Also, though college tech needs are shifting overall—toward products that provide mobility and convenience—the tech items viewed as most essential to college life are still the basics: laptops and printers.
Among the college students surveyed, 92% cite a laptop as a necessity for college, 66% cite a printer, 46% cite speakers or headphones, and 44% cite a smartphone.
In addition, some 40% of college students cite up-to-date software as a college necessity.
Below, additional findings from the Newegg report, based on a survey of 502 college students (age 18-24), conducted by Wakefield Research.
Interestingly, 36% of college students who started school with a laptop admit they were not completely happy with the device throughout the academic year.
More than one in four (25%) college students say tablets will help their grades while at college.
Most college students can identify at least one way they would use a tablet for class; using the device for research ranks first (61%), followed by reading textbooks (60%).
Essentials of a Fun Dorm Room
One-half (50%) of college students say a big TV is essential for the "fun" freshman dorm room, and 48% say price is not the most important characteristic to consider when choosing a TV for college:
Despite the tech options available to students, nothing beats access to food and cold drinks: 55% cite a mini-fridge as essential to a fun freshman dorm room.
Maintaining ties with family and friends back home is also important for students, particularly for first-time freshmen. However, most (73%) don't plan to use a landline connection while at college.
In addition, the findings show that buying tech devices and software programs for college should be a joint purchasing decision between students and parents.
One in three students own an item purchased by a parent that they don’t like or use, with 36% citing their laptop as that item.
Clearly, students want to provide input when buying tech items: 53% say they don't trust their parents to select the right printer, and 70% want to select their own software programs.
About the data: The Newegg survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 502 currently enrolled undergraduate college students in the US, age 18-24 via email invite and an online survey, May 16- 24, 2012.