When is the best time to shop for back-to-school tech? When all the best stuff is on sale. We’ve rounded up the best Prime Day 2023 deals on essential tech to get you back to school.
Best Hub for Students of Prime Day 2023
Talk about an overachiever; the Plugable USB-C 11-in-1 Hub with Ethernet (USBC-11IN1E) takes the best features of a docking station thrice its size and manages to cram it into the rugged, travel-ready body of a hub.
Why we love it: The USBC-11IN1E has 2x HDMI ports for easy 4K 60Hz screen expansion, 3x USB 3.0 and 1x USB-C ports, SD/MicroSD, 3.5mm Audio Jack, Ethernet, and 100W USB-C pass-through charging.
The Best Take It Everywhere Hub for Prime Day 2023
The Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub (USBC-7IN1) gets the pick for the best hub for taking everywhere because it covers all of your basic connection needs. Connect your essentials with 3x USB ports, extend to a 4K screen, stay powered up with 87W pass-through charging, and transfer files with SD and Micro SD ports.
Why we love it: Another reason to get excited about this hub, unlike similar peripherals in this space, the USBC-7IN1 offers simultaneous port functionality, laptop protection, and an updated chipset. No need to worry about overdrawing power, Display flakiness, or other common issues. And it does it all through a single USB-C cable.
Best Bluetooth Folding Keyboard
Going out into the world? Take along a full-size Bluetooth keyboard. Specifically, take the Plugable BT-KEY3XL.
Why we love it: Built on an incredibly sturdy aluminum chassis, the keyboard folds out to an impressive 11.5 inches. Precision scissor-switch keys have a satisfying feel when clicked, and the battery charges incredibly fast. See how it comes in clutch when creating content on the go.
The Best High-Speed Hub of Prime Day 2023
A lot of hubs try to do a lot of things. The Plugable Thunderbolt 4 Hub (TBT4-HUB3C) does one thing—it adds Thunderbolt 4 ports to your life. But don’t be fooled, there is a lot of potential in this hub.
Why we love it: Connected to a laptop, you have 60W Power Delivery to keep your laptop charged and support for up to two 4K screens. On top of that, get 40 Gbps data transfer speeds and 15W charging for your devices across all the ports.
The TBT4-HUB3C can also act as a stand-alone Thunderbolt charger for any Thunderbolt, USB4, or USB-C device. Consider it your mobile charging station.
Best Tablet Docking Station (and Stand) Deal of Prime Day 2023
You already have a tablet, so why do you need a laptop? With the Plugable UDS-7IN1, you don’t.
Why we love it: This 8-in-1 docking station and stand elevates your tablet (and some phones) to a full-blown workstation. It even has support for an extended screen via the 4K HDMI port. Imagine that, an extra screen for your iPad.
In addition to the HDMI port with 4K resolution, this hub lets you power up with 100W pass-through charging (91W output), add a mouse and keyboard (or whatever you need) to the two USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports, expand with a MicroSD and an SD card reader, and tune out with the audio jack.
Best of all, it folds flat so you can slip it into your bag and take it to go.
Best Laptop Power Adapter of Prime Day 2023
At first glance, the 140W USB-C GaN Power Adapter (PS-EPR-140C1) from Plugable might look like the charger that came with your laptop, but this one comes with a few advantages. For starters, it’s built on GaN technology so it’s 14% smaller than the Apple equivalent and it stays a little cooler to the touch, too.
Why we love it: The Plugable PS-EPR-140C1 is the future-proof charger. At 140W you’ll have more than enough power to charge most laptops on the market today. In 2023 expect to see a larger share of laptops hitting the market with increased power demands.
Use this adapter for any USB-C device for fast charging up to 140W. If your laptop, tablet, phone, or any other USB-C, requires less than 140W, the adapter intelligently adjusts to provide the optimal charge.
It’s no wonder we’re calling this the best replacement for your laptop charger.
Best USB Microscope Deal Prime Day 2023
It’s not like you specifically need this 250X Digital USB Microscope. But you also don’t specifically not need it.
Why we love it: It’s just a lot of fun. The Plugable 250x USB 2.0 Digital Microscope (USB2-MICRO-250X) get’s you closer to what you’re working on—250X closer.
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