It’s almost that time again. It may feel like summer just started, but before you know it, you’ll be ditching your bathing suit for jeans and a backpack. That also means you’ll be shopping for new back-to-school gear, which can be a challenge when you have to squeeze your entire life into half of a 12 x 19-foot dorm room. But while there are certain gadgets that are essential for making it through the semester, others just aren’t worth the money and space they’ll occupy. Here are seven devices you can forgo this back-to-school season.
Having your own printer in your dorm room may be convenient, but it isn't necessary. Sure, you can snag a wireless all-in-one for as little as $100, but online programs are decreasing the need for hard-copy assignments. Students can submit papers and assignments to their professors electronically via services such as Blackboard and Moodle, and professors can edit documents or add feedback to send back to the student. That doesn't mean you won't need to print documents occasionally, but the printers in your school's libraries or labs should do the trick.