Back-to-school gadgets

August 23, 2009 7:36:07 AM PDT
It's that time of year once again when your children are heading back into the classroom. ABC News Radio technology producer Andrea Smith joined us with some back-to-school gadgets. Laptops:

MacBook Pro 13"

Every MacBook Pro comes with Apple's innovative iLife® '09 featuring iPhoto® for managing photos, iMovie® for making movies and GarageBand® for creating and learning to play music. Every Mac also runs Leopard®, the world's most advanced operating system, featuring Time Machine®, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac; Spaces®, an intuitive feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them.

The new 2.26 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro is a great value this summer for students going back-to-school. -Apple is offering a back-to-school offer for college students - Buy a Mac, get a free 8GB iPod touch!

It's sleek, thin and light with a durable aluminum enclosure, easy to slide into a backpack or briefcase and take everywhere! The new built-in battery lasts up to 7 hours and lasts up to five years - which means fewer batteries in landfills. A new SD card and FireWire 800 makes for easy transfer of photos and videos, and iChat®, the most advanced video chat. The MacBook Pro includes iLife '09, which comes with Every Mac and makes it easy to share photos, make movies, music and much more. Also includes BootCamp, which lets the Mac run Windows programs.


Aspire 4810 Timeline 8480

For those who prefer a PC over a Mac, the Aspire 4810 - one of Acer's new Timeline Series of energy-conscious notebooks is slim and sleek like a Mac, but half the price. This 14.0" notebook is less than 1" thin at its lowest point, weighs 4.2 lb. and is built for taking in a few classes on campus, with at least eight hours of battery life. It offers 4GB of RAM, a DVD burner 320 GB hard drive and a built-in webcam.


Anti-virus protection software:

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2009

A feature-filled suite of defenses against present and future threats. Smart security features safeguard your personal and financial information from hackers and identity thieves. Prevents keyloggers from spying on your passwords, account numbers, and other personal information. Defends your computer from the latest spyware, viruses and phishing scams. You can remotely secure confidential files and folders in case your computer is lost or stolen. For mobile users, automatically check the legitimacy of Wi-Fi "hot spots."



Logitech Z520 Speaker System

This stand-alone system offers 360-degree sound so music is projected evenly in all directions, providing for a great listening experience throughout the room. An Auxiliary input makes it easy to connect your iPod without having to unplug the speakers from your computer. Or an integrated headphone jack lets you listen in private when the rest of the dorm room wants to chill.


Comfort: Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

A portable mouse designed to work anywhere because it utilizes Microsoft's BlueTrack technology, which means it works on virtually any surface, even your blue jeans. Perfect for studying on the go. Nano-Transceiver you can leave plugged into the laptop when you're on the run on stow it in the mouse. Long-life battery. Cool, stylish colors: Teal blue, berry pink, lime green.


Belkin CushDesk

CushDesk offers comfort and convenience for your notebook, letting you study anywhere you need to; your couch, your bed, or the floor. Its solid molded top provides a smooth and sturdy surface, or "work space." CushDesk is designed with a slight angle so you can easily view your laptop screen at a more comfortable angle. Additionally, its slim design lets you easily store it in your living room or bedroom.