A brand-new school year is about to start again, which means it’s time to restock on school supplies. However, today’s students can’t survive on pen and paper alone. Here are some recommended items that we’re sure are on many parents’ back-to-school shopping lists:
In this day and age, it’s almost impossible to survive school without a computer. After all, many tasks require a student to use one, from researching online for a research paper to communicating with classmates and professors. And with most students hopping from one class or activity to another, having a portable one—a laptop—is a must.
Since a laptop is quite a big purchase, it’s important that it should last for a few years. But that doesn’t automatically mean snapping up the most expensive one available on Poundit. If you’re a budget-conscious parent, a model such as the Acer Aspire ES1-131 is good enough for your child.
However, for some students enrolled in courses such as architecture and engineering, they may need a laptop with more processing power. This is due to the fact that they need to use programs such as AutoCAD for their schoolwork. As such, a laptop like the Asus GL552VX-DM076T would be a good investment for the next few years.
Students, especially those who are college-bound, definitely need a smartphone to stay in touch with their peers. Thankfully, the prices of smartphones have dropped in the past few years, allowing you to get a phone with great specs without breaking the bank.
One of these phones is the midrange Asus Zenfone Max. At only P8,495, you can get a dual-SIM smartphone with a quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch screen coated with Gorilla Glass 4, and a 13 MP rear camera. And with its 5000mAh battery, you won’t even need a powerbank to keep it powered throughout the day.
- External hard drive
No matter how tough or expensive a laptop is, it’s not immortal. Hence, it’s important to have backups of important files pertaining to schoolwork. But simply storing these files online is not enough. In a country where internet connectivity can be spotty, having an offline backup is also crucial. That’s why getting an external hard drive is a must. One great option is the 1 TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra for P3,999. Not only does it have a fast data transfer rate of 5 GB/s via USB 3.0. It also has the WD Backup, Security, and Drive Utilities software bundled in.
- Durable school bag
With all these gadgets plus books to be lugged around by students on campus, they’ll definitely need a sturdy bag to carry them all. And one of the best choices for the job is the Gouache Knapsack.
Made of genuine leather, cotton canvas, and a polycanvas lining, this bag is not just sturdy—they’re also water-resistant. With a laptop divider, two zipper pockets, and two side pockets, it can carry all the everyday essentials. And to top it off, the bag is also available in several colors: Asphalt Gray, Navy Blue, Olive Green, and Burgundy.
In the age of the smartphone, many would think that watches have already gone out of vogue. However, they’re still an essential accessory, especially for students.
For starters, a watch is still the best way to keep track of time during an exam, as people can’t just whip out their smartphones while taking the test. Having a watch can also spare students the hassle of rummaging through their bag for their phone, just to check the time.
While one can just buy a cheap wristwatch virtually anywhere, a more durable model from an established brand that can last for years is better. This is especially since students are sure to be out and about throughout the school year. One recommended watch is the Casio AE-1000WD-1AVDF, which boasts of a 100m water resistance rating. For sporty types, the adidas Performance Watch ADP6096 with a 5 ATM water resistance rating is another option.
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