5 Must-Have Gadgets for Your New College Dorm Room
Your dorm room is the place you'll call home for the next year, so make it your own!
Thu, August 29, 2013
PC World — I'll never forget the moment I first laid eyes on my freshman year dorm room. I swung open the heavy door to find a tiny room sporting old furniture, awful linoleum floors and cinder block walls--all the ambiance you'd expect university housing officers to foist on unsuspecting 18-year-olds.
I also found that aA mouse had left a present in the top drawer of my desk. Glaring florescent lighting illuminated it perfectly.
Home sweet home? Actually, my roommates and I saw nothing but potential. Disgusting or not, we were determined to make the room as comfy as possible--and you can too with whatever dorm environment you're dealing with this fall. Your room will never be a luxury apartment, but a few crucial appliances can make it a multi-functional space forA studying, sleeping, and socializing.
Magic Chef MCBR360B mini fridge ($180)
Unless you lucked out with a nice apartment-style dorm, your room probably doesn't have much more than a bed, desk, and spot for your clothes. But what about food? For keeping snacks to hold you over when the dining hall is closed, you'll want a mini fridge--andA Magic Chef's MCBR360B is a great one. It has a separate freezer compartment, keeps a consistent temperature, and has both shelf and door storage to hold plenty of food and drinks. (I'm sure you'll put that 12 ounce can dispenser to good use, too.) As an added bonus, it's really quiet, so it shouldn't keep you up at night.
Panasonic NN-SD372S compact microwave ($130)
You'll also want a microwave, but due to your limited space, be sure to keep it small. Panasonic's NN-SD372S compact microwave saves space without skipping out on features. It covers all your critical microwaving needs: reheat, defrost, options for cooking based on time or weight, and an extra feature for keeping food warm if you're not ready to eat something right away.
The interior is only 0.8 cubic feet, and the high power setting is rated at 950 watts, so both specs should jibe with your dorm's size and power limits. (If not, you can adjust the power level to avoid blowing a fuse.) And, of course, it has a popcorn button.
Nespresso Pixie ($179)
There will be nights where you're up late working hard, and other nights where you'll be up late hardly working. Whatever the case, you'll be frequently burning the midnight oil, so an in-room coffee source is a must. The Nespresso Pixie is a capsule-based machine that makes single cups of coffee or espresso. Fill it with water, pick your capsule, and soon you'll have a fresh cup. It heats up to brewing temperature quickly--in about 25 seconds--and it automatically shuts off after nine minutes of idle time. The Pixie certainly lives up to its name: Its small size and attached handle make it easy to move and store.