After a summer vacation of late nights on the town, impromptu vacations, and questionable romances, the prospect of returning to the classroom isn’t always a welcome one. Jane Austen can’t really compete with a week in the city of Austin. But hey, you have gear to look forward to!
From tablets to lighten up that backpack, to a smarter alarm clock that will make getting to those 8 a.m. classes a little easier, back-to-school season is the perfect time to stock yourself with the gadgets you need for the long academic year ahead. And don’t forget the PlayStation 4 for educational titles like Grand Theft Auto V, right?
Digital Trends’ back-to-school gear guides will point you toward the best of everything you need to succeed (and relax) this semester. So tear out a fresh sheet of loose-leaf paper, and let’s begin.
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