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Back-to-School Laptop Accessories

Here are all the notebook-friendly gadgets you need to maintain your 4.0 GPA.

Laptop Accessories for Students

You have the laptop, but what else do you need? Shopping for laptop peripherals can be a daunting task, even if you have the education discount on your side. Here are ten useful laptop accessories for students.

Hip Slip by ShootSac

Looking for a cool laptop case to tote around campus? The Hip Slip ($80) by ShootSac is a stylish alternative to typical bulky laptop bags. The Hip Slip is basically a glorified neoprene laptop sleeve, with pockets for carrying documents, power cords, and other accessories. It also has a thick, detachable strap, and you can customize it with various designer covers.

Dynex Wired 19-Key Keypad

Unless you have a 17-inch laptop, you probably don't enjoy the luxury of having a separate number pad. This USB Dynex Wired 19-Key Keypad ($20) brings the number pad to you--and it's perfect for handling tedious data entry.

Pivot Power

Your dorm room doesn't have enough outlets, so you're going to have to splurge on a surge protector. Quirky's Pivot Power ($30) isn't just any old surge protector, though. It's a flexible power strip with pivoting outlets, so you don't have to give up an outlet (or two) just because you have a couple of large power adapters.

Split Stick

Cloud storage is all the rage, but sometimes you just want a physical copy of your data. Quirky's Split Stick ($25) is perfect for keeping your data organized. Each side of this dual-sided, 8GB USB thumb drive lets you access 4GB of space, so you can keep your personal files and your work files separate.

Crystal USB Desktop Speakers

Laptop speakers are terrible. Luckily a pair of Crystal USB Desktop Speakers ($30) will significantly improve your system's sound quality. These small, sexy, PC- and Mac-compatible speakers are rated at 1 watt per channel--perfect for getting the pre-party going.

Cordies

So you have a bunch of things plugged in to your awesome Pivot Power power strip, but the cords keep falling behind your desk. What to do? Try Quirky's Cordies ($10), a weighted rubber swirl that helps keep your cables on your desk. Cordies comes in a variety of eye-catching colors, including pink, blue, and green.

Dynex International Travel Adapter

Before you rush off to Prague for your year abroad, make sure that your laptop will work in Europe by snapping up this Dynex International Travel Adapter ($8). The adapter works with most portable electronic devices (including laptops, MP3 players, and cameras), enabling you to plug said devices into wall outlets all around the world. Remember--it's an adapter, not a converter, so don't use it to plug in nonelectronic devices (such as hair dryers and curling irons) without an additional voltage converter. Your laptop will be fine, though.

USB 7 Port Hub

If you're a gadget freak, and your laptop's USB ports just aren't cutting it, check out this USB 7 Port Hub ($20). The hub has seven ports, each with its own power switch. So you don't even have to unplug your gadgets to stop the juice from flowing! The hub also includes (at no extra cost) an optional power supply, in case you don't want to use one of your laptop's precious USB ports to power the hub.

Logitech VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse

Trust me--mouseless computing is less than ideal. To make life a little easier when you're researching term papers, why not invest in the Logitech VX Nano Cordless Laser Mouse ($50)? This mouse is a little bit cooler than most--it has forward and back buttons (for easier Web browsing); a tiny, practically unnoticeable USB receiver; and "hyper-fast" precision scrolling. Your research will be done in no time.

ioSafe

Data protection is important, but all too often people overlook physical protection. The ioSafe Rugged Portable 250GB external hard drive (about $150) will keep your data safe no matter what happens. This thing will survive being run over by a car (as long as the car weighs less than 5000 pounds), being dropped from heights of up to 20 feet, being doused in gasoline, being thrown into the ocean, and being shot--multiple times. While you (hopefully) won't be exposing the drive to any of these things, you can never be too cautious.