Back to School Guide + Win an Archos 70 Android Tablet!
It’s the end of July – August is coming, and that means back to school time is looming large for students everywhere. We have decided to make it easier for kids and parents alike by not only putting together a great list of back to school gadgets and accessories, but we’re also giving away an Archos 70 Android Internet Tablet! The Archos 70 Internet Tablet runs on Android Froyo and packs in a 7-inch display, along with a 1GHz processor.
We’re Giving the Archos 70 Android Tablet – There are THREE ways to enter!
2. Tweet at us “I want to win the Archos 70 Android Tablet http://bit.ly/qF3heZ @chip_chick @ARCHOS_US @belkin #giveaway”
3. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you want the tablet – or why you’re excited to go back to school.
Contest ends September 4th, 2011
Back to school time isn’t exactly the most popular time of year for students of all ages – so perk it up a little with one of these gadgets. They’re equal parts fun and useful, and should ease the pain of having to learn (oh no!) for another nine month stretch. Send your kids back to school in 21st century style with one of these hot gadgets!
Usually, you need to sacrifice a little power and performance to secure a lightweight, small laptop. Not so with the VAIO Z series, which packs top notch processing power into a thin, lightweight, 13.1” frame. The top-of-the-line Intel i7 processor is inside, supported by an AMD Radeon HD graphics card and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. It also comes with a 512 GB solid state drive, along with other expected goodies – HD webcam and microphone, HDMI out port, and a Blu-Ray player and burner. You can knock off or add on features as you see fit, and choose from carbon black or carbon indigo colors. Custom engraving is also available. This lightweight powerhouse doesn’t come cheap, though – models start at $1,969.99. If you’re about to send your student off to college, it could be the perfect laptop investment to last through those demanding university years.
If you want your college kid to actually stay in touch, make it happen with the gift of Skype. Skype Premium is $4.49 per month, and offers unlimited calls to phones in the United States and Canada with 3 and 12 month subscriptions. The main benefit of upgrading to Premium is group video calling, so your son or daughter can talk to you, the aunts, the uncles, and grandma and grandpa all at the same time. Recently added is group screen sharing, which could be a nice quick way to share family photos and fawn over how cute they are as a family. It’s a solid gift, and a well-crafted, subtle hint for the student who tends to forget to call for weeks at a time.
Looking for a good starter mobile phone for your student (or a new one for he or she of the perpetually lost phone)? The HTC Status is a great cheap entry into the smartphone market, at $49.99, and masters the most important part of any teen’s life today – social networking. The Status is the Facebook phone – it features a small Facebook button on the bottom of the keyboard, allowing for instant sharing of photos, videos, or any other media. The Facebook integration doesn’t stop there – incoming calls are accompanied by the caller’s latest status update, and birthday reminders, if it’s getting close to their big day. The Status is a fully functional smartphone, too – web browsing, email, camera, front-facing camera for the vanity shot – making the price point even more attractive. You can get your kid started on a positive status update in time for school with this Android phone, from HTC. We also recommend checking out our full review of the HTC Status.
Put the art in liberal arts education with one of these designer mice, from Microsoft. For $29.99, you can get your right-brained student a wireless mouse with a little artistic flavor. Six different designs are available, from five prominent graphics designers. Check out the link above – they’re available exclusively from OfficeMax. Check out our hands-on review of the Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series.
Despite our move towards all-in-one devices, we still tend to carry around a lot of stuff with us. For Apple fans, the iPad and iPhone are constant companions, and they still haven’t replaced your credit cards, pens, pencils, mirrors, and everything else that fits into a purse (though I’m sure Apple’s hard at work on those extras as we speak). So, for the student with lots of gear to tote around, consider a booq iPad bag – a stylish and durable tote bag made of genuine nappa leather, with dedicated pouches for an iPad and iPhone, and some extra storage space for…well, the extras. It weighs less than a pound, and is available now for $89.95.
When you’re trying to think of the latest cutting-edge gadgets for your student this year, an alarm clock radio isn’t going to be the first thing that comes to mind. You might want to give it a thought, though – the Archos Home Connect is bringing the old bedside companion into the 21st century. This touchscreen alarm clock is powered by Android, and has tons of tricks up its sleeve to please your student in time for school to start again. It comes equipped with over 50,000 web radio stations via the built-in TuneIn app, and features its own alarm clock app that provides weather, traffic, and news information right after the alarm sounds. You can listen to music on it, too, and the speakers aren’t too shabby. It even supports video chat thanks to that touchscreen. Who knows, maybe a sweet alarm clock like this will lessen the pain of waking up early in the morning all over again once school starts (I know, wishful thinking).
The HP Pavilion g6t Series make for great first laptops for students of all ages – inexpensive, without lacking on features that will make one of these laptops a solid investment for the next few years, and beyond. You can choose between Intel i3, i5, and i7 processors, along with solid, if not high end, graphics processing options. You can customize RAM, data storage, and pick from a bounty of other features, too. The series comes in charcoal gray, luminous rose, pacific blue, sonoma red, or sweet purple. Best of all, the series starts in at $429.99 – that’s looking awfully attractive to anyone in the market for a solid, inexpensive laptop for their student.
Those reports aren’t going to print themselves. Make sure your student is fully equipped in time for school with a printer – one of the best on the market. The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Ink Jet Printer offers incredible color-printing capabilities – need to add some images to go with that A+ paper? Or, you can make sure your student can print out the latest family photos to catch up with everyone back at home in dazzling high-quality. The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is available for $399.99. Don’t sleep on the importance of a printer for the school year – your student will thank you the first time (of many times to come) they need to print out a paper and sprint of to class fifteen minutes before a deadline.
iPad kickstands enjoy a fair amount of popularity. Finally, someone has asked if a kickstand could be more. Kensington has come out with an iPad kickstand that doubles as an auxiliary battery, offering an added five hours of battery life. It’s a comfortable way for students to kick back and enjoy their iPad without having to hold it, and it even provides an extra set of speakers, too. Not a bad deal for just a kickstand. You can get the Kensington PowerBack for your returning scholar for $79.99. A caveat, though – it’s only compatible with the original iPad, not the iPad 2.
Carrying around a wallet and your iPhone?! What a drag. CaseMate’s offering a solution – carrying around all you need to get through daily life in one package. Their iPhone 4/credit card holder cases are available now from their website for $34.99. They’re durable, do a solid job of protecting your phone, and scratch one more thing off the list of things you need to carry around. For the student who’s always on the go (so, all of them), one of these cases will be a sure-fire winner.
A Kindle and a student seems like a perfect pairing. There’s no shortage of reading to be done. So, get your returning student a Kindle – with Special Offers! OK, so that just means a Kindle with ads, but hey, it knocks off a good chunk of the asking price and the ads are easy enough to ignore. The ads aren’t important here. What is important is that students can now rent textbooks anywhere from one month to one year, for as little as 80% of the normal asking price of the book. Ask any student – the price of textbooks today is insane and backbreaking, and students aren’t exactly the type to be rolling in the green. Students can still buy the textbooks for their Kindle outright, but the ability to rent on the cheap will be met with endless gratitude by any student this year.
You’ve got to admire the InSound’s knack for finding uses for seemingly useless things. After all, what are drawstrings on hoodies ever used for (aside from being absentmindedly gnawed on from time to time)? Well, they’re human chew toys no longer. InSound’s line of tech-infused apparel includes hoodies with built-in headphones. There’s a pocket dedicated to media devices are mp3 players, with a headphone jack tucked inside. The earbuds run up through the drawstrings, which should be comfortable enough for most music listeners. There are quite a few different pieces of clothing to choose from, but the hoodie comes in at $62. Much of what’s on the site is keen to today’s trends, and the headphones are of fairly high-quality, as well. Trendy and techie – a match made in heaven for any student.
iGuy iPad Standing Case
Dorm rooms and kids’ rooms alike need that extra dose of personality, for the sake of the identity-challenged youth who inhabit them. Enter the iGuy iPad case, a bright foam little guy who holds up an iPad or iPad 2, and can stand on its own two feet freely. It’s comfortable to hold, too, and does a good job or protecting the beloved Apple tablet. It’s available in orange, blue and green (excuse me – mango, peacock, and lime – sorry). The iGuy iPad case is selling now for $39.95.
Want to really light up some eyes in time for school? A brand new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will definitely ease the pain of having to hit the books again. This tablet is one of the best out there – HSPA+ (aka 4G) compatible, full HD, 10.1” screen, runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the list goes on and on. It’s perfect for work and play – students can get their readings done for class while taking notes, then browse the Internet and chat with their friends once they’re done. And, of course, there’s always the tantalizing prospect of Flash, unavailable on Apple’s offerings. Get the school year started off right with a Galaxy Tab 10.1 – they retail at $500 for the 16 GB version and $600 for the 32 GB models, both Wi-Fi compatible.
Personality counts just as much as quality – hence the Subjekt X! DJ Headphones. If your student is looking to get noticed on campus, these headphones are guaranteed to do the trick. The bright red, blue and yellow design is going to turn plenty of heads. Despite looking like a cheap kids’ toy from a distance, these headphones are no joke when it comes to quality. The sound quality is pretty good, and the noise cancellation is superb thanks to the huge cushions on the headphones. It’s style and substance on the cheap – they’re selling now for just $39.99.
Style and substance – the two things every student needs. The Belkin Larchmont Laptop Case is a well-padded backpack that fits any laptop up to 15.6”, and has extra pouches and pockets from all your smaller gadgets and assorted gear. This backpack is selling for $49.99, which is a pretty fair price for a quality, stylish, padded backpack for your laptop. It comes in black and soft gray. You can send your student back to the halls of learning with a little something extra to make the other students wish they had parents as cool as you.
It’s nice to see that the maker of the Swiss Army Knife has kept up with the times. Victorinox has actually garnered a pretty good reputation for high-end gadgets, and the Slim Duo is no exception – a sturdy, lightweight flash drive in the form of a Swiss Army Knife. It comes with an ever-handy key ring, and comes with encrypted, password-protected security so only your returning student can access the bounty (or the soon to be award-winning thesis) stored inside. You can pick one up from any licensed Swiss Army retailer – the link above will help you find the closest store to you. Knowing Victorinox, I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap.
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Update 09/12/2011: Congratulations to the winner – Monica Y. of Phoenix, Arizona!