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Gadgets Top Back to School List for College Students

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Sorry kids, but it's just about time to start thinking about back- to- school shopping.

Gone are the days when pencils pens and folders topped the list. The shopping is getting more high-tech, especially in college.

For this generation, the laptop is right up there with ramen noodles as a college necessity.

"I'm a grad student currently so a lot of research online, professors all use email mainly... to tell us what were doing for the day so I kind of need it," said Christina Estes, a grad student at Gannon University.

Undergrads to med students need the latest technology to keep up with fast paced lectures, and changing relationship statuses on Facebook.

We stopped at Best Buy to check out some of the hot items this year.

"The new Macbook Airs, Macbook Pros, Windows 8, touch screen laptops and tablets, like you got the new Nexus 7, the iPad Mini," said Best Buy Apple Specialist Brady Finogle.

"The Nexus 7 is really big right now," said Best Buy Sales Manager Andrew Laughner. "We just got those in, we have a ton in stock... they're gonna fly off the shelves."

The newer models boasting newfangled innovations can be pricey, but the upgrade may be worth the extra cost.

Take windows 8, for example.

"They give it more of like the mobile feel so you get the touch screen," said Finogle, "a lot of them have the new processor in them which are brand new, they just came out in June, so that's gonna be faster."

Advancing technology gives students more capability in the classroom, but does it also give them more distraction? Added features like webcams can take the attention away from professors.

"Some professors actually stopped allowing computers in some classes just because people were watching YouTube videos or not really paying attention in class, and distracting people around them," said recent graduate Tim Prichard. 

He said the students noticed it, too. "When I started school people took them to class a lot more, but I think people found they were more distracting and would end up playing games on them."

As students head back to school, some crave those top of the line, fully loaded laptops; but some are sticking to the basics.

"It overwhelms me," said Estes, "there's so much new technology that I just want something I can use the Internet on."

College students can get discounts on some of the mentioned items at Best Buy. Click here to find out more.

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