Must-have back to school electronics for college
Getting the most out of college has a lot to do with taking the right classes, meeting cool people and exploring new interests — but it also has a lot to do with preparing yourself to be successful. And that means having the right tools for the job.
When you’re heading to college, there are a few gadgets you’re going to want to have in tow. From the ubiquitous laptop to the less-obvious e-reader, here’s a list of essential items you’re going to want to bring with you on your foray into higher education.
There are lots of stores that run sales for back to school gadgets, but a handy one-stop shop is Best Buy. It has a section on its website that includes lots of gadgets from a variety of categories and geared toward a number of different kinds of students, and it offers up to 2.5 percent Cash Back on its purchases. It’s a great place to get some of your essential gadgets.
Of course, you’re going to need some kind of computer for everything from research to email to homework, and laptops are often best because of their portability and versatility. Best Buy has a number of options, but one of the coolest features of its set of college gadgets is that there’s a whole category for money-saving options. The HP Envy Sleekbook is Best Buy’s “Economist” laptop option, which comes with a 15.6-inch screen and a 750GB hard drive. It’ll run students about $600.
Also key for modern college students: smartphones. They’re just too handy for everything from making calls to planning your daily calendar. It’s a gadget that seems perfectly designed for the hectic college life, and Best Buy pegs a no-contract Samsung Galaxy S III at $300 from Virgin Mobile. There’s always the iPhone route if you’re not a fan of Android, too – with a contract, you can grab a 16GB iPhone 5 for $200.
One other item you might have forgotten: a printer. While it’s debatable just how “essential” a printer might be for college students, it’s a fair bet that at some point, all students will need to turn in something on paper. And according to the unwritten laws of technology, if you ever need to print something, especially at the last minute, the computer lab will be closed, out of order or otherwise non-functional. Ask any college student — something inevitably goes wrong. Luckily, Best Buy pegs the HP Photosmart Wireless eAll-in-One printer at $150, and its wireless capabilities means it won’t be a mess of cables.
Finally, students should definitely consider snagging an e-reader of some kind. Buying books every semester is a huge expense and can be a huge pain in the back — especially if they’re heavy. But an e-reader like Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite can download full text books without adding any weight to your bag, and it’s relatively cheap at just $120.
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