Back to School Tech Guide

Check out our back-to-school buying advice and find the best student laptops, 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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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...

Best Mac Apps

Buying a MacBook is like getting a ticket to a land of fantastic new software. In addition to all of the free apps that Apple gives to every Mac owner, both the Mac App Store and independent developer...

iPad Stylus Review Roundup: Best Pen for Your Tablet

As an infographics artist, I rely on a Wacom drawing tablet to get sketches into my computer. Drawing on the iPad has been challenging due to the limitations of the typical rubber-tipped stylus: diffi...

Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 Laptops: What Should You Buy?

Chromebooks have grown from a curiosity to a force to be reckoned with. Offering a simple and stripped-down experience, Google's Chrome OS is extremely easy to use (if you can use a browser, you're go...

Laptop Buying Tips for Students

Going off to high school or college without a decent laptop is like refusing to use pencil and paper. It instantly puts a ceiling on how much students can learn, how far they can go and how many lifel...

Best Apps for Students

Nothing says school is back in session like the reappearance of heavy textbooks, caffeine binges and abnormal sleep cycles. Armed with your smartphone and/or tablet and the right apps, you won't have ...

The Best Free Software for Students

We all know school is expensive, and while we might have to save our pennies to pay back our student loans, we don’t have to spend oodles on software. A lot of software is free online, especially fo...

HP Brings Big Bold Colors to Back to School

Even though it’s only May, HP is already thinking about heading back-to-school this fall with its new line of bold and colorful HP Pavilion laptops and Pavilion x360 2-in-1s.The standard Pavilion no...

How to Keep Google From Spying on Your Kid's Chromebook

 Schools love to hand out Chromebooks to students, but they may not be happy to find out that Google’s low-priced notebooks log student Web activity and send the records to the company’s ...

Bing for Schools Offers Classrooms Free Microsoft Surface Tablets

Tablets in the classroom is becoming the norm. The Los Angeles Board of Education recently announcing plans to bring 31,000 free iPads to its schools is just one case in point. Unwilling to let Apple ...