Back to School Guide

You can't move to head of the class without the right gadgets. Check out our back-to-school buying advice and find the best student laptops, smartphones, tablets and other high-tech gear. Plus, check out our top app picks for students, free software and must-have gadgets for your dorm room.

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Acer Cloudbooks Do Windows 10 for Just $169

Acer is gunning for a piece of the affordable-laptop pie with its new aggressively priced notebooks. The Aspire One Cloudbook series are sub-$200 notebooks that run Windows 10 and will initially be av...

10 Best Back-to-School Laptop Backpacks

Students carry a heavy burden. They need to move their books, their tech and their food from class to class. In many ways, it's their most important organizational tool. However, not all backpacks are...

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8

Windows 10 is the best PC operating system yet, with a powerful new Start menu, a UI that switches between and touch and mouse-friendly modes, the Cortana digital assistant and a host of other improve...

Should I Buy a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows or Mac OS, Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with ...

Which MacBook Should You Buy? MacBook vs. Air vs. Pro

With a starting price of $899, MacBooks don't come cheap. Still, Apple's laptop lineup is undoubtedly the best in the industry. You get sleek and sturdy aluminum designs, excellent keyboards and touch...

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-Inch, 2014) Review

Apple's refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display offers a boost in performance and endurance over last year's model.

Best Back-to-School Deals and Discounts

School is coming up, and many students need to upgrade their gear.  Some will need software and OS updates. Others will need printers and speakers for their rooms. Many will just need to update their...

8 Laptop Buying Tips for Students

In 2013, every student — from the first-grader learning to read to the graduate student writing a thesis — needs a full-fledged Mac or PC laptop. Tablets can be helpful for taking notes in class o...