8 Tech Gadgets Every College Student Should Consider

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By Tom Tessin

Every year that I look at the new, incoming freshman for the year, I’m always fascinated by the technology.  I didn’t really graduate that long ago from college, but man, things have changed!  There were no iPhones, iPads, as well as applications for your phone.  I would have died for one of these gadgets!

No matter what kind of budget that you’re on, I wanted to point out 8 gadgets that you should consider.  They will not only help you with your school work, they will also help you with your life after college, making it a fantastic investment.

#1 The iPhone or Android [price:  $200~ + monthly ~$100 contract] – This is one of the best investments that I have made recently.  There are so many cool applications that you can download for your phone.  Apps such as voice recorders, graphing calculators, GPS abilities, and more, you’re going to find that you can find so much to help you during your college career.

#2 Cell phone extender [~$150] – I had found in my college days that the cell phone quality was just awful in my dorm room.  Instead of running a mile away to your dorm, I had found that many people had luck with their extenders.  This is a great way to boost your signal with your cell.  Try and go in with 4-5 people around your dorm so that everyone can take advantage!

#3 Voice recorder [~35] – Most professors talk pretty fast and you’re going to find that it’s going to be rather hard to take notes.  A voice recorder is going to make it easy for you to record the lecture and take notes later.  If you get a recorder that is advanced enough, it may even transcribe it for you!

#4 VOIP services [~$50 + ~$5 monthly fee] – If you can’t afford a cell phone, that’s fine.  What you will want to do is take advantage of fantastic VOIP services such as MagicJack and Skype.  All it’s going to take is a phone line, as well as a phone.  I have MagicJack and I love it.  I pay $2 a month and I can make unlimited calls.  It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends and family back home.

#5 A laptop [~$400] – I don’t know who doesn’t have a laptop in college.  In today’s market, you can really grab some great deals on a newer one, or even an older one.  Places such as Dell are offering brand new laptops for as little as $350.  Download open source software such as Open Office and more to save on money with software when you purchase your computer.

#6 A thumb drive [~$15] – A memory stick, thumb drive, or whatever you may call it is a great little gadget to have.  It’s a little USB port that you can take from computer to computer.  It’s a great way to transfer files from one computer to another.  If you’re going to be working in computer labs, I would highly recommend one.  You can find one that attaches to your keys.

#7 A printer [~$150] – Most colleges will charge you to print out items in the library.  Yes, I know they already charge you an arm and leg for tuition, but you will find that this gets rather annoying.  Find a printer combo package that you can keep in your dorm.  It’s a great way to save when you’re looking to copy, print, as well as scan.

#8 A moving alarm clock [~$30] – Don’t settle for your ringtone to wake you up, because you’re going to find that there are going to be some late nights.  When I was college, there were a couple of kids that recommended a moving alarm clock.  Basically, it would go off at night and move around the room, making you get up to turn it off!

Author Information

Tom Tessin has been running FindCollegeCards, a student credit card / college blog since 2007 helping students with many tips, tricks, as well as ideas.

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