8 Gadgets You Want this School Year

School is around the corner, which is the perfect excuse to indulge in a little shopping. From new clothes to shoes, your technology could also use a little upgrade too. Here are some of the top gadgets for the new school year.



A new computer is a must have item. Depending on your needs, there are so many options out there. If you’re looking for a portable but tough machine, look no further than the Sony VAIO Pro 13. It boasts carbon fibre construction (which means it’s super light and durable), and has a full HD touchscreen TRILUMINOS display. Perfect for editing photos or videos on the go.

Sony VAIO Pro 13


While a shiny Mustang convertible would be a sweet back to school gift, convertible laptops are a growing trend. Check out HP’s Split 13-M010DX Notebook PC. The laptop snaps off into a tablet, offering you the best of both worlds.

HP's Split 13-M010DX Notebook PC



If you’re looking for even more portability, you can ditch the laptop altogether and opt for a do-it-all tablet. The Sony 16GB tablet can handle more than just Angry Birds, and comes loaded with Android Jellybean 4.1. You also won’t have to worry about any unfortunate bathroom-related injuries. That’s right, this tablet is waterproof.

Sony Xperia 16 GB Tablet


So you’ve got your new computer, but you’re having trouble streaming Orange is the New Black. If dorm wi-fi is driving you nuts, you can help that problem with a new router. The D-Link Wireless Cloud Router offers speeds of 300Mbps! It can also be controlled wirelessly from your Apple or Android phone.

D-Link Wireless Cloud Router

Charge on-the-go

How many times have you been in the middle of a boring class, texting away, only to have your phone die? Nix that situation with the Mophie Juice Pack Boost charger. Portable and perfect for when you’re on the go, this tiny device can give your phone a full charge so you’ll never miss a Snapchat.

Mophie Juice Pack Boost

Track your stuff

Find your keys, or your phone, even your glasses with the Tile app. Only available for preorder now, the little white tile sticks onto anything and a handy app (as well as a backup lost and found network) will track where your laptop or other item ends up. While this might not totally thwart library theft, it offers a little piece of mind.

Tile App

Stay in shape

Beat the ‘Freshman 15’ with the UP by Jawbone wrist band. The sleek and stylish band tracks your activity, sleep and what you eat, and keeps the data on the UP Android/Apple app. This product is unique, because it also makes suggestions and lifestyle tips to help enhance your health and emotional well-being.

UP by Jawbone

Stay awake

By your first midterm, you’ll be thankful you picked up the Keurig single serve coffee maker. Its compact design and wide variety of beverages will keep you caffeinated when you pull that all nighter. It’s also super compact and the single pods are perfect for dorms!

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker

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