What are the best smart home devices for a college dorm room?
Smart devices make your college dorm room comfortable, smarter, and fun!
It’s that time of year when college students pack up their car–or their parents’ car–and head off for freshmen orientation. Moving from home can be both exciting and a challenge–especially if you’ve gotten used to the comforts of a smart home and the multitude of smart devices your mom and dad have invested in.
So, if you’re looking to trick out your college dorm room with smart devices, here are our recommendations.
A smart speaker is a handy thing to have! Not only could you use it to play some music to study by but you could also use it to help your actual studying (Hey Google, what’s the square root of 2,675, 980?)! Just keep in mind, a) you won’t have a huge room to fill with music and, b) you need a smart speaker that has the best answers to the questions you ask it. With that in mind, we recommend the Google Home Mini! Google is offering 10% off for students!
Be warned! Your roommate or passing stranger could trigger your smart speaker!
Be cautious though. If you connect it to your smart devices, your roommate, or even passing stranger, could yell out a command to activate or deactivate them. Personalizing your smart speaker can help.
Chances are, your room is pretty cramped. That may mean you not be able to easily reach your bedside lamp or coffee maker. A smart outlet will let you turn it on and off from your bed, without having to get up! If you need just one smart outlet, check out the one from Gosund. If you need two, get the twin-pack from Teckin.
If you prefer the kind of lamp that sets a romantic mood for a date, or a vibrant one for a party, check out the colored smart bulb from MagicLight! It doesn’t need a hub, is dimmable, and can even be set to wake you up in the morning!
A smart camera might be a good idea to help protect your stuff. However, if you share your dorm room, it might make your roommate feel like their privacy is being invaded. If they’re cool with it–after all, it protects their stuff too–then we recommend getting the simple and easy to use smart camera from Eviz.
We hope these ideas help you make your college dorm room, safe, fun, and smart! If you have any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below.
Good luck with your studies!