Between trying to get assignments in on time and cramming hundreds of pages into your head before exams, there’s no denying that studying is a tough slog. Luckily there’s some tech out there that can lighten the load a bit, and we’re going to have a look at some of the best ones here!
KANEX EASYSYNC KEYBOARD – R899
Is taking notes with an old-fashioned notebook and pen too slow and cumbersome for you? Perhaps mistyping every work on your pint-sized smartphone during a lecture is causing you a headache? Not a problem, this tablet keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, and almost any Bluetooth 3.0 enabled smartphone, so you can type up your notes instead of having hundreds of loose pages lying around or going lost. It also comes with a stand that supports up to a 9-inch tablet, and its internal battery can last up to two months on a single charge!
SEAGATE 1TB PORTABLE HARD DRIVE – R799
If you’re a post-grad student with a mass of research for a thesis, or a graphic design student with a portfolio filled with colossal-sized images or videos, you can’t risk any of your content going missing. Having a backup hard drive so that you can duplicate whatever is on your laptop or PC isn’t just a recommendation, it’s a necessity. The Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive is one of the most compact options available. Rather than run the risk of damage or theft (which means goodbye to your valuable academic content), take the safe route and keep a back up of all the essentials. It even includes 200GB of cloud storage for 2 years with OneDrive – so that even your backup has a backup!
ROMOSS SENSE 4 POWER BANK – R369
Long days on campus can take a toll on smartphones, tablets, or other mobile devices – and sometimes you’ll need a little bit of extra charge to get through the day. The Sense4 is a lightweight, 10400mAh power bank with a high capacity charge that will give you that much-needed access to extra power on-the-go. On top of its impressive capabilities, it even has a second USB port so charging two devices simultaneously wouldn’t be a problem.
TELLO DRONE – R1,999
While students will be conscious of picking up a hefty-priced drone to play around with, DJI has a great new entry into its range that doesn’t hurt the bank but brings all the features you’d expect from the company. Created by Chinese start-up Ryze Tech and using DJI’s technology, the Tello is a tiny drone with a camera that can capture a 360-degree video and stream live footage to a tablet, or to an unspecified selection of third-party VR headsets. It’s ideal for photography and film students looking to dive into the world of drone video without going for the top-tier options just yet.
DATALLY DATA-SAVING APP
Unfortunately, South Africa has some of the highest data rates in the world, and not keeping a close eye on your data usage while you’re busy studying, downloading notes, and keeping yourself busy on your smartphone could end up being a seriously costly mistake. Luckily, Google has released an app that will give you extensive information on your data use that allows you to track and control it much better. Called Datally, the app provides useful metrics that can give you an in-depth readout of your historic date consumption and which apps are the biggest culprits — but it offers useful benefits beyond just telling you about your data use.
Datally is only currently available for Android. You can download it via the Google Play store.
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