iSmashPhone’s Back To School Gear List


Back to School

We hope all those students out there are ready. Summer just flies by when you’re in school. After that, you don’t even know it is summer, and you realize how awesome school was. Trust us. Anyway, yup, it’s time to start hearing those dreaded three words: Back to School!

The cool thing, however, is that it’s time to start looking into getting Back to School gear. This is by no means an end-all, be-all list. It’s just designed to give you ideas. Also know that this is more geared towards the college student, but there is something for everybody.

Hit the jump to read on.


1) 11-inch MacBook Air ($999 to $1,199)

MacBook Air 11-inch

This is truly our favorite computer right now. It’s light, it’s fast and it can handle anything we throw at it. Granted, we haven’t tried to make it do any heavy lifting yet. Still, it’s enough for most college students. Though we would suggest that you go for the 128GB model. You can buy direct from Apple (link) but we also suggest taking a look at Mac Mall (link) they slightly discount their stuff and they are an authorized reseller. Bookmark that link, because there’s anotherApple product on this list. Though it’s worth noting that Apple does offer education discounts. You can take a look at their education site, too (link).


2) 13-inch MacBook Pro ($1,199 – $1,499)

MacBook Pro

If you like portability, and you like OS X, but the MacBook Air doesn’t have quite the power you need, why not look at the pro? The 13-inch is a nice computer and comes in two versions. You can go i5 or i7, and both are fast computers. They are a bit pricier than their PC counterparts, but they function very well. (Apple)




3) Toshiba Portege R835-P56X ($799.99)

portage r835-p56x laptop

Not a Mac person? That’s cool. This is the Toshiba Portege R835-P56X. It’s a nice little laptop for a nice price. We’ve read some of the reviews, and all are pretty positive. It’s perfect for the college student, and it does anything a student would need it for. (Toshiba)




4) Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition ($149)

MS Office Student and Home

We will start by saying we really don’t like Microsoft Office. It’s just huge and feels bloated for our needs (again, that’s just our needs). That said, it’s almost a requirement for a college student. You will often find yourself needed to use a word processor, and guess what the standard is? It’s Microsoft Word. Same goes for spreadsheets (Excel) and presentations (PowerPoint). Yeah, Microsoft runs the office, and their Office suite is dang near a requirement for any college student. (Microsoft)



5) SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (About 25 bucks depending on where you buy)

SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB USB

Everyone needs at least one of these. In college you may need to carry your work around from computer to computer. These things are lifesavers. 8GB is plenty of space for photos and word documents. We like SanDisk Cruzer usb drives because they have that cool little metal ring–makes it easy to keep it attached to your keys. We actually once had a 2GB one get put thru a wash cycle. We let it dry, and it worked with no problems. Nice. (Amazon)


6) STM Convoy Medium Laptop Backpack ($70 – $100 from various retailers)

Laptop backpack


We like STM laptop backpacks. We picked one up at an Apple store near DC and we still use it. It’s still in excellent shape, and we’ve had it for well over five years. It’s durable, the straps are very comfortable, and it has a pocket designated for the laptop. It also has plenty of space. Very worth looking at if you need a backpack. In fact, you can probably pick it up as a freshman and graduate with the same backpack. (STM)


Back to School Isn’t so bad

Sure, it seems like the end of the world when you got used to the awesome summer, but the back to school season isn’t really all that bad. It means waking up early again and all that stuff, but it also means hanging out with your friends and getting cool new gear. It’s even cooler when you get to college and you are away from the parents. Just don’t do anything irresponsible. College is only the beginning in the grand scheme of things.


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