Once considered a luxury, tech tools are more the norm than not in today's classrooms.
On The Early Show Tuesday, David Gregg, senior editor of BestStuff.com, shared his picks for the best values in tech gear for the new school year.
His suggestions, along with descriptions provided by him and the manufacturers, included:
eMachines T3506 Desktop PC
The eMachines T3506 was introduced for the back-to-school buying season. It starts at $529.98, which means even students and families on the strictest budgets can get a new PC. This system features mainstream technology that will speed up everyday computing tasks such as online research, e-mail and writing class papers. Even at this price, the eMachines T3506 provides abundant features, such as 512MB of memory, a 120GB hard drive and CD burner/DVD combo drive. The entire package, including a sleek, 15-inch LCD monitor, is $529.98, after two $50 mail in rebates; www.emachines.com
Apple iMac with New Intel Core Duo Processor
Apple's iMac featuring Mac OS X runs on the new Intel Core Duo processor, delivering performance that is up to twice that of its predecessor. The iMac now features dual-core processors, a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box, and the breakthrough media experience of Front Row with the Apple Remote for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for consumers to enjoy their content from across the room.
Every new iMac comes with iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, an iLife application that makes it easy to create amazing Web sites with photos, blogs and podcasts and publish them on iMac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. Packages begin at: $1,299; www.apple.com
Lenovo Laptop 3000 N Series with Finger Print Security Feature
These full-featured, widescreen (14- to 15-inch) notebooks provide the functionality and mobility to work in class, the bedroom and the dorm room. The Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology system processor delivers new levels of mobile performance, reliability and manageability. In an environment full of complexity and increasing security risks, students are looking for easy and secure ways to log on to personal computers and networks. The Integrated Fingerprint Reader, available on select Lenovo notebooks, requests a simple finger swipe so the user can access the system and the sensitive data stored within. Prices start at $699, after a $100 mail-in-rebate; www.lenovo.com
Epson Stylus CX3810-All-In-One Printer (Printer/Scanner/Copier)
The Epson Stylus CX3810 is good for all academic projects. This all-in-one space-saver makes quick color copies, or even black and white, without ever turning on your computer. You get great results every time, whether you're copying the team newsletter or directions to the game. And, the copies are ready when you are, with quick-drying, smudge proof inks.
But what about the photos you've been wanting to print and display? Print your favorite snapshots in popular, borderless sizes. It's fast, and easy. Just print, and they're ready to frame. There's even a great way to handle those old, faded color photos already in your album. Scan them and use Epson Easy Photo Fix color restoration and with just one click, make the color as good as new. Then, share the memories all over again with fade-resistant prints that stand up to water and smudging!
Whether you're scanning in photos, or creating a project for school, the Epson Stylus CX3810 offers an easy, affordable and space-saving solution for academic needs. Price: $59.99, after $30 mail in rebate; www.epson.com