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Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide: Back to school tech

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Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide: Back to school tech

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Send the kids back to school with the best smart tech hand-picked by CNET editors.

When summer comes to an end the kids will be happy to go back to school, right? I mean, who can really sustain more than a few months of leisure and travel and partying. The kids today want to get their learn on, right? But for those rare students feeling a little less then inspired to jump back into school here are five tech gifts that will easy the transittion. Starting off at number five, the Piper is bit of a wild card choose here but for students dealing with a skeevy roommate situation this all in one home security camera can provide some peace of mind. [INAUDIBLE] Has everything built in. Has a motion sensor, temperature, two-way audio, and a 105 decibel siren. 240 bucks, but can you really put a price on finally figuring out who's eating your peanut butter? At Number 4, The GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition. When you're young. You do all kinds of insane stuff. Snow boarding, bungee jumping, keg stands. So why not capture it all in crystal clear HD. I figure you're gonna spend the second half of your life reminiscing about the first half of your life. And you don't wanna strain your elderly eyes at some grainy cell phone video. The Hero3+ is the top of the line and easily mounts on your skydiving. Helmet. Coming in at number three, Sony Playstation 4. The thrill of skydiving lasts only minutes but the rush of blasting hordes of blood thirsty zombies with a sawed off shotgun, that could be a whole weekend if you do it right. $400 gets you the most celebrated next generation game console out there. Perfect for turning any finely tuned academic brain into a pile of mush. If the [UNKNOWN] justify it a PS4 is a sweet reward. At number two a new TV. Not everyone's into games but no one can argue with a brand new TV. Our favorite value right now is the Visio E series which comes in a range of sizes from 39 inches up through 60. The 55 inch can be snapped up for around 700 bucks. It looks great and it comes with Vizio's full suite of smart TV software. I know it seems like a bad idea to give a student a giant, colorful 55 inch distraction, but by turning your kid into a couch potato, at least you'll know where they are. Now, before we get to number one, how about a piece of tech that may actually help students get some work done? Our editors' pick for back to school tech that will transcend everything else on this list is the 13 inch Apple MacBook Air. $1,000 gets you one of our favorite laptops. It comes with great battery life, fast processors, and an operating system that isn't suffering from an identity crisis. Is. Best of all, the super lightweight design will prevent you from getting stuck with a bill from the chiropractor. All right, and now the number one piece of back to school tech, a new smart phone. Our pick is the Motorola moto G. It's a 4G phone with a beautiful 4.5 inch screen. The latest version of Android, and a price of $219. That's an off-contract price. That's the total cost of the whole phone. Considering that I have never seen a college student who doesn't have a giant crack in the middle of their screen. An affordable phone is the way to go. Also kids, a little advice from Uncle Donald. Empty those pockets before the keg thing. So there you go, five choice bits of tech to help ease the transition back to higher learning. Check out our full guide over at backtoschool.cnet.com. And for more top fives from me, top5.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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