ESR’s 2019 Back to School Checklist

  • By yuanming liang|August 12, 2019

    Take a look at our back to school checklist to see what you still need to shop for! Includes phone cases, screen protectors, earphones, and more. Right now get up to 40% off!

    As summer draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need for the coming semester. Whether you’re living on or off campus, or whether you’re a fresh-faced freshman or a senior who’s been around the block, our Back to School Checklist will help you make sure you and your devices are ready for anything. An ESR accessory also makes for a great gift, if you’re looking to get in good with a new roommate or a tough RA. Whoever you’re buying for, don’t forget to register here for a sitewide 20% student discount!

    Back to School Checklist: Take a look at the list above to see what you still need to shop for!

    Back to School Bundles: Get up to 40% Off

    If you’re an art major with an iPad, or if you just like drawing in your free time, the Digital Artist Bundle is an ideal starting point for getting into digital art. It contains our Digital Stylus for Touch Screen Devices and Paper-Like Screen Protector for iPad mini 4/5. The Digital Stylus is a capacitive stylus with an ultra-fine 1.44 mm tip, allowing for precise and fluid strokes. It works with pretty much any device with a capacitive touch screen, which includes virtually all smartphones and tablets, as well as many laptops. The Paper-Like Screen Protector, like its name implies, is a PET film with a specially-treated surface that simulates the feeling of writing or drawing on paper. The one included in the bundle is specifically for the iPad mini 4 & 5, but it’s also available for the other iPad models if you’re looking to buy it separately. By using these two products together, drawing on your iPad screen will feel almost exactly like drawing in a notebook or sketchbook.

    When you’re in college, it’s way easier to live a sedentary lifestyle than an active one, so if you’re looking to stay healthy, you’ll need all the help you can get. Whether “exercise” to you means lifting at the gym or jogging in the park, it’s important to remember to come prepared and stay hydrated. That’s why our Fitness Bundle includes an ESR Running Belt Waist Pack and the VOKKA Sports Water Bottle. The Running Belt Waist Pack is a secure & lightweight waist belt with zippered pockets for your keys, cards, cash, and even phone. There’s even a small opening for threading your headphones through, so you can listen to music while your phone sits safely in its pocket. The Sports Water Bottle is a large, easy-to-operate water bottle with time markers on the side to help you track your hydration throughout the day. Its leakproof lid can be opened or closed with one hand, and it comes with a carrying strap, so you won’t have to stop to rehydrate. Right now, we’re offering up to 40% off on all our back-to-school bundles, which you can also combine with the 20% student discount!

    If you’re looking for other bundle deals, you can also check out our Fast Wireless Charging Bundle, which contains a 7.5W/10W Wireless Charger, a 30W PD Wall Charger, and a 1.8m/6ft USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable. Our Galaxy S10 Full-Coverage Protection Bundle and iPad mini 5 2019 Full-Coverage Protection Bundle both contain a case and screen protector for their respective devices, allowing you to keep them protected in both the front and back.

    Campus Essentials

    Bringing your own car to campus has a ton of advantages, but it’s important that you drive carefully. Safety is always the top priority on the road, and one of the easiest ways to be unsafe is to fiddle around with your phone while you’re behind the wheel. The ultra-intuitive and easy-to-use design of the Gravity Car Phone Holder allows you to securely mount your phone on the dash without taking your eyes off the road. For emergency situations, you’ll also want to keep a Handheld Flashlight in your glovebox. If your vehicle were to break down at night while you’re on a road trip with friends or driving home to see your parents, a good flashlight can be the difference between a minor delay and having to call roadside assistance. This 1000-lumen flashlight can easily illuminate an object up to 500 feet away and can switch between 5 light modes: bright, normal, soft, strobe, and SOS. All this is packed in a flashlight smaller than an iPhone XS. In addition, the reinforced head allows you to use the flashlight to break glass or in self-defense in emergency situations. Don’t forget to register as a student to get 20% off these products or any other product on the ESR website!

    If you’re a senior, you may not care enough to go through the trouble of putting on makeup every morning before class. The ESR7Gears LED Vanity Mirror, however, can make your morning makeup routine a breeze. With a panel of 72 LEDs and three lighting modes, you’ll not only have fantastic lighting; you’ll be able to prepare for any occasion.

    While you’re putting on makeup, or really whenever you’re doing something that requires both hands, you’ll still be able to use your phone with the Flexible Phone Stand. Like a third arm, the Flexible Phone Stand holds your phone or tablet securely and can be adjusted to an incredible degree. It’s compatible with most devices, from phones to tablets to the Nintendo Switch.

    For all-nighters studying at the library, you’ll want to be mindful of your sitting posture. Poor posture can lead to slouching and neck/back pain if you’re not careful. One of the best ways to avoid this is with the Posture Corrector, which gently pushes back your shoulders and reminds you to stand straight. Even wearing it just 20 minutes a day during exam week can make a huge difference.

    Your most important companion throughout your university years will most likely be your phone. In addition to keeping it safe with protective cases and screen protectors, which is a must, a good Wireless Charger Stand will also make your life so much easier. Unlike a wireless charging pad, a wireless charging stand allows you to charge and use your phone at the same time. It’s also sleep-friendly, with a specially designed indicator light that’s bright enough to be seen during the daytime and soft enough to not interrupt your precious sleep.

     App/Software Recommendations

    As a university student, you’ll have to keep track of coursework for a number of different classes simultaneously. It can be hard to stay organized with all these things to keep track of. While we don’t make any software ourselves, we do have a number of recommendations that might make your academic life significantly easier.

    Evernote – Android/iOS/Windows/macOS, Free (Premium Version Available)

    Evernote is the kind of do-it-all notetaking program that you’ll need for the wide variety of challenges you’ll face as a student. The free version of Evernote allows you take notes, organize them, store them on the cloud, and more.

    XMind – Android/iOS/Windows/macOS/Linux, US$34.99 per year for students

    Have a huge paper or project coming up and don’t know where to start? XMind is a powerful brainstorming and mind-mapping tool that lets you organize your thoughts in a visual and intuitive way. You’ll need to pay, but with a valid student ID you’ll be able to take advantage of their special academia discount.

    Dropbox – Android/iOS/Windows/macOS/Linux, US$12.50 per month

    Dropbox is probably the biggest name in cloud storage right now, and a fantastic boon to any group project. A standard account costs $12.50 a month for 3 users, but they also offer a 30-day free trial, so you try before you buy.

    • Back to School promotion will run from August 12th to September 5th, Pacific Standard Time. Only for residents of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, and Macau.
    • 20% student discount valid sitewide and can be combined with bundle discount. Enter your code at checkout to save. ESR reserves the right of final explanation.
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