Tech forms a big part of any college student’s life these days. Chosen correctly, the gadgets that you take with you can save you space, money and time. Here are five multi-functional devices that will help make your dorm room a more productive, livable place while keeping up with your work – and play – schedules.
1. Lightweight laptops
Your computer may be the most important item on your dorm room gadget list. It will be your study hub, and if small and light enough, your classroom companion, too. It could also double as an entertainment system for music and movies.
Consider something small and lightweight. Apple enthusiasts have two options: first, you can go with a MacBook or, if you’re planning on doing lots of video work, a MacBook Pro.
Apple doesn't give these devices touchscreens or make the screens reversible to turn into tablets, though, so if you want a tablet for reading you’ll have to buy an iPad. Consider investing in a Pro version and the Apple Pencil if you plan on making notes directly on the screen.
Not all textbooks come electronically, and not all college professors accept assignments electronically, either. Kill two birds with one stone by taking a multi-function printer/scanner to your dorm. Inkjets are ok, but a laser unit will be faster with cheaper consumables. You can choose one with a flatbed scanner to accommodate those bulky textbooks. Avoid color unless you really need it. Toner cartridges are expensive and buying one of them instead of four separate colors (including black) will save your student budget.
3. Noise-cancelling headphones
Whether you’re in a dorm room or the library, it’s difficult to find quiet, solitary spaces to study in college. A pair of noise-cancelling headphones can enable you to focus on your work even when others are making noise around you. They serve double – or triple – duty by letting you listen to recorded lectures, rock out, or work out after you finish studying, and improve Skype sessions with the folks back home.
4. Breakfast stations
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it a good one. A multi-purpose breakfast station will save you valuable dollars by serving up a cup of Joe while also heating up bread in the toaster oven and frying an egg on the non-stick griddle, all in a compact unit. Eggs, toast and coffee, stat!
5. Pico projectors
This gadget is a space saver and a conversation piece. Most dorm rooms feature a bulky, cumbersome TV that you can’t transport. Instead, you can use a pico projector which fits in the palm of your hand, but projects your favorite movies and TV shows onto the dorm room wall. Not only does this maximize your space, but it also fits in your bag, enabling you to take the entertainment where ever you go – including the classroom, for your presentations. Just keep your cinema-style Netflix sessions out of the library, ok?
About the Author
Danny Bradbury has been writing about technology and business since 1989. His clients have included the Financial Times, the Guardian, and Canada's National Post.
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