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College Students Rely on Technology for
Work and Play


College life includes classes, homework and parties, but for many students the first lesson learned is compatibility. According to a study done by electronics retailer Best Buy, 93 percent of college students are either moving in every gadget they own or comparing notes with roommates regarding the technology they plan to bring on campus. Therefore, having fun often depends on how many electrical outlets are available.

"College students always have busy schedules, and they need the latest technology to keep them organized and entertained," said Joy Harris, spokesperson for Best Buy, specialty retailer of digital technology and entertainment products. "Products like notebook computers, PDAs and wireless phones can help keep college students up to speed whether they are in class or spending free time with friends."

Based on the study, 73 percent of college students believe that a notebook or desktop computer is the most vital technology tool when studying. When you need a little quiet time, take your work outside the dorm with the Toshiba 1405-S151 Notebook Computer ($1,169.99). This portable tool features a 1.2 GHz processor, DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive and 256 MB SDRAM.

Whether writing a paper or checking out spots to hit around town, the trendy and powerful vpr Matrix Network-Ready Desktop Computer 226R ($1,049.99) makes study and free time more fun with a 2.26 GHz processor, 512 MB DDR RAM and 80hard drive.

Save yourself from tangled-up laptop mouse cords with the Kensington PocketMouse Pro Portable Optical Mouse ($35.99). This small, compact USB mouse with a 3-foot cord adjusts in length for hassle-free use.

Spend quality free time with your roommate by battling over cleaning responsibilities playing one of the Sony Playstation 2 Greatest Hits Games such as ATV Offroad Fury or Gran Turismo 3. For the intense PC gamer, Warcraft III is sure to help release built-up aggression.

To bond with your roomy, watch "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" over a bowl of popcorn nuked by the Whirlpool 1.4 cu. Ft. 1100-Watt Microwave MT1145 ($89.99 after $20 rebate) and a soda from the Sanyo Mini-Refrigerator ($199.99 after $20 rebate). The cool platinum color adds a hip touch to the modern pad.

At class or on the go, college students remain connected to their gadgets. Wireless phones made the top of the "toteable" tech list as 55 percent of college students carry them at all times. The slick, ringable anytime, anywhere Virgin Mobile Phone ($99.99) operates in a pay-as-you-go style and allows you to send music clips and text messages to your buddies -- it even has a special "Date Escape" function that can help get you out of a jam.

In order to keep on track, college students need to stay stress-free and organized. Relieve the stress of intense cramming sessions by blasting new CDs by Dave Matthews, Nelly or Linkin Park in a portable CD player hooked up with Sony Sports Headphones MDRA35G ($19.99).

Keep your cool balancing school, work and a social life with the Sony Clié Personal Entertainment Organizer ($161.99). This PDA allows Microsoft Word and Excel document editing in your palm, while giving easy access to images, phone numbers, notes, calendars and more.

With all of the latest technology products from Best Buy, it's easy to focus on a great year while bringing the fun back to school.

Courtesy of ARA Content

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