Midmarket: 10 Must-Have Gadgets for Back to School

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-09-01 Print this article Print
Apple iPad 2 ($499)

Apple iPad 2 ($499)

It doesnt get much cooler than this. The ultimate tablet device for surfing the Web, checking mail and, oh yeah, playing Angry Birds when you should be studying Plato.
It's that time of year again, when the lazy days of summer recede into memory and it becomes time to crack the books back open and settle down into the school year. Just how many books you'll actually physically be carrying is up for debate, though, as e-readers and tablets start to enter more prominently onto college campuses and into lesson plan formats. Now more than ever, college students have an abundance of gadgets to suit their studies—or distract them from what they should be doing. In an increasingly digital world, connectivity to the Internet is a must-have capability for many students, as well as the ability to easily pick up their devices and carry them around without taking up lots of space. And of course, no college student wants to lug around something that isn't hip. Whether it's a notebook, smartphone or even an external hard drive, the "cool factor is never far from their minds. With that in mind, take a look at this list of must-have gadgets for anyone heading back to school this fall.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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