Recommended Tech for Students (2019)

  • Published on Mar 26, 2019
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    In this video, I talk through 5 products that added a lot of value to my life as a student, and which I would recommend to others. Enjoy xx

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    2. My favourite lens for the a6000 - Sigma 30mm f1.4 -
    3. Kindle Paperwhite -
    4. Energie Remote Control Sockets -
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    7. My Spotify Study with Me Playlist -
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Comments • 474

  • Ali Abdaal
    Ali Abdaal  5 months ago +52

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    00:57 - Mirrorless camera
    02:24 - Amazon Kindle
    05:30 - Lamps and smart plugs
    07:01 - Noise cancelling headphones
    08:09 - Bluetooth speaker

    • Abhijith K S
      Abhijith K S 5 months ago +4

      Ali Abdaal A huge thanks to tell that listening music while studying isn't good (according to evidence)
      I was forcing myself to that as many RU-cliprs recommended it (and I didn't like it)

  • Ozzerlong
    Ozzerlong 9 days ago +1


  • C Jensen
    C Jensen 9 days ago +1

    Fire watch wallpaper in the background

  • Anarion da Numenor
    Anarion da Numenor 15 days ago +2

    In Poland most popular students films are about How to survive for 1-2£ per day.

  • Quantum Crash
    Quantum Crash 23 days ago +2

    Ahh my bro, you continue to save my life with your suggestions. I'm hunting for a good camera right now! :)

  • Cathal 37
    Cathal 37 Month ago

    Hey Ali, just wondering what case you have on your kindle? Thanks😀

    • Cathal 37
      Cathal 37 Month ago +1

      @Ali Abdaal Thanks so much Ali! Love your channel.

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  Month ago +1

      It’s one of the amazon blue ones

  • Mertle Brutus
    Mertle Brutus Month ago +1

    Trying to chose between a ipad to take notes in college, or a ultrawide monitor to help with studying and being productive for my desk in my dorm room. Advantages and disadvantages to both.. which should I chose?

  • Cody McCarty
    Cody McCarty Month ago +2

    I personally use my 2012 macbook pro for things like editing and school projects and an iPad pro for doing notes

    • Cody McCarty
      Cody McCarty 27 days ago

      @J S yeah they're nice

    • J S
      J S 27 days ago

      those machines are beasts

  • Ayran Mateo
    Ayran Mateo Month ago +1

    Such a nice voice. Do some ASMR

  • M S R
    M S R Month ago +2

    Why in the world would a student need a camera? You might need it but it's not an essential.

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  Month ago +4

      Pretty sure I explain the rationale in the video :)

  • daksshin ganesh
    daksshin ganesh Month ago

    the gadget i would recommend using is your brain

  • Daniel Hayek
    Daniel Hayek Month ago

    A mirror-less camera is the single most valuable purchase? This really isn’t applicable to students. For a guy running a RU-clip channel, sure, a good camera is helpful. For a student though? Nope pretty superfluous. Unless you’re studying graphic design, photo, or video this is a bizarre piece of advice.

  • Mark Joaquin
    Mark Joaquin Month ago +1

    Ali i always watch your content since i admire you. Future freshman med student here while working as nurse

  • Mark Joaquin
    Mark Joaquin Month ago +1

    Ali i always watch your content since i admire you. Future freshman med student here while working as nurse

  • Syzanka23
    Syzanka23 Month ago

    You should checkout the YT channel Ambient Worlds Love their soundtracks!!!

  • Areeb Asif
    Areeb Asif Month ago

    You’re so freaking good like actually good good!

  • danilsa mejia
    danilsa mejia 2 months ago


  • Mykyta O'Hea
    Mykyta O'Hea 2 months ago +1

    Ali, show how the lamps work maybe?

  • ArtGeeks
    ArtGeeks 2 months ago

    Lol I have a kindle oasis 2, the same cancelling headphones he has and a 900 dollar camera and I have still done anything with my life.

    ANISH LAHIRI 2 months ago

    Go to google type library genesis and open the site using VPN and download any kindlebook.! Simple.! Before anyone misunderstands my suggestion and say "Copyright infringement".. a student is always on a tight budget. Save every penny wherever possible. Period

  • Scarface
    Scarface 2 months ago +2

    Does Ali belong to a well off family?

  • Shevori Gene
    Shevori Gene 2 months ago +1

    Ali, what camera and mic did you use for this video?

    • Shevori Gene
      Shevori Gene 2 months ago

      @Ali Abdaal Gotchu, I recently watched your new set up video too.

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  2 months ago +2

      A6500 + videomicpro+

  • Qassem
    Qassem 2 months ago +1

    I can afford all these tech but I'd rather use my books , RU-clip(videos) and pdf file on my phone that's it . Tablets and to do list on iPads overwhelms me not a fan

  • José Coimbras
    José Coimbras 2 months ago +1

    Rich Slash student...

  • Mychael Weynn
    Mychael Weynn 2 months ago

    Can you share that desktop wallpaper? It's gorgeous

  • Vlad Omota
    Vlad Omota 2 months ago +13

    You kind of forgot to take into account the average student budget...

    • Nyxl
      Nyxl Month ago

      Vlad Omota then work hard on scholarships, get a job, and get loans. It’s not too difficult if you put in the effort.

    • Vlad Omota
      Vlad Omota Month ago

      @Michael Jeffrey yeah we have that too but that still doesn't mean we have that much money

    • Michael Jeffrey
      Michael Jeffrey Month ago +1

      Vlad Omota in the UK we have access to really good student loans. Plus a decent minimum wage means we’re not as bad off as you guys when it comes to education.

    • Vlad Omota
      Vlad Omota 2 months ago +11

      @Marcin Prusinski Yeah have you ever heard of college tuition?

    • Marcin Prusinski
      Marcin Prusinski 2 months ago +1

      You heard about that thing called work ?

  • Kushagra Verma
    Kushagra Verma 2 months ago +1

    Which editing software he uses?

  • Daegan
    Daegan 2 months ago +6

    The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are really good for the same price, too. Just preference is all that comes down to it

  • Louvenia Taylor
    Louvenia Taylor 3 months ago +1

    Ok I know this is the wrong video to ask but I forgot the question when I was watching the correct video lol ..... ok so what storage would you recommend for the iPad for a student who is currently getting her Associates in Cardiovascular Technology then going to a university for Biology. Currently iPhone has 126 go so was I guesses the 256 gb would be ok ? My major apps that I will be downloading are One Note 📝, Complete Anatomy , Anatomy and Physiology, Microsoft Apps , Anki, Grammerly, Spotify, and a few more can’t think of . Does this sound like it will all fit? It should right ? It fits fine on my phone.

  • 88Strings
    88Strings 3 months ago +2

    That study playlist is 52 hours long... that's a massive study session!

  • nick ghodke
    nick ghodke 3 months ago +2

    When you have ipad then why do you need kindle

    • 88Strings
      88Strings 3 months ago

      You can read without distractions from the internet. Also, the Paperwhite kindle is better on the eyes and reduces blue light issues with sleep and melatonin production

  • Rafay Shams
    Rafay Shams 3 months ago +1

    Dear Ali bhai, Please reply.
    Do you think its a waste of money to buy an iPad Air 3 with apple pencil along with an Ereader that can also take notes? To be more specific, I'm talking about the Onyx Boox Nova pro 7.8'' digital note taking ereader that costs around $320.
    Please advise how can I own both the iPad with the pencil and the nova pro and be able to use both purposefully.
    Best regards,

  • NitroJon Science
    NitroJon Science 3 months ago +1

    I have that exact lamp... black metal base, hollow-ish moveable arms... do you have Freedom Furniture in the UK?

  • Chiem van Beljouw
    Chiem van Beljouw 3 months ago +1

    This guy is a speedreading genius

  • Mikledeepikle -
    Mikledeepikle - 3 months ago +2

    I’m getting a mirrorless camera (canon eos m50)

  • Calm
    Calm 3 months ago +7

    yep, I’m a student and I can definitely afford $600 for a camera ...... :/

    • optimisticview
      optimisticview Month ago

      Muddy Calendar
      1. you will have to pay back. so spend it carefully & smartly

    • Muddy Calendar
      Muddy Calendar 2 months ago

      Just use your student loans it’s like free money

    • MuabYT
      MuabYT 3 months ago +2

      d a d d y s c r e d i t c a r d

  • Alina Ali
    Alina Ali 3 months ago +1

    I found my new favourite YT channel. Thanks Ali!

  • Ross Bentley
    Ross Bentley 3 months ago +1

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the ReMarkable Tablet. It's been amazing for me for lecture notes and PDF reading/editing. Massively helpful for academics

  • emilykrarup
    emilykrarup 3 months ago +1

    Ali, I noticed that you use a lot of Apple products, do you use an Apple box to link your wall monitor to your laptop?

    • emilykrarup
      emilykrarup 3 months ago

      Sorry, really not tech minded, if you don’t use an Apple box, how do you go between using your laptop and your wall monitor, or is your wall monitor also Apple?

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  3 months ago +1

      apple box?

  • Yologuy
    Yologuy 3 months ago +1

    I'm not into literature...

  • Eminosrrr
    Eminosrrr 3 months ago +4

    Assuming that student is rich.

    DEEP SAB 3 months ago +123

    My father sold our house to afford my study at medical school....
    & Then I watch this type of videos...
    That fills me up with determination that one day I too will be able to achieve all the things I & my family want

    • Aefka_
      Aefka_ 6 days ago

      @Just2Cynical most of the people who can't pursuive their studies are for the major part people who doesn't even know what they want to study
      If you are a bit studious exams aren't a big deal
      The only exeption is for the medecine's studies where a 'numerus clausus" is imposed (about 1500 places for near 10 000 students every year in each university )
      Exept that the university is seen as tve way of facility if you doesn't know where going (big mistake ) and that explain a lot of the failure in law for exemple (60% of reject but 40% of the students doen't even come in lessons ...)

    • Just2Cynical
      Just2Cynical 7 days ago

      @Aefka_ In France most people who do the first year arent able to progress to the next right ?

    • Parth gupta
      Parth gupta Month ago

      @DEEP SAB at which college are u studying is it even worth for college in gujarat

  • SSS V
    SSS V 3 months ago +1

    Great video, can you let us know what case you are using on your kindle? Thanks

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  3 months ago +1

      It’s one of the amazon ones

  • Jammi jam
    Jammi jam 3 months ago +20

    Hm not sure why these would be helpful specifically for students except for the noise cancelling headphones...

    • cohen cyrus
      cohen cyrus Month ago +2

      so you dnt understand English..i think he has explained why

  • Javi Montero
    Javi Montero 3 months ago +1

    Agreed with the Bose headphones. Best purchase ever.

  • Joni Khan
    Joni Khan 3 months ago +1

    Sir will i get some information from you please!

  • On Trends
    On Trends 4 months ago +3

    I thought books are adequate to study in medical school 😂

  • Sasang Lenthang
    Sasang Lenthang 4 months ago +1

    I can't afford it, but I'm still watching

    QUANTUM WORLD 4 months ago +2

    Brother will you tell more about smart watch
    Thinking to buy one but is it useful for a student want to know your opinion

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  4 months ago +1

      No it’s not that useful. Check out my Apple Watch review video

  • Zi Hen Lin
    Zi Hen Lin 4 months ago

    Nice video!

  • Joshua Thompson
    Joshua Thompson 4 months ago +1

    where do you get that background for your macbook pro?????

  • Caffinated Ice
    Caffinated Ice 4 months ago +1

    Lord of the rings soundtracks! Yes! I use those too! :)

  • Kannan Mohan
    Kannan Mohan 4 months ago

    Your videos are good. Keep posting your activity so that it will be useful to all to learn more

  • Kannan Mohan
    Kannan Mohan 4 months ago

    Which one you use most of the time to read is it iPad or Kindle ?

  • Karl Wilson
    Karl Wilson 4 months ago +2

    Being a doctor, what is your opinion on using Bluetooth headphones for long periods? Cheers, love your videos.

  • Peetiegonzalez
    Peetiegonzalez 4 months ago +1

    I just watched this video, in which you showed 4614 followers of your playlist on Spotify, I go to follow it, and you already have 10,347 followers. Amazing. I have a hard time studying with music, the music is usually too distracting for me. You might also like "Lofi hip hop beats - beats to study/relax/game to (Chillhop Music" it's pretty low key music that I find much less distracting than most.

  • study with me
    study with me 4 months ago +1

    You are so handsome Ali 😍

  • Anthony Stacy
    Anthony Stacy 4 months ago +1

    Could we get the links for those wallpapers?

  • Helen Melon
    Helen Melon 4 months ago +1

    it would be really cool if you put your podcast on Spotify too :)

  • Nikola Ristic
    Nikola Ristic 4 months ago +1

    Your second monitor a.k.a. the TV has an amazing wallpaper! Mind sharing where we can acquire it? Thanks in advance:)

    • Jok3r
      Jok3r 4 months ago

      I'm pretty sure it's this one

    • Jok3r
      Jok3r 4 months ago