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Gadgets for the College Crowd

Twenty-first century scholastics comes of age with the latest advancement in electronic note-taking: the Logitech IO2 Digital Pen writes like a normal pen, remembers up to 40 pages worth of writing or drawing and copies the notes to your computer hard drive once docked in its cradle, $149.99, CompUSA (8855 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 468-3838); Office Max (1000 S Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 736-0215).
Why blend in, when iJackets come in a variety of fun designs to make you and your music stand out, $15-$20, from Plum (5430 Magazine Street, 897-3388,
Help your college-bound kid buff up on those SAT words with the Franklin LM6000b Speaking Language Master, a digital speaking dictionary with 300,000 definitions, 500,000 thesaurus entries, a grammar guide, 12 word games, and ClariSpeech technology that speaks words and definitions aloud, $129.99, available at KMart (1400 S. Clearview Pkwy., 733-5290); Office Depot (9851 I-10 Service Road, 243-2127; 1429 St. Charles Ave., 561-8846).
Want to give your budding scholar a digital organizer without spending an adult-sized price? The new Palm Z22 handheld has a large memory to store lots of addresses, phone numbers, appointments and to-do lists and has a HotSync cradle for backing up data to a hard drive. It also has a note pad function for digital note-taking, $99, available at Best Buy (1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 364-0411; 6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0172); Circuit City (4945 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 348-2279; 2421 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 467-3339); Office Max (1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-0215); CompuUSA (8855 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 468-3838).
Keep all that high-tech school gear safe with a tech-friendly backpack like Jansport's Interface, which has a detachable shoulder strap, Shockshield laptop protection, external water bottle and cell phone mesh pockets, and as many other zipper-pockets and organizers as a kid can handle, $79.97, widely available in a host of stores, including Office Depot, Office Max, Academy Sports, J.C. Penney, Perret's Army Surplus and others.
This sleek, affordable, compact and portable speaker system is made to work with any iPod or MP3 player using a standard headphone jack. They use twin neodymium micro drivers to make the audio clear, come with a deluxe travel case that holds the cables, AC adapter and speakers, plus a cradle design that holds your iPod cables for charging and syncing; the speakers also can be powered by four AA batteries or an AC adapter by Logitech, $79.99, available at CompUSA (8855 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 468-3838); Office Max (1000 S Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 736-0215).
Like a mobile cyber center, the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 lets you talk, text message, email or use instant messaging as well as surfing the Internet. It also has a built in MP3 player for music on the move, a 1.3 megapixel camera, games, expanded memory capability, Bluetooth wireless technology, a personal information manager and a built-in QWERTY keypad, plus the lithium ion battery gives you about four and a half hours of talk time (or about three days standby) before it needs charging, $299.99, available at T-Mobile (1121 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9162; 400 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1174; Office Depot (1500 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 368-9731; 1429 St. Charles Ave., 561-8846); Wal-Mart (1901 Tchoupitoulas St., 522-4142).

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