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!

1. Simply go ahead and Like our Facebook page, along with Archos’s Facebook page and then leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us why you want the Archos 70 Tablet

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!


Customized Sony VAIO Z Series Laptop

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.

Skype Premium

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.

HTC Status

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.

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series – Artist Edition

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.

booq iPad Bag

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.

Archos Home Connect

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).

HP Pavilion g6t Series

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.

Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Ink Jet Printer

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.

Kensington PowerBack

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.

CaseMate iPhone and Credit Card Holder Cases

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.

Amazon Kindle with Special Offers and Textbook Rentals

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.

InSound Apparel

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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.

Subjekt X! DJ Headphones

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.

Belkin Larchmont Laptop Case

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.

Victorinox Slim Duo

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.


Giveaway Rules & Regulations: Only U.S. and Canadian residents may submit entries. ChipChick.com is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses. Winners are responsible for taxes. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Approximate value of prizes may vary. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice/photograph and municipality of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation over the internet and picture data storage). Wireless service is not included with the prize.

Update 09/12/2011: Congratulations to the winner – Monica Y. of Phoenix, Arizona!


  1. I want to win the Archos G9 tablet because I would much rather carry this to campus than my ancient laptop. Thanks for the entry!

  2. I want the Archos because its going to be awesome. They have made a great tablet that can run with the big boys for less money than all of them. It would also help me out with all of the school work I will have to do. I’m excited about going back to school, because I haven’t been in school for almost 10 years. I’m excited about my future. Thanks for the opportunity to win such an awesome device.

  3. I would love this tablet to do everyday things I do on my android phone. I’m always running out of juice and with this I can spare my phone. The 7″ form factor would be the perfect size in portability.

  4. I’d like to win because I’m a homeschooling mom who could use it to plan my lessons anywhere and have the kids do assignments on the go!

  5. My daughter is begging me for a laptop..she will be entering the high school this year and I would love to win this for her!!  tweeting @saraminda 

  6. I want the Archos 70 Tablet because I’d like to have a smaller device that is more convenient to carry around.

  7. I would like to win the tablet for my son, who is joining the middle school webmaster’s club (so proud). He is a great student and deserves something like this for back to school. Thanks for the tech tips…

  8. Thanks for the Back to School guide, I always look forward to this time of year, lots of great stuff get released.

    I’m always on the go, in traffic, waiting for meetings, waiting for people, I’d love the Archos G9 Tablet for is its amazing portability. I can take it out and sketch out design ideas, or catch up on e-mail so I dont have to do it when I’m home. watch great videos in HD.  :) 

  9. Great back to school picks! Even after all these years back to school is still a magical time. I would love the Archos 70 Tablet to become more portable- to tweet on the go, to keep up with the fast moving world!
    Longtime facebook/twitter fan of yours, and fanned  Archos’s Facebook page also tweeted at ya!

  10. I want to win this so i can give tablet as a gift to my son before he joins his friends at school. He is asking me to purchase Nintendo DS from quite some time now and i guess he will be more than happy to have this.

  11. I would like to win archos 70 internet tablet as it comes with Android OS which means lot of free apps and more ever i don’t have any tablet.

  12. I want to win so i can have everything from surfing, chatting, game just a touch away. I want to explore the power of touch enabled tablet. 

  13. My girlfriend is starting her 3rd year of college and she does not have a tablet or laptop. This awesome tablet would save her a lot of time waiting for a pc to open up in the computer lab.

  14. My lappy is 5 yrs old, I can really use the upgrade with something smaller & more functional!

  15. I want the Archos 70 Tablet because I’d like to have a smaller device than a laptop, or netbook for that matter, that is more convenient to carry around.

  16. I wan’t to win the Archos 70 Android Tablet because . . . A – Archos is the best!  R – Really useful for my studies! C – Chipchick is the best!  H – Have wanted a tablet for ages!  O – Oh my gosh I want an Archos!  S – So want to win this Archos! 

  17. I need the Archos 70 Android Tablet because I’m not comfortable using the small screen on my phone.  It’d be great on the go . Running on android is a plus for me

  18. I want to win so that I can use it in my classroom with my 25 3rd graders! These students don’t have much opportunity to use technology so anything I can add to my classroom in the technology area is a great asset! Thanks !

  19. I want the ARCOS 70 Android Tablet to start a home based business and manage it wherever I go.

  20. Would love to have a 7″ tablet for the office, travel and home. School this year will be data management theory. Rocking a 7″ Android device would be awesome.

  21. I would love an Archos G9 Tablet because my laptop takes FOREVER to load up these days and is rather unwiedly, to boot!  It’s time I moved into the 21st century!

  22. I’d love to have the Arhos Tablet just for the sheer ease of use and portability. Sitting out on the patio or trying to read recipes in the kitchen would be so much easier. Thanks for the chance!

  23. I would love to win this Tablet because i need a portable device for myself.Thank You for the opportunity. 🙂

  24. I would love to win this Tablet because i need a portable device for myself.Thank You for the opportunity. 🙂

  25. I want the Archos tablet because I touch-type much faster than I can write by hand and my life & studies would easier to manage. Taking notes on a tablet would help me in my studies and because it runs Android (my favorite phone OS), it means the tablet will be seamlessly integrated into my current lifestyle i.e. I use an Android phone and manage my life via Google Calendar.

  26. I need the Archos Tablet to keep me organised. Please? I just got elected as head girl at my school after interviews and frantic letter-writing. Without this tablet to keep me tuned in with my duties, the results could be catastrophic, and me? I’ll just go down in history as ‘Worst Head Girl EVER’. Haha

  27. I would love to win the Archos 70 tablet to use
    it on the hospital when my baby born on October, to make my stay more
    pleasant… It’s a great tablet!Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck everyone! =)f00girl[at]hotmail[dot]comhelenitarico[at]gmail[dot]com

  28. I would love to win the Archos 70 tablet because I love gadgets and I love android. It would be really great to own a tablet and be able to browse the internet from the couch without having to boot up my laptop. Would also be cool to be able play some android games on something a bit bigger than my cell phone!

  29. I’d love to see what the Archos has to offer. I read something on their Facebook page about them being really fast and i’d love to see what fast is to Archos :).

  30. My laptop just caved! I can use the Archos G9 Tablet for school,work & play not to mention sharing it with my 2 almost teen daughters! 🙂  My husband is a big fan of the Archos products, now he can stop watching ebay for my Sept. bday present!

  31. I want to win the Archos tablet because this would be wonderful for my family to use. We are a one income military family with one old laptop and three awesome kiddos we are always waiting for our turn to use the computer. I have very responsible kiddos and they would take very good care of this. Thank you for the entry.

  32. I am so excited to go back to college this fall! I’m finally returning to school after 6 years!

  33. I want the Archos 70 tablet because I am an android fanatic. I want this tablet because no one else has it and it would be cool to use it for school like no one else can. But I don’t just want this tablet for bragging rights but for school activities like: notes, defining words, translate words for Spanish, and doing math problems. School is cool but I also want it for pleasure: music, games-especially ANGRY BIRDS-videos and photos. Why am I excited to go back to school to see all my friends.

  34.  I have a newborn daughter and an almost two year old son. A tablet is the only way I’m going to be able to keep up with them and my hyperactive online presence. Please help!

  35. I would love to win the Archos 70 Android Tablet for my son. He’s currently in University and only has an old HP desktop. It works well for his needs, but I think he’ll find this portable tablet a good companion at the library when he’s studying!

  36. I want the Archos Android Tablet because I really can’t afford to buy one myself. Posted on Facebook and Tweeted.

  37. I currently lug God-knows-how-many pounds of stuff back and forth between my apartment and school every day.  Most of these things are unnecessary, but some are not.  One of those things in the latter category includes my aging (and incredibly heavy) laptop.  It just doesn’t have the power or ability really to handle today’s scholastic needs.  A tablet would keep me from developing serious back problems in later years and would help me have the world at my finger tips to keep me learning every second of the day.

  38. i would like the Archos 70 Android Tablet, because i have just started a course in college which i want to do. the only problem is that i cant afford a laptop or a tablet that works with all the software that links with accountacy. it would help me a lot, because i have wanted to do accountacy but it would help with my work and make my future for me and my family a happy one, if i got a good accountacy job in the future due to the Archos 70 Android Tablet. Thank You

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