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5 back-to-school gadgets to kick-start your semester

Back to school

School's back, which means it's time to stock up and replenish your tech supplies for the semester. Perhaps your laptop's feeling its age or maybe you could do with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions. If you're still missing on some pieces of essential tech gear for the year, we've got your back. Here are 5 back-to-school gadgets for a productive academic year. Do also check out our back-to-office gadget guide for more essential tech gear.

Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED

Asus Vivobook Pro 16x
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Whether you're taking a multimedia course or just love to play around with Adobe creative apps in your free time, the Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED is an excellent choice. It has a handy virtual rotary dial that makes adjustments in Adobe creative apps a breeze, while its capable hardware means that it will handle demanding computing tasks with aplomb. And it's decent for gaming, too.

HP Pavilion Aero 13

HP Pavilion Aero 13
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If you're more into editing PowerPoint and Word documents rather than photos and videos, consider the HP Pavilion Aero 13. Coming in at less than a kilogram, this 13.3-inch notebook is portable enough to carry around on campus without giving you a backache. It also has a good mix of connectors, and more importantly, has excellent battery life to last you a full day at school.

Creative Outlier Air V3

Creative Outlier Air V3
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The latest Creative Outlier Air V3 adds ambient mode and active noise reduction that make these earbuds a great companion for your daily commute. The audio quality is good — well-rounded and balanced. Meanwhile, these earbuds remain as affordable as their predecessors and battery life is equally great.

Lenovo Smart Clock 2

Lenovo Smart Clock 2
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Finding it tough to wake up in the morning? Perhaps you'll need a smart alarm clock like the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 to play your favourite tunes and keep you updated about the latest news when you get up. The new version adds a wireless charging pad to keep your smartphone charged by your bedside. There's also a USB-A port for devices without wireless charging.

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Under Armour SportsMask Featherweight

Under Armour SportsMask Featherweight
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Masks, unfortunately, are still required in schools. And given the number of hours you're spending masked up, it makes sense to get a good and comfortable one like the Under Armour SportsMask Featherweight. It has a molded area that keeps the mask away from your mouth and uses breathable knit fabric and open-cell foam to let air in while trapping moisture and sweat inside. In short, it's cool and comfy.


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