Back-to-School Tech: 6 Smart Picks
by Amber Mac on August 16, 2019
I just wrapped a week-long media tour for back-to-school tech. I travelled across the country showcasing these six innovative picks, which will help you have a more productive, creative, and safe September.
Deco M5 Whole Home Wireless Mesh System (3-pack) by TP Link
$279.99 – Available at The Source and other major retailers
Solve poor WiFi in your home for good. Whole-Home WiFi is the latest, innovative way to create the most stable, and expanded WiFi coverage. Seamless roaming ensures devices remain connected wherever you are in your home even when walking around. Up to 5,500 square footage with easy onboarding. It’s even equipped with parental controls! Parents can group wireless devices under a single profile and use custom or suggested Internet access based on age. This feature allows for Internet allowance, pausing Internet and setting an Internet schedule based on profile.
$1,099– Available at hp.ca
A recent HP webcam security survey revealed that less than half (44%) of Canadians feel comfortable leaving their laptop open in their room due to concerns about hacking. To feel safe, Canadians tend to use scraps and office supplies to physically cover their webcam such as tape (41%), sticky notes (31%), something random found at the moment (12%) and even gum (1%). No more stickers on your webcam! HP Envy offers peace of mind with a physical switch that cuts the power to the laptop webcam, making HP’s new Webcam Kill Switch a way to ensure ultimate privacy and peace of mind.
Huawei P30 Pro
Available at your cell phone provider
Upgrade your phone to one with a camera to help you capture those sweet back to school memories! The Huawei P30 Pro features a new Leica Quad Camera System which includes an ultra-wide angle lens, has great functionality in low light setting, and SuperZoom. It features one of the largest batteries in the industry with the SuperCharge function allowing the phone to go from a 0% to 70% charge in only 30 minutes. It now comes in the Amber Sunrise colour, which just launched in Canada this month.
Apple iPad 6th Generation from eBay
$359.99 – Available at ebay.ca/deals
Be productive on the go with a brand new iPad! It’s the perfect tool for the commuter, busy student, or world traveller. Get your new iPad at a better price at eBay, the go-to destination for all back-to-school needs at any budget. Go to eBay.ca/backtoschool for a hand-curated hub that features popular back-to-school essentials at great value, including tech! Over 80 per cent of items purchased on eBay are new and at a fixed price, but you can also find amazing tech deals on refurbished, factory-warranty devices, saving you big bucks when buying tech items for the students in your life.
LG 49-inch UltraWide monitor
$1,699.99 – Check LG.ca to find a retailer near you
With a whopping 5,120 by 1,440 resolution, this monitor is essentially two 27-inch 1440p monitors put together, but without the hassle and visual disturbance of bezels in the center of the setup. For those who often switch between windows, have multiple apps open simultaneously, or could use extra space for working with timelines, the monitor includes On-Screen Control software which enables you to control various display settings with a single mouse click. Screen Split will help you divide the whole display area with no hassle.
Google Nest Hub
$169 – Available at the Google Store and other major retailers
Google Nest Hub is designed to give you hands-free help at a glance, and is the perfect device for students heading back to school. Nest Hub’s built-in Google Assistant means you can use your voice to play your favourite YouTube videos, get step-by-step recipes, relive memories with Google Photos and never miss a class with your personalized schedule. It works with more than 1,000 compatible smart devices, like smart plugs and Chromecast.