With Labor Day now long gone it’s time to put away those ghastly white jeans and face reality. Fall is here and school is back in session. While purchasing pens and pencils may be a good start, this year’s school supply list contains notebooks. No, not the ones filled with crisp-clean paper but laptops. Check out these great and surprisingly inexpensive laptops and other technology finds needed to help you or your child’s school year run a lot smoother.
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Best Value Laptops/Netbooks
The Gateway ID Series is especially designed for those who “live the mobile lifestyle.” Weighing about 5lbs, it’s light enough to carry from the dorm room to the classroom. It has a 14-inch HD display, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, and 500GB hard drive. It also includes Dolby home theater sound, a DVD burner and a web cam. It also includes a social networking tab that allows students to quickly access their social networks sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. For about a fraction of the price, and the size, check out the 2lb,10-inch Gateway LT Series netbook. It includes a webcam and digital microphone, 1GB of memory and 250GB hard drive. It’s the right size to throw into any backpack or messenger bag. $680; $350 respectively Gateway.com
The KODAK ESP 5250: All in one Printer is the perfect tool needed for any student boggled down with tons of term papers to print. It includes Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows you to print from anywhere: your room or you could even print directly from your phone if you install the proper application. Not to mention Kodak has some of the cheapest ink in the industry, only $10 to cartridges. $119; Kodak.com
Text books too heavy to carry around in a backpack? The Pandigital Novel is a color eReader that allows you to download tons of books and easily organize them into libraries. It provides a great reading experience with its high resolution screen. The Pandigital Novel runs on the Android operating system, which means students can surf the web and check their email. Comes in white or black. $179; pandigital.net
The HTC Evo 4G is one of the newest phones trying to give the iPhone a run for its money. With Wi-Fi accessibility, an HD camcorder and a massive 4.3-inch screen, it is the first 4G phone on the nation’s first 4G network— which just means you can upload, download and browse the web much faster. What makes this phone extra neat is its live -streaming video application which can instantaneously connect any student with someone across the country. $199 with contract; Sprint.com
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