turntables, audio effects and a crossfader
No batteries needed
Also works for iPhones and iPod Touch
Compatible with virtually any MIDI-capable DJ app
Uses 30-pin connector, not lightning
Requires additional speakers to really fill a room with sound
Not quite nice enough to do a professional gig with
Layout may feel cramped to some
May not have enough custom features to appeal to serious DJs
5. Apple World Travel Adapter Kit
Ideal for any student who is doing a semester abroad or planning an epic spring break vacation, this set of travel adapters will let you charge your iPad pretty much anywhere. Designed to work with older iPads, this is a great kit for anyone who owns a hand-me-down iPad. (Scroll down to see our recommendation for a similar kit for lightning connector iPads.)
Compatible with iPad 1, 2, 3
Great for travel
Also designed to work with iPod, iPhone, Apple MagSafe Power Adapters, Portable Power Adapters, and AirPort Express
Six interchangeable AC adapter plugs
Makes a great gift
Not compatible with lightning connectors without adapter (but this kit is)
Seems a little expensive, given the age of the 30-pin line
Some people are worried about USB security issues
Bulky design, can take up too much space at the wall socket (bad if you are traveling with a group and all need to charge at once)
May be cheaper to buy a single adapter for the country you are visiting, unless you’re a bit of a globetrotter
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