The beginning of a new semester can be dreadful and titillating at the same time. However, with the purchase of a few well selected gadgets that can help students with their everyday tasks, things can definitely be so much easier. Laptops are a given essential, so we’ve excluded those from our list and have included only devices and gadgets that are fun and useful additions to student life and will absolutely help you breeze through your student tasks. Check out our picks below.
1. Lumie Bodyclock Active 250
Lumie Bodyclock is a wake up light or a dawn simulator giving you a more relaxed way of waking up without shocking your body. Lumie wakes you up gradually with increasing natural light and sends a signal to your body to ease the production of sleep hormones or melatonin and increase cortisol, the hormones that help you get up. This clock will help you wake up feeling more refreshed, alert, and ready to face another day. You can get the Lumie Bodyclock from Amazon for $115.
2. Kensington ComboSaver Portable Notebook Computer Lock
What’s worse than dreaming that you showed up to class in nothing but your underpants? Well, a students ultimate nightmare is stepping away from your desk at the library and return only to find out that your laptop as well as your school work (which is due tomorrow) is missing. Let’s not wait for that to happen to you. Presenting the lock that actually keeps your laptop where it’s supposed to be – Kensington ComboSaver Portable Notebook Computer Lock. It has a Resettable four wheel number code with thousands of possible combinations. It also has a cut resistant cord and a push button design so you can easily attach the lock even while your other hand is occupied. And if you’re forgetful, it also has a Register & Retrieve™ program, so you can look up your code if you ever forget. Secure your laptop now by getting yourself one for $29.99.
3. Livescribe 3 smartpen
Focus on learning in class instead of just taking down notes. Livescribe captures everything you write and hear even if you have a rapid fire professor. Livescribe may look like an ordinary pen, but it has a voice recorder and up to 8GB of storage. Not only does it remember everything you’ve written, it also allows you to sync your handwritten notes to your PC and share them online. It also lets you record words, diagrams, symbols, audio and scribbles and sync everything with what you wrote. You simply have to tap on your notes and the smartpen will play back your professor’s explanation – verbatim. Never miss a word again.
4. Amazon Kindle
So you’ve started your semester and you go around campus hauling all your books, plus your laptop, and etc. Why not get yourself a kindle? Kindles can store hundreds of thousands of books and there are a million choices – from academic texts to romance novels. The new design is thinner and lighter, perfect for stashing in your backpack. It’s touchscreen display is made to mimic real paper and is also easy on the eyes . Unlike other tablets, Kindle has no screen glare so you can continue reading outdoors , even under the sun. Get yours here.
So you’re constantly on the move with all your classes, extra curricular activities and campus parties – which leaves a lot of chances to leave behind and misplace your stuff. No worries, with Tile you can keep track of your things and valuables. Tile is a bluetooth enabled tracking device that you can sync with the smartphone app (for Android and iOS). It has a 100 foot bluetooth range and if you lose your device or wallet, or even your keys, it will play a loud tune until you find it. You can even use your tile to make your phone ring even on silent, so you’ll never have to frantically search for it. Tile also remembers the last place and time you had your item, so you’ll know where you should start looking. For more information and to see tile in action, click here.
6. WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive
Safeguarding your work against a computer crash or malfunction is a must and is most definitely worth the money and effort. The WD Elements Portable external hard drive offers a very large amount of storage space for a very low cost. It also stores one Terabyte of data, but there’s also a two Terabyte version. WD Elements portable external hard drive is compact and light, so it’s very convenient to carry around campus with or without your bag. It has a very simple design thus allows it to work very well with game consoles, computers and other types of hosts.
7. Incase Nylon Backpack
Carrying a lot of stuff around campus can be very straining on the back and shoulders and if you’re a student with a full schedule, that’s pretty much your very day life. You’ll need a backpack with comfortable shoulder straps, lots of zippered compartments, plenty of padding but minus the bulk. This compact and very light (almost 1.5kg) nylon backpack from Incase Designs is the one you’re looking for. There’s two spacious zippered compartments, a reinforced pocket to cushion your beloved laptop, mesh pockets for your pens and cables, and a smaller zippered pocket for your mobile phone and mp3 player. The padded shoulder straps should help ease the pain of having to carry around lots of stuff. Check out their other cool designs here.
8. Shure SE112 sound isolating earphones
Some people like to do a little head banging to help them concentrate a better however, you can’t really do that with speakers in the library. Shure has one of the best sound isolating earphones. Sound isolation provides better noise reduction than noise cancellation. It’s great for blocking a noisy television set, speech and other ambient noise. Shure offers a wide variety of sleeves with their earphones to ensure that the listener always has a custom fit.
9. Canon Pixma IP100 Printer
Although we’re already quite advanced when it comes to technology, there are still some professors who prefer and insist that you turn over your assignments the old fashioned way. Yes, paper. And yes, you will need a printer for that. So we found a printer that will fit right in your dorm room. The Canon Pixma IP100 Printer is only 4.4lbs or 2kg and it’s only as large as a thick laptop. When it’s not in use, you can easily stash it under your bed or in your drawer. Bonus points for photo print quality.
10. Surge Protector
Perhaps the most boring of all in this list is the surge protector. Nonetheless, you still need one of these – Or two if you’ve got a lot of gadgets. The last thing you want is to try your computer or your roommate’s due to your room’s horrible electricity. With this, you’ll be sure that your electrical Appliances and devices will be protected from any kind of electrical issues.