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Dorm Room Tech

Dorm Room Tech
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The Party Room
For the college bound, this tiny, postage stamp-sized blank slate, or something like it, is where you will spend the next four years of your life.

If you, or someone you know, will soon set foot on campus, listen up: With only 25 square feet of personal space, college kids for decades have managed to find ways to enjoy themselves, even during harsh New England winters. Stay in, we say. It’s easy to turn your bitty abode into the room in which everyone down the hall wants to loiter. Whether it be an affordable HDTV, a cheesy-yet-awesome light show, a girl-and-guy friendly video game or a pack of entertaining RC helicopters, you’ll find something here to help you make friends quickly and keep you away from the library.

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    randomizer , August 22, 2008 12:13 PM
    I love this article! I want some Tic Tac Toast! :lol: 
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    sandmanwn , August 22, 2008 1:08 PM
    Headplay Personal Cinema is sweet. Wish I had that in college. More than enough times I wanted to get away from the roomie but couldn't leave the dorm.
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    gaiden , August 22, 2008 1:47 PM
    personally i wouldn't want to put most of these things in a dorm when you are share a room, unless it's your brother or cousin. ...wait i take that back, bastard too my nano :\
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    amdfangirl , August 22, 2008 1:54 PM
    Best THG article ever!!!

    What is this about anyways?
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    blackened144 , August 22, 2008 1:55 PM
    I wish I had the Nanda Clocky Alarm Clock. Just not in college. Ive broken my last 2 alarm clocks just by knocking them off my nightstand. The last one I broke happened to double as my cell phone.. :( 
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    malveaux , August 22, 2008 2:51 PM
    Heya,

    So this was amusing. Funny junk to play with.

    But in all honesty, it's disturbing to see how we treat `education' and college in general as basically a big-kid play ground and day care center where kids run off to `grow up' and play with more expensive toys while they're supposed to be getting some kind of actual education.

    Cool gadgets. Wish they weren't being advertised for STUDENTS.

    Very best,
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    snarfies1 , August 22, 2008 3:28 PM
    Did college students somehow get a hell of a lot more disposable income since I graduated in '02? I wouldn't have been able to justify spending on most of the things listed here, and I was working while going to school.
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    malveaux , August 22, 2008 3:33 PM
    Snarfies1,

    Check out what has happened since then in regards to students and credit. We've bred a culture of `buy now, pay later' and students get loans and credit lines and buy this kind of stuff instead of actually going to school. These are your future professionals that will some how effect your life. The ads these days are disgusting. They joke on commercials about your "pc for school" and of course, show you gaming and watching music videos. All these fun little gadgets have nothing to do with school, or even life while at school. Kids have always found ways to amuse themselves. They don't need thousands of dollars worth of stuff to help them figure that out. But, good ad placement by companies that want to make the might dollar are in charge.

    College is the new kindergarten. And 35 is the new 16.

    Very best,
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2008 3:54 PM
    Dorm room tech my ass. Yes a 499 lcd monitor = bragging rights, but seriously, how many parents will be willing to buy these outrageous and useless gadgets for their kids who are suppose to be studying?! This article should be renamed to "bragging rights gadgets" or "rich mens offsprings' toys selection"
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    eccentric909 , August 22, 2008 4:27 PM
    haha.. I love the "This generation is going down the tubes, we're all doomed!" comments which each and every pre-generation forecasts.

    A lot of parents spoil their kids, or buy them fun stuff before going to college. A lot of kids also have high school graduation parties which end up bringing them upwards of $1,000-3,000 from relatives and friends.

    Many kids do very well in college, which classes get harder and more advanced as time rolls on, yet still find time for video games and other fun recreational activities. I'd much rather see the kids buy these "toys" than alcohol and drugs.

    My 12 year old has his own gaming pc, XBox360, Wii and LCD TV all in his bedroom. He still gets straight As in school.

    Quite a few of the gadgets are silly and useless, however it's not the gadgets, the marketing or whatever destroying this 'generation'. There will always be bad apples in the bunch, but this generation of college students is no more or less worse off than the last.

    The world isn't going to end and when these kids grow up they won't be screwing up the country/world any worse than the current adults running the show.
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    BallistaMan , August 22, 2008 5:47 PM
    I think I'll be happy with a shiny new gaming PC and maybe a decent laptop for in-class stuff. The PC will cover pretty much anything media wise and probably the lightshows as well. xD Of course I do also have strong preference for a private room. I have a tendency to game till 1 or 2 in the morning and although I can sleep with a loud bright rig going, I doubt most roomates can.

    And that Tic Tac Toast stuff sounds *nasty*.
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    TechnologyCoordinator , August 22, 2008 5:51 PM
    You should rename this article from "Dorm Room Tech" to "A bunch of random shit".
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    cjl , August 23, 2008 3:05 AM
    A lot of these things seem more extravagant than necessary. For example, that personal cinema thing? Why not just use your computer monitor or TV plus a decent pair of headphones? Admittedly, I have a $2k stereo in my dorm room, but aside from that luxury, I'm keeping away from excess gadgetry.
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    Anonymous , August 23, 2008 7:36 AM
    This has some pretty good stuff- but that monitor or TV or w.e is a complete rip and nobody who is anyone in college should get a PS3. You wil make friends with a Xbox or a Wii, but you wil have an empty dorm with a PS3.
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    Bob_doleee , August 24, 2008 4:52 PM
    Too bad you can get a nice 1080p 24" lcd monitor for like 450.

    But that 4870x2 is fucking sweet.
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    usagi , August 26, 2008 2:36 AM
    The Tic Tac Toad grid is used to press on the bread BEFORE you toast it. The grid doesn't go into the toaster, so it's not a fire hazard.
    http://www.mcphee.com/items/11806.html
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2008 8:51 AM
    Funny article. Reminds me of my college buddies that actually bought junk like this. They regret buying most of it and end up selling it to another poor fool for a fraction of the cost.
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    kmagill , August 26, 2008 9:04 AM
    i've had one of those indoor helicopters for over a year, use it frequently (in the office), and never had to change the batteries.
    1min per aa battery is a lie! they last for ages and ages.
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    eppenoire , August 28, 2008 4:27 PM
    Seriously, did you guys even go to college? All this crap would just clutter your cramped dorm and will get broken by your roommate. Plus, many college students are not going to have the money for this crap. A simple list of important items.
    Lenovo T or R series laptop (14.1") Spec out what you can afford. They are good because they can take a beating. Get it insured for theft and being broken.
    Hannspree 28" Monitor, you can connect your laptop to it to watch movies or type reports. It has two HDMI inputs for XBox 360 or PS3. The narrow viewing angles don't matter because you won't have room to see it from any angle but head on.
    Drobo storage unit. Add Hard drives to it as you can afford to. But you will need backups for every day. Setup you Laptop to automatically backup to this device and you will thank me.
    BedInABox mattress. Dorm mattresses suck, so get a decent mattress with a waterproof cover... again the little sleep you will be getting should be as restful as possible.
    Sentry Security safe to store your cash and important items. Dorms rooms are easily broken into and dorm security is a joke. Make sure the safe is heavy enough a single person couldn't easily carry it away.