Dorms are an integral part of the college experience, and decorating your room to suit your personality is a rite of passage for every college student.
However, if you aren’t interested in the traditional dorm decorations and you’re looking for a better way to express yourself through technology, then you are in luck. From stylish LED lighting to high-tech gadgets, there are many ways to show off your inner geek or hacker. To help you get started, check out the following five items that will be sure to impress your new friends and make you feel right at home in your dorm.
This handy device keeps track of all the information you need so you don’t end up sitting and staring at your smartphone. With four different dials to keep track of whatever you need most, including weather, email, social media, and commute traffic, Nimbus can help you keep on track so you aren’t wasting time on your phone.
All the information you need is available at a glance. It can be used as an alarm clock and calendar so you can stay on schedule, and is highly customizable. It’s also compatible with Fitbit products, so you can keep up with your health and exercise. You can change around the dashboard settings using an app on your Android or iPhone device.
Tired of trying to find enough outlets to plug in all your devices? Have a mess of cords in your dorm room you want to organize? Hub It is a fast charger and data transfer hub that can charge up to seven USB devices, and has converters for different chargers, including Apple and Mini USB compatible tech.
The data transfer is super-fast USB 3.0. The cords retract back into the device to keep your workspace clean and tidy, and it only requires one outlet. It includes charging status LED lights, allowing you to see how charged your devices are. There’s also space for a few customizable chargers, if you’d like to charge your laptop or other device that Hub It doesn’t already include a charger for.
KMC 1 Portable Wireless Music System
A wireless speaker like the Klipsch KMC 1 is a great choice for your dorm room because you don’t have to worry about tangled cords, and you can play music from your, or your friends’, devices. With enough power to break a few quiet-hour restrictions and a beautiful tonal range, this speaker is super popular with college students.
Its portability means you can bring it to parties and tailgates, or just to hang out on the quad with some of your favorite songs. Because it’s Bluetooth compatible, you can also be alerted to incoming calls, and even pause the music on your phone, perfect for those calls home.
Since it’s become a true college necessity, most college freshmen bring a new laptop with them to school, and for good reason — you’ll be using your computer for more than just fun in college.
Companies like Lenovo make many new laptops with enough RAM and storage space to ensure that they can keep up with your new workload, plus be able to run staples like Netflix or Hulu. A built-in webcam will keep you connected to your friends and family at home.
Consider getting a laptop that includes biometric recognition, such as fingerprint or facial scanning, for added security — these measures will keep others from accessing it. You may also want to register your laptop with campus security; if it gets stolen, they can track the identification number and have a better chance of recovering it.
Have early morning classes? Your roommate will appreciate your Chirp alarm clock. This handy device clips to your pillow and vibrates to wake you up at a set time, without disturbing your roommate. After you wake up, simply put it back on the dock and get ready for your day.
If you don’t place it back on the dock or turn it off, a secondary alarm will sound to make sure you didn’t sleep through Chirp’s first wake up buzz.
College is an exciting time filled with new adventures, new friends, and new challenges. These five devices will not only keep your dorm looking cool, but they can help you navigate your new academic and social world with ease.