The 8 Best and Weirdest Gadgets for Students

Gone are the days when a plucky young freshman would turn up at college with little more than a chewed pencil behind his ear and a simple, honest willingness to learn. These days if it can’t be plugged in, it’s passé, and study is aided and abetted by a whole host of cool new toys.

We’ve been scouring gadget-land for our top five college-friendly gizmos – and the best part is they’re all investments that you can make without putting too big a dent in your keg fund…  


A laptop is an essential bit of kit for anyone studying this century. The market is crammed with options, so have a click about on a site like before taking the plunge. If you’re looking for a no-frills model then the Acer Aspire (from around $630) could fit the bill.

It boasts enough RAM to handle basic tasks plus media editing and gaming, and its eight hour battery should see you through a day of classes without breaking a sweat.


Anyone with a roommate, housemate or indeed people living within three miles of where they want to study will appreciate the eyeball-peeling frustration that comes with noise pollution. Noise-cancelling headphones may sound like witchcraft, but they work by actively erasing lower-frequency sound waves. This über-cool technology can be yours for anything between $50 and $500. As with any gadget like this you get what you pay for, but the Sennheiser – PXC310 gets great write-ups and can adorn your head in exchange for around $300.

Forget floppy

If you’re still walking around campus transporting documents and data on floppy discs, then you deserve all the rude nicknames you get. Flash drives now come in a range of sizes and designs. Fashionista types might appreciate the 4GB Swarovski crystal necklace numbers on

But for a no-fuss, high-quality version, go for a Duracell 16GB model. They feature a neat, rounded case that slides open not off and will cost you just over $20.

You snooze, you lose

Students are notoriously bad at getting up in the morning… or afternoon. Make sure that enticing snooze button doesn’t keep you from classes with a new breed of alarm clock. Tocky is a naughty little timepiece that will jump off your night-stand to help you allude the snooze and will set you back $69.

There’s also The Flying Digital Alarm Clock coming in at just $12. When this alarm goes off, so does the helicopter attachment – along with the only key that can turn it off.

Finally, for extreme cases, there’s the Shocking Alarm Clock, which actually administers a small electric shock to the would-be snoozer for a mere $15.

Take note

The Livescribe Smartpen is the type of pen the Terminator would wield if he were a little more academic and a little less aggressive. This ingenious pen allows you to record everything you hear and write, with no more than a tap on the special notepaper. From just $150 it can help to make sure you don’t miss a moment of those all important classes, no matter how many Margaritas you’ve enjoyed the night before…

Melissa Campbell writes on behalf of, a leading source of information on postgraduate programs in the UK.

3 Thoughts on “The 8 Best and Weirdest Gadgets for Students”

  1. This is my first time on this blog and I enjoyed the post. College in today’s society is a lot different than 50 years ago and learning styles has totally change. Technology is giving students the advantage and a good investment for all college students. Will visit this blog again.

  2. Thanks FCI!

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  3. These are all so true! I have not been able to go to one class without my laptop to take notes on. And during finals week you will see everyone in the library pulling out their headphones. And i don’t know what i would do without a good alarm clock because everyone knows getting up for your 8am is like death to the college student. Great Post!

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