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The Roku HD streaming media player comes preloaded with lots of apps, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video.
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updated 8/14/2012 12:12:36 PM ET 2012-08-14T16:12:36

If you're sending a child off to college or moving them into a new apartment, help them get things started off right. These tech products add convenience, comfort and a little fun to any apartment. And they're priced for student-sized budgets.

Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12-cup Thermal Coffeemaker
With the Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12-cup Thermal Coffeemaker, you can program coffee to be made at any time and then keep it hot and fresh in its thermal carafe for up to 12 hours. The coffee maker shuts off automatically once the coffee is brewed, saving energy.
Price: $99.95 on cuisinart.com

LG LCSP111OST Microwave with Oven
Chances are that there are a lot of microwave dinners and pizza in your child's culinary future. With LG's microwave with oven combo, you can cook in the appliance's 1.1 cubic foot microwave oven or bake in the 1,400-watt oven drawer. The drawer can be set to bake at 350, 375, 400 or 425 degrees and has an Auto Pizza feature, which adjusts cooking times for fresh or frozen pizzas.
Price: $209 on amazon.com

Philips DC290/37 Docking Clock Radio
Yes, a smartphone can serve as an alarm clock, but there's something to be said for a device that doesn't need to be charged to work. The Philips DC290/37 is a great clock radio. There's a digital FM tuner, aux input and for those who have an iOS device, there's a dock on top for playing or waking to music.
Price: $99.99 on usa.philips.com

Samsung UN32EH5300 32-inch LED-LCD HDTV
This high-quality 1080p resolution LCD TV with 120Hz motion technology provides access to a wide variety of Internet apps, including streamed video from Netflix, ESPN and YouTube, health apps, music and gaming. So, there may be no need to get cableor another pay-TV service. Built-in Wi-Fi makes setup a snap.
Price: $579.99 on samsung.com

Roku HD
If your child's TV doesn't have apps for streaming video from the Internet, it's easy to make any TV smart with a streaming media playerlike the Roku HD. Preloaded you'll find apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, YouTube, Vimeo, CNBC, Pandora, Facebook and many more.
Price: $59.99 on roku.com

Hoover Flair S220 Bagless Stick Vacuum with Powered Nozzle
The Hoover Flair S220 Bagless Stick Vacuum makes short work of messes on bare floors and its powered nozzle makes it particularly effective on low-pile carpet. The vac's see-through dirt cup is washable and the 20-foot power cord wraps neatly around hooks on the back.
Price: $59.99 on hoover.com

KitchenAid KSB560 5-Speed Blender
Certainly not a necessity, but a good blender does come in handy in a first kitchen. This KitchenAid KSB560 makes short work of smoothies, milkshakes and other frozen beverages, thanks to its "crush ice" mode. And with a one-piece polycarbonate pitcher, cleanup is easy.
Price: $119.99 on shopkitchenaid.com

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