Depending on the field you are studying, a tablet can be an even better option than a laptop, especially given how small school desks are.
Interfaces designed to be fast and easy and a small form factor make them a great choice for so many situations, and with a couple key accessories, your tablet can really do it all.
We’ve put together a list of the best tablet accessories for students, and all of them can And the best part is that you can get free shipping on most of them with Amazon’s Prime Student Free Six Month Trial.
If you are a student with a valid .edu email address, you can get this plus free movie streaming, free photo storage, early access to deals, free Audible content, and free access to select ebooks. But even if you don’t, can read on below to browse our picks.
1. Zagg Universal Folio Keyboard Case
Zagg’s Folio keyboard cases are the best-rated keyboards out there, and Zagg makes these handy clip-on keyboard cases for just about every tablet brand under the sun.
However, if you plan to share a keyboard between several tablets, or just upgrade tablets regularly, the Zagg Universal Folio Keyboard Case will fit any tablet of the proper screen size.
Its spring-loaded autofit cover safely locks a tablet of any size into place, and the largest case gets up to a full year of regular use off of one battery charge.
Price: $56.47 and up
2. AmazonBasics Tablet Sleeves
Most backpacks offer slight padding for tablets, but if you want to keep your tablet safe even when it’s inside of a bag, you will need a neoprene tablet sleeve to maximize cushioning from drops, bumps, and other mishaps.
The AmazonBasics brand is a great option for sleeves because they have sizes from 7 – 17.3 inches and they are among the most inexpensive sleeves out there. No matter which size, these sleeves are slim fitting and offer a durable top-loading zipper for easy access.
Price: $5.99 – 11.99
3. Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is the golden standard for sound quality in portable Bluetooth speakers. Many speakers rely on a heavy feature set to impress, but the SoundLink Mini II’s best feature is high end portable sound.
This speaker has almost unmatched bass frequency response, as well as crisp high end and rich, natural mids. To top things off, it’s portable, speakerphone ready, and it gets 10 hours of battery life.
If you are looking for a simply amazing Bluetooth speaker to pair with your tablet during study sessions, the SoundLink Mini II is the easy choice.
4. JamSpot Tablet Stand
The JamSpot Tablet Stand from Bracketron is a different way to enjoy music on your tablet, but one that is incredibly convenient.
The JamSpot is a Bluetooth speaker and adjustable tablet stand in one, which makes it as great for watching movies as it is for reading and listening to music.
Although its output is not on par with the deep range of a Bose speaker, the small speakers on the sample model I reviewed have a surprisingly full and clear sound. Pairing to your tablet is a breeze, and a built-in auxiliary port can help preserve the battery life of both devices.
5. Kmashi 10000mAh Power Bank
If you’re looking to get a good deal on a portable power bank, Kmashi’s MP816 is a standout buy, as it is significantly cheaper than other 10000mAh power banks, and it charges comparably fast.
From full capacity, it can provide several full charges to your tablet, meaning no more having to hunt down an open wall outlet when you hit low battery. It provides a fast 5V charge from its two USB chargers (2A and 2.1A), and has safety systems that prevent overcharge and short circuiting.
Price: $13.299 (72 percent off MSRP)
6. Zagg InvisibleShield Universal Screen Protector
When it comes to screen protectors, nothing beats Zagg’s InvisibleShield, which utilize a military grade material that is self-healing and smudge-proof.
he InvisibleShield also resists glare, improves gripping capability, and of course, resists scratches and abrasions. Best yet, Zagg offers a lifetime replacement warranty, so if it ever gets damaged, the replacement is on them. The universal version is a larger sheet which can be cut to the shape of any device. If you know which device you are buying a screen protector for, it is much more convenient to just buy one specifically for it, but the universal film offers a great value.
Price: $6.99 and up
7. AmazonBasics Netbook Bag
Once you switch from physical books to ebooks, it can feel weird using a whole backpack just to carry around a tablet, which is why switching to a laptop bag can be the perfect way to lighten your load.
AmazonBasics offers a solid solution at a highly affordable price for devices 7 – 17.3 inches. A midsize case can easily fit both a tablet and a laptop, and the size 11.6 inch and larger bags also feature nifty side projects for additional storage.
Price: $7.99 and up
8. Anker PowerPort 40W 5-Port USB Charging Hub
Anker, a top brand for charging accessories, offers a perfectly sized 40 Watt solution for your USB charging needs.
Their desktop charger plugs into the wall to provide 5 USB ports for charging, freeing up the ports you need for data. This charger offers 8A of current, or up to 2.4A per port, which means it delivers the fastest charge for almost all of the newest devices.
Its PowerIQ feature allows it to recognize which connected devices need which amperage, and then delivers it without risk of overcharging.
Price: $19.99 (60 percent off MSRP)
9. Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4
FiftyThree’s Pencil is no ordinary touch screen stylus. This soft-tip stylus works with the Paper app on iOS to deliver a seamless stylus experience with the ability to draw, sketch, and write with realistic pressure sensitivity.
The Pencil works great for art students, as it allows you more control over digital art with its ability to smudge and blend colors, draw with the broad side of the tip, and even use the touch eraser on the top of the Pencil.
When used, it rejects palm markings, making it easier to rest your hand comfortably while you write. More and more apps are accommodating the functionality of the Pencil as well, so if you prefer hand-written notes and the convenience of just carrying around one tablet and a Pencil, this is a handy pick.
Price: $49.95 and up
10. onanoff Sound Cover
The Sound Cover from onanoff is an impressive Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a screen cover for your iPad Air 1 or 2, making it an ultra-portable and convenient way to play music from your tablet.
At 1.2 pounds and only 1/2-inch deep, the Sound Cover is easy to leave attached to your iPad, especially because once you detach your iPad, the Sound Cover transforms into a powerful speaker. Opening the stand turns the speaker on, and if it has not yet been paired with a device, it immediately enters pairing mode.
If it does have a device paired, it immediately remembers and connects to that device, meaning you can switch seamlessly between using your tablet’s internal and external speakers.
This is all dictated through a voice assistant, which can be either annoying or helpful depending on your comfort with Bluetooth pairing.
When it comes to audio performance, the Sound Cover truly shines, as it delivers a remarkable maximum volume that is 400% louder than the built-in iPad speakers.
These speakers have a crisp high-end, rounded mids, and present low-end. The bass is notably punchy, but because of the plastic construction, my sample unit I was given to review picked up some displeasing vibration before I fiddled with it some.
And because the large front-facing NXT flat panel speakers are complemented by a rear passive radiator panel, the Sound Cover offers near-360° sound. The front speaker is still slightly more full-sounding.
The onboard controls are handy, although they are somewhat different from other Bluetooth speakers, 15 hour battery life offers day-long use which makes this speaker great for work. The built-in microphone works well too, making this an all-around great option for anyone looking to improve their iPad’s sound, be it for small presentations or just watching movies in bed.