It's that time of the year again! Here are the top tech back-to-school supplies consumers plan to buy.
According to the Consumer Technology Association, the folks who put on CES each year in Las Vegas, consumers will spend more than $18-billion on back-to-school technology! That's a lot of laptops!
Here are the top 10- back-to-school tech products consumers plan to buy this year, I've added my notes under each:
Portable memory (71 percent)
Go for a USB 3.0 drive, this way you'll be able to transfer your files at the fastest possible rate.
Basic calculator (55 percent)
Not too much to tell you here, but go solar!
Headphones (52 percent)
Apple is doing a cool back to school promotion where you can get a free pair of Beats headphones with certain purchases
Scientific/graphing calculator (51 percent)
Back when I was in school it was all about the TI-83...
Carrying or protective case (48 percent)
I really like cases from Speck, Incipio and Tech21. For a quality budget case check out Spigen.
Laptop (44 percent)
If you can, get your laptop at the Microsoft Store - that way it comes with no extra bloatware. I like the Surface for a combo laptop/tablet, HP Spectre x360 or the Dell XPS 13. If all you need is basic word processing for writing papers and web surfing, then go with a Chromebook - they are easy on the budget.
Software for computer (39 percent)
This all depends on what you need for class.
External hard drive (23 percent)
I'm a big fan of drives from Western Digital.
Tablet (22 percent)
The iPad is still king - it's expensive but it has the best combination of function, apps and accessories.
Product subscription service (22 percent)
Netflix, Google Drive, Evernote and Spotify are some of my favorites.