Well, it’s mid-May, and it’s getting near that season where high school students wrap up their four-year tenure and move on to the next phase of education. Time to move away from the folks and learn how to fend for oneself.
Which means that there’s a whole new list of supplies that your son or daughter needs, ranging from bedding to housewares and on into infinity. We’ll let you handle that stuff. We’re here to tell you about tech that your kid will appreciate. And you know what? All of these things will make terrific 2016 graduation gifts for any student.
FlashRouters 2016 Graduation Gift Ideas Guide
DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter – Let’s start with the very best thing you can do for your kid heading off to college or even one still in high school: get them a FlashRouter (okay, it’s a self-serving boast, but we mean it).
Here are a few recommended spots for finding the ideal device for you
A FlashRouter is a surefire way to provide your son or daughter with the best possible wireless network. Our routers offer a fast, powerful, and versatile Internet experience that make work and recreation that much easier. Give your kid a serious head start with a FlashRouter with free expert tech support to make sure their network iss safe and secure right from the start.
Range Extender ($59.99) – Don’t feel like going all out for the Wireless-AC router, but still want to improve your kid’s wireless experience? Here’s a considerably more affordable way to help: the TP-Link RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender. It does exactly what it sounds like it does; strengthens and extends your wireless service, roots out dead spots, and even uses its Ethernet port to act as a bridge.
VPN Service – Here’s something we constantly recommend, whether in conjunction with a FlashRouter or purchased separately: secure your network with a VPN service provider.
In case you’re not familiar, a VPN offers two essential services for the modern day Internet denizen: the first is they secure your network by tunneling all of your data through encrypted servers set up all over the world. You want your passwords, credit card numbers, emails, etc. kept private? This is the best way to do it. The second is that VPNs allow you to bypass geographical web restrictions, allowing you to, say, enjoy Hulu even when you’re in a country that doesn’t offer Hulu, for example.
We work with a great deal of VPN service providers and we can heartily recommend any of them. Some of our users favs include ExpressVPN, IPVanish and NordVPN or choose one for youself on our supported VPN provider list, which means we can send you a router with your VPN subscription fully installed if your VPN appears on the list. If you’re worried about the security of your child’s data, a VPN is just what they need.
Roku 4 ($129.99) – There are plenty of streaming media players out there and, frankly, your student offspring will probably be happy with anyone that offers the basics: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube.
But we recommend going for our favorite, which is the Roku 4. It’s got all the channels you could ever want on a streaming media player, plus voice recognition, a remote locator, a headphone jack for private viewing and, most impressive of all, 4K streaming capability. If your kid cares about viewing clarity, then this is the media player for him or her.
Mubi – FlashRouters 2016 Graduation Gift Ideas Guide
Mubi ($5.99/mo.) – Got a budding film student or cinephile on your hands? Maybe their movie education can be enhanced after class hours with the help of Mubi. If Netflix or Amazon Prime just doesn’t cut it for your young art-house cinema fan, then a Mubi subscription is just what the doctor ordered. This streaming service offers 30 impeccably curated movies at a time – one rotates in and another rotates out every day – that will jump-start any film-lovers interest. Trust us: they’ll be eternally grateful.
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 ($199.99 – Amazon) – Don’t trust your child’s ability to maintain a clean house on their own? We don’t blame you, and they can either learn how to clean up after themselves the hard way, or you can make cleaning easy and fun for them with the Braava Jet 240. Yes, we’re recommending that you buy a robot to clean up after your child, but this is a particularly cool one, with the capability to sweep and mop on a variety of surfaces and in spots that aren’t so easy to reach. Maybe you should get one for yourself while you’re at it.
Toshiba CB35-B3340 13.3 Inch Chromebook ($366.99 – Amazon) – One thing that any soon-to-be-college-student could use is a laptop, particularly a reliable and affordable Chromebook. We’re recommending the Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 because it offers a powerful Intel Celeron 3215U processor, 4GB of RAM and, most importantly for your kid taking notes in class, seriously impressive battery life. Not only that, it’s got a sleek design and a luminous screen. Maybe throw in a $23 laptop lock to keep it safe.
Logitech X100 Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99) – We’ve only got a couple more here so we’re going to give you a thoroughly affordable and totally reasonable gift before we get to the all-out, wallet-busting option. A good, solid bluetooth speaker is exactly the sort of thing any student (or office-worker) would be happy to receive. We’ve suggested the Logitech X100 because it offers good, crisp sound, a nice, compact design that makes it portable and easy to put anywhere, and it’s even got an auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices.
Oculus Rift ($599.99) – At last, if you’re really feeling like going with an absolute mind-blower of a gift, how about a device at the forefront of virtual reality technology? People around the world have been waiting for the next generation of VR tech for a long time, and the Oculus Rift delivers. Utterly immersive and dazzling, the only real danger of the Oculus Rift – at least as a gift for a graduate – is that they spend all of their time using it instead of focusing on their studies. That said, the recipient will certainly remember your generosity.