Back to School Gear Guide

The best part of the back-to-school season? All the new gadgets designed to make life and travel easier. Here are our picks whether you're returning to class, work or your fall routine.

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Amazon Kindle 2011

At just $79, the fourth-generation Amazon Kindle is hands down the best inexpensive, easy-to-use ebook reader out there.

CPG10 Grid It! Organizer

No more fishing for your phone at the bottom of your backpack or laptop bag -- this versatile organizer will keep you organized and all of your gadgets in place.

WD My Passport Essential

This best-selling hard drive is compact, sleek and works with both desktop and laptop computers on campus, at home or on the road.

Apple iPad 2012

It's not the cheapest on the market, but with a stunning new screen, a better camera, a host of educational apps, access to Apple's iTunes U and 4G wireless options, studying will never be the same.

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

A ballpoint pen that saves digital copies of your notes to your computer and captures meetings or lectures with a built-in microphone? It may finally be time to convert to this smartpen.

Orbicule Undercover

Stolen Mac? The thief doesn't stand a chance if you've installed Orbicule's Undercover. With this software, you can see who is using your Mac, what they're doing and help authorities locate it.

New Potato LiveRider

If you plan on biking to school or work this fall, the LiveRider is a must. The first on-board computer for cyclists that connects your bike to your iPhone or iPod Touch measures your speed and pedal cadence. Once you download the LiveRider app, iPhones with GPS can provide real-time location and tracking.

Roku HD

Who needs cable if you have a Roku? For only $60, the box can stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora and more directly to your dorm room.

Logitech Harmony 650

A $50 remote may not be high on your shopping list, but it’s worth it. With so much technology in dorm rooms these days, you can control up to 5 devices with just the touch of a button on this universal remote.

Clocky Robot Alarm

Not a morning person? Constantly afraid you’ll sleep through an important meeting or test (thanks for nothing, roommate)? Then Clocky could be your savior. But be warned: If you hit the snooze button, it jumps off your night stand and rolls around beeping loudly until you get up and turn it off (take that, roommate).

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