Jamie Sorcher, Technology & Entertainment CorrespondentBest known for her television work as the original 'Gizmo Girl' on ESPN's Cold Pizza morning show and numerous appearances on network television, Jamie Sorcher is a seasoned technology and entertainment correspondent with more than 15 years experience in print, broadcast, and online media.
It's time to sharpen those pencils, charge those tablets, and figure out that first-day-of-school outfit. Yes, it's the back-to-school scramble! If you haven't started your shopping yet, don't worry. Late August is a great time for deals and discounts along with Labor Day weekend sales. Here are some of my favorite tech tools to put at the top of your list.
Microsoft Surface 3-- This is your no.2 pencil these days. If you're shopping for a tablet, look no further. The Surface 3 is the best of a tablet, yet works like a laptop. It's built for an on-the-go lifestyle and blends performance and value making it ideal for students. It offers the design and productivity that people love about the Surface Pro 3, but in a thinner, lighter and more affordable package. It's got the full Windows experience with Windows 10 which is fully compatible with all your favorite software and it lets you run your apps side by side! It comes with a 1-year Office 365 Personal subscription and unlimited OneDrive storage (that's Microsoft's cloud). Three-position kickstand and 10.8-inch touchscreen, too.
Casio ClassWiz fx-991EX-- Considering I got a "D" in Calculus and never had a head for numbers, I sure could have used some Casio tools in my backpack. Casio has a range of tools and technologies to help students excel at math at any level from elementary school all the way through college. Their latest addition is the first scientific calculator with spreadsheet functionality. This high-performance calculator performs 274 functions and has high-resolution LCD technology for incredible viewability and an easy-to-read display. Also super cool is the icon and Natural Textbook display which means you will see mathematical expressions on the calculator as they appear in your textbook.
You're working on a big project that's due for school, but at the 11th hour you're running out of ink in your printer. Not to worry with this latest inkjet printer. HP's Envy 4520 is one of Hewlett-Packard's newest printers and is enabled with HP Instant Ink. Essentially your printer knows when you're running low on ink and automatically ships it straight to your front door at a savings of up to 50 percent. Just purchase the printer, enroll in the plan (they start at $2.99 a month), start saving and stop stressing!
Polaroid Cube -- All those memories you'll be making during the school year--here's a way to capture them all! This is a lifestyle action camera with a fun and easy-to-use design. It shoots full HD video and digital stills. Works with the push of a button.
Shopping Tips: There are plenty of deals and discounts so be sure to subscribe to your favorite retailers' email lists. You will be notified about special promos and insider deals. Same is true for tapping the apps--they're a great source for savings, too! For all your tech gadgets like smartphones and tablets, be sure to get protective cases. Take inventory and see what can be reused from last year. Done with your gadgets? Recycle your old gadgets and get cash for them. Check out Gazelle.com for the details.
And just a few more: Stick to a budget; buy in bulk (you know you'll need pencils, pens, paper, and tissue packs throughout the year so stock up now when the deals are good.); and buy bright--colorful backpacks, pencil cases and accessories are easier to track down. Check out these fun stats from the National Retail Federation on back-to-school shopping!