Shelly's Friday Favourites brings a rice cooker along to the dorm

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 03:00 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 10:54 PM by Editor in Chief

rice cooker.jpgBack to school is just around the corner and if you're living in dorms the prospect of eating dorm food all the time might be less than appealing. There are some great small apppliances that can do much more than their names entail. This week I'm checking out what else a rice cooker has to offer besides boring plain old rice, and you just might be excited to see what they can do.


Back to School: The case for choosing a convertible/2-in-1 laptop

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 10:06 AM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Convertible laptops are great for students.jpgWant to generate some back to school excitement this year? It’s tough to beat a new computer—not just for homework assignments, but also as a portable entertainment hub—and when it comes to PCs, there’s probably no more exciting form factor than a convertible (or 2-in-1) laptop. These computers are thin, lightweight, boast long battery life and the amazing ability to transform from traditional laptop to tablet, and everything in between. Here’s why a convertible/2-in-1 laptop should be at the top of your back to school shopping list.



Best Slowcookers for Back to School as Rated by Customers

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 04:57 AM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 10:35 AM by Editor in Chief

If you're considering getting a slowcooker for back to school and would like to read top recommendations from other customers just like yourself, then today's blog should be right up your alley. Read on to see which slowcookers come most highly recommended by Best Buy customers. These reviews are given in each customer's own words, so you'll know you're getting sound advice. The quoted customers have purchased these slowcookers and used them thoroughly, so step on inside and see what these good folks have to say!


Student tech tips: always have a thumb drive handy

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 08:33 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 12:00 PM by Editor in Chief

thumbdrive.jpgWhen we talk students and technology, we often focus on the big stuff like laptops, tablets and smartphones. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as part of having three kids work their way through elementary school and into high school, it’s that a little piece of inexpensive technology is indispensable: a thumb drive. From “sneaker-netting” assignments between school PCs and home to collaborating on assignments with other students, USB thumb drives are indispensable. Here’s what you need to know.



What should a student look for in a backpack?

by Blogger on ‎07-28-2015 10:21 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

Backpack 1.jpgHere are some key things to look for when choosing the perfect backpack for back to school!


Top 5 new backpacks for 2015

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 09:13 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:57 PM by Editor in Chief

Burton.pngWhile I’ve been out of school for quite some time now, I still have vivid memories of the pleasure I took in prepping for a new year. Yup, I was one of those kids who enthusiastically went shopping for back-to-school supplies while everyone else relished the last few weeks of summer freedom. And believe it or not, we’re only a little over a month away from the start of another school year, so whether you have little ones heading to elementary school for the first time, or are a university student yourself, here are the top 5 backpacks for 2015–ideal for toting all your shiny new school supplies.


Design a child's room primed for scholastic excellence

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 11:36 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 03:07 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_07242015_EA.jpgOnce the kids head back to school, bring on the homework! Sure, you can help them out as they get lots of it done while sitting at the kitchen table. But to encourage great scholastic excellence, a good idea is to give them some private working quarters in their bedroom.


Shelly's Friday Favourites microwaves some meals for back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 10:22 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 03:16 PM by Editor in Chief

quiona.jpgLast week on Shelly’s Friday Favourites we talked about how taking a slow cooker along when you go back to school is a seriously good idea. This week we're packing up the microwave to take it to your dorm room, and I've got a few healthy, fresh microwave recipes ready for you to try. 


Review: you’ll want to cook everything on the T-fal Optigrill

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:02 PM by Editor in Chief

grill.jpgAll it took was one set of steaks cooked on the T-fal Optigrill Non-stick grill and it was time for my BBQ to step aside and let a handier appliance take over. Here’s what I found out when I tested out the T-fal Optigrill.




Best coffee makers for back to school as rated by our customers

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 08:38 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 10:53 AM by Editor in Chief

latte 1.jpgIf you're a busy parent with school runs or a college/university student with a crazy schedule full of classes, your coffee maker can be the one thing in your day to keep you sane.  It's great to read Best Buy customer reviews to help choose which coffee maker will work best for you. Read on to learn which coffee makers were chosen as favourites.


Student tech tips: your mobile device is a mobile scanner

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 07:49 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 09:51 AM by Editor in Chief

scanning-documents-03ca31df08.jpgNo one can dispute the convenience and multifunctional nature of today’s mobile devices. Smartphones, phablets and tablets have all the necessary hardware and a wide range of software features to be able to serve as scanners, presentation remotes and efficient extensions of your desktop or notebook.


Review: Monster iSport In-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-20-2015 05:07 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 12:42 PM by Editor in Chief

iSport2.jpgIn today's blog I review two different sets of Monster iSport In-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones. These headphones fall into different price points, but they do have a lot in common and were both designed for an active lifestyle. If you're an active person and are tired of flimsy headphone sets that short out from a bit of sweat, or simply can't handle the shock / impact of your exercise regimen, read on to learn all about these high performance phones. You may just find a set of sports headphones that can finally keep up with you! 


Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A tablets are family focused

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 01:01 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 04:16 PM by Editor in Chief

taba.jpgSamsung’s built a tablet business with models that cater to specific users and their needs. Their Tab Pro line was designed around corporate users as well as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. Samsung has now created the Galaxy Tab A line of 8” and 9.7” tablets designed specifically for families and home users.


Back to school budget friendly smartphones

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎09-09-2014 08:50 PM - last edited on ‎09-10-2014 11:39 AM by Editor in Chief

Back_to_school_friendly_phones.jpgBooks, tuition fees and supplies can leave a dent in your wallet. With only a two-year contract, these budget friendly phones get an A+ for affordability. They take the sting out of not being able to afford iPhone 6.


Gear essentials for back to school

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2014 09:22 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 11:31 AM by Editor in Chief

gear.JPGDon’t know what you child needs this September? Here are some gear essentials that will make sure your child is prepared for back to school! I have even picked out my favourite from each list! Take a look and tell me if you agree with my selections.


Bringing your own device to school and the school policy

by Blogger on ‎08-29-2014 03:45 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2014 06:37 PM by Blogger


shutterstock_141207505.jpgMany schools are implementing a ‘bring your own device’ policy - meaning students learn from their own computers and not those provided by the school.


3 Great Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Students

by Blogger on ‎08-21-2014 11:40 AM - last edited on ‎08-22-2014 05:01 PM by Community Manager



Headphones aren’t just for music. With technologies like noise cancellation, they can also come in handy for ensuring a quiet environment in which to work, which is something any student can appreciate.



Surface 3: a new alternative for students

by Blogger on ‎08-20-2014 09:41 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:54 PM by Editor in Chief

Surface Preview.jpgTechnology is a big part of student life and a computer has become integral to the educational experience. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is a powerful device that can physically transform into a laptop form factor, becoming a true ultra-mobile alternative to a laptop or desktop PC —while offering all the advantages of a tablet.


Stay in touch this school year with online services including VoIP

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2014 10:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 11:55 PM by Editor in Chief

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 9.40.37 PM.pngHopefully you’re enjoying the summer of your life right now, taking every opportunity to get outside and soak up these long, sun-filled days. You’ve probably noticed though that the back-to-school ads have already started, which means it’ll pretty soon be time to start gearing up for the new school year.  Best Buy even carries a number of devices that can help you to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and today we're going to take a look at some of those.


Best back to school picks for your kid's backpack

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 10:09 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2014 08:28 AM by Editor in Chief

back-to-school.jpgThe only thing you can guarantee about summer is that it will fly by and back to school will be upon us all before we know it. This is the year to get a jump on your shopping by scoring some of the best picks for your kid's backpack. 


Back to school: the perfect backup plan

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 05:04 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgWhen you think of data backup plans, you may think of work, business and office solutions. However, home data backup is more important than ever —think of all your digital photos, personal e-mails and music that could disappear if you don’t have them backed up. For students, backup is just as important, if not more so. A crashed hard drive has turned into the new “my dog ate it” when it comes to late assignments, so you don’t want to be faced with trying to convince a teacher or professor that your hard drive did crash and take your essay with it. The idea of a backup is to make recovery as fast and as painless as possible, should you lose your data in any way. Here’s my take on the perfect backup plan.


What’s the best smartphone for students?

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 02:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 10:00 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgOne of the rituals of going back to school these days is choosing a new smartphone. I’m going through it myself as my daughter starts high school. Which smartphone is the best for students? The answer depends on many factors, and ultimately everyone is going to come up with a different pick depending on how much importance they put on things like price or app selection. In this post I’ll walk you through factors you should consider and offer a few contenders as the best smartphone for students.


Bed and Bath Essentials for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 12:25 PM - last edited on ‎08-05-2014 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

bed-and-bath.jpgIf you’re just starting out in your new place and are tempted to hit your parent’s house for a little ‘shopping’ for your linen closet, you’re in luck, because I’m here to save you from that experience.  With everything available for bed and bath right now, there’s no reason to suffer through hand-me-downs.


Get all set up with the Best Buy back to school contest

by Editor in Chief ‎08-05-2014 10:19 AM - edited ‎08-05-2014 10:50 AM

pinterest-image-en.pngStudents, teachers and parents are beginning to prepare for back to school. Do you know what your back to school list will be like this year?  Our needs change each year, of course. Some of us will be replacing a laptop, others a printer or cellphone.  Here’s a way to get most of the things that will have you set up for success this year. Create a Pinterest board of some of the things you’ll be looking for this year, and you might win one of ten $1000 e-gift cards from Best Buy. Read on for more details:


MacBook overview: a closer look at Apple's MacBook line

by Blogger on ‎08-03-2014 05:26 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 10:08 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgApple recently updated the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, moving to faster processors, doubling the RAM in base-model configurations and dropping the price of the top-of-the-line 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Sounds good, but what does it all mean? How much faster are the new models? What’s the difference between a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a MacBook Air? Which one should I choose? How do Retina displays compare to the labels I see on Windows laptops, like HD and FHD? I’ll answer all of these questions and more as we explore Apple’s MacBook line of OSX laptops.



Top 10 Essential School Supplies

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 09:18 PM by Editor in Chief

school.jpgI’ve always loved school. In fact, throughout my entire pre-university academic career, I was what you would call a teacher’s pet. So much so, that at the end of every summer, while most kids were bemoaning the start of another school year, I was sitting on my bedroom floor, surrounded by new school supplies, getting organized for the first day of class. Yup, I was that girl. But not everyone is as school-supply obsessed as I was. So with September around the corner, here’s a breakdown of the essential supplies your kids will need to make the most out of a new school year. 


Students: how to connect your home network with printers and devices

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 02:43 PM - last edited on ‎08-01-2014 10:43 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgWhen your Wi-Fi network is set up properly and everything’s humming, life is good. But what happens when it’s time for a new router, or when you move out of your parents' house to go to college or university and need to start from scratch with your own Wi-Fi network? Building a new wireless network —complete with printer access and storage— used to be a challenge, but these days you don’t need to be a systems administrator to do it. In fact, most router companies offer plug and play options that make setup and configuration a matter of minutes.


Get in shape for back to school with a wearable fitness device!

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 12:46 AM - last edited on ‎04-10-2015 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

jawbone 2.jpgIt’s going to be a long hard semester and getting fit and staying fit is going to help you stay focused, feel good and most importantly, avoid getting sick. So use this month before school to get fit and stay fit! 


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: super thin, but awesome display is the star

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 05:27 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2014 01:20 PM by Editor in Chief

preview.jpgSamsung continues to lead everyone but Apple in worldwide tablet sales and it’s not just the sheer number of different models it offers that’s the reason for that (although Samsung does offer a lot of different tablets). The company keeps upping its game and the Galaxy Tab S models are the latest example of this. Samsung sent me Galaxy Tab S 8.4 to try out and I found a lot to like about the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet. Especially that Super AMOLED display. Read on for my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review.


Best laptops as chosen by Best Buy’s customers

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2014 03:33 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgLaptops are a hot product right now as high school, college and university students start preparing for back to school. Best Buy has hundreds to choose from and I’ve already dished on five of my favourites. Now it’s time to leverage the power of Best Buy’s website, through the customer ratings and comments left by people who have bought specific laptops. We’ve combed through the ratings and put together another list of five laptop computers, this time based on your feedback. Without further ado, here are five of the best laptops on the market, as chosen by Best Buy customers.


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