With the fast connections and wireless internet the portability a laptop provides is a great convenience. You can have it in your dorm, bring it to class, have it on the road, use it in the library... the possibilities are endless. Make sure you get one that has a long lasting battery, so you don't have to carry the charger around as much. Also make sure you keep an eye on it, especially in the dorms and libraries, as these are great targets for thieves.
The iPod is a staple in the life of a college student. Your best bet is the 30gb Video iPod, perfect for storing all your music, videos and podcasts, especially when you convert DVD to iPod.
- USB Thumb drive
This small, portable storage device is another convenient item to have. You'll be working on lots of different computers around campus and this little device allows you to bring your files anywhere you go. Put it on your key chain.
You'll definitely want a nice speaker system in your living quarters. Whether its a set of good computer speakers, an all out home theater system or 5.1 surround sound headphones, these will come in handy for all your music and movies.
Digital Voice Recorder
This gadget is good for note taking and to record those class lectures you fall asleep in. Be sure to check out the iTalk.
The iTalk plugs into the iPod headphone jack to record sound like a handheld tape recorder. It contains an internal microphone and a jack for an external mic. Record lectures, then download them to a PC for use as a reference, or listen to them with your ipod speakers.
- Projection Alarm Clock - Cool looking, projects the time on the wall/ceiling, plus you'll need it for those
7am 10am classes.
- Surge Protectors - trust me, you'll need them to plug all your gadgets into.