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Back to school: Best peripheral devices for all

Looking for devices that help you work, play, and stay connected with friends and family? You don't have to look any further than this slideshow. These are the best among their peers in the peripheral category.

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HP ZR2740w

You'll have to make room for this one (in your dorm room and bank account), but if you're a PC gamer, the super-high resolution pays off by constantly melting your face. That's a good thing.
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Dell UltraSharp U2412

Powerful and versatile, while not breaking the bank, the $300 Dell UltraSharp U2412 complements a dorm room of any size.
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Seagate Backup Plus

Your computer's hard drive is likely already overflowing. So, getting an external backup drive is a good idea. Getting an external backup drive whose software changes color to match that of the drive, however, is an even better idea.
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Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt

Being the very first of its type to support both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt's sexy aesthetic will impress dorm room visitors, while offering connection versatility.
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Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double

If you want to impress your dorm mates with great Wi-Fi connection, the Asus RT-N66U will certainly offer that and a lot more.
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D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router

School is a place for study, but it can also be a place for playing games or streaming media. Luckily, the DIR-857's HD Fuel technology specifically addresses the needs of those types of experiences.
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Western Digital My Net N900 HD

With seven LAN ports and the ability to host storage, WD's first network device can turn any campus into a powerful networked environment.
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Synology Disk Station DS412+

The Synology Disk Station DS412+ offers so much in terms of features, you're likely to be overwhelmed before you've had time to even scratch its surface. Thank goodness for free time between classes.
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Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

Students cramped for space (and strapped for cash) will indeed be pleased to find that the NX430 takes up little room and costs only $100.
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Canon Pixma MX372 Office All-in-One

Don't expect the MX372 to produce the best-looking presentations or photos, but its dirt-low price will at least satisfy your monetary needs.
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Epson WorkForce 645

With its ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, while still keeping ink replacement costs down, the Epson WorkForce 645 is a good choice for students wanting to keep a watchful eye on their budgets.
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HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP

The LaserJet Pro 100 MFP isn't the fastest printer available, but it has a relatively low price and is small enough to fit in most dorm rooms.

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