It’s that time of year again – when parents dread the feeling of empty-nest syndrome while their grown-up children relish the chance of freedom.
But gone are the days when preparing for student life was just about piling some Ikea furniture, a lava lamp and a yucca plant into the back of the car and driving to halls of residence just in time for the new term.
Now a new season of gadgets aimed at the student market is hitting virtual and store shelves to make studying easier. We take a look at some of the best.
GoNote Android Notebook
Just released for back-to-school time, the pick this year just might be the GoNote Android notebook. At just £149, it offers a pocket-friendly alternative to the laptop, which could be perfect for students on the go.
Made by British firm Ergo Electronics, the GoNote is running Android 4.0, the same as optimised by new smartphones, and it has 1GB of memory. At 10 inches, it’s great for carrying around the campus and it runs the full Google experience so you can download the likes of Skype and Spotify and you can save your work onto the 8GB of built-in storage.
iRobot Mini Scooba 230
Now students aren’t exactly renowned for their cleanliness and household rotas can fall by the wayside but the iRobot could at least make sure the smallest room in the house is hygienic. At around £275, it doesn’t come cheap but it may be worth it to stop all those arguments about whose turn it is to clean the bathroom.
As a student, few items are more precious to you than your computer, which probably holds all your work and ideas. So it’s worth taking some precautionary measures to prevent yours from being stolen while you’re working in the library. While nothing is foolproof, the Kensington lock, at £19.99 is widely-regarded as being the most secure. It has a code system for locking and you can loop it around a table leg to secure it. It’s all about providing a deterrent – after all if one laptop has a lock and the one next to it doesn’t, which is more attractive to a thief?
If the dorm next to yours is holding an all-night party while you’re trying to finish a big assignment, it can be impossible to concentrate. But Bose could hold the answer. Their Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones sure beat ear plugs for effectiveness and style. You can listen to whichever musical genre helps you concentrate while blocking everything else out. They’re not cheap, at £299.99, but if you tell Mum and Dad they could be the difference between getting a first or a 2:1, they may just be prepared to shell out.
Flying Alarm Clock
Getting up in the morning to get to lectures can be pretty tricky if you’ve pulled an all-nighter to finish an essay or just been out on the town with your mates. But this clock will force you out of your cosy bed. When the alarm sounds, the propeller is launched up into the air and flies off into your bedroom. To stop the noise, you have to get up and replace the propeller. By then you’re sure to be awake. RRP around £15.