back to school 2008

  • Back to School: Dorm room light show

    Back to School: Dorm room light show

    Well, well, well. It’s been quite a back-to-school week here at CrunchGear. We learned a little bit about affordable notebooks and netbooks, what time-draining video games to avoid and even what to do about feeding yourself now that you’re on your own. To close out the week and in honor of Friday, we got a little dorm room light show for you after the jump. Remember to have a little… Read More

  • Back-to-School: Useful travel gear and other assorted bits of wisdom

    Back-to-School: Useful travel gear and other assorted bits of wisdom

    Tired of your boring home town? Want to “see the world” like you’re the star of a Disney Channel movie? Do what I and countless others have done—go abroad for a few months, experience a new culture, then come home all like, “Um, now what?” Very exciting, yes! To that end, I’ve compiled a few odds and ends that might make your trip abroad less annoying. You… Read More

  • Back to School: Affordable notebooks and netbooks

    Back to School: Affordable notebooks and netbooks

    It’s decision time. Which should you buy for school, a notebook or a netbook? Netbooks are great because of their portability and low price points. Notebooks are good for their much more usable keyboards, optical drives, and computing power. So which one is right for you? Here are five good options in each category. Read More

  • Back to School: Data backup for under $100

    Back to School: Data backup for under $100

    If there’s one very-important rule when it comes to schoolwork, it’s to save early and save often. I’d also add that you should save elsewhere, too. So here are five options for backing up your files. Read More

  • Back to School: Prepping your gadgets for a new year

    Back to School: Prepping your gadgets for a new year

    After 3 months of fun in the sun, it’s easy to forget just how much easier gadgets can make your life once class time rolls around. Unfortunately, it seems like the more useful they are, they heavier a beating they take. With each new year comes new people, new parties, and new opportunities for your gadget to disappear or get busted into a million pieces. We here at CrunchGear love gadgets… Read More

  • Back to School: Booze

    Back to School: Booze

    Ok, you’re supposed to be a grownup now. What are doing still drinking that Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill? In fact, what were you doing drinking that ever? You should be ashamed of yourself. You probably clicked on this link thinking you would get some good booze advice. Well, you were right and you were wrong. Instead of telling you what to drink, I’m going to tell you what to… Read More

  • Back to School: Welcome to cooking

    Back to School: Welcome to cooking

    Well, look at that. Off to college and suddenly it’s time to learn how to (theoretically) fend for yourself. You can’t fill up on nasty food court or cafeteria items all the time, but luckily it’s really not hard to cook up some down-home vittles right from your dorm or (hopefully) your first apartment. Here are some basics that you’ll need to get you through mealtime. Read More

  • Back to School: Must-have Dorm Room Gadgets

    Back to School: Must-have Dorm Room Gadgets

    Note: Not a must-have. Here are a few dorm room gadgets we think you might be able to use at school or home to keep yourself online, in-touch, and entertained without much set-up time. Read More

  • Back to School: Dorm room HDTVs and entertainment

    Back to School: Dorm room HDTVs and entertainment

    Picking the right TV to pimp out your dorm is important. You don’t want to be the poor kid, sporting a tube TV but then again, you don’t want to spend all that open house cash just on a plasma. I’ve got a few solutions that will work nicely with your understandably low budget. Read More

  • Back to School: Desktop PCs

    Back to School: Desktop PCs

    Before you go humping down to Best Buy to pick up a PC, let’s ask ourselves a few questions. The rise of desktop replacement laptops – laptops with full-sized processors, hard drives, and lots of memory – have essentially supplanted the desktop PC in dorm rooms every where. Why pay $500 for a big, noisy box when you can potentially drag your $700 laptop down the hall to watch a… Read More

 
  • Back to School: In-ear 'phones

    Back to School: In-ear 'phones

    I think it’s safe to say that 90 percent of you Collegians have iPods and 100 percent of you probably use those eardrum-popping white earbuds. Get rid of those immediately because I doubt you’ll want to trade them in for hearing aids in a few years. As I’ve said in the past, in-ears are where it’s at, so you better jump on the wagon. And we’re not going to recommend… Read More

  • Back to School: Some games you might not want to pick up

    Back to School: Some games you might not want to pick up

    Original Photo Credit: Striatic on Flickr “You’ve got a lot of studying to do, young man/lady. If you keep playing that damn Nintendo I’m going to throw it out the window!” Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so. Ever since the birth of home game consoles, academic performance has suffered (at least if you ask Mom). Back in the day, it was Metroid keeping me from finishing my… Read More

  • Back to School: Cameras

    Back to School: Cameras

    So this is your first year of real independence and trust me, you’ll want to document every possible thing. That’s probably one thing I failed to do during my collegiate days. Girls making out and possibly showing you their hooha’s are something you’ll want to hold onto while at college. You never know when you’re going to need to blackmail said hooha to get test… Read More

  • Back to School: MP3 players

    Back to School: MP3 players

    Students! You’re going to be spending a lot of time, on and off the quad, listening to music. I made it through college with an MP3-CD player, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Click through for our list of best MP3 players for a college student. Read More

  • Back to School week at CrunchGear

    Back to School week at CrunchGear

    Welcome, children. Please find your seats. This year is very important for you all. It’s the year HD formats have settled comfortably into the mainstream and console gaming is at its apex. PCs are falling by the wayside for most of you and laptops – and ultralight netbooks – are become an interesting addition to your arsenal. We’re living in an era of cellular revolution… Read More