Back to School: Laptops, iPads, Music and More


AT&T is calling the HTC Status Phone the "Facebook phone" because of the dedicated key that brings up Facebook whenever you tap it. And, knowing kids, that will be a lot. It allows for instant sharing of pictures, videos or websites. It has a capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capabilities, as well as BlackBerry style keys to let the texting fingers fly. It runs on the Android operating system, and sports a 5MP camera with flash.


Sony RDP-M5iP Compact Speaker Dock For iPod or iPhone With Remote Commander: $89

If you're more of a dock person, Sony's RDP-M5iP is compact and portable, and has a convenient grab handle so you can take it with you when the party changes location. Dock your iPod or iPhone and the music will play for up to 10 hours on a set of 4 AAA batteries.

For those who like to conduct the music from across the room, a wireless remote control is included. Like other speaker docks, your iPod or iPhone charges while docked to keep your battery topped off, and there's also an auxiliary audio input to connect other digital music players.

Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600: $69.99

This is no ordinary lap pad. It has a secret. Slide out the hidden panel and you'll find a 5-inch multitouch trackpad, complete with volume and browser buttons. Simply plug the Logitech's tiny receiver into your laptop's USB port and start navigating. Talk about space saving! It also protects your legs from laptop heat using Logitech's heat shield material.

Belkin Pivot Plug Surge Protector: $45

The problem with many tech gadgets is they come with those big chunky plugs that make it difficult to plug them into the all-important surge protector. Sometimes you have to skip over two or three outlets to accommodate the large size. The Belkin Pivot Plug Surge Protector has rotating outlets, so they can be used with a variety of plug sizes. Perfect for computers, printers, and everywhere you need a little more room for those large AC adapter blocks.

Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router: $80

If you're living with a bunch of other people, sharing an Internet connection, you'll need a wireless router. Belkin's MultiBeam Antenna technology has maximum coverage, while minimizing dead spots. This makes it easier to connect from virtually anywhere in the house. It's also great for video streaming and gaming. The router has a USB port for wireless printing or easy media sharing.

If there's a whole lot of gaming going on and maybe an Internet TV, you might want to bump up to the Linksys E3200 High Performance Dual-Band N Router ($150). It offers speeds of up to 300 + 300 Mbps for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming. Setup is easy with just 3 steps and when friends come over, no need to hand over the keys to the network. You can create a separate, password protected network for guests.

BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones: $199

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