7 Back-to-School Gadgets You Don't Need

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It's almost that time again. It may feel like summer just started, but before you know it, you'll be ditching your bathing suit for jeans and a backpack. That also means you'll be shopping for new back-to-school gear, which can be a challenge when you have to squeeze your entire life into half of a 12 x 19-foot dorm room. But while there are certain gadgets that are essential for making it through the semester, others just aren't worth the money and space they'll occupy. Here are seven devices you can forgo this back-to-school season.


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Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for Laptopmag.com since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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  • Stanley Says:

    Replacing a usb drive with cloud services is never the right way to go. By the time you load up the web browser, type in your credentials, and load a document or presentation, the professor is either 1 subject ahead of you or everyone is bored from waiting. Also, nothing feels personal anymore. I would only suggest the cloud for collaborative projects.

  • Jack Says:

    I agree with you about all the items except the desktop PC. Perhaps you could say that desktops are old-fashioned. Perhaps you could say the average student can get by with a smartphone or tablet. However, I am NOT the average student. Desktop PCs provide amenities that cannot be easily replaced. A full sized keyboard, fully upgradable parts, endless physical customization, and of course brute power. I have to do a lot of video editing for classes, and there is no way I could get buy using a laptop with a dinky processor and cramped keyboard. It would be impossible to do video edit on a tablet. So no, desktop PCs, aren't a universal necessity, but to some, desktops are the most valuable piece of tech they own.

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