Gift Guide: Student And Office Supplies

Students are cash-poor, so anything that makes life easier and more organised is welcome. Our 2011 gift guide series continues with six choices for the student (or office organising fetishist) in your life.

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Kindle Keyboard 3G

Cost: $219 Where to get it: Big W Why it's a good choice: An ebook reader is a major boon if you're studying. You may not be able to fit every textbook on it, but even if you only fit a handful, you'll be massively reducing the amount of stuff you can carry. The top of the line Kindle model offers 3G downloads anywhere you are, and the keyboard is handy for note-taking and annotations.

Telstra Elite Pre-Paid Mobile Wi-Fi

Cost: $99 (hardware only) Where to get it: Telstra Why it's a good choice: Sure, there's Wi-Fi all over campus, but not when you venture further afield. A Wi-Fi hotspot makes sense as your main connection for a bunch of reasons: you can use it pretty much anywhere, it works on multiple devices, you can go for a prepaid option, and it lets you move house easily without ADSL reconnection hassles.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Cost: $75 Where to get it: Apple Why it's a good choice: On its own, the iPad is an impressive content consumption device. Add a keyboard and you've got a great tool for taking notes in lectures, seminars or meetings. (I'd still advise using a computer when it comes to writing essays and the like, but the iPad wins out in the portability and battery life stakes). If your budget doesn't stretch to the iPad itself, or your recipient already has one, this is a great addition.


Belkin Conserve Valet

Cost: Around $50 Where to get it: Shop around online and offline Why it's a good choice: I love this product. If you need to charge multiple USB gadgets (and that's not just the case for technology site editors these days), the Conserve Valet does a brilliant job. You can connect any device that uses a USB cable, and when it is fully charged, the Valet itself powers down. So as well as tidying your desk, it also cuts your power usage.

Signum Cable Trunking

Cost: $19.95 Where to get it: IKEA Why it's a good choice: Cable management is a topic we never tire of here at Lifehacker. IKEA's Signum kit is a great way to keep your behind-desk clutter sorted, and it has other uses as well: you can also deploy it as a game controller holder.

Philosophy Laptop Bag

Cost: $19.95 Where to get it: Officeworks Why it's a good choice: You need somewhere to carry your laptop, and it doesn't have to be dull black or beige. Really.


    The kids in the pic need an ergonomic chair for Christmas.

      haha. universities love to design common study areas with bare minimum needs. make it too comfortable, and students will end up spending more time there....

    Why would anyone get a 3G kindle - especially a student. Waste of money, when you can get the wifi version for less.

      A few reasons:
      I want to download new books when I'm out on the road and not at home.
      I want my pages and notes to sync with my phone/tablet without me having to go home first.
      I want to access the internet using the built in web browser anywhere in the world for free.
      The price difference is bugger all considering the added value.


        $219 for a student is too much. I'm pretty sure the Optus Tab/Telstra T-Touch($99 or cheaper 2nd hand) would do the job and serve other purposes than just book reading, which most students living in Uni would go to the library to do or not do at all.

        When I buy books I buy physical copies for those that have open book exams and I have around 2 of those every sem. It won't be the same for everybody but textbooks are one of those things that in physical form are just so much better to manage.

      I don't know why anyone would want an eReader, let alone a student.

        For travelling. It's so good to be able to take 2000 books with me when I travel, when it only weighs as much as one small book.

    Nice photo of MQ Comp labs.

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