Last minute gifts for the student in your life

Last minute gifts for the student in your life

Summary: Reflecting on my time at University, there are certain gadgets that I would have dearly loved to own for their own sake, or would have been downright useful. Here is a collection of ten gifts to help your student survive University.

TOPICS: Amazon

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  • The essay which I should have completed a week ago is due tomorrow. I'm running out of time and the only thing that is pushing me onwards is the ready supply of caffeine. 20 minutes pass without me realizing it, I go to grab my cup of tea on the side of the desk, and it's stone cold. 

    You plug this gadget in to your USB port, and it claims to extend your 'drinking time' (i.e. before the temperature requires your drink to be thrown down the sink and the kettle turned back on with a sigh) by 30 minutes.

    The temperature of hot drinks can apparently be maintained at 40 degrees after an hour of use.


    (Source: Iwantoneofthose)

  • The competition between e-readers and tablets is fierce -- one of the latest battles launched in to is the fight between the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. New models continually appear, bolstered by tablet features intended to improve the user experience and make them more enticing than standard e-reader models.

    All media players are hooked up to the Amazon cloud -- anything you've ever bought is available for instant streaming, so there is little need to download anything if you don't want to.

    The Kindle Fire's space capacity is nearly 7 gigs - allowing you a fair amount of room for a few movies, plenty of photos and about 1000 songs.

    The tablet boosts the bookstore, a music and video store (with a Netflix-like subscription video library), and the ability to stream music from their servers. Another boost to the Kindle Fire is their Android App store, which reaches out to all Android devices and is a more attractive target for developers than some competing devices.


    (Source: Amazon)

  • A Dictaphone, like this Olympus VN-510, should be on every student wish list.

    Unfortunately for me, I didn't realize how much easier these devices could make life whilst trying to either keep up with rapidly-talking lecturers, or struggling to stay awake after a heavy night or two.

    The Olympus model boasts a 512 MB memory, and lets you store up to 300 hours of digital voice recordings. It also works  for up to 39 hours on a single battery charge.


    (Source: Pix Mania)

Topic: Amazon

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  • RE: Last minute gifts for the student in your life

    [i]Perhaps it will save you some time on writing up your exam notes, or come in handy for those who write better by hand than typing straight on to a computer.[/i]

    I would like to see this mythical creature. The only way I can see this being true is if you're still hunt & pecking.

    And on that note, if you're allowed a computer in class, I'd go for it and Word over a dictaphone. I used one in my ethics class, and honestly, it's more hassle than it's worth.