5 Awesome Tech Gadgets For College Kids

With colleges and universities now starting their Fall 2014 semesters, thoughts turn to students heading back to school with the latest and greatest in tech in order to make studies, life, and leisure all the easier. Because, after all, that’s what the new year is all about: bringing out your newest and coolest tech. Thankfully, this is the Age of the Geek, and tech gadgets are geek cred.

So, in order to keep up with what’s new, here are five nifty gadgets that today’s college student shouldn’t be without when they head off to school for the new year. If they’re already there, well, that’s what overnight delivery is for, right?

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Here’s a collection of tech gadgets for that special collegiate in your life!

StickNFind Location Sticker

Universities are big places, and that means lots of places to lose things. To compound the problem, students have a ton of things either in their rooms or on their person, valuable things that need to be kept track of. These stickers, each the size of a quarter, are applied to devices (laptops, smart phones, even car keys), which can then be tracked by a downloadable smart phone app. Hey, forget the kids; EVERYONE should have this!

Justin Power Case With Lightning Connector and Bluetooth Keyboard

For the sake of brevity, let’s just call this a power case, hey? If your student has an iPad or iPhone that gets heavy use, then power is probably an issue. This case charges those Apple devices, and also has USB chargers for other devices such as Blackberries, Samsung, and others. It comes with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard as well, which just boosts the case’s versatility to a whole new level. So now your student’s devices will have enough power to write you a thank you note for this awesome tech gadget, and a better keyboard to make sure the note is readable. It’s win-win!

join.me

Getting together is a big part of college life. Whether it’s about getting a study group together, collaborating on a project, or, let’s face it, hooking up, there’s a big social element to college. join.me is a screen sharing service (free for the basic level), that lets up to 10 people share their computer or mobile device’s screen. The free version includes chat, Internet calling, and share control.

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive

The Justin Power Case was aimed at Apple mostly, so let’s give Android devices some love. This little device addresses a common inconvenience in today’s mobile age. You have files on your smart phone, and you want to transfer them quickly and with the least amount of hassle to your laptop. Sure, you can attach those files to a text or email message, but really, isn’t there an easier way to do this? Yes, and it’s right here. Connect this drive to your tablet or smart phone, copy over those big files, then connect it to your laptop (or desktop) and copy them to the hard drive. Making tech as easy as pie.

First Alert Safety POD

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that campuses aren’t immune to crime. For the peace of mind of parents whose kids are far from home in a strange city, this cool tech gadget delivers a 100-decibel alarm at the press of a button, ideal for calling attention to an unfolding dangerous situation. The gadget has a second function: a motion sensor that can be attached to, say, a dorm room’s door handle or a bag, with an alarm that sounds for three minutes. As an added extra bonus, there’s a built-in LED light.

More Tech Gadgets

Finally, don’t forget to give some attention to the older tech gadgets that your student may have. For instance, here’s an article called “Smartphone Upgrade Checklist and Tips” with advice on bringing those smart phone devices up to speed, or swapping them out for better models altogether.

There’s more gadgets out there, as explained in this article called “6 iPod Gadgets You Can’t Live Without“, but these particular five are definitely worth the attention. Come to think of it, a lot of that stuff could be used by the rest of us too. Why should college kids have all the tech fun?

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