If you want to grab the best of the best school supplies, it’s time to start shopping. But don’t sweat it because Emmy Award™ winning technology and digital lifestyle commentator, Mario Armstrong has already begun to make your life easier with his picks for the ultimate in back-to-school essentials…
The average full retail price of a smartphone is almost $600 and this year, and parents plan to spend up to $500 filling their child’s backpack with new technology. It’s worth it for parents to add a support and protection plan from Asurion to their back-to-school shopping list this year so their new devices are covered should they be lost, stolen or damaged. Parents can also get access to tech experts through Asurion’s Soluto service that provides help setting up a new device, transferring content and troubleshooting tech issues throughout the school year—all at the click of a button.
Asurion partners with the leading wireless carriers and retailers to provide support and protection to 290 million customers worldwide. Ask your wireless carrier or retailer about adding an Asurion support and protection plan or visit Asurion.com.
The Samsung Notebook 7 spin is great for the family or student looking for a versatile device that keeps them entertained and connected, and can grow to meet their changing needs. The Notebook 7 spin is not just a laptop – it’s a user’s entertainment go-to for movies, games, and all the web surfing you want. It is built with a 360° rotating, Full HD touch screen with Video HDR mode, which when turned on makes content sharper, colors more vivid and textures truly pop. Video HDR mode instantly optimizes the video experience, so that every little detail comes to life.
Out of the box, it comes with up to an Intel® Core™ i7 Processor, an impressive 1 Terabyte hard drive, 16GB of RAM1 and an NVIDIA 940MX GPU making it ready to handle today’s entertainment and productivity needs. It is also uniquely built for tomorrow with ability to upgrade the SSD to cut down on load time or additional RAM so you can do more at once. Additionally, thanks to Samsung’s fast charging functionality, the Notebook 7 spin is engineered to accomplish more while being tethered less. With just 20 minutes of charging, battery life is extended up to two hours.
The Notebook 7 spin hit shelves on June 26 at Best Buy, BestBuy.com and Samsung.com. It starts at $799.99.
Product website URL: experiencesamsung.com/bestbuy/notebook7spin
LeapFrog’s new LeapStart interactive early learning system will prepare children ages 2-7 by teaching them both the core school skills they need and also important 21st century skills to help them prepare for what lies ahead. The LeapStart Interactive activity system comes in two versions, LeapStart for Preschool through Pre-K and LeapStart for Kindergarten through 1st grade. Each works with 16 different books that teach kids over 50 key skills per grade level and are packed with activities that bring learning to life to keep kids engaged for hours; the library of books covers key skills from school basics, like math and reading to future skills, like critical thinking & STEM. This portable and durable device complements what children will learn in the classroom making it the perfect back-to-school learning system that complements early childhood education.
Available at www.leapfrog.com/en-us/products/leapstart
This Jansport® High Stakes backpack in multi water ombré pattern from Staples is great for keeping students organized in style, and an example of the top brands Staples delivers at the best prices including JanSport, 5-Star, Sharpie, 3M and more.
Savings Alert: When you buy a backpack at any Staples store or online at Staples.com now through August 13, receive 25% off school supplies.
Students heading back to school need a mouse that’s reliable, but they shouldn’t have to sacrifice their personality or style when it comes to their tech gadgets. Logitech invites you to bring the party to your desk with the new 2016 Party Collection. Inspired by the ‘80s Memphis style of design that emphasizes bright, contrasting colors and graphic patterns, the festive Party Collection is an over-the-top mash-up of favorite things including watermelon, flamingos, popsicles and other energetic patterns.
The fun and functional 2016 Party Collection mice last up to 18 months on a single battery. Navigate smoothly and easily through web pages or documents with the comfortable scroll wheel, whether you use Windows®, Mac OS®, Chrome OS™ or Linux®. The nano USB receiver allows you to roam up to 33 feet away.
The Party Collection is available now for $29.99.
For more information, visit: www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-mouse-m325c.
The OtterBox uniVERSE Case System features a versatile protective case with swappable accessory modules from leading manufacturers including Square, Polar Pro, SanDisk, olloclip, Seek Thermal and others to streamline the mobile experience.
The uniVERSE Case System outfits iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus with a slim, protective OtterBox case that transforms by attaching a variety of accessories from leading brands. Add camera lenses, connect a battery, attach a speaker, hunt heat leaks with thermal imaging, accept new payment types, store more media – the uniVERSE Case System provides endless possibilities.
The uniVERSE Case System combines trusted OtterBox protection with the ability to expand iPhone’s features. A diverse and growing group of accessory makers have partnered to create compatible modules that can be easily attached to the case via a slotted rail system. A removable accent plate covers the rail when modules are not in use, creating a sleek, clean case back. Select modules can also be attached with a grooved edge inside the camera opening and on top of the case for more versatility. The case slips on easily in one step to offer sleek, pocket-friendly protection.
Partnering with experts across a variety of mobile accessory fields, OtterBox uniVERSE Case System creates an ecosystem for a customized mobile experience. Modules available now or coming soon include:
• olloclip 4-in-1 lens, $79.99 – enhance every shot with the world’s most-awarded mobile lens. Switch quickly and easily between fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x lens options
• SanDisk iXpand™ Flash Drive, $59.99 to $119.99 – quickly and easily free up space on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of additional capacity
• PolarPro PowerPack Removable Battery Pack, $49.99 – charge up to talk, text and capture every moment without interruption
• PolarPro Stash Slim Mobile Wallet, $19.99 – ditch the wallet and stash cash directly on the uniVERSE case