10 Hot Back-to-School Items

From laptops to backpacks, smartpens to tablets, some items on the back-to-school shopping list are a must-have.

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The SamSung ATIV Smart PC Pro XE700T1C-A01US ($959.99 - $1,059.99) is a tablet and laptop rolled into one. According to <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/electronics-computers/computers-internet/computers/laptop-ratings/models/overview/samsung-ativ-smart-pc-pro-xe700t1c-a01us-99047420.htm">Consumer Reports</a> it is among the best computers for students in any grade. You can pull the screen out and carry it around as a tablet or use it as a touchscreen laptop when the keyboard is attached.
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Epson computers have ranked high on the list of best printers. According to <a href="http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-school-supplies/#printers">The Wirecutter, </a> the Epson WorForce WF-3520 is the best multifunction printer. It copies, faxes, scans and and prints. Did we mention it's only $100 on Amazon?
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According to <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/07/best-electronics-gear-for-college-students/index.htm">Consumer Reports, </a> the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7. is among the "Best Electronics for College," but school kids of any change can use it. It's cheaper than other tablets-- only $200-- but has some of the same features as other popular tablets, including a rear-facing camera and access to the Google Play Store.
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From middle school to college, students may need to carry their assignments and research around. The 32 GB SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive, which costs $45, has been ranked as the fastest flash drive in its rank by <a href="http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-school-supplies/">The Wirecutter. </a> The drive can copy a 1.44 gigabyte folder in about 18 seconds and save you precious study time.
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A decent pair of headphones can go a long way. The Sennheiser CX 215 is described as a "solid pair of portable ear buds" by <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/07/best-electronics-gear-for-college-students/index.htm">Consumer Reports</a>. For $40, it will block out noise and provide great quality sound without disturbing those near you.
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To make sure you have all your data saved, you need a portable external hard drive. The Western Digital My Passport drive is a must have for back-to-school, <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/best-storage-devices-from-usb-flash-drives-to-multi-drive-raid-units_p4-7000019780/">ZDNet</a> says. The 2TB My Passport is small, relatively fast and doesn't need an external power supply, according to ZDNet. Prices start at $65 for 1TB.
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The back-so-school shopping list isn't complete without a good backpack. According to <a href="http://www.consumersearch.com/backpacks">Consumer Reports</a> the JanSport Big Student Backpack is among the best for fitting all the books, electronics and accessories for the busiest high school student. Best of all, it's $45 and has a lifetime warranty.
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Students who need a graphing calculator can't go wrong with the TI 84 Plus. According to <a href="http://graphing-calculator-review.toptenreviews.com/">Top Ten Reviews, </a> it is one of the most widely used devices in schools. At $ 134.99 the TI 84 is durable and easy to use.
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Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen is probably the coolest pen around. It records a digital copy of what you write and draw, as well as audio of your class lectures, according to <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/18/tech-now-back-to-school-laptop-smartpen-wifi-ipad/2649637/">USA Today's Tech Now. </a> All you have to do is go back, tap any word or symbol and the pen plays back the lecture that it was recording while you were writing. It starts at $150.
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With all the gadgets around, it's easy to misplace them. StickNFind will help you find it. These quarter-sized stickers broadcast a Bluetooth signal that you can track within a 150-foot range using StickNFind's smartphone app, according to <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/18/tech-now-back-to-school-laptop-smartpen-wifi-ipad/2649637/">USA Today's Tech Now. </a> A pack of two is $50.
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