FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
 
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THE TECH YOU NEED FOR AN ONLINE DEGREE
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Online courses have really taken off. More students are now actively going for the best online courses they can find instead of the equivalent offline programs. Aside from the online programs’ flexibility, you can also save a lot on relocating closer to the university and other expenses.

To have a great time pursuing an online degree such as an online master of science in electrical engineering, you need the right tools for the job. This means shopping for new gadgets for the course. Summer is always a good time to get the tech you need for an online degree, thanks to the wealth of new options to choose from.

A CAPABLE LAPTOP

A good laptop capable of handling course materials, streaming videos, accessing the online learning platform, and of course doing course assignments is a must. A capable laptop will make your life as an online student so much easier. If you’re thinking about getting a new laptop for the degree, however, you may want to wait just a little bit. Trust me, just wait.

The reason you’d want to wait is none other than the new Asus ZenBook Pro. Asus announced this new laptop, the UX550, during this year’s Computex. The monster is not only capable with its Intel Core i7-7700HQ and 16GB of RAM combination but is also very sleek and compact. It is a stunning alternative to the Dell XPS 15; a much cheaper alternative too.

You also get Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti with this laptop, so you can play games in between completing assignments and downloading the latest course materials for the next exam. A 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen completes this gorgeous package. It is very nearly the perfect laptop to have and it will be available on the market in a few weeks.

A NEW PHONE

Sticking with our theme of going for the best your money can buy, those of you looking for a new smartphone to handle things such as wireless tethering and accessing the learning platform on the go would also want to wait. Sure, you have the new Samsung GALAXY S8 and S8 Plus available today, but something better is about to be released. I’m talking about the upcoming OnePlus 5.

An unlocked Samsung GALAXY S8 starts at around $1,000. The S8 Plus is around $100 more expensive. The new OnePlus 5 will have the same Snapdragon 835 chipset, a bigger 6GB of RAM, and all the internal storage you will ever need for half that price. Yes, you read that correctly. Once again, trust me and wait just a little bit longer before grabbing a new phone this summer.

OTHER GADGETS

Other gadgets you need will depend highly on the course you take, but these two items will help you get through even the most demanding courses without a problem. Your new OnePlus 5 can be used for tethering whenever necessary, plus you can access the best online learning platforms of universities such as New Jersey Institute of Technology on the go.

The ZenBook Pro, on the other hand, is more than capable of handling advanced tasks. If you’re taking the online MSEE degree we mentioned earlier, you can run CAD software and the laptop will handle every assignment you throw at it without breaking a sweat. There’s only one thing to remember: hold off your purchase until these two incredible gadgets are available.

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