The Gear You Need for Back to School

[ 0 ] August 19, 2010 |

Okay, forget the pens and pencils, ladies and gents. It’s time to think about the only important back-to-school purchases: your gear.

This year, there’s a ton of awesome electronics that are perfect for the classroom and the dorm room.

Check out this must-have back-to-school gear:

Powermat Home and Office Mat, $99 (get a coupon)

This little gadget is awesome. You just throw (aka gently place) your rechargeable electronics on the mat, and they’ll all charge at once. The mat means only one outlet is used, not one outlet for each of your gadgets, so you save space and avoid all those pesky chargers. Power up your iPhone, Blackberry, iPod, PSP, Bluetooth headset, digital camera and more. Love this one.

Apple iPad, from $499-$699 (get a coupon)

Shocked this one made the list, aren’t you? :P Even more portable than the netbook is the thin, lightweight Apple iPad. It acts as mini computer (the app store is growing every day) and e-reader. Our techies here are convinced the iPad is the way of the future, so jump on that bandwagon. Choose from 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. You can add a 3G plan for additional costs, too.

Epson Stylus NX420 All-in-One Printer, $99.99 (get a coupon)

Even printers are wireless these days – the fewer the cords, the better. Scan, copy (in color) and print documents (even two-sided) and photos (it’s got cool photo editing tools). According to the Epson website, 92% of customers recommend this printer. Nice one.

Logitech Pro 9000 Webcam, $79.99 (get a coupon)

Thanks to Skype, keeping in touch with friends, family and significant others is super easy. One dorm room treat is getting yourself and your fam a couple of really great webcams like the Logitech Pro 9000. This cam offers HD widescreen quality, a 2-megapixel sensor and RightLight technology so your images/video will be crystal clear even in dim conditions.

Flip MinoHD Camcorder, $209.99-$239.99 (get a coupon)

This one’s a no brainer. The Flip cam is the ultimate portable video camera that comes with editing software that makes sharing effortless (put ‘em on YouTube and Facebook). Even cooler is your option to personalize your cam with a custom image or an image from Flip’s design gallery.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook, $279.99 (get a coupon)

The ultra-portable netbook is perfect for in-class notetaking. In fact, you’ll get more than nine hours of battery life with HD video viewing and a Hi-def widescreen capabilities. Worried about storage space (as if 160GB isn’t enough)? Opt for an affordable external hard drive. Rather have a laptop? Check out the 5 best laptops for students.

Beats by Dr. Dre, $299.95 (get a coupon)

Okay, obviously this is a bit of an extravagant purchase, and I guess we’re supposed to be talking space-saving solutions, but these headphones are too hot to pass up. We’re talking high-def, sound-isolating headphones that pick up all the musical nuances you were meant to hear. Be warned – there’s no going back once you’ve experienced these, so maybe you should start slow — the affordable option is the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo, retailing at $199.95.

Mouth watering for more gear? Laptop Mag has an awesome series of back-to-school gadget posts, like:

What’s your must-have gear this year?

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