School is opening in a jiffy and some of you must be dreading to walk through the school gate. Same o’ same o’. Here we go again. Except for this time, you can choose to make it different by bringing some new cool tech gadgets with you. Here are five must-haves to help you get through your first quarter of the school year.

Xiaomi 10,000 mAh Mi Power Bank Pro (S$45.00)

Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro

I can’t emphasise enough on how much I love the Xiaomi 10,000 Mi Power Bank Pro. This is because it is still the best power bank I’ve used to date.

The reason is simple. The Mi Power Bank Pro has a slim profile, supports USB Type-C charging with an adaptor over its micro USB cable, and has a two-way charging. The latter means that there’s a Type-C port and a regular USB port, making it versatile to your charging needs.

You don’t have to worry about whether the 18W fast charge it provides will damage the battery of your device because the power bank can intelligently adjust its output to safely charge your device.

The best part of all? It takes only 3.5 hours to fully charge your power bank, 40 per cent faster than a regular one. So you decide.

Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent (S$54)

Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent (S$54)
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Looking for a new mouse to rush through your assignments? The Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent is a mouse that lets you “silently” interact with your computer screen without hearing much of the annoying clicking sound.

With it, you can also connect up to two devices via Bluetooth and use Logitech Options to set shortcuts for the two keys located on its left side. The Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent Mouse is powered by a double-A size battery, which can surprisingly last you up to two years. Save the Earth, right?

realme Buds Wireless (S$79)

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If you have not stepped into the wireless earphones game, perhaps 2020 is the year for you to jump onto the bandwagon. The realme Buds Wireless is one of the most affordable wireless earbuds in the market. Its 110mAh battery can provide you with a 12-hour playback time and a quick charge of 10 minutes can give you an additional 110 minutes of playback time. The realme Buds Wireless has an IPX4 rating (water-resistant) so rain or shine, you can still have them snuggly tugged in your ears worries-free.

JBL Flip 5 (S$179)

JBL Flip 5 (S$179)
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Jumping a little higher up the budget is a portable speaker that you will not regret getting. People who know JBL will know the quality of its speakers and… the bass, which is handy in most occasions. On a single charge, the JBL Flip 5 can last you up to 12 hours. Did we mention that it has an IPX7 rating, which means it’s waterproof for up to 3 feet in the water? The JBL Flip 5 comes in a myriad of colours. So you will definitely find one that speaks… you.

realme XT (S$469)

realme XT
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Okay. This might be a budget bump too high but it’s still within an acceptable range if your smartphone is getting wonky. The 6.4-inch realme XT, launched on 7 November 2019, can easily fulfil your photography needs because smartphones these days are all about cameras. It has a 64MP main camera, 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP portrait lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 16MP front-facing camera. Camera galore!

The realmeXT has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB) and a 4,000 mAh battery to back your mobile gaming needs. There’s also VOOC fast-charging to juice up your device quickly so that one class later, you will have a fully charged device for the rest of the day. Yay!

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