Grade-A Gadgets Expand your tech arsenal, not your credit-card debt By Darren Murph September 12, 2008 Gadgets SHARE Tuitions may be rising, but the prices of digital tools and toys keep dropping. From ultralight laptops to Net-connected digicams, we pick innovative, feature-rich devices that won’t impoverish you.Launch the slide show here. Carry a Charge If you’re hauling your gadgets around all day, take advantage of the sunshine to charge them up. This solar backpack powers cellphones and media players, and sells for about $100 less than competitors. V-Dimension Helius $130; v-dimension.com Rock and Talk This Bluetooth stereo headset connects to cellphones like the BlackBerry Bold [below] and music players like the Cowon A3 (via an adapter). It’s sealed against rain and sweat. JayBird JB-200 From $130; jaybirdgear.com Play Nice Digital audio and video comes in dozens of formats, and the A3 plays virtually all of them. Watch flicks on the four-inch, high-resolution display, or plug into a TV and catch high-def clips at home. Cowon A3 $440; jetaudio.com Type Lightly Sporting a roomy 10-inch screen, the 2.6-pound Wind handles work and Web surfing as well as heftier, pricier laptops do. Intel’s powerful yet power-sipping Atom processor allows five and a half hours of battery life—enough for a full day of classes. MSI Wind $500; msimobile.com Speak Freely A little extra cash buys the features that the iPhone left out, such as video recording, stereo speakers, and wireless stereo-headset support. BlackBerry Bold $300–$400; blackberrybold.com Snap and Share Get your candid shots online before you leave the party. With built-in Wi-Fi, this 0.8-inch-thick cam uploads pics to the photo-sharing Web site Flickr. Nikon Coolpix S52c $280; nikonusa.com college feature Gadgets september 2008 MORE TO READ RELATED Affordable, effective sheet masks for all your skin ailments Keep your skin saturated with hydrating, youthifying goop. READ NOW RELATED The iPad Mini Is For Snobs, The Kindle Fire Is For Dumb-Dumbs Using advanced (read: 4th-grade-level) mathematics, we have concluded... RELATED Want extra elegance? Want to reduce waste? Consider a pepper mill. Get more flavor from freshly ground black pepper.