Back To School 2015 Buying Guide – Accessories


As summer begins its last month before school comes back around, back to school sales are about to start popping up and students along with their parents will be searching for the perfect tools they need to return to the classroom prepared. Technology has become a big part of the education system as of late and there are more than a few tools which any student should aspire to have in their bag. We've put together a list of a few particulars which may be of use to any student looking to stay on top of their classes.

Livescribe 3 Smartpenlivescribe-3-02


This might be the single most important back to school accessory any student could own. Notes are an important part of the learning process but technology can be just as crucial these days. With the Livescribe 3 Smartpen you can have both working in perfect harmony. The Livescribe 3 lets you handwrite notes all while the pen is connected to your Android device (also works with iOS) via Bluetooth. The mic on your Android device can then record the audio while synced with notes you take with the pen, allowing for a great point of reference for any class and the perfect combination of notes and lectures. Paired with the companion app, you can organize your handwritten notes in various ways once you've transformed them into digital text form. Normally these will end up costing $149.99 but Amazon has them on sale right now for about $30 off bringing the price down to $119.99.

Livescribe 3 Smartpen

Neo Smartpen N2Neo Smartpen N2-46


Livescribe may be the most well-known option when it comes to smartpens, but that doesn't mean it's the only option. Students can find another great choice with the Neo Smartpen N2 which has the same capabilities of letting you sync your handwritten notes with your Android (or iOS) smartphone or tablet. One nifty little feature of the Neo Smartpen N2 is that it lets you save your notes and share them via cloud mediums such as Evernote or Google Drive, making them easy to find on any device where you have those accounts available whether it be the web or through a mobile app. Transcription also supports 15 different languages making quite the versatile writing tool. The Neo Smartpen N2 will run about $169.00 and it comes in a white or black color just in case you have a preference.

Neo Smartpen N2

Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5 16,000mAh Battery PackAnker 2nd Gen Astro E5


If you're going to be using electronic devices like smartpens and your smartphone or tablet throughout a day's worth of classes in addition to the normal stuff like texting, taking pictures, playing games, and listening to music, you could be using up a whole lot of battery power to keep everything going. If that's the case then it's a great idea to keep something on hand which can recharge your devices on the fly. Anker's 2nd Gen Astro E5 battery pack is just what any student needs for recharging any device. It has 16,000mAh of battery capacity so it can charge any phone at least four times, or it could be used to recharge a combination of different device at least once. It's also got a built-in LED light just in case you lose your keys in the dark.

Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5 Battery Pack

Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 USB Turbo Wall ChargerAukey-Turbo-Charger-AH-2


Lots of today's top devices support Qualcomm's quick charge 2.0 standard so devices can charge in merely a fraction of the time compared to devices even from just a couple of years ago. If battery packs aren't your thing and you prefer something a little more compact, consider this turbo wall charger from Aukey a solution. It comes with a micro USB cable for devices and extends about 3.3 ft. so it should be plenty long enough to stretch across the desk in the dorm room or from the wall to the computer in the main campus library. Either way, it'll serve as a means to juice up your devices when they need it most, and quickly so you don't have to miss out on any important events because you need to charge up before you go.

Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 18W USB Turbo Wall Charger

Mpow Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Headphonesmpow swift bluetooth headphones6


What would back to school be without some headphones to help you listen to your favorite tunes. Whether the music helps you prepare for tests during study sessions or it helps keep you motivated during intense workouts, these Bluetooth earbuds can keep you connected to your music pretty effortlessly. Since they're designed for sport, they're also waterproof and lightweight making them easy to tote around school grounds from class to class or around the gym, or basically anywhere. Battery power lasts up to about 5 hours of talk time or music playback, and these are on sale right now for half off at just $29.99

Mpow Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Headphones