Smart Tech for Students: Essential Gadgets & Gear to Rock the School Year

Gear up for an extraordinary back-to-school shopping season where budget-conscious families are making every dollar count. 

According to Deloitte’s recent survey, back-to-school spending is projected to reach record-breaking heights. K-12 parents are planning to invest an average of $661 per student, while college shoppers are splurging approximately $1,600 per student. 

But before embarking on a gadget extravaganza, make sure your home is equipped with a reliable and high-speed Internet connection for optimal performance. That’s where GoNetspeed steps in, providing crazy-fast fiber connectivity to support seamless online learning and research. No more excuses for incomplete homework due to a sluggish or unreliable connection! 

Now let’s dive into this year’s essential gadgets, gear, and apps for the tech-savvy child in your life. Get ready to conquer the academic challenges ahead while nurturing your child’s well-being with our top recommendations.

Top Laptops for 2023

MacBook Air 15″
For tech-savvy families out there, we have the MacBook Air 15″. It’s the thinnest 15-inch laptop globally, weighing just 3.3 pounds. Don’t let its slim figure fool you; it’s as powerful as any desktop, perfect for juggling everything from essays to video editing projects. Starting at $1299, it’s worth the investment. But if you’re looking for something slightly smaller and more budget-friendly, the 13″ model starts at $999.

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (13″) 2-in-1 Laptop
Let’s talk about a real people-pleaser: the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5. This 13-inch powerhouse is perfect for online schoolwork. With a reliable Internet connection from yours truly, it gets the job done without unnecessary bells and whistles. Plus, with an impressive 8-hour battery life and a stellar 4.5-star rating from nearly 5000 reviews, this laptop is a steal at under $350.

HP Envy x360 15
Meet the HP Envy x360 15, the Transformer of laptops. This 15.6-inch 2-in-1 device features a touchscreen that flips and folds, offering the versatility of a tablet or a laptop setup. It’s perfect for the tech wizards in your household who like to mix up their studying routine. With the HP Envy x360 15, you get all the benefits of two devices in one – and at under $650, it’s a fantastic deal!

A Little Insurance

Apple AirTags & Tile Trackers
Say goodbye to the mysterious disappearance of your electronics with Apple AirTags and Tile trackers. These little wonders act as homing beacons for anything you attach them to, ensuring you never lose your precious tech again. With their simplicity and compatibility with various devices, these trackers are like insurance policies against that dreaded hide-and-seek game on a school morning.

Homework Heroes

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
Combine traditional notetaking with cutting-edge technology using the Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook. Jot down your notes with a Pilot FriXion pen, and with a quick scan, watch them come to life in the Rocketbook app. You’ll have a digital archive of all your handwritten brilliance. Plus, with cloud compatibility you can effortlessly store and organize your notes in the cloud for easy access from anywhere.

LapGear Home Office Lap Desk
Boost your productivity with the LapGear Home Office Lap Desk. It provides ample space for your devices and accessories, featuring a built-in device ledge, a mouse pad, and a convenient phone slot. Lightweight and equipped with a sturdy handle, this lap desk is your go-to solution for on-the-go productivity. It’s a must-have addition to your back-to-school tech lineup.

Stay Charged

Nordace Siena Smart Backpack
Combining style and utility, the Nordace Siena Smart Backpack is designed with a square shape to maintain its structure. But it’s not just about looks – it’s packed with practical features. With a USB charging port, your devices stay powered up on the go. The anti-theft pocket keeps your valuables secure, and the padded sleeve ensures your laptop stays safe.

USB Leather Charging Braided Bracelet
Don’t let a dead battery cramp your style! This short USB cord doubles as a bracelet, ensuring you’re never caught without a charging solution. When needed, simply unravel the cord and plug-in for a quick charge. It’s a stylish and convenient way to stay powered up on the go!

Time-Out Tech

Headspace App
School can be a pressure cooker, but the Headspace App has your back. It’s your go-to guide for meditation made easy. This app is perfect for students of all ages, offering a calming oasis during a hectic school day or a mindful study break in the evenings. Download it for free (subscription, $69.99/yr. or $12.99/mo.) and enjoy the benefits of meditation as you navigate the ups and downs of the academic journey.

Armed with the must-have gadgets, gear, and apps for the upcoming school year, you’re well on your way to a successful and tech-savvy academic journey. But why stop there? If you don’t already have GoNetspeed, visit our website and enter your address today to see if GoNetspeed can be your ultimate back-to-school ally.