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Sony has released the new version of itsDigital Paper devicein a new, smaller 10.3-inch size. It features high-resolution E Ink capacitive touch displays and come with 16GB of memory, Wi-Fi and a stylus. Its a little pricey at $600, but its highly functional and can be connected via PC or Mac to a projector and the contents on the Digital Paper screen can be displayed to an audience, including real-time markups and handwriting. Its ideal for heavy reading of thesis documents and more.
Kingstons Nucleumallows you to use your favorite mouse, monitor and accessories with your new notebook. With a single USB-C hub you can connect up to 7 devices at once and keep your creativity flowing. With the Nucleum you can also power up your MacBook while also running your external hard drive and charging an iPhone. $79.99
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All users need to do is download the Tile app and attach the tracker to any device or item they dont want to lose. $25 for one, or $45 for a 2-pack.
For younger kids,Fitbit Aceprovides kids with motivation to move through customizable step and active minute goals, with message and badges, and challenges for the whole family. With an adjustable, showerproof wristband and up to 5 days battery life, Ace is designed to keep pace with kids busy lives. $99.95
TheMotorola e5 play, which also comes in a larger plus version, is ideal for kids asking for their first mobile phone. It allows students to have a simple phone that keeps them connected to the parents, but with enough features to ensure they experience the novelty of having their first smartphone. Starting at $94.99 for the e5 play.
TheROCCAT: Vulcanis an RGB mechanical keyboard equipped with ROCCATs first in-house designed switch. Its fitted with dirt resistant and spill-proof switches, making it effectively college-kid-proof. Its the first keyboard to feature ROCCATs proprietary Titan Switch Tactile, along with new ultra-light switches reduce actuation point from 2 mm to 1.8 mm and firmware reduced bouncing rate by 20 percent for industry-leading response time. $129.99-$159.99
Sleep is important for everyone, but particularly students.Dreampadhas a pillow that uses sleep technology to trigger the bodys relaxation response for better sleep. It has a built-in speaker that you only hear when your ear is against the pillow. You can choose from one of 10 soundscapes of soothing music from the app, and set a timer for how long it will play. You attach it to your smartphone, and theres a pocket to place your phone in while its in use. Theres an optional Bluetooth receiver for those who dont want to be hardwired to their smartphone. Dreampad was featured on ABCs Shark Tank. Priced from $149-$179.
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Tile Styleis one of the easiest ways to keep track of gear. The Style has a sleek look that allows it to blend in with handbags, backpacks and more.
The kids might not like this one, but parents will.Circleis a custom monitoring system to keep your children safe while online. TheCircle with Disney appgives parents full control over which content is viewed and the time spent on each devices. Circle Go extends all of the features to any network outside the home. $99 for Circle, and $4.95 a month for up to 10 devices on Circle Go.
Mophie has a new line of Apple exclusive portable batteries with lightning input. ThePowerstation XXL($99.95) has up to three USB charge ports and more than 70 hours of battery life. ThePowerstation Plus XLhas more than 34 hours of battery life and an integrated lightning connector. $99.95
Zaggs messenger foliois a tablet keyboard case made just for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro. $59.99
Dells XPS 13 laptopis thin, light and small enough to take practically anywhere. It has a 4K display and 8th Gen Quad Core processors. Starting at $999.99
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TheTexas Instruments TI-84 Plus CEis great for students because its permitted for SAT, ACT and AP testing. It has a color display and preloaded apps. $150
GoTenna Meshis lets you use your smartphone without cell service or Wi-FI. You can use it to send texts, share GPS locations, do group chat and more. Its waterproof, dirt-proof and weighs only two ounces. $179 for two.
Beauty masks are more high tech with theUFO Mini from Foreofor back-to-school spa-level facial treatments. $179
Motorola partnered with Hasselblad to bring high caliber photography to the smartphone with theHasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod. For those who love photography (or perhaps are just getting started with photography in school) this mod gives them Xenon flash, 10x optical zoom, and RAW images while saving the trouble of carrying a DSLR. $199.99
TheDojoby Bullguard will help protect privacy and safety of data for students in dorms and in their first apartment. It is powered by AI and monitors smart IoT devices to protect from hackers. $199
Even students need to take a break on occasion. TheRoccat Khan AIMOis the first gaming headset with exclusive Hi-Res audio compatible surround sound. The headset features 50mm drivers for 7.1 sound and a hi-fidelity 24 bit built-in soundcard, so it can be used for both gaming and listening to music loud enough to block out distractions in the library. $119.99
Motorolas bringing back those nostalgic vibes with theMoto Insta-Share Printer Mod. Its ZINK Zero-INK paper and easy to change cartridges will give students a chance to capture and print their favorite moments on Polaroid film. $149.99
The newMoto z3 playfrom Motorola is more than just a smartphone but it comes with its ecosystem of mods, sure to help college-bound graduates with making new friends and connections. $499.99
Zaggs nomad bookwireless keyboard and detachable case is compatible with a range of tablets from the Galaxy Tab S2 and S3 to the iPad Pro and Air2. $99.99
Prone to misplacing your dorm keys or wallet? Simply attach the Tile Sport to your keys or slip it into your wallet, then use your Tile app when either goes missing. With 2x Bluetooth range and 2x louder ring, the Tile Sport is the most advanced Tile yet. Its available throughT-Mobileand other sites. $34.99
Reduce background distractions and stay focused on your studies with these noise-cancellingSennheiser HD4.50BTNC headphoneswith unbeatable sound. $179.99 from T-Mobile.
TheSolo leather tablet padfoliois a universal fit for tablets from 8.5 up to 11. Its flexible and stylish. $69.99
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Kingstons Data Traveler Bolt Dualis an easy way to extend storage space to your iPhone or iPad. Think of it like a flash drive for your iPhone. Simply plug it in, download the Bolt app, and then back up your camera roll to the expanded memory. Starting at $59.99.
Having clear skin is important if you want to look your best on your first day of school.Foreos Espadais a blue light acne treatment with laser-focused targeting. $149
TheAlienware wireless gaming headsetis the first time that Alienware has gone wireless in a headset. It has high fidelity 40mm Neodymium drivers with an expansive soundscape over a wide frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz across a virtual 7.1 audio channels. $229