Andrew Harmon





Back to School



With kids and teens and young adults all heading back to schools and college I decided to comb around the interwebs to collect some very useful tech gadgets for you to use while at school. So let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the party. I tried to find some very unique devices and of course I wanted to find devices that work for all ages and some that are very age specific. So here is my list for some very cool back to school gadgets.

Dell XPS 13 FHD
The razor thin, incredibly compact in size and light weight XPS 13 FHD was built for ultra-mobility. But don’t let its compact form fool you. The XPS 13 has optimum convenience and mobility with the power of a full-size laptop.

Enjoy a state-of-the-art viewing experience with the Full HD, so movie watching and gaming is enhanced with exceptional illumination. For those students managing soccer practice, chapter meetings and racing from class to class, the extremely durable XPS 13 is the PC for you. Imagine the responsiveness of your smartphone in a fully functional laptop, complete with a bright 13.3” display cleverly fit into a size similar to most 11” laptops, plus a full-size backlit keyboard. The XPS 13 FHD starts at $999.99.

Braven 850

BRAVEN announces the launch of the highly-anticipated BRAVEN 850, the biggest and most audiophileistic BRAVEN yet. BRAVEN 850 pumps out hair-raising high-fidelity audio, charges mobile devices including tablets and wirelessly pairs with a second 850 speaker for a true left and right wireless stereo experience.
The BRAVEN 850 has an impressive play time of up to 20 hours – longer than any speaker in its class, and is available for $299.99. For more information about the BRAVEN 850 or the entire line of BRAVEN Bluetooth speakers, visit

ASUS MeMO 7” Tablet

Tablets come in all shapes and sizes and the ASUS MeMO is no different. While it isn’t a top of the line but it does a lot of what those other tablets can do but at a cheaper cost. You can even use your stylus to make hand written notes on it as well. Check out the full spec list here.
• Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
• Available in White, Grey, and Pink
• 7" WSVGA (1024X600) TN Panel with Soda Lime
• 10-finger capacitive Touchscreen, 300 nits
• VIA WM8950
• 1GB DDR3 (1333MHz)
• 16GB FLASH with Asus WebStorage 5GB for lifetime
• 802.11b/g/n. Webcam-Front
• Built-in stereo speakers with SonicMaster Technology
• 2-in-1 audio jack (head phone / mic-in)
• 1 x micro SD card reader
• Stereo speakers
• 1 x internal microphone
• 1 x Micro USB
• 1 x micro HDMI
• 1 x micro SD card reader
• Up to 7 hours/4270mAh

PlanOn PrintStik

PrintStik instantly prints emails, contracts, receipts, invoices, photos, calendar appointments, webpages, maps, boarding passes, or even a forgotten document that is emailed to you. If you’re having a hard time viewing an important email or webpage on your smartphone – just print it with PrintStik to read it clearly.

Cloud-Based Mobile Enhanced Print Application

PlanOn’s new Mobile Enhanced Print Application for Android and Blackberry smartphones allows users to print full-page webpages and virtually any email attachment (documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, presentations, etc.) directly through a smartphone. The Mobile Enhanced Print Application service is free for up to 1 year and only $29.99/year afterwards. The service captures the full content of any document or attachment, or the location of a web page currently being viewed, and automatically converts it to a print-ready file format, sending it through the smartphone directly to the PrintStik for instant printing.

PrintStik Features:
• Produces straight, flat sheets with smudge-free high resolution 600dpi print quality.
• Uses PlanOn’s Advanced Thermal Technology (7 year print quality).
• Includes a self-contained 20 sheet paper roll (refills available).
• Paper feed lets users print from single sheets of regular printer paper.
• Prints web pages from Android and Blackberry smartphones in a full page format (more platforms coming soon).
• Prints attachments from emails, including PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, JPEGs, PowerPoint presentations, PNG, GIF, BMP, and WBMP formats.
• Prints calendar appointments by day-week-month.
• No messy ink or toner needed with convenient pop-in cartridges included (refills available).
• Ruggedly designed for portable reliability.
• Eco-friendly “green” paper-saver mode puts more printing on the page and supports partial-page printouts to reduce the amount of paper used.

Griffin PowerDock 5

So you are sitting at home or in your dorm. All your electronic devices need charging but you don’t have that many wall outlets or you have misplaced a few chargers. What to do what to do? Griffin’s PowerDock 5 is the solution. You can charge up to 5 devices all at once. You get 5 USB ports, a power strip, and an organizer all for $100.

Kidz Gear headphones

All Kidz Gear headphones feature the proprietary KidzControl Volume Limit Technology. The technology works by “limiting” the volume to approximately 80% of the maximum volume output capable from audio devices in the market today. KidzControl Volume Limit Technology delivers a safe volume limited listening experience for children of all ages. Ergonomically designed with soft padded child-sized ear-cups and high-quality audio components, the new KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones in colors are value priced at only $19.99. They are the perfect travel accessory for keeping children quiet and happy during long trips away from home.


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