Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide
Top 5 back to school giftsA new school year is upon us. Equip an enterprising student with the tech they'll need to survive academia.
Welcome to top five, I'm your host Iyaz Akhtar. It's back to school time, the time some parents look forward to and most kids don't. Why not help out that enterprising student in your life with something that will help them get the most out of the new school year. Here are the top five tech gifts for students, as picked by Cnet editors. At number five is a Sony Action Cam Mini. When you're young and you have lots of energy There's a chance you might do some freaking awesome stuff. You'll need documentation of that in some way, and the Sony Action Cam Mini is affordable at a bit over $200. And it's tiny, so it can be mounted to all kinds of odd places. It's also splash proof in case things get a little crazy. Your student gets video cool stuff while their phone stays safe and tucked away. Number four is from A/V Gear. For increased productivity students need break. What do they during their downtime. Relax by putting something on TV. But kids aren't watching cable or live tv they're streaming everything. So how about a nice new ROKU 2. It's got a super fast interface and searches through lots of apps to find something to watch. Plus it pretty much runs every video streaming service you can think of. What's that your student doesn't have a tv. Get him a new TV, then. Check out the Vizio E Series. They start around $400 for a 40-inch screen. Tablets might be getting more and more powerful, but it's really hard to beat a real computer. At number three, the laptop. Since these machines can be lugged from classroom to classroom. Should be lightweight. On the Windows side, check out the 2.8 pound Dell XPS 13. The screen is near bezel-less. That means you get a 13 inch display in the same body size as an 11 or 12 inch laptop. It starts at around $800, but if you can swing it, we suggest pumping up the XPS 13 with some upgrades like a touch screen and an Intel Core I5 processor. Apple fans will be pleased with a three pound 13 inch MacBook Air The last update brought improved battery life. In our test, this thing ran 18 hours on a charge. 18 hours! The most forgetful student will have a hard time running into a dead laptop with the Mac Book Air. The number two is a good pair of headphones particularly the Bose sound true headphones. They are light and easy to travel with since they all fold up. CNET's David Carnoy says the Bose Soundtrue Headphones are ultra comfortable and deliver smooth, generally well-balanced fairly open sound. As a student, I've always found headphones indispensable. Either they help me drown out noisy roommates, block the outside world, or help me hear a lecture online. Also, who doesn't like listening to music as a distraction from the rigors of education? At number one is a new smartphone. If you're looking to get an Apple iPhone you might want to hold off and get an Apple gift card for now because Apple has a tendency to rev iPhones in September. On the Android side, though, seems that Jessica Delcort really likes the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. It costs the same as a regular Galaxy S6 But features a sturdier build, and it's water resistant. Oh, and it has a 3,500 milliamp hour battery, which is quite the improvement on the S6's 2,550 milliamp hour battery. However, it is a bit plasticky. Style conscious students might like the Galaxy S6. Or the HTC One M9 better. For all of our back to school pics head on over to backtoschool.cnet.com. For more top five like this check out top5.cnet.com. I'm Aia [UNKNOWN] and I'll see you later.