Inexpensive Gadgets For Graduates

by Intern Jesse Nixon
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Congratulations graduates! Now that the tassel has been turned and the parties drawing to an end it’s time to start thinking of what to put your graduation money into.


A general word to the wise is to not spend all of your graduation money because life is more expensive than you think. Take 10% of all your graduation money and use it as a gift to yourself. Here is a list of options that are helpful whether you are getting ready to go to college or ready to start your life in the real world.


Chromecast – $35

  • Probably the easiest thing to figure out if you have a HDMI port on your television. This thumb sized plug-in can put videos, music, and photos on your television. The best part of the whole thing? It’s $35. The same price it is to get a tank of gas can fuel your television for years to come.


FitBit – $100

  • Are you a health nut? Do you want to get better sleep? This handy little device is no bigger than a wrist watch and tracks all of your daily actions and can track your weight, food intake, and how much restful sleep you get in a night. FitBit syncs to your smart phone or computer to let you know your statistics with sleep and steps taken. Compete with your friends and see who is the healthiest. For $100 this little device will be a worthwhile investment.


Pebble Smartwatch – $150

  • A dying trend is wearing a wrist watch because who needs a watch when you can check the time on your phone? Well the Smartwatch from Pebble connects via Bluetooth with your smart phone and can control your phone from it. The future is here and it’s affordable! This watch has a multitude of apps that can be easily navigated with the 1.26 in. display and is waterproof. Pebble really has outdone themselves making this both iOS and Android compatible.


Google Nexus 7 – $229

  • Whether it’s for work, school, or play the Nexus 7 is one of the best affordable tablets on the market right now. With 16 GB of storage the Nexus 7 has enough space to have your favorite movie stored along with the power points from the meeting you just attended and still have room for more. The integration with Gmail is second to none and allows users to easily navigate between Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive in the simplest way possible.


Livescribe Echo Smartpen – $119.95

  • A students best friend and a meetings worse nightmare the Echo Smartpen is astounding. With a built-in microphone with 2 GB of internal storage users can record up to 200 hours of lectures of meetings as well as log your notes into your computer.


Sharrk BoomBox Bluetooth – $60

  • Can’t live without your music? The Sharrk BoomBox is a wireless Bluetooth connector that is inexpensive when compared to other Bluetooth speakers on the market right now. The 10 hour battery life will keep the tunes going and the Bluetooth 4.0 it won’t drain your smart phone’s battery life.



Got a product that you love that wasn’t included? Already got one of the products listed above? Let us know in the Comment Section below!


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