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Top 5 Best iPad Accessories for Students

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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

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(Adonit)

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.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Comfortable grip
  • Pinpoint accuracy
  • Great design
  • Ideal for users of Penultimate
  • LED indicator light

  • Cons:

  • Requires AAA battery: if you run out, your stylus is useless
  • Really expensive
  • 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

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    2. iConvert Scanner

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    (Brookstone)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 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

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (Logitech)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Multiple color options
  • Both English and Spanish keys are available
  • Sturdy magnetic dock
  • Auto-wake feature built in
  • Very lightweight

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (ION Audio)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Authentic DJ controls including two turntables, audio effects and a crossfader
  • Compact design
  • No batteries needed
  • Also works for iPhones and iPod Touch
  • Compatible with virtually any MIDI-capable DJ app

  • Cons:

  • 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

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    (Apple)

    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.)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 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

  • Cons:

  • 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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