The holidays or vacations are a great time to load up on latest technology. What university student would not love a particular gift selected mainly for him or her? Here’s what is hot:
- Netbook- Each and every college student ought to have a truly good computer or laptop. The newest and best option is a netbook, a new type of subcompact notebook that combines a relatively good processor with real portability and an attractive entry-level price. We mostly like netbooks that weigh no more than three pounds, have a ten-inch screen and a battery life of six to ten hours, and have a 160 GB hard drive and a full-size or at least 92% of full-size keyboard. Top options include the Toshiba NB205-N312, the Asus Eee 1005HA, the Samsung N120, and the HP Mini 110-1030NR. Students on a tighter budget might consider the previous generation, shorter battery life, and smaller screen Asus Eee PC900, which has a shorter battery life and smaller screen.
- Netbook peripherals- If you opt for a netbook, you will want to consider an external DVD drive for loading up software’s that still comes on discs; an external 19-inch monitor; and a wireless keyboard and mouse, great for work at house if you are blessed with larger than life-size fingers. Be sure to try out these devices at your own before buying.
- Thumb drive- Every student, no matter what her or his choice of computer or laptop, ought to have a thumb drive—a USB plug-in suitable for carrying data from one system to another. A mainly good deal is the Toshiba or the HP 4GB Flash Drive. But a wide range of models are available, in various capacities.
- Backup system- You will never have to tell your lecturer that your paper or essay is going to be late because your computer ate the data if you have backup scheme in place. Most suitable is to backup to an external hard drive; get a traveler model that holds at least 250 GB. We liked Acronis Backup and Nova Backup 10 and Recovery 10. Another way is to back up to an online source. Some instance: MyOtherDrive, Mozy, and Comodo.
- Utilities- A spyware-free, virus-free and crap-free system is your best friend. We like comprehensive “suites” such as Webroot Internet Security Essentials, Norton Internet Security, and AVG Internet Security. Every student should download the free Ccleaner and, for new computers, the free Pcdecrapifier. A bloated computer or laptop is an unhappy system, and with the smaller hard drives of netbooks, it pays to conserve space.
- Word processing software- Every student is going to write papers or essay, which is where word processing software comes in. Few students swear by the free OpenOffice, which contains imitations of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint presentation software, and Excel spreadsheet. Not us. We spent more than an hour trying to convert .odt format to .doc. Only obstinate professors—older than 50—even have it. Your best bet is finding a back-to-school deal on Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007. The software includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and OneNote.
- Image-manipulation software- Your presentations and papers not to mention your Facebook page will be greatly improved by software that enables you to get your images into publishable shape. Free programs include Picasa and GIMP, but if you want to drop a little dough, Adobe Photoshop Elements is a better value. Graphic design and art students will want to ask their tutors about Adobe Creative Suite CS4.
- Skype- A wonderful latest addition to the university scene is Skype, a program that allows you to video-conference with anyone, anywhere and anytime in the world, who has the service. We commonly talk with a colleague anywhere in the world. Increasingly, lecturers are using Skype as an alternative to-or in addition to–office hours. And you will be able to cram the night before tests with your friends or a study group. Skype needs a webcam, which comes built into various netbooks. Just be sure to turn off the camera when you are finished so that your dorm world does not turn into an episode on The Real World.
- Compact printer- Though colleges tell you printers are plentiful at computer labs, in college dorms, and at the student union, they do not tell you that there are usually 300 people lined up the night before the paper is due, that the printers are almost always stuck, and that the required printer drivers have been corrupted on the attached computer or laptop. Get more tips on Expertsmind.