byGadjo07-28-201605:58 AM - edited 07-28-201607:11 AM
External hard drives are increasingly getting smaller and lighter while offering larger capacities and faster performance. External drives are ideal for protecting schoolwork and backing-up files and projects.
Fall is rapidly approaching, which for me always means a few things: beautiful autumn leaves, cooler weather, and of course, back to school time. Video game fans will also know that the new school year marks the beginning of the fall gaming bonanza where publishers roll out their most anticipated AAA games of the year. To keep you in the loop on what games will be the talk of the campus this school year, here are the top games everyone will be playing.
Buckling down and studying is a challenge for some students, particularly when distractions abound. One strategy to block out all that nose is to use noise cancelling headphones to prevent annoying sounds from spoiling a study session.
Tablets are computers, but they aren’t necessarily the same as full-fledged laptops or desktops that offer the full breadth in hardware and software. That paradigm is slowly shifting, now that some tablets are being designed as full-on laptop replacements capable of creating content in much the same way. There are five tablets that do stand out in that regard, with promising abilities to help boost productivity, while shedding weight.
Being away at school means leaving some of the comforts of home behind. But not all of them! A great and versatile option for back to school that will check all your home entertainment boxes, is a 4K or Ultra HD (UHD) Smart TV. Yes, you could get a regular 1080p HDTV, but allow me to make the case for a 4K Ultra HD smart version instead.
As much as we think that we must be in a fully digital age, you can't help but realize that there are still some fairly "old school" things you need to get you through school. It's nice that we can attend classes and look at itineraries on phones, laptops and tablets these days but you have to remember that the amount of help they can give you is limited to battery life and storage space. Check out this list of 10 traditional school supplies you'll still need to carry with you in 2016.
A lot of people require coffee to wake up in the morning and stay alert during the day. For students it's even more important to be able to start the day with a decent cup of coffee, but with so many different types of coffee maker, how do you know which to bring with you back to school? To help, I've dug into four coffee makers and listed the advantages and disadvantages for all of them.
Going away to university and living in a dorm room or in an apartment off-campus is a right of passage for many. It’s a way of gaining independence while meeting new people, learning new things, and embracing everything a post-secondary experience has to offer. It’s also likely the first time most new students have ever lived on their own. So if you are heading off to university this fall, here are six appliances you should bring with you to make your time away from home as comfortable as possible.
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Piano is one of the great instruments for your family. Anyone can play! First, you'll need to decide which piano is right for your home. You could choose something more expensive, but you may not need to. There are different models of instruments for different levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced. I'll try to help you decide which type is right for you and your family.
Summer vacation is in full swing and quite possibly one of the most anticipated video game console launches in recent memory is just around the corner. The brand new Xbox One S 2TB console from Microsoft arrives August 2nd, which supports 4K Ultra HD video and HDR games and content. Find out why the Xbox One S is perfect for University and College students heading back to school this fall.
For first-year university and college students, packing up everything you’ll need to survive your first year solo can be intimidating. After all, you’ve likely got a pup-tent budget and MTV Cribs tastes. But fortunately when it comes to those after class activities, you’ve got options for maximizing your entertainment while keeping costs down, and it starts with a streaming device.
on 07-18-201605:57 PM - last edited on 07-22-201602:27 PM by BBYMartin
How useful is a tablet when it comes to getting things done on campus? That may depend on what your needs are, but as tablet utility and functionality continues to grow and improve, a case can be made that having the right one can be vital to your overall productivity at school. The question is: are you in need of a laptop replacement or a situational substitute?
It’s that time of year again! Summer vacation is still in full swing, but the end is in sight and it’s time to start making preparations for the return to the classroom. Technology is more important than ever, but having the right gear is critical. To help you out, here’s a list of the top 10 laptops for back to school.
Photography is considered by many to be a "dream job"—engaging and fulfilling. The reality is that it's an incredibly competitive field full of very talented creatives. Today I have some ideas on how to put your best foot forward when it comes to building a career as a professional photographer.
The school year has only just come to an end, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about back to school supplies. I know, you might think I’m crazy, but why not get some of the basics out of the way now so you’re not scrambling come the end of August. A great place to start is with one of these new backpacks from Best Buy.
on 05-28-201606:37 AM - last edited on 05-30-201603:45 PM by BBYMartin
Laptops continue to be some of the best and most useful grad gifts around. Whether someone is moving on to a new major, new career, or is starting out as an entrepreneur, here are five of the best laptops to consider today.
It’s official: class is in session. Summer vacation is over. Millions of students across Canada are getting back into the groove, determined to do better than ever this year. To help achieve those lofty academic goals, I’ve put together a collection of some of the best back to school tips from Plug-in writers. Elementary, high school, college or university, keep these in mind to use your high tech gear to stay organized and meet your goals for the 2015 school year.
With the start of school rapidly approaching, the rush is on to make sure students have the gear they need. The biggest purchase for most will be a computer, so you want the right one and making the right choice starts with picking the right form factor. A few days ago, I made the case for choosing a traditional laptop. This time, I’m going to switch hats and make the argument for choosing a desktop PC.
Today we wrap up our 3 part series on educational toys that will help your child in the early stages of his or her formal education. Please join me inside as I investigate the importance of memory to your child's future education. This is certainly an important theme, and not merely during your child's formative years. Memory is a lifelong tool that we all rely on each and every day. You might just find yourself wanting to work on your own memory by the end of this post. And, as always, I'll suggest a few toys / products that are sure to help with memory development. So, click on through and let's get started!
So you’re off to college or university, leaving home and high school behind for the challenge of post-secondary education. Naturally, you’ll be bringing some gear along with you, like your computer and maybe a stereo, game console or a TV. Don’t forget to include a printer in the mix! If you don’t have one already (or if the one you own has seen better days), I’ve put together a list of 5 of the best printers to take to your dorm room.
A few weeks back I explored the topic of whether a tablet could be as good as a laptop for students. Here’s a hint (as a father whose kids have used both in class): yes, in many cases a tablet can be. However, I also know from experience that there are situations where a laptop just makes more sense. If you’re a student or you have kids in school, here’s the case for buying a traditional laptop over alternatives like a tablet or a desktop PC.
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Today I take an in-depth look at the new LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum (along with 2 classic LeapFrog LeapPad learning games). Join me inside and we'll learn together whether or not the good folks at LeapFrog have hit yet another home run .... I'll just give you this one little hint: They have! It's their biggest children's tablet yet, and, as always, it's packed with fun, educational, and amazing features! So, click on through and read all about it!
Every year back to school shopping time seems to creep up on me so fast, and every year I vow to be more organized and not leave it all until the last minute. This year not only do I have my sons shopping to worry about, but I have my own too since I'll be heading back to school also. Read on to see what must haves we love to get you through the school year.
September is fast approaching and with it the first day of school. You have your laptop, so you’re set, right? You’ve definitely got the big ticket item taken care of, but to make the most of it, make sure you have the extras as well. I’ve put together a list of must-have laptop accessories that will ensure your portable PC does everything you need for school, and continues to perform as expected through the school year and beyond.
If your child's confidence in his or her ability to learn seems like an important issue to you, click through and read on as I consider this issue in greater depth and ultimately suggest a few toys that may help to instill some early confidence in your child.
College and university students will soon be heading to school and for many of them, that means moving into a dorm room. Making this compact, on-campus living space into a home away from home for the better part of a year can be a challenge, but making sure it has all the high tech gear they know, love (and need for school) is a big part of it. I’ve put together a list of essential tech for dorm room-bound students as they head back to school.
We've been talking about some great small appliances for back to school as rated by you, our Best Buy customers. This week we'll see how having your own bar fridge can make a difference in your dorm room or apartment living.
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