Seen on Saturday morning: August 16th

December 1, 2009 2:02:18 PM PST
Interview segments seen on Eyewitness News on Saturday morning, August 16, 2008.-----BACK-TO-SCHOOL GADGETS-----

The first day of school is just around the corner. Are your kids ready?

Andrea Smith, Technology Producer for ABC NEWS Radio, joined Eyewitness News this morning.

Dell Studio 15 (15.4") Laptop

Dell Studio laptops come in a range of 7 cool color options to match your personality, as well as color-matched accessories to complement your laptop.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4GB RAM, built-in 2.0 Webcam, DVD burner/player, You can customize your laptop on the Dell website by adding optional items such as:

  • Blu ray Disc? drive for high quality movies and audio
  • Slot load optical drive for ease of use and good looks
  • HDMI port to share your Bluray viewing experience with friends and family on external TVs and displays
  • Range of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband options to keep you connected from your couch to almost anywhere Dell Studio laptops start at $799 at

    Kensington-ComboSaver Portable Notebook Lock

    The Kensington ComboSaver Combination Portable Notebook Lock is designed to give you a little peace of mind if you need to leave your laptop unattended. It has a self-coiling cable that extends from 3 inches to 6 feet for easy travel and to keep notebooks securely anchored to anything handy - even while running 50 feet to the Starbucks counter to grab a coffee refill. It comes in standard steel color and red for fashionistas.

    It has an easy to use, keyless 4-wheel combination lock, and online registration makes it easy to retrieve a lost combination.
    Price: $24.99

    Computrace LoJack for Laptops

    If the unthinkable does happen and the laptop gets stolen, you might be able to get it back if you've loaded the Computrade LoJack for Laptops software onto it.

    It works much like car LoJack systems. When the laptop is stolen, you notify the recovery team and they track it by waiting for the computer to be turned on and connected to the Internet.

    A team of 30 former officers and detectives make up the Theft Recovery Team that work with local police officers around the globe to recover stolen laptops. They trace the location via the computer's IP address. The company says 75 percent of stolen laptops are recovered.

  • $39.99 per license per year (Standard Edition which does not include remote data delete and the service guarantee)
  • $59.99 per license per year (Premium Edition which includes remote data delete and a $1,000 service guarantee)
    Website: Absolute Software: LoJack for Laptops .

    PocketHub 7-Port USB 2.0-Kensington

    Great for connecting hard disks, media players, digital cameras, keyboards, mice, printers and more. The Kensington PocketHub 7-Port USB 2.0 Expansion Hub turns a single USB port from your notebook into 7 fast USB 2.0 certified ports so you can connect hard disks, media players, digital cameras, keyboards, mice, printers and more.
    Price: $39.99

    Logitech V550 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse

    If you find yourself carrying too many things when you scoop up your laptop, class notes, coffee and then your mouse to go from the library to the dorm, check out the new V550 Nano. It's one less thing to carry: you simply attach your mouse to your notebook using the clip-and-go dock and it goes anywhere you go. The nano-receiver is so small it stays in your notebook and the battery life will outlast your year at school.
    Price: $59.99

    LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen

    Ever wish a pen could write for you? The Pulse smartpen can record your lectures for you while you take notes. Back in your dorm room you simply tap on your notes and listen to your lecture. You can email your written or audio notes to your classmates or study group or upload them to your facebook page. Special notebook paper allows you to tap on controls to turn your pen into a calculator or translator.

    Available at Target and Amazon

  • 2GB version $199
  • 1GB version $149

    Trend Micro Internet Security Pro

    Anti-virus protection is a must for any computer, on campus or off, but especially if you plan on using wi-fi hot spots. Trend Micro Internet Security Pro offers the usual anti-virus and spyware features, as well as a secure firewall, but it also safeguards your online transactions, your identity, and validates hotspots and wi-fi networks. You can load the software on 3 PC's for $69.95 per year.

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