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2015 Back to School Gear Guide

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.

For class

Laptops

laptops

Save some cash for beer with the best back-to-school laptops under $500

Desktops

desktops

Check out our top PC picks for anyone who cares about desktop performance

Tablets

tablets

Throw away your Mead notebook and get yourself one of these tablets

Stylii

stylus

The pen is mightier than the finger: The best styli for the coming school year.

Apps for students

Back to school apps guide

Angry Birds won’t help you succeed at school, but these apps might

Apps for teachers

20 HELPFUL APPS FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

Use tech to teach with these helpful apps for educators

Textbooks for cheap

books

With a little bit of extra effort you can save yourself a bundle on textbooks this semester

Laptop bags

laptop bags

25 awesome laptop bags for every owner, from students to globetrotters.

For your dorm

TVs

tvs

Turn on and tune in (but don’t drop out) with the best TVs

Streaming devices

streaming

Kick back between classes with the best TV streaming devices

Gaming gear

gaming

Send your opponents back to school with our favorite gaming gadgets

Dorm stuff

dorm room guide

Turn your dorm room from a cinder-block cell to a technological Garden of Eden

Desks

desks

Work hard, play hard with these versatile PC desks

For you

Wearables

wearables

T-shirts and jeans aren’t the only wearables you’ll want for class

Car gear

car accesssories

Upgrade your commute to class with these clever car accessories

Speakers

speakers

Wow your friends and terrorize your neighbors with audio firepower

Phones

phones

You’re getting smarter, so shouldn’t your phone too?

Headphones

headphones

Our favorite headphones make ‘the best seat in the house’ wherever you’re sitting