The unofficial end of summer has come and gone and now parents everywhere are celebrating today, as most kids of all ages have now gone back to school! We’ve polled our favorite back to school parents and super seasoned seniors for approved back to school essentials that every PARENT needs! From preparing your babies for their first day at school to sending your college freshman off to their first day off to college – you now have your home back and you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: Parents Edition below!
Apple TV: If your kid or spouse is invested in the Apple universe — he or she owns an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or already has lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes — Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku. And even though it’s coming up on its third birthday, Apple is keeping its box fresh new channels every few months, including Watch ABC and FX Now, HBO Go, and HBO’s standalone subscription service, HBO Now. Better yet, it’s price is now down to $69.
Epson Expression XP-420
Now’s the perfect time to get your home office back to tip top shape! Perfect for upcoming school papers and projects, the Epson Expression XP-420 is a printer, scanner and copy machine that boasts a compact chassis with folding paper trays designed to minimize clutter in a busy workspace. Beyond the “small-in-one” design attributes, mobile professionals will appreciate the cloud-printing updates that can queue print jobs from a phone or a mobile browser. Whether you’re shopping for a small office’s multitasking machine or looking for a personal printer that won’t drain your savings on ink cartridge refills, the XP-420 is worth your investment.
Apple iMac 5k Retina
There’s no better time like the present to invest in a new home computer for you and the kids. Like the Mac Pro, the new iMac with 5K Retina display is a highly specialized product, not intended for everyday mainstream computing. One might even call it the iMac Pro, and for casual web surfing, social media, and even gaming, the less-expensive non-Retina version will do just fine.
Apple iPad Air 2
Now that the most reading- and writing-friendly options are out of the way, we can dig into tablets could be used for work, but mostly lend themselves to the moments when you just need to kick back and relax. The Apple iPad Air 2 is high-end tablet with performance to match. There’s also the smaller iPad Mini 3, if you’d like a more portable option, but either model works great for surfing the Web, gaming, and streaming video. There are comparable Android models available (highlighted in the next two slides,) but if you’re comfy and cozy using iOS, picking the Apple tablet is an easy decision.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note5 is a stunning upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line – more powerful and more personal than ever. Inspired by the design legacy of the Galaxy Note5, it ergonomically fits in one hand with a narrower bezel and curved back. The flat screen is great to write on and the curved shape makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.
Moto 360 Watch
The Moto 360’s been out for over a year, but it costs less than before and still does most of what other competing Android Wear watches do. If you have an Android phone and are looking for a smartwatch, this is still a good budget pick.
Logitech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard
Do you use your phone or tablet as an impromptu computer? The all-new K480 is designed to toggle between any three Bluetooth-enabled devices, be they Android, iOS, Windows or anything else. A built-in tray lets you stand most tablets and phones. It’s not as elegant as some dedicated iPad keyboard cases, but it’s far more versatile for home use, and — at just $50 — not too pricey.
Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite back to school parent this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this week? Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!
Long gone are the days of notebooks and #2 pencils making the top ranks of school syllabus sheets – now it’s all about going digital and going green (without costing you a lot of green.) We’ve polled our favorite back-to-school kids of all ages for approved essentials that every kid needs! From elementary accessories to high tech computing – you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: Kids Edition below!
Forgot your laptop or notebook? No sweat. The LG G Stylo‘s built-in stylus and large, 5.7-inch screen give you room to write. It sells on T-Mobile, Sprint and Boost Mobile for between $200 and $300 and you can find a deal from Walmart Family Mobile with unlimited talk, data and web for $29.88/month.
Ok, so it’s not technically classified as tech for kids, but anything Emoji-related is just too cool not to include for back to school! Why not send your kids back to school with personal style! It’s a designer backpack will let everyone’s eyes light up.
For The Home:
Google Chromecast is a cheap and easy video streamer is arguably the best technology you can get for your home right now. These are small boxes or “sticks” you plug into any free HDMI port on a TV. The most affordable one at $35 or less is the Google Chromecast. It delivers most of the key streaming services (Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, YouTube, Watch ESPN and many others), but the main caveat is that you need to use your smartphone or tablet as the remote
Sol Republic Punk: Looking for a more rugged wireless speaker? The Sol Republic Punk is water-resistant, so it’s great for the kids by the pool, beach or early morning back to school showers. Originally priced at $70, it can now be found for about $50 bucks.
For The Classroom
Students, grab your pens and pencils. This Lenovo tablet features AnyPen technology which mean, well, you can essentially use any pen as a stylus. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen is ultra-compact, sitting at 8-inches, and it has a built-in kickstand to make using it in class easy. You can write an essay while it’s propped up on your lap or comfortably grip it by its chunky rounded edge while reading or surfing the Web.
A full-featured Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet that includes a beautiful HD display and Dolby Audio that’s perfect for watching movies like Finding Nemo, plus a fast quad-core processor that ensures quick app launch times and smooth games and video. Fire HD Kids Edition has a 2MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, and a front-facing camera that’s perfect for when you want to set up video calls between kids and grandparents.
Back to school time is hard work, and kids of all ages can appreciate a reward like a new gaming console. The time is now to buy a new-generation console and you can’t go wrong with a PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 system opens the door to an incredible journey through immersive new gaming worlds and a deeply connected gaming community. PS4 puts gamers first with an astounding launch lineup and over 180 games in development. Play amazing top-tier blockbusters and innovative indie hits on PS4.
Perfect for young photographers, this durable smartwatch makes it easy to take photos and record videos on the go. They can also use the touch screen to explore their creativity with fun photo effects, frames and filters. The splash-proof smartwatch has four learning games, a voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects and a micro USB cable, which can be used to upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery.
Looking for a few ideas for the college co-eds in your life? Check out our picks for back to school college essentials below!
Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite student this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this week? Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!
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.
Tablets & Accessories (range: $499 – $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)
Connected Home and Dorm Room Accessories (range: $32 – $100)
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