The Tech Campus Survival Guide

The Tech Campus Survival Guide

Kevin Whipps
Oct 26, 2011

The first few months on campus for freshman is coming to a conclusion (can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving?), and that means those once wide-eyed nOObs are finding themselves wiser to what they want and need living away from home. Here's a few never-late-than-never tech tools for the 21st century student...

Back when we were in college textbooks were the prime target for theft on campus; high resale value and stealing them from the ever renewable resource of freshman students was easy enough. Now it's all about laptops, as most students enter with or eventually find themselves purchasing a laptop, toting them around campus, to the library, inside open-door dorms, and everywhere inbetween. It's not sexy, but we think students would be wise to use something like the Kensington MicroSaver Notebook Lock for an extra layer of security when leaving their machines unattended for even a split second.

That doesn't mean students are scott free from the old fashioned textbook...yet. But we're getting there, with services like Kno for the computer, iPad and even Facebook aiming to replace those backpack burdensome loads.

And if you're going to tote around your tech, you might as well take it around in fashionable style.

Incase Campus Pack: This checkerboard beauty is capable of carrying up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, power supply, mouse and still have room for all of your books. At $99.95, it's the priciest of the set, but it's worth the extra cost to know that your stuff is kept safe and looks good in the process.

Incase Tote Bag: If you're looking for something a little bit smaller than your average backpack, check out the Tote Bag. It's got the same cool fabric on the outside and inside as the rest, but this one holds a 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as all of your other goodies. It's got a removable shoulder strap as well, just in case you want to carry it like a messenger bag. Oh, and it's $79.95, so it shouldn't break the bank either.

For most students, college will mean living with roommates for the first time. And although we fondly remembered living with five other friends as a mostly awesome era of BBQing, youthful hijinks, and probably a bit too much video gaming, there were actual moments when studying was involved.

The problem is the days you may need to study may be the very same day your roomies decide is party time. Noise canceling headphones to the rescue! Bose probably make the best active noise canceling cans out there, but the price is well beyond most student's budgets. Only a few notches down in effectiveness, but with a much more affordable price range are Audio-Technica's QuietPoint Active Noise-cancelling On-Ear Headphones. They're advertised to neutralize/block out up to 85% of intrusive ambient noise, which means your roommates will only be 15% annoying than normally. Not bad for just $79.95.

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