Back-To-School Gadgets that Make the Grade
Forget books, binders and backpacks -- today's students also need access to three other B's: broadband, blogs and Bluetooth.
High school and college students can take advantage of the latest high-tech tools for productivity, communication or entertainment. Here are a handful of gadgets and gear that are sure to make the grade.
While costlier than a regular laptop, ultrabooks are hot due to their slim, lightweight bodies, instant-on access and all-day battery.
The 15-inch Samsung Series 9 ($1,399.99) is a top-of-the-line pick. It's powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor and 8 gigabytes of system memory (RAM). This sleek machine lasts up to 10 hours between charges. Upgradeable to Windows 8 for free this October, this Windows 7 PC also includes a stunning LED screen (at 1600 by 900 resolution), 128 GB of solid-state memory and backlit keys.
Those who prefer a mobile Mac should opt for Apple's MacBook Air, from $999 for the 11-inch model ($1,199 for 13 inches). This 2.38-pound device boasts the latest Intel Core i5 processor, faster flash storage (up to 128 GB for the 11-inch model) and up to 8 GB of system memory. Along with two USB 3.0 ports, it also includes a versatile Thunderbolt port to connect to an external monitor or other devices, plus an integrated 720p HD webcam.
The MacBook Air ships with the just-launched OS X Mountain Lion, Apple's most advanced desktop operating system.
You don't need to be a straight-A student to know how important it is to back up your files -- but today's external hard drives can do so much more.
Western Digital's My Book Live (from $159.99 for 2 terabytes) can be connected to your broadband Internet connection, allowing you to access these files anywhere inside -- or even outside -- your home or dorm room....
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