Back to School 2016 Buying Guide: Top 10 Tech Under $250

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Just because it's about that time to head back to school, doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune on new tech to start the school year off right. There are plenty of great gadgets that will help you start the school year off with a bang, that are under $250. Let's have a look at a few of them now.

Amazon Fire HD 10

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While the Amazon Fire is the cheapest tablet that the retailer sells, the Fire HD 10 is an even better tablet, coming in at under $229. It's a 10-inch tablet with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and it'll run all of your favorite Android apps and games with ease. The Fire HD 10 is a great tablet for using note-taking apps like Evernote, as well.

Buy the Amazon Fire HD 10

Huawei Honor 5X

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If you need a new smartphone, then this is a great one to pick up, and it's under $250 – full retail price. It's an unlocked smartphone that will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile without any issues. And of course, you'll have full access to the Google Play Store which has over a million apps and games available for you to get the most out of your smartphone today.

Buy the Huawei Honor 5X

UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker

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For those that may be unaware, UE or Ultimate Ears is part of Logitech. And they make some fantastic Bluetooth speakers. Including the UE BOOM 2 which is their second-generation UE BOOM speaker. It's available now for just under $200 and provides some amazing 360-degree sound. Which is great for any dorm or apartment. Especially a place that's pretty small.

Buy the UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Bluedio U (UFO) Premium High End Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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Instead of blasting the music in your dorm or apartment, maybe you'll want to sit back and listen to some music by yourself. With the Bluedio U Premium High End Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, you can do just that. These are Hi-Fi headphones as well, so you're getting some pretty amazing audio from these cans. Perfect for anyone out there that considers themselves to be an audiophile.

Buy the Bluedio U Premium High End Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

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A big selling point for Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua over the Honor 5X which we listed earlier on in this list, is the fact that it is waterproof. So you can be like Lil Wayne and poor champagne on your phone. But we still wouldn't recommend it. The Xperia M4 Aqua is also a bit cheaper. It's unlocked and will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile here in the US.

Buy the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

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Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit

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We all gotta stay looking good, even with a busy schedule of going to class, studying and working full-time. So we need a razor that will do the trick and not cost an arm and a leg. Remington has the perfect one here in this Vacuum Haircut Kit. Not only can you trim up your beard and sideburns, but you can take care of those long locks.

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Buy the Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

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If you're a Star Wars fan, there's no doubt you'll want this BB-8 Droid. And it's available for around $126. It's an app-enabled BB-8, meaning that you are able to control it from your smartphone. It works with both Android and iOS, so it doesn't matter which platform you are using.

Buy the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Samsung Gear VR

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If you own the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or Galaxy S6 Edge+, then you'll love this Gear VR from Samsung. It allows you to play games in virtual reality, as well as watch some rather cool 360-degree videos from your smartphone's display. Not only is it under $250, but it's also under $100.

Buy the Samsung Gear VR

Fitbit Blaze

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If you're into fitness, then the Fitbit Blaze is definitely a fitness tracker/smartwatch to check out. As you'd expect, it will track your heart rate as well as your calories burned, steps taken and even track your workouts. It also gives you some workouts right there on your wrist. Good for those workouts that you're doing at home when you can't get to the gym. Seeing as we all have busy schedules.

Buy the Fitbit Blaze

Moto G4 Plus

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The Moto G4 Plus is the latest from Motorola and Lenovo and starts at $249 for the 2GB/16GB model. The 4GB/64GB model retails for $299 (not technically under the $250 cap here, but we'll still leave it below). The Moto G4 Plus sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 617 inside with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor on the front. Of course it is also running Android 6.0 Marshmallow as you'd expect.

Buy the Moto G4 Plus (2GB/16GB)

Buy the Moto G4 Plus (4GB/64GB)