The IT Nerd Back To School Buying Guide

Students heading off to university this fall are eagerly awaiting that first taste of freedom. Little do they know this new-found freedom also means giving up the comfortable amenities of home. Say buh-bye to mom’s cooking and a big hello to showering in flip flops. Not to worry. Here is a roster full of ideas for the new grad to make sure the dorm room feels like home. Although I can’t promise clean sheets…

Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh Wifi System – $129.99 USD (1-pack), $199.99 USD (2-pack), $299.99 USD (3-pack)

VELOP sets up in minutes and delivers flawless, ultra-fast, full-strength signal throughout your home. Because not every home is the same, this modular system lets you buy as few or as many VELOP nodes as you need, and place them wherever you need them, making dead spots a thing of the past. With powerful dual-band mesh technology, you’ll get seamless roaming and maximum speed right out to the edge of your network, even when everyone’s streaming their favourite shows. Read the review here.

Roku Streaming Stick + – $89.99 CAD

With brilliant picture quality, 4x the wireless range, and a new voice remote, the new Roku Streaming Stick+ is just like Roku’s portable Streaming Stick, super-charged. The Streaming Stick+ offers high-performance portability and is compatible with 4K and HDR TV’s. The convenience of this streaming player can allow you to stream from any location that offers wireless internet. Read the review here.

Roku Express – $44.99 CAD

The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. Easy to set up and use, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. And with over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including lots of free content), you will never run out of things to watch! Read the review here.

Safe by HUB6– $299.00 CAD

For veteran students who are living off-campus, protect your belongings with an affordable security system. Safe uses the security system hardware you already have and frees you from long-term contracts or monthly fees.. It redirects any alerts triggered by your system to your phone, friend, or HUB6’s Professional

Teksavvy DSL Service Packages from ($20-$35/month)

Wherever you’re living, to do everything you want from studying to gaming you have to have access to high speed internet service. TekSavvy give you the chance to avoid the usual telcos and offers high speed internet at an affordable price. You can sign up for an unlimited internet package that offers TekSavvy’s highest speed internet (50 MBPS) for just $30/month for 12 months. So, if you’re tired of getting your internet from the big guys check out TekSavvy, it’s different, in a good way.

HP Spectre x360

The Spectre x360 is an unbelievably thin PC with a battery life to take students from their first class of the day through to a late-night studying session. This convertible notebook can easily be flipped into a tablet, and has a screen built with durable glass to reduce bumps and scratches. The Spectre x360 is available hereand begins at $1399.99.

HP Sprocket

With HP Sprocket, students can quickly print and share every memory they make when they go back to school. The Sprocket Photo Printer easily connects to a smartphone, and photos can be customized with filters, colourful frames, text and stickers. The Sprocket Photo Printer easily connects to a smartphone, and photos can be customized with filters, colourful frames, text and stickers. And, the Sprocket LED String Light Clips make for the perfect way to decorate a new dorm room. Sprocket is available herefor $159.99.


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