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Wanting to tech-up your summer? Look no further

Summer is a transitional period for college students. After two semesters of tests, quizzes and impossible homework assignments, summer is a time to celebrate completing another year with your family and friends. Whether you’re from Houston or elsewhere, the summertime heat is definitely too hot to handle. Here is a list of summer gadgets that will help you transition get through summer as a college student.

Laptop-cooling pad

With temperatures reaching well in the nineties, it’s almost impossible to use electronic devices outside. Studying out in the sun — for those who dare — can be a serious threat to your laptop. Competing companies have designed many cooling devices; a duel fan cooling mat made by Targus sells for $11.99 at Best Buy. The product features a durable design that can withstand any surface and L-shaped rubber stops to secure your laptop in place. Monoprice created a laptop riser made of aluminum that sells for about $30 at Best Buy that includes dual action fans as well.

Waterproof tablets

Tablet usage has gone viral. They include the full capabilities of a laptop in a handheld device of various sizes with a fully interactive touchscreen. Now, it is possible to access Blackboard wherever you go to complete assignments. Not only has this advantage in technology helped students with accessibility but they have also come out with tablets specially designed to withstand water. Sony’s Xperia Z tablet is one of the highest rated tablets. Turn your recreational area into a movie theater with Live Colour LED with the most vibrant,in-depth HD viewing experiences.  The slim, sleek interface is also waterproof, so don’t be afraid to enjoy the waves with your tablet. If you want to take a few selfies as you travel with your friends, this tablet comes with an 8 megapixel camera that can capture the moment wherever you go.

Go Pro

Your time in college is arguably the most exciting time of your life. The memories you make can be forgotten  especially the small ones, like moving into your first college dorm. The Go Pro is a new and exciting technology made for modern-day life. The camera sports different mounts and accessories and a compact size. The dimensions of the camera are 1.6 by 2.4 by 1.2 inches which allows it to travel virtually anywhere for whatever situation you may encounter, whether it be biking, walking or even scuba diving.

The ActiveSLEEVE

Fitness is one thing students can agree is one of the most important aspects of their lives. Dealing with the awkwardness of where to put your phone while exercising can be a nuisance. Thankfully, many companies have designed phone sleeves that are placed on your arm and come in a variety of styles. Nike makes many versatile sleeves that are water and sweat resistant and forms to the arm comfortably, keeping your phone in place no matter what you’re doing. The price is reasonable, starting at $17.99.

Solar-powered iPhone case and charger

We’ve all been in situation where doing everyday errands and living out our busy lives drained our phone’s battery life unexpectedly. Well, solar power has come to the rescue. Although pricey, cases that charge as well as protect the phone are now available in the general market. Many companies have competing products that range from $50 to more than $100 and have a series of solar panels on the back that collect solar energy and prolong battery life on the go.

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