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It’s Back To School Time: 3 Essential Gadgets For University Life

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

Sadly, summer came and went and you barely noticed. This means that for a large chunk of the world’s population, it’s time to get back to school and work to get that degree. But university life means more than just showing up for class and getting your assignments done on time. A lot of you will be living in dorms, or getting an apartment near or on campus, and aside from paying for your tuition, you’re going to have to think about what else to get to make the best of what could turn out to be the best years of your life. Books, bags, phones, calculators… the shopping list is long. This article is going to look at three articles we think are essential.


The Macbook Pro With Retina Display
Let’s take care of the serious gear first. For pretty much any discipline, we think having a solid laptop is essential. You will take notes on it, do your assignments on it, research your papers on it, you’ll… do everything on it. And granted some of you will argue that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is overkill for many fields, but we beg to differ. While you might find it has too much horsepower right now, a couple of years down the line it’ll still be near the top of the stack, performance-wise, and you won’t be feeling the need to swap it out for something faster. Packing quad-core Core i7 processors with specs up to 2.7GHz, 6MB of shared L3 cache, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz, you’ll tear through any application today… or three years from today. It’s slim and svelte at 0.71 inches and 4.46 pounds, but most importantly, its display has 5 million pixels. That’s right, 5 million. It’s only a matter of time until the web adjusts to this new resolution and starts producing websites that will look larger and larger on regular laptops, but just right on the Retina display. And like the iPhone changed the smartphone landscape, there’s a good chance these displays will do the same to websites in a few years.

A Vizio TV
Now we move on to something less serious, but we think just as essential: a good TV. You’re going to want to watch movies now and then, whether you’re alone or with friends, because let’s face it, you won’t be studying all the time. A good place to start is with a Vizio TV. Vizio is an American company founded in 2002, and does brisk business on the back of the quality of its products as well as its reasonable prices. Sets range in sizes from 32″ to 65″, as well a pretty stunning 58″ 21:9 aspect ratio 3D TV called the XVT 3D CINEMAWIDE® RAZOR LED® SMART TV.

A Polk Audio Sound System
Of course as much as we like the picture on most LCD TVs these days, we wouldn’t necessarily want to listen to their integrated speakers. It’s not a bad idea to invest in a separate set, like some Polk Speakers. These come in all shapes an sizes, like the Polk SurroundBar 6000 IHT Speaker System, or the RTiA1 High performance bookshelf loudspeaker. Both of these will satisfy your audio needs, although any of their current products would too. We’ve come across some pretty solid reviews of their subwoofers by the way, but we wouldn’t want to suggest you getting anything that’ll make you a bad neighbour, right? Right?…

Oh, we’re lying. We’re tying these speakers in with the TV above, but really, we’re not fooling anyone: these will be essential to have any kind of party with. It’s not college if you don’t have a bit of fun.

And with this, we wish you the best of luck with your upcoming semesters. We hope you have fun shopping if you haven’t already done so.

Jurassic Park Themed Jeep Wrangler

Jurassic Park Themed Jeep Wrangler (Images courtesy eBay)
By Andrew Liszewski

When most people set out to build a replica of a vehicle seen in a movie they usually set their sites on something like the Batmobile, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters or the time traveling DeLorean from Back To The Future. Not eBay seller brandon9445. He turned a 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara into one of the support vehicles seen in Jurassic Park. More specifically, the jeep that actor Wayne Knight gets lost in, before being eaten by a dilophosaurus.

The jeep has 118,000 miles on it, probably not from being driven around a giant tropical island science experiment, and the owner has gone to great lengths to make it as screen accurate as possible. Most of the graphics are painted on instead of being vinyl stickers so they’ll last longer, the stock interior has been replaced to match the colors seen in the film, and they’ve even added the light bar that allows each of the four lights to be individually controlled using a set of joysticks on the dashboard. Sadly the eBay auction has ended, with the winning bidder scoring the Jeep for a mere $9,000. Reports of them being a genetic engineering billionaire are unconfirmed.

[ eBay – 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara ] VIA [ Autoblog ]

Complete Nintendo Game & Watch Collection On eBay

Rare: Full Nintendo Game & Watch Collection !!! (Image courtesy eBay)
By Andrew Liszewski

Before the Game Boy and handhelds from Tiger came along, I was obsessed with Nintendo’s Game & Watch devices. But I had no idea the collection spanned some 59 different games! Were it not for the ridiculous $10,999 asking price (and the fact that it appears the auction has ended) this lot might actually be tempting.

[ eBay – Rare: Full Nintendo Game & Watch Collection !!! ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]

Resident Evil 5 Chainsaw USB Flash Drive

Resident Evil 5 Chainsaw USB Flash Drive (Images courtesy eBay)
By Andrew Liszewski

These nifty, though somewhat macabre, chainsaw 2GB USB flash drives have started popping up all over eBay. They were originally included with special limited edition copies of Resident Evil 5 for the Xbox 360 and PS3, but have since been put on the auction block as sellers like hk-wan have decided to make a quick buck (or $23.99 in this case) instead.

[ eBay – PS3 Resident Evil 5 Chainsaw 2GB USB flash drive ] VIA [ Everything USB ]

Vintage 1972 Pulsar P1 Prototype LED Watch On eBay

1972 Pulsar P1 Prototype LED Watch (Image courtesy eBay)
By Andrew Liszewski

Watch collectors who lean towards the high-tech might want to break out their credit cards for this one. The 1972 Pulsar P1 by Hamilton USA was the first LED watch ever sold to the public, and according to the description on this eBay auction, the limited run of just 400 pieces were eventually all recalled. So finding one that’s still in working condition, with the original box, is quite rare. And that’s probably why the seller has listed it with a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $25,000. So, any takers?

[ eBay – Rare Pulsar P1 Prototype LED Digital watch 18k w/ box ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]

Completely Pointless Custom Desert Eagle Wii Gun… I’ll Take Two

Custom Desert Eagle Wii Gun (Image courtesy eBay) By Andrew Liszewski

eBay seller ‘fordelite_76‘ currently has an auction running for this custom Wii gun they created, which they refer to as being “***** AWESOME ******”. You just can’t argue with that many asterisks.

Given the gun has a starting bid of just $20, it’s safe to say that’s not a real Desert Eagle, not to mention the fact that it comes with an optional orange ‘safety tip’ for those times when you’re playing Wii and absent-mindedly wander into the nearest convenience store looking for a snack. But I have to give fordelite_76 credit for a gun mod that looks about a million times cooler than the ‘official’ Wii gun housings currently on the market.

[ NINTENDO Wii Gun CUSTOM DESERT EAGLE ] VIA [ GoNintendo ]