Five Must-Have Electronics for College Freshmen

Freshmen enter into college with a ton of things they don’t need. They have bean bag chairs no one will ever sit in, change counters they’ll never use, and candle warmers they’ll forget to turn on. Below is a list of five electronics they’ll use all four years and probably longer.

Digital Camera

Whether you’re taking classes online or living in a dorm, chances are good you’ll want to document your college years. If you’re interested in photography, look into a Cannon Powershot. It’s a high-powered compact camera that can shoot in raw format and has a fairly good zoom lens. Sadly, the lens isn’t removable, so you’ll want to buy a DSLR, but it does make for a great back-up.

If you just want snapshots of your friends, look for a camera that has the ability to directly upload photos to Facebook, like many Kodak cameras.

Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock

If you have trouble getting up in the morning in time for school, it’s time to get a better alarm clock. College classes wait for no one, and you can’t just have your mom drive you. Clocky is a small alarm clock that will roll away after you hit the snooze more than once. The genius is that you’ll have to get out of bed to chase him down to turn off his loud alarm. The negative side, of course, is that your roommate with later classes will hate you if you perform the chase too frequently.

Clocky comes in aqua, white and chrome, so there’s an annoyingly effective alarm clock for everyone!

Xbox 360

Even if you’re not a hardcore gamer, it’s worth looking into getting a 360 because of the low price ($200). You can directly stream Netflix through it, which means that you can watch movies on it with your friends without struggling to adjust your laptop to the right angle. In addition to that, the Xbox 360 will play DVDs, unlike the Wii. Those who value their blu-ray collection probably won’t get as much use out of an Xbox 360, though, since it doesn’t play them. Unless they’re gamers, they might as well skip the console since the PS3 is relatively expensive.

Casual gamers will likely find used games they’ll enjoy for under $10. Bejeweled is a great way to waste a few minutes in between classes. Gamers or budding enthusiasts will find the largest game library for any console.

Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast Station

For $30, students can have a coffee maker, a griddle and a toaster oven. Besides the fact the pricing is just right for college students, the convenience and compact size makes it perfect for any freshmen. Just because you’re living on your own for the first time doesn’t mean that you don’t need a nice home-cooked breakfast, whether it’s coming from a pancake mix or your mom’s pass-down-for-three-generations recipe. The protein from sausage and the caffeine-boost will start your mornings off right.

LaCie iamakey Flash Drive

College students are notoriously bad about leaving their flash drives everywhere. They leave them in libraries and dorm rooms and in their friend’s computers. Sometimes they even leave them home. Attaching your flash drive to your keychain at least ensures you won’t get far away before you realize your mistake. Many flash drives are able to connect to your keychain or lanyard, but LaCie’s key-like shape makes it more secure on your ring.

Jesse Langley is a Midwest freelance writer who graduated successfully, partly based on his endless supply of useful gadgets. He writes on behalf of Colorado Technical University

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