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Back to School: When A Dorm Room Becomes a Launch Pad for Innovation

August 27, 2012

Best Buy sets students up for success with the right technology

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2012 /CNW/ – Heading back-to-school isn’t just about
the latest and greatest in school supplies, it’s also about the time in
a student’s life when they are coming into their own and putting their
future paths in motion. Whether it’s the dorm room at school or the
bedroom at their parents’ home, this space is officially the innovation
nerve centre for what will come tomorrow. In fact, major innovations
from Napster to Kiva.org, and Instagram to FourSquare, have all been dreamt up by students in
their dorm rooms. And as students head back to class, Best Buy can help
outfit these spaces with the right technology to make sure they are set
up for success and even help support the next big idea that is just
about to be discovered.

Tech Gadgets that Get the Grade
With the right technology, the possibilities of what students can dream
up or create are endless! Whether kids are going off to college, high
school or elementary school, Best Buy has the technology that gets the
grade, including:

Ultrabooks are great for students. They’re lightweight making them easy
for transport and powerful enough to keep up with all the things
students need them for. This category is so popular, that growth in
Ultrabooks and other thin/light laptops year-over-year is 41 per cent.

Samsung Series 9 15″ Ultrabook, $1,499.99
This Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook delivers high performance in a sleek,
ultra portable machine. It switches between work and play with ease and
the HD SuperBright Plus screen can show off presentations in razor
sharp clarity one minute and movies in exciting lifelike, HD the next.

Tablets continue to rise in popularity – a growth of 41 per cent over
last year in fact – and make a great addition to a laptop or Ultrabook.
With so many textbooks now available for download it makes it so much
easier to carry “books” to and from class.

ASUS 10.1″ 32GB Transformer Pad Tablet, $399.99
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T-B1 offers the portability and
convenience of a tablet but with the functionality of a laptop. It’s
super lightweight and thin, so it’s perfect for a student’s mobile
lifestyle. Featuring a 10.1″ screen, quad-core processing, 32GB of
built-in storage, dual cameras, and Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,
they can work and play the way they want.

This generation of students rarely leaves home without their
smartphones. In fact, Best Buy is expecting a 50 per cent increase in
wireless purchases during the back-to-school season, making smartphones
one of the hottest items on everyone’s list.

HTC One Smartphone, (price based on plan)
The HTC One is packed with smart and innovative technology. It runs on a
powerful dual-core processor and the sleek Android 4.0 OS, so students
will get a smooth, fast performance whether they’re checking e-mail or
gaming. With Beats Audio, students will get a whole new sound
experience while the HD touchscreen shows off content in stunning,
razor sharp clarity.

Samsung Galaxy SIII, (price based on plan)
Loaded with all the must-have features you could ask for in a
smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III goes a step beyond with some
seriously genius features. It supports LTE speed and comes fully
equipped with dual cameras, HD screen and so much more.

Smartphone Cases
Safety aside, accessories are just plain stylish. In a world where many
students are sporting a smartphone or tablet, accessories offer the
chance to make theirs unique. A solid, sturdy case can also prevent
their favourite gadget from sporting unsightly scratches and nicks–and
can keep them looking as good as new.

Lifeproof iPhone 4/4S Hard Plastic Case, $79.99
From accident prone to really cautious, students will find the LifeProof
iPhone 4/4S keeps their phone protected from almost everything that can
harm it – water, dust, dirt, and impact. And it gives them total access
to all their phone’s functions like the touchscreen, camera, home
button, volume buttons, and headphone jack.

Back to school can be fun too! No student should return to campus
without a few tech toys that will help them stay productive, connected
and entertained.

Monster Diamond Tears Edge On-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones, $349.99
These stunning headphones make a bold statement of style and fashion
while offering new levels of sonic performance. Not only do they
deliver near-perfect clarity, but the plush ear cushions are ideal for
long, comfortable listening sessions.

Monster Diesel Vektr Headphones, $299.99
The Monster Diesel Vektr headphones are the perfect fusion of Monster’s
advanced audio expertise and Diesel’s fashionable design. Plush, on-ear
cushions offer total comfort and form an acoustic seal so all the
pristine mids and throbbing bass from any playlist stay in, and ambient
noise is kept out.

Monster Inspiration Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones, $299.99
With an over-ear design and the power to cancel out background noise,
these Monster Inspiration headphones are the perfect travel companion
as students head to and from campus. Students can listen to their
favourite tunes for extended sessions with the cozy ear cushions, and
use the mute button to tune back into the world around them.

Beats by Dr Dre Beatbox Portable iPod Sound Dock, $449.99
Heading back to campus wouldn’t be complete without a really great
party. Students (and all their friends) can rock out with the Beats by
Dr Dre Beatbox Portable iPod Sound Dock. This high performance sound
machine can make the room rumble with rich, deep bass while an
amplifier delivers a powerful sound that can also be controlled by an
iPod from the comfort of the couch with the handy IR remote.

Visit BestBuy.ca for all the latest tech gadgets for back-to-school, and join in the
conversation about innovation on www.facebook.com/BestBuyCanada

SOURCE Best Buy Canada

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