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Back-to-school tech: Best laptops, headphones, smartwatches and more for college students

CHICAGO (WLS) — As students begin to return to school, making sure all of their electronics are up to date and working properly is key to their academic success. Is Carl Prouty “The Technologist” at Abt Electronics with all the electronics must-haves for this school year

All students need headphones, and not just for music. Carl recommends that parents don’t need to spend a fortune on them.

An inexpensive option is the Sony On-Ear Smartphone Headset for $19.51.

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To keep phones and laptops charged, Carl recommends the Mophie portable charger for $29.99 to $39.99.

Having reliable home Wi-Fi is also essential, and Carl recommends the eero 6+ WiFi system can cover up to 3,000 square feet of space for $139.

Carl recommends spending a bit more to get the right smartwatch, as the Apple Watch Series 3 is available at $187.

Choosing a laptop can be expensive, and those that are inexpensive may not meet the needs of students. Carl recommends the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 17ITL6 17.3″ Laptop Arctic Gray Intel i7-1165G7 8GB RAM 256GB SSD, Intel Iris X Graphics, which he says has cutting-edge features than laptops that cost twice as much have.It is available for $698.

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