Back to School Gadgets

It’s the phrase every parent loves, and every kid that will be sitting in a classroom for the next nine months dreads.

Back to School

Back to school means different things to every member of the family, but one thing everyone can agree on is that technology has made going back to school a more tolerable experience.

While school supply lists are no doubt extensive and can be expensive, it’s interesting to compare today’s requirements to just a few years ago. Students today, whether elementary, secondary or college level, are expected to be equipped with more tech than ever before. Here are some suggestions that will be relevant it from the first day of classes, to the last day of school.

Zoom H1n Portable Recorder

For students that like recording lectures or maybe are thinking about starting their own podcast, the Zoom H1n is a great option. The evolution in portable recording continues with the Zoom H1n. Designed for recordings of all kinds, the H1n boasts built-in 90-degree X/Y stereo mics, advanced one-touch button controls, and distortion-free recording. It’s powerful enough for professional projects yet small enough to fit into your pocket. It’s the ultimate recorder for $119.99.





Nomad Wireless Hub

Charge all your gadgets with ease and style. This Qi wireless charging pad might look a little different than most, but flip it over and you’ll find a four-port USB charging hub featuring one USB-C port (3A output), one USB Type-A (2.4A output) and two USB Type-A (1A output) ports. The wireless matt has a maximum output of 7.5W, ideal for fast charging your iPhone X and iPhone 8. Discrete LEDs automatically adjust their brightness depending on how full each battery is. From a quality company in Nomad for $79.99.



JEMMA’s Emma “Do it All” Bag

Functional enough to take to class. Stylish enough to use on days off campus too, the Emma is THE bag you’ll need to tote throughout the school year. The Emma is made from fine Italian leather that fits up to a 15 inch laptop. There are enough inner sections to stay organized store everything the modern woman needs. Worth every bit of the $398.



Catalyst Impact Smartphone Case

If you are sending your loved one off to school with a new smartphone, make sure it’s protected. Catalyst has a long history of making the most protective waterproof, drop proof cases in the world, but they are introducing for the first time a non-waterproof protective case, this sleek design showcases a refinement in performance and style.

The Catalyst Impact Protection Case ($39.99) stays true to the company’s signature features: with a grippy rubber bumper, lanyard attachment, rotating mute switch and clear case back to showcase your iPhone. This design has an angular modern form for the new iPhone and added impact protection from an innovative truss cushioning system combined with a proprietary rubber polymer blend to increase the drop spec to 3m (9.9ft)! This case is designed to be your best friend as the school year starts.



Lunch Buddy Thermal/Cooler Bag

This roomy, insulated cooler bag is perfectly sized and styled for packing lunch and snacks for you or the kids. It comes complete with a water-resistant thermal lining, zipper closure, large front pocket and mesh side bottle pocket. Personalize your lunch bag with an embroidered name, monogram or Icon-It design for school, work or travel. Comes in different designs for $25.00.




Alcatel 1X and 3V Smartphones

If you are looking for a starter phone for a pre-teen or teen, or maybe you are looking to save a little money without sacrificing any quality, take a look at Alcatel’s new offerings. With the popularity of smartphones and many on a budget, Alcatel carefully crafted and designed the Alcatel 1X for $99, and the 3V for $149. There are many features on these smartphones, such as fingerprint recognition, social sharing tools, and they are so easy to use. They are powered by Android Oreo, and make a great option for “Back to School.”


College Student First Aid Kit

For any home where there’s a student, dorm room or off-campus apartment, the College Student First Aid Kit that is comprehensive, organized, and affordable kits with 30 different medications, ointments, creams, drops, tools, and wound care items. Choose from the Premium or Premium Plus Kits that start at $64.95. Buy your kit now to make life healthier, safer and smarter.






Gekkostick Flexible Selfie Stick

Both students and teachers will love this ingenious take on the selfie stick gives users a flexible stick that can be bent to any angle, wrap around any object, and can even be fashioned into its own desktop stand for hands-free photos and videos. The smartphone mount securely holds your device and is expandable for a universal fit that accommodates even the largest new smartphones. Fun and colorful, the Gekkostick is $19.99.

Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer that covers the intersection of sports and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.