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Go Back To School With the Coolest Tech: 5 Gadgets Your Friends Won’t Have

By Grant Brunner | Small Business

Every college student is going to want to have the latest gadgets. When you head off to school, you’ll find that many of your peers will have the same kinds of laptops, tablets, and smartphones that you do. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’re going to need to dig a bit deeper. To help keep you stocked with the newest and neatest gear, here are five gadgets that your schoolmates aren’t very likely to have.

1. Olloclip

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The iPhone has a superb built-in camera, but it’s still limited by the static lens — that’s why true photography fans should snag themselves an Olloclip. For $69.99, you get three lenses in one quick-connect attachment. Snap on the Olloclip to your iPhone, and you can use it as a fish-eye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a macro lens. You can take some of the best pictures on campus with this snazzy little adapter, and that way you won’t have to carry around a separate camera all of the time.

2. Tetris Lamp

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In college, you’re probably stuck with some cheap furniture, and the bland setting of a dorm room. That won’t stop you, though! Even in a vanilla environment, you can still show off plenty of style. Take a look at this stackable $39.99 LED lamp shaped like Tetris pieces. Stack them up, and you’ll have a stylish source of light that makes your whole room look better. With seven different interlocking pieces, you can mix and match them in any way you see fit. With all of these colors, your dorm certainly won’t look drab anymore.

3. Texting Umbrella

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If you plan on walking to your classes, or even catching a bus, you’re bound to run into some rainy weather eventually. Unfortunately, most umbrellas make it very difficult to use your phone. That’s why this $19.99 Brolly texting umbrella is such a clever idea. While you’re holding it, you can still grasp your phone, and even maneuver around the touch screen with your thumbs. Even in the worst weather, you can still stay connected with your friends and family with this insanely cool umbrella.

4. HD Camera Pen

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Want to covertly shoot a video of your friend doing something goofy in the cafeteria? Need to shoot some crowd footage for a video project without raising eyebrows? Take a look at this $49.99 HD camera pen. It records up to 4 GB of video, audio, and pictures, and plugs into your PC over standard USB. Even better, you can actually record in 720 HD with this tiny pen for upwards of two hours on a single charge. With this gadget in your pocket, you can feel just like James Bond.

5. USB Flashlight

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If you’re living away from home, you’re going to need to buy a flashlight. You’ll eventually find yourself walking in the dark, searching for hard-to-see items, or reading in a dimly lit room, so it’s a must-have. Since you need one anyway, why not buy an awesome LED flashlight that charges over USB? Instead of using expensive replaceable batteries, you can just plug this flashlight into the side of your computer. Keep it with you, and you’ll always be able to see. With over two hours of light for every charge, this is an outstandingly cool investment of $8.99.

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