Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

The 10 Best back-to-school gadgets

1. LaCie RuggedKey 3, £34.99, lacie.com/uk/ The bottom of a student's bag is dangerous place,so make sure their data is always safe with this rugged 150MB USB stick that resists heat, water and knocks.
2. Aviiq Ready Clip, £9.99, aviiq.co.uk With iPhones and iPods now doubling as notepads it's important to have a way to sync and charge on the go, and you can do both with these bendy USB leads.
3. Griffin iPad binder insert, £20, griffintechnology.com This ingenious little insert slots cleverly into a ring binder, securely holding your iPad in place next to all those other lecture notes.
4. Iris Scan Book 2, £129, irislink.com There's no need to tear that page from a reference library book. This baton-sized gadget acts as a mini scanner, working in colour and black and white.
5. Samsung W300 HD, £119, samsung.com From creating multimedia projects to recording sporting triumphs, this pocket-sized, HD camcorder is something older students may find useful.
6. LiveScribe Echo 2GB, £79, livescribe.com Have trouble taking down accurate notes? This gadget has a tiny computer with a mic and digital audio recorder which synchs the notes with the audio recording.
7. Amazon Kindle, £89 (£149 with 3G), amazon.co.uk When you consider that the average textbook costs around £30, an electronic library with a 3G connection seems good value.
8. Clocky alarm, £29.49, iwantoneofthose.com If getting your children up is a traumatic experience get them one of these alarm clocks that races away on wheels and doesn't shut up until it's been captured.
9. HP Deskjet 1000, £34.99, comet.co.uk Avoid the rush for the school printer with this home model. It fires up in seconds and is good enough to produce pixel-perfect text and decent colour images.
10. Huawei Mifi, £108.40, play.com This MiFi (a device that gives internet access on the go) lets you preload a prepaid allowance on it and has download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps.

Whether they're heading for the classroom or the lecture hall, these hi-tech study aids will help scholars large and small.

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