Students heading off to college need more than just computers, textbooks and a little know-how. They also want gear that makes life on campus not only simpler, but more fun as well. Today’s college students are all about technology and having the latest gadget or electronic to help them while studying in the classroom, hanging out in their dorm room or socializing with friends.
Having these gadgets will prepare every student for the long days — and sometimes longer nights — that come with being in college. Here are some of the top pieces of hi-tech gear that every college student should have before hitting campus this fall.
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
No need to run to the library or another quiet part of campus to get some peace and quiet. These noise-canceling headphones come in an extra-comfortable design and are highly effective at blocking out excess sounds caused by roommates, outdoor traffic or a noisy neighbor. A decent pair of headphones such as the Bose QuietComfort 15 can make all the difference with its advanced noise reduction, lifelike sound and comfortable fit. They fold flat for easy storage and have a battery life of 35 hours.
Samsung Galaxy S 4
Samsung’s next big thing is here. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is every college student’s answer to a smartphone. Take pictures like a pro with the 13MP autofocus camera, and don’t miss a moment with the Slow Motion and Fast Motion video recording features. Its touch-free feature allows you wave your hand over the phone to answer calls, reading text by tilting your head or phone and preview content with barely a touch. All this on a five-inch full HD display with a 1.9GHz quad-core processor.
Every college student needs some down time, and the best way to do this by sitting back and watching television. However, a great way to keep cable tv costs down is by streaming your favorite television shows and movies through a Roku. Undeniably inexpensive, a Roku allows users to stream Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Crackle, VUDU, PBS, MLB.TV and more. To date, there are four models of Roku available, depending on a user’s budget and needs. No PC required.
Livescribe Echo Smartpen
Never miss a word with this digital pen! Students can capture their handwritten notes, drawings and lectures and replay them on their computer without needing WiFi or an Internet connection. By using Livescribe Dot Paper, the smartpen records what you write, as well as what is being spoken such as a lecture. You can view and listen to the finished product, a “pencast,” whenever you want. It’s cheaper, smaller and easier to transport than a laptop or tablet. The 4GB smartpen can hold up to 400 hours of audio.
External Backup Hard Drive
One of the most fatal errors a college student can make is not properly backing up his or her work. A simple glitch and everything can be gone, including ongoing projects, homework and assignments. Keeping backup copies of everything important on an external hard drive will save you time and your sanity. There are other reasons to get one too. Those needing to expand their current computer’s storage space can do so by just adding an external drive. A 320GB to 500GB drive is a good size to get for typical college students.
These are definitely some of the cooler gadgets for college students today. These, plus the motivation to study and succeed, can help prepare and guide them through an amazing college career.