10 Awesome Gadgets That Even College Students Can Afford

Published Jun 16, 2008

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Looking for a cool new gadget that can simplify your life? Here are 10 great gadgets you can pick up for under $50.

1. Kensington Portable Power Pack (Retails for $48 - $64)

Kensington

The Kensington Portable Power Pack is a rechargeable battery pack that gives your MP3 player, PDA, cell phone, and other gadgets a boost of juice wherever you are. The little pack is the perfect solution to those annoying beeps everyone can hear when your batteries are running low.

2. FLY Fusion Pen Top Computer (Retails for $50 - $90)

Fly

The FLY Fusion Pen Top Computer is a personal computer the size and shape of a pen. It reads and stores what you write so that you can plug it into a regular computer later and digitize your notes. This crazy little pen also plays mp3 files and can instantly translate English into Spanish and vice versa.

3. Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 ( Retails for $40 - $50)

Lifecam

If you're looking for a cheap yet powerful webcam, Microsoft's new LifeCam is the way to go. VGA sensors, a built-in microphone, 1.3-megapixel still photography capability, video effects and 640-by-480 video resolution are just a few of the elements you get for less than $50.

4. Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle (Retails for $28 - $30)

Hydracoach

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The Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle looks like a regular sports bottle, but it actually thinks while you drink. An LCD display shows the percentage of water you have consumed and compares it to the amount of water you'll need to drink per hour for maximum health benefits.

5. Hot Dog Toaster (Retails for $15 - $25)

Hot

Don't laugh, this electric appliance is perfect for dorm rooms, It looks and works just like a toaster and can cook two hot dogs (with buns) in just a couple of minutes. All you have to do is drop your wieners in and hit a button.

6. Vertical Ergonomic Mouse (Retails for $45 - $85)

Vertical

Wrist pain is common among students who make repetitive movements at the computer--particularly with a mouse. Medical doctors, physical therapists, ergonomists and UC Berkeley professors recommend using a vertical mouse. The pain you save will be well worth the money you spend.

7. Belkin Laptop Cooling Pad (Retails for $20 - $30)

Belkin

This laptop cooling pad from Belkin has a couple of nice features. To start, it uses natural convection to make sure your crappy laptop doesn't overheat. The pad also raises the screen so that you don't have to crane your neck when you work on your notebook.

8. SanDisk Cruzer Titanium (Retails for $17 - $65)

Cruzer

When you're working on something important, it's a good idea to back-up and carry your files on a secure USB drive. The SanDisk Cruzer Titanium is a good choice because it's easy to use and practically crush-proof (up to 2,000 pounds).

9. Plantronics Voyager 520 (Retails for $30 - $141)

Bluetooth

Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset has great sound quality and a comfortable fit. It's definitely one of the best and most compatible Bluetooth devices you can buy for under $50.

10. Zelco Itty Bitty Booklight (Retails for $16 to $40)

Booklight

There's no need to put down your page-turner (or textbook) when your roommate goes to bed if you have the Zelco Itty Bitty Booklight. This tiny but bright light clips to your book and shines on two pages without glare or shadow.

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