13 Awesome Tech Gadgets to Snag for the School Year

Since you’re only as productive as your devices and their accessories, send your kids back to school with the best technology. From accessories to brighten up college dorm room, accessorize a family workstation, protect your devices, and wake you up for those early morning classes to the best and innovative machines for students on the go and families, here are 13 back to school technology must-haves that will ensure you start the school year off right.

  • Capello Rise & Shine Alarm Clock Dock 1 of 13

    It's never fun to wake up in the morning but Capello's Rise & Shine Alarm Clock Dock ($69.99) for iPhone 5 and iPods makes it a little better. This dual alarm clock not only charges your device while you sleep but you can set two alarms to wake you with a combination of music from the radio, a buzzer, or your favorite music from your iDevice.


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  • Clocky 2 of 13

    Any teen that ever has trouble getting out of bed won't with Clocky ($45). This is an alarm clock with personality, plus it will wake even the most tired teens with it's annoyingly loud shriek. If that's not enough, to wake you quickly, act fast because Clocky will roll off the bedside table and around the floor making sleepyheads chase it around the room to turn it off. Yes, it's annoying but it's highly effective. Trust me. I have one. It works!


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  • LifeProof nuud for iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy III 3 of 13

    A smartphone is an investment that deserves to be protected not only because they're pricey to replace but also because they serve as a lifeline. LifeProof nüüd ($89.99) for iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy III provides waterproof protection without a screen cover. A compression lock system forms a waterproof seal between the case and the phone's touchscreen. Finally — a waterproof, dust-proof, and durable case that's responsive to the touch! 


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  • Xhilaration Over-the-Door Organizer with Charging Station and Jewelry Box 4 of 13

    Organize devices and keep them in one place with the Xhilaration® Over-the-Door Organizer with Charging Station and Jewelry Box ($39.99). This handy set is a must- have for shared spaces like dorm rooms where electronics can be easily misplaced among a roommate's belongings.


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  • Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 5 of 13

    Add a punch of color to your dorm room desk with the Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 ($29.99) is a traditional scroll wheel mouse but the vibrant colors and patterns it comes in are anything but. The contour of this mouse makes it comfortable to use hours on end whether doing online research, typing research papers, or gaming when you should really be studying.


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  • Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 6 of 13

    Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 ($39.99) is a sleek and colorful addition to any laptop or desktop that features a glass touch zone for smart scrolling. Scroll vertically or horizontally to navigate Windows 7 or 8 with ease. Keep the USB receiver plugged in and throw it in your backpack, messenger bag, or laptop bag without worrying that the scroll wheel will break.


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  • Hammerhead Folio 7 of 13

    On a budget but still in search of a brightly colored functional case that will provide full protection for your iPad? The Hammerhead Folio cases for iPad ($39.99) and iPad Mini ($29.99) feature intuitive technology that automatically wakes and sleeps the device when opened and closed to preserve precious battery life between charges. The durable polyurethane case covers the sides well and wipes clean with ease. Folio is available in fun colors like red and purple along with neutrals such as black, gray, and brown.


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  • Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio 8 of 13

    Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($149.99 for iPad, $89.99 for iPad mini) may be pricey but is worth every penny if you constantly use your iPad at work or school. Gorgeous liquid-resistant fabric in various hues fully encase the iPad's front and back panel while a magnetic clasp ensures it stays closed. Magnets are also hidden in the cover hold the iPad upright in one of two convenient positions for easy viewing. The Bluetooth keyboard isn't just a dream to type on, it's also liquid repellant making it easy to clean up when burning the midnight oil and engaging in late night snacking.


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  • Lexar Special Edition TwistTurn JumpDrives 9 of 13

    Who said USB flash drives had to be boring black? Lexar's special edition TwistTurn JumpDrives come in a variety of patterns and colors to spice up your electronic accessories collection. Available in 8 GB and 16 GB sizes, these drives have plenty of on the go storage for your data, photo, music, and video files. Available in-store from Target Electronics.

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  • Asus VivoTab Smart ME 400 10 of 13

    Stylish students will love knowing that the Asus VivoTab Smart ME 400 ($499) is a tech accessory that offers powerful computing in a portable form for a student on the go. This device features a detachable keyboard and touch screen that don't need to touch in order to work together. Keep the screen at a comfortable viewing distance away for optimal viewing and to prevent eye fatigue when working well into the night. This sleek device is available in black, white, and red.


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  • Asus VivoBook laptop 11 of 13

    Who needs to add more weight to already heavy backpacks? No one. Asus' VivoBook laptop (starting at $569) provides touch screen technology at your fingertips. It's sleek yet affordable. Powerful but portable. Perfect for PC lovers.


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  • Dell XPS 18 12 of 13

    Family computing just got better thanks to the flexibility of the Dell XPS 18 (starting at $899.99). This all-in-one computer to transform from a tablet to a desktop. It's a highly portable machine that is thin, light (weighs around 5 lbs), and features a 18.4" HD touch screen. It's appealing to today's tech savvy families because it can be easily transported from home to work or classroom and functions as both a desktop and entertainment center.


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  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 13 of 13

    Lenovo's 27" IdeaCentre Horizon is a multi-user "table" PC with a glass touchscreen that delivers the features of a tablet, desktop and gaming portal in one device. Kids who are collaborating on classroom projects can lay it flat in table mode so everyone can participate in a conversation while seeing what's on the screen.  Parents can convert the Horizon into desktop mode so they can get some work done on this machine or watch a movie when the day is over.


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