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Back-to-school tech gifts (2013)Want to get your kid off your couch? Bribe them back to school with some great gadgets.
Summer. What a great time to be young, out from school, days spent aimlessly wandering around with your friends free from any sense of real responsibility. Parents, I know you love them, but let's be real. You can't wait for school to start back up. This year, the sky is the resentment of their youth with some great tech gifts. I'm Donald Bell, and this top 5 I'll be counting down a handful. My favorite tech for students picked from CNET's expensive back-to-school gift guide. Starting off at number 5, a portable Bluetooth speaker. Kids have so many ways to stream music and store music on their phones these days. But the only time you actually hear music over speakers is in the car. To change that, buy them and maybe yourself a great portable Bluetooth speaker. Our CNET Editor's pick for the best option under $50 is the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz. I don't know when the Swedish chefs started naming products for Cambridge SoundWorks, but it's a great value and it comes in a couple different colors too. For a step up, try the Logitech UE Boom, which looks kinda Swedish, but actually has a name I can pronounce. Number 4 keeps the music beam going-- headphones. I put this one higher on the list because a good pair of headphones is also great for blocking out noise. It's also a good way to get some peace and quiet when your roommate refuses to turn down their Oontz. And also, it's a good low- level defense against creepy guys who were trying to talk to your daughter. For under $100, check out the V-Moda Remix for a stylish great sounding pair of in-ear headphones. But for maximum the bad repulsion and over ear headphone like the Sony MDR V6 will do the trick nicely. Coming in at number 3, HD TV. Now, I know it sounds kinda productive. But if you send the kid off of the old Zenith and a pair of bunny ears, you're basically forcing them to befriend that kid with too many Bob Marley posters and enough trust fund money to have a Pioneer Kuro in the dorm room. For under $400, you can get the Vizio E320i-AO and spare them from being held hostage at a brew-your-own-kombucha party. Number 2 is a slam dunk for both parent and student. It's the Apple MacBook Air. A thousand dollars gets you one of CNET's favorite laptops. It's beautiful, it's fast. Has all day battery life and best of all, it's incredibly light. You think about all the books your kids love to log around. Saddling them with a heavy laptop just seems cool. Laptop like this is good for productivity and as good for their spine. All right, and finally my top pick from CNET's list of the best back-to-school tech gifts, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Our editor's consider this the best smartphone on the market right now and unless your kid is nerdy enough to be a phone snob already, this phone will seriously rock their world. Unlike any good parent though, you should give that phone with a caveat that they have to answer the thing when you call them. They have the whole rest of their adult lives to blow you off. Until then, it's your job to check in and make sure they're not being forced to [unk] Jack Johnson. So there you go, 5 tech gifts that will help bribe your kids off the couch and back to school. For more back-to-school recommendations, head over to backtoschool.cnet.com and for more top 5s, top5.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell, thanks for watching.