Back to school: Must-have college gadgets

Back to school: Must-have college gadgets

Summary: For those starting college soon, what gadgets should you think about taking with you - especially if you have some extra money to burn?

TOPICS: Education

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  • Hex Academy messenger bag

    The Hex Academy messenger bag is a slim, water-resistant bag to carry around your 15-inch laptops and general items you need to take with you to lectures. What makes this bag a little different is the PadPort, a storage slot for your iPad which lets you use the device on-the-go with no fuss. 

    Price: $79.95

    Via: Hex

  • Apple iPad/ iPad Mini

    If you want something more lightweight than a laptop, then Apple's iPad or smaller iPad Mini are popular choices.

    Available in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi/LTE versions with up to 128GB storage on the iPad and 64GB storage on the iPad Mini, these tablets are lightweight and come with good processor power; a Dual-core A5 chip for the iPad Mini, and a more powerful A6X chip inside the iPad. 

    Price: iPad Mini: $329 - $659, iPad: $499 - $929

    Via: Apple 

  • Nexus 7 Android tablet

    If an iPad doesn't tickle your fancy, perhaps the new Nexus 7 tablet will.

    Available to order in the United States for launch on August 28, the new version of the Asus Nexus 7 tablet has  1920 x 1200 resolution screen with an 178-degree viewing angle, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, wireless charging and dual-band Wi-Fi. The tablet runs on Android 4.3, Jelly Bean.

    You can buy the tablet in 16GB ($229) and 32GB ($269) Wi-Fi models. An LTE model is soon to become available for $349.

    Price: $229 - $349

    Via: ZDNet/ Google

Topic: Education

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    And then I gave up due to the format.

    While I feel I'm missing out on the rest, it's not enough to make me go through the awful page changes and related disco effect.
    Little Old Man
  • Wow...

    Wow, so a $499.00 set of headphones is a back-to-school "must have"?

    College appears to have changed significantly since I was a student. Back in my day you were happy to have a cassette Walkman with the included headphones.
    • "especially if you have some extra money to burn"

      .. should read "only if you have.."

      I was thinking similarly: Excluding the 1%, most students are just getting by, and these items are cutting edge and wallet slashing. These are ALL "nice-to-have," not "must-have". Textbooks (look forward to sticker shock, kids) are must-haves.

      If you really want to spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars to improve your school experience in trivial ways, hire a maid to clean your room for the entire duration of your schooling. Any number of other convenience services will save time and make for more effective use of resources.
      • (edit)

        I just noticed that Miss Osborne included my concern in a separate post: See also:
  • Old tech

    "The Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard shows us a glimpse of how our future keyboards has evolved -- from hardware to touchscreen -- and now projection."

    You make it sound like a good thing. I was looking at buying these when they were PDA accessories that plugged into the CF slot (remember PDAs? CF?) First, I wanted one when laptops were less ubiquitous and it would have been helpful to do some serious work on a PDA; then I was looking at is as alternative to antimicrobial keyboards for use in hospital operating rooms. The tech was more gimmick than useful, however.
    • Edit

      I meant to say "you make it sound like a new thing"
  • Must haves?

    Really? That is a wish list for those that have money to burn and expect to play more than study. I guess college is more about bling than reality. Either that or this is nothing but a well placed add for sponsors.
  • UE Boom is a Bust!

    You should know the UE Boom battery is "proprietary" and no replacement is ever going to be available. All Logitech can offer is "the product has a two year warranty". I'd will suggest for those that bought it (Got Suckered) taking it back with the 'expired' lithium battery a week before that two years is up. This is appalling. Knowing this, I will never buy a Logitech item ever.
    Pak King
  • Must have gadgets ... funny

    In the rest of the world, students use whatever limited resources available and manage to learn how to become talented programmers while watching their American cousins gang-bang each other for fun. I guess the difference between appreciating every little opportunity, and being spoiled with "must have" gadgets.