This morning I’ll be a guest on the News One Now morning show with Roland Martin discussing the latest in tech, affordable gadgets and deals that you can find in retailers today. Who says Back To School shopping is just for students? As one of the biggest technology shopping seasons of the year, now is the perfect time to grab the best deals online and in stores. The combination of families stocking up on school supplies, college students shopping for electronics and select state sales tax holidays makes this one of the busiest times of the year for retailers and they’re giving up the best deals to earn your business.
Discover just a few Back To School deals that you can find from retailers such as Radio Shack, Target, WalMart and more below.
Reading, writing and arithmathic doesn’t stand a chance challenging parents and students armed with the right tablet and accessories this year. Tablets are the best way to mobilize learning, entertainment and more while on the go and when you add accessories like Bluetooth keyboards and smart watches to the mix, the possibilities are endless! Discover a wide variety of tablets, accessories and more for any student, any home/dorm room or budget below.
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Tablets & Accessories (range: $499 – $49)
The Samsung Galaxy S Tab is incredibly thin and light design so it’s easy to tote around and carry to class, add a Bluetooth keyboard and there’s no need for a laptop. It’s Super AMOLED screen makes streaming movies during study breaks better than ever. Students can easily view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking with Multi Window and for a fully connected experience, sync up with the Galaxy S5 & Gear 2 from AT&T for a total immersion in the next big thing in technology.
As the slimmest and lightest waterproof LTE tablet, the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet powered by Verizon Wireless is a sight and sound powerhouse. The Xperia Z2 tablet is the first tablet display with LIVE Color LED display, providing bright natural colors and perfectly sharp images on screen similar to enjoying a Sony BRAVIA HDTV experience. The S-Force front surround sound speakers offers unmatched sound and noise canceling technology. ($499)
The Sony Smartwatch 2 is unlike any other smart watch on the market, as the world’s first android smart watch with one-touch NFC, simply pair it with any android device using one simple touch. You of course have text messages, emails, Google Play apps and more available, but The SmartWatch 2 takes style a next step further by not limiting users to their wristband options, but you can use any standard 24mm wristband truly making the SmartWatch 2 a stylish statement piece of your own. ($199)
Great for students of all ages, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a great tablet to break into the tablet craze without breaking the bank. Its’ 7″ screen makes it the perfect size that’s portable and comfortable to hold so it’s great for on-the-go use. Plus it also has Multi-Window so you can view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking. ($169)
Perfect for younger students or first time tablet users, the Proscan tablet with keyboard and case is compact, ultra-portable entertainment device that allows you to read email, surf the internet, read eBooks, view photos, play games, listen to music and watch video files. It runs on Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has wireless and Ethernet capabilities (with USB dongle), a microSD card slot and the Google Play app store and for $49 at WalMart, your can’t beat that tablet deal. ($49)
After school & Dorm Room Entertainment (range: $169 – $12)
The Slussen DJ Mix is the combination of pocket-sized hardware and app that allows you to take the party with you, wherever you go. Simply plug the adapter into your iPhone® or other iOS device. Connect your headphones and sound system into the adapter via the two 3.5mm jacks. Launch the app, and that’s it. Slussen’s pre-listening feature ensures that the tunes are always bumping, even while preparing your next track. ($12)
Dive into 1,000+ channels of blockbuster movies, hot TV shows, sports and more in stunning 1080p HD. Turn up that late-night flick while the kids (or parents) or dorm room roommate sleep in peace when you plug the included headphones into the remote. All you need is an internet connection and HULU, Netflix or cable account to get started.($69)
The new Samsung Level Earbuds and 360 sound bluetooth speaker is Samsung’s Next Big Thing in audio entertainment both high end audio accessories make the perfect accompaniment to your Samsung Galaxy device or tablet. ($149 and $169)
Add a little color that’ll have you seeing sounds with the Merkury Urban Beatz Large Headphones. Complete with a microphone feature and adjustable in-line volume control as well as quick access to volume and answer buttons, these headphones provide an uncompromising sound and call performance utilizing innovative function and performance with today’s technology for secluded sound. ($29)
The JLab Bombora headphones have full sound isolating ear cups, perfect for tuning out loud and obnoxious roommates. Pair with a T-Mobile smartphone or tablet to experience T-Mobile Music Freedom, unlimited music streaming without data charges from ALL of the top music streaming services—only on the Un-carrier – T-Mobile. ($60)
The compact and stylish Logitech Wireless speaker lets you wirelessly connect to stream music, manage phone calls and control volume, perfect for life on the go. Up to 5 hours of continuous portable play and crystal clear sound – on the road or at home plus pair with a T-Mobile smartphone or tablet to experience T-Mobile Music Freedom, unlimited music streaming without data charges from ALL of the top music streaming services. ($50)
The Pyramid speaker features a built-in mic and controls to take phone calls, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player and also offers crisp clear sound and up to 6 hours of continuous play time. ($50)
Connected Home and Dorm Room Accessories (range: $32 – $100)
The Playbulb is a fresh new Bluetooth Smart LED speaker light allowing you to combine you light with music and control both from your mobile device. You can play music from your iOS, Android or most other Bluetooth-enabled devices and is an ideal accessory for student dorms, apartments or any small spaces in need of light and sound. ($79)
Every 3.5 seconds, a mobile phone is lost or stolen. When you consider the threat to your sensitive data, your downtime and the cost of recovering your phone, you’ll see exactly why Proximo is the perfect tech accessory to help you keep track of your technology. The Proximo Bluetooth trackers will alert you with a customizable alarm the moment you move a set distance away from any of your devices using your iPhone/Android device or tracker fob. ($32)
Keep an eye on your home when you’re away with the Philips In.Sight wireless home monitor. Slim and unobtrusive, this monitor can be placed in any room of your house. Using your home wireless network, the monitor streams live video and audio directly to your iPhone or iPad, and alerts you when motion or sound is detected. The monitor also uploads recordings to a private web account that can be accessed on any computer–at home or away–for secure, convenient surveillance. ($45)
Pivot Power Pop bends to fit any sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet, but this version brings bold, head-turning hues. Finally, your power strip is something you’ll want to showcase, not something you’ll want to hide away. Space Bar is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top. ($20 & $100)
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