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Back to School Tech Essentials

The end of summer means a new academic year for students everywhere. To get the best start, be sure they have all the technology they need for their classes. From calculators to laptops and printers, Staples has myriad products to increase productivity and make studying simpler.

Which Calculator Do I Need?

For younger students learning how to do simple calculations, such as addition, subtraction and multiplication, basic calculators will see them through the year. High school students learning more difficult mathematical concepts such as trigonometry may need graphing calculators to map data, and some of these contain internal memories for storing equations. Appropriate calculators for college math courses include scientific and graphing calculators, both of which are available at Staples.

Charging Cases for Smartphones Give Extra Power

Smartphones can have huge memories ideal for storing lecture notes, reminders, to-do lists and assignment files, and they are much easier to carry around than laptops. For students, dead smartphones can be disastrous, especially if they were relying on them for last-minute research or to arrange a lift after an all-night session in the library. Charging cases at Staples give the phone a boost of extra power when there's no wall socket around. 

Printers for Stress-Free Assignment Submission

Queuing up to use an institution's printers when an assignment is due imminently is a nail-biting experience that can also cost a pretty penny. Save the student in your life from deadline panic by gifting a printer. For most high school assignments, or for students with limited space, a small inkjet printer will suffice. For college students working on dissertations or theses, consider a larger model with a higher output capability. Wireless printers allow students to print from anywhere in the house and are ideal when paired with laptops. For those with desktop PCs, wired printers are just as convenient. Students living on a budget might utilize coupon sites, so having a printer at their fingertips makes printing coupons between assignments effortless.

Work or Play Anywhere

Laptops for students include those from brands such as HP, Microsoft and Toshiba, and they allow students to take their studies on the go. Basic models are ideal for document creation, Internet research and streaming TV programs during downtime, and more powerful models with larger hard drives, more RAM and faster processors are useful for music students who need to record tracks in their dorm room or on location. Laptops with Bluetooth provide even more options for file transfer and connectivity and let students utilize peripherals such as Bluetooth speakers, minimizing trailing wires and making rooms neater. Choose a model with a wireless card for cable-free Internet access, where available, for research or online gaming, or use an Ethernet port when wired connections are preferred.

Keep Technology Safe with Backpacks and Cases

Replacing tech essentials can be expensive, so reduce the risk of damage to students' laptops, phones, tablets and other devices with protective cases. Help your student carry all their devices with a backpack to reduce strain.

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