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Back-to-school tech for students

A look over 10 bits of technology a back-to-school student will need to get them through their next academic year. These are well thought out and recommended by ZDNet's resident student.
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By Zack Whittaker, Contributor on
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Having a laptop stand (preferably one with a cooling system in-built) will not only save your laptop from wear and tear but will also enable you to sit at an angle which is ergonomically supportive. No more RSI injuries or painful bad backs...
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For when you want to pull a sicky, or just need to try and remember what was said in the lecture - a digital dictaphone will stand you well in revising for your summer exams.
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An online backup solution may be the first choice for many but for me, I'd prefer something a little closer to home. With the amount of media and videos we have downloaded onto our computers, storage space, let alone backup space is in demand.
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You'll need a phone which balances features but fun elements also. But then again, a phone is very likely to get damaged as it stays with you all the time and every day. Is it worth splashing out on something which might get broken?
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A dedicated Skype phone might seem pointless to some, but those who communicate with friends and family members over long distances, Skype is definitely the way to do it. You may as well do it in style and in comfort over those long phone calls.
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For some, a Kindle is all it. For me, I prefer my e-readers to be smaller and less corporate in design and feel. At least with a device other than a Kindle, I won't be spending tonnes of money on book downloads.
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Speakers will be the audible sound of your heart and soul. You may as well get the party revved up a gear with speakers which are portable, clear and lightweight, but also small and incredibly powerful.
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A touch-screen - forget that - a multi-touch screen laptop would be a brilliant bit of kit to take to college with you. Out of all the bits of tech on here, this is the killer one, without a doubt.
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While it will be tempting to post pictures all over your room, the hospitality charge to remove them (or at least the remaining bits of Blu-tac) will land you in financial ruin at the end of the year. Buy yourself a digital photo frame and keep the memories alive stored in SD memory.
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A digital camera is an absolute must. You'll be spending a lot of time out and about, meeting new people and experiencing new things, and you'll want to record them as best as you can.
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