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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  • LG Pocket Photo PD221 Mini Mobile Printer for Android

    People often rely on their smartphones to take pictures -- especially if more sophisticated DSLR kits are out of reach. If you happen to be an Instagram-happy student, you might want to do more than upload your snaps to Facebook -- and this is where LG's mini mobile printer comes in.

    If you have an Android-based smartphone, connect the printer via Bluetooth or USB to edit, upload and print your images. 

    Price: $120.99

    Via: Amazon

  • WD My Passport 1TB portable external hard drive

    An external hard drive is a sensible way to make sure that if your computer fails, you won't lose that essay you've (apparently) been working on for months, or the dissertation which is due tomorrow.

    While there are many on the market, I particularly like WD's My Passport drives. Available in models with 320GB to 1.5TBs' worth of space, the drives can be password protected, are portable due to their small and compact designs, and can be set to automatically back up software. 

    Price: $69.99

    Via: Amazon

  • iPod alarm clock

    If you've had a particularly heavy night out, annoying beeping or your smartphone might not cut it when its time to wake up. Instead, hook up your iPod to this alarm clock to play your favorite song in the morning. (Or, if you have trouble getting up like me, Drowning Pool's "Let the bodies hit the floor" never fails). 

    The clock has the usual Snooze function, timer, and is mains powered. Keep in mind that due to voltage differences, the latest versions of the iPod Nano and Classic are not compatible. 

    Price: £32.49 ($49)

    Via: Iwantoneofthose

Topic: Education

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  • No1 Looked Cool

    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.