Back to School Basics with Mario Armstrong

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Going back to school means a fresh start. Technology and digital lifestyle commentator Mario Armstrong has all the essentials.



"I have some great must-have devices. I'm going to start first with two new laptops for students both powered by a-m-b's newest mobile processors, with built-in v-g-a graphics and design for productivity. The first the new h-p envy x-p 60, 13-inch, remarkable versatility. Gives students long-lasting battery life, great power, sleek design, awesome performance and mobility. And a 4-k display with that as well."

Also new for this back-to-school season is the Acer Swift 3, which allows students to stay productive and entertained, whether they're in the classroom or back in the dorm room.

Smart-phones are also critical. The Nokia 3.1 is perfect for a back-to-school smartphone. It includes android parental controls, striking design along with twice the processor chords, comes with a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera, and a wide angle front camera.

" There is also the Nokia 6.1, a beautifully crafted phone that packs powerful performance into a compact, offering fast optics and charging. Now for a great home security solution, I love the canary all in one device. It connects an HD camera to your phone. And it's packed with features so you always know what's happening. It also has a built in siren that you can sound right from the app. And you can now also be protected away from home with a personal safety button. That will send police directly to you wherever you are. This is great for students and family members that aren't at home, because they can get protected under the membership as well."

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If you need a printer, the Epson Expression Premium X-P 6000 is reliable and won't break the bank, starting at under 150 bucks. There is sharp detail for text and quality reports and you can print those first day of school photos.

"Audio" is the new lifejacket jolt. It has all the features you look for in a rugged bluetooth speaker with 30 hours of battery life, hundred foot wireless range, and house party mode. It has wireless charging, connects to Siri and Google Voice.

And lastly, pack your backpack with products from Minted, which is designed by independent artists. Students can get organized with beautifully customized calendars. They also have customized name labels that are machine and dishwasher safe and personalized stationary notebooks as well.

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