Looking for options and accessories that’ll bring a college dorm or apartment to life – and make it a functional space? We have the list. Last time, we reviewed the HP 5520 MFP printer, scanner and copier. This time, we’re looking at a few tools that add functionality – and fun.
Let’s start with sound. What college-age student wants lousy sound in the dorm or apartment? For that dorm that needs more sound than some simple boombox can provide, the Geneva Sound System Model M ($699) has been lauded as “the best ever” compact hi-fi.
The Model M features Geneva Lab’s innovative TouchLight controls that make hi-fi easier and more attractive. The controls light up upon touch. A cradle dock spins open to accept an iPod / iPhone, and the Model M gives full control and lighting of the player’s menu. Hi-fi stereo imaging is driven by four digital amplifiers powering four speaker drivers, for performance that competes with larger conventional Hi-Fi systems.
Talk about simplicity made, well, simple… This is truly plug and play. Many functions are integrated into one compact cabinet not even 8 inches high. An iPod/iPhone Universal Dock, a digital radio tuner with presets, a line-in jack and an integrated clock with alarm. Each speaker is individually powered chambered for accurate acoustics.
The cabinet is wood with hand-finished piano lacquer in stunning red, white or black. The upgrade to genuine walnut highlights the age-old intarsia woodworking craftsmanship that makes this Geneva Sound System an instant classic.
A few other dorm-cessories include devices that make the dorm or apartment work like a place of business. For example, the Satechi 12-Port USB Hub [ www.Satechi.net; $29.99] is a portable, ultra-slim 12-port USB 2.0 hub for Mac or PC. It connects devices, such as digital cameras, external hard drives, flash drives and printers, with ample space for all. It features a unique, two-switch design for the first six and the last six USB ports with blue LED indicators. It provides data rates of up to 480Mbps, making it the ideal solution for transferring data between a computer and external USB storage devices. It also comes equipped with a power supply guaranteeing the electric current stability and effective operation of connected USB devices
The Edifier Tick Tock Alarm Clock [www.Edifier.US.com; from $69.99] is a retro-styled speaker system feature a front firing speaker, two 360º omni-directional speakers, LED screen, Bluetooth connectivity and more. Each model offers a large, bright, round LCD display that shows the time and date, along with alarm input selection. With classic alarm clock design, the “bells” are stereo speakers that deliver expansive sound. The alarm emits a tone or plays music from the FM, dock, Bluetooth or AUX input, and a sleep functions that wakes or falls asleep to music.
Wicked Audio Solus [www.wickedaudio.com; $99.99] headphones feature striking design, built-in DJ switch, and mind-blowing sound. Latin for “be yourself,” Solus are crafted with adjustable headband and padded earcups to deliver the utmost in comfort. The DJ switch allows users to switch between stereo and DJ sound to experience impressive music sounds in either or both ears. It comes equipped with braided cord for a convenient and tangle free traveling experience.
Finally, the AOC 16” USB Monitor ($139) is a cool and lean addition. It’s a 16-inch portable LED monitor and must-have laptop or tablet accessory and receives both power and signal via a single USB cable for plug-and-play connection. Ultra-light LED monitor is ideal dual monitor setups at the office, home and on-the-go travels. It’s the perfect display for business presentations, photo frame applications, multiple monitor displays and as a companion monitor for laptop and netbook users.
The built-in smart stand pivots out when needed and stores flush against the back of the monitor when not in use. The monitor supports both portrait and landscape display with 50,000,00:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 5ms response time and 1366 x 786 resolution. It also offers driver support for Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 bit) and Intel based MAC OSX Tiger/Leopard and Lion. AOC also offers a 22” high definition USB-powered monitor ($199).
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