This time of year, there’s a commercial from Staples that always runs through my head, you can watch that here. Sadly summer is almost over, and everyone will be heading back to school soon. Whether that be off to college, High School or even elementary school. Back-to-School shopping isn’t just about new clothes and backpack, there’s also tech that is needed for going back to school. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite tech products in this buying guide, and we think you’ll like our choices.
Also make sure to check out all of our back to school guides this year.
Acer Chromebook C740
Chromebooks have been around for a few years now, and they are starting to get really good. Here is Acer’s latest and greatest Chromebook, the C740. The Acer C740 is available with 2GB of RAM and 16GB SSD, or 4GB of RAM and 32GB SSD. It is also powered by the Intel Celeron 3205U dual-core processor. And sports an 11.6-inch HD Display. It’s a great laptop for those going off to college, as it is a light-weight machine and is also relatively cheap, coming in at under $300.
HP Chromebook 14
For those that want something a bit bigger than Acer’s newest offering, there is also the HP Chromebook 14. This is HP’s second-generation of the 14-inch model, which has done so well for the company. It features NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor, as well as 2GB of RAM. It’s a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768. There is also a 16GB Solid-State-Drive inside. Which isn’t an issue, seeing as all of Chrome OS saves your data to the clouds.
Buy: HP Chromebook 14
Ultimate Ears MegaBoom Bluetooth Speaker
There are tons of Bluetooth speakers available out there, including a number from Ultimate Ears (which is Logitech’s brand for their audio equipment). The MegaBoom was announced earlier this year, and packs a ton of sound. It provides 360-degree sound, as well as NFC. So you are able to tap to pair your device to the speaker. You also have about 15 hours of playback on the MegaBoom, and the ability to pair it with other MegaBoom speakers, through their app.
JBL Pulse Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Pulse is a pretty cool looking Bluetooth speaker, it’s round similar to the MegaBoom listed above, however it changes colors based on the music. Almost like an equalizer, which looks pretty sick going all around the speaker. The LED lights around the speaker can be programmed for brightness and to be in sync with the music your playing.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Depending on what you’re majoring in, in College, a tablet like the Xperia Z4 Tablet may serve all your needs without getting a full-blown laptop. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is the latest and greatest from Sony, it’s running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has a 10.1-inch 2560×1600 resolution display. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor in there powering the show as well. Most importantly, this tablet is waterproof. So if you spill beer on it, you can take it to the sync and literally wash it.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet
Of course, after a long day of classes, it’s time to get some gaming in before studying. Right? NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet is a great tablet to pick up for gaming. It’s an 8-inch tablet with front-facing speakers. It also has NVIDIA’s GRID Gaming Service, which is still currently in beta. And is powered by, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.
Google Nexus Player
Android TV was announced not too long ago, and we have three big contenders out right now. Which include the NVIDIA Shield TV, and the Razer Forge TV. Both the Shield TV and Forge TV are a bit more expensive than the Nexus Player which comes in at under $100 right now. The Nexus Player is a great set-top box for Android TV. You have access to Google Play Movies, Netflix, Hulu+ and many other services, with many more on the way. It’s powered by an Intel processor, and does allow for some gaming. However, if you want to do some hardcore gaming, the NVIDIA Shield TV or the Razer Forge TV might be a better choice.
Don’t fancy a set-top box for your dorm room? How about the Chromecast? It’s a small HDMI dongle that allows you to cast shows and movies from your smartphone to your TV over WiFi. It works with both iOS and Android, as well as Chrome on Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS. It’s just $35, and can have you watching a whole lot of content.
Buy: Google Chromecast
Grain Audio OEHP.01 Over-Ear Headphones
Premium audio, here from Grain Audio with their OEHP.01 Over-Ear Headphones. These include an inline microphone, so you can take calls with these headphones. They use use two 40mm proprietary loudspeakers and come with a 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter. Grain Audio has also gone ahead and used Walnut for the enclosures, which make these headphones look really nice.
- VIZIO E32-C1 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV
- LG Electronics 55LF6000 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV
- High Sierra Loop Backpack
- SwissGear Computer Backpack
- SwissGear ScanSmart Laptop
- Black Limefuel Lite LP200X
- Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5 16000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank
- VIZIO M50-C1 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED HDTV
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
- Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
- HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier
- HP Officejet Pro 8610 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer
- Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband
- Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch
- Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band
Check out the Rest of Our 2015 Back To School Tech Buying Guides