It's the same old story every January – the new year heralds a time that both children and parents loathe thanks to a new academic year that teases its intimidating head. Children are reminded to put away their Christmas presents so they can prepare to slip into the books, while parents strive to find the best school supplies to give their child a competitive advantage.
School supplies have not changed – like the confidence in heavy textbooks and the need for stationery – the constantly evolving technology has changed the way our children are taught in school. Laptops and tablets are not only essential for university students these days.
When you send your children to school, you want to keep an eye on them from a certain age. I need a cell phone. Even children's wearables are becoming increasingly popular these days.
With such a wide range of technologies, it can be overwhelming for parents to make the right choice. That is why we have listed some technical basics to help you narrow down your search for the best school material. And there's no need to spend too much either ̵
1; we've listed a premium option and a budget option so you can decide which one might be the best choice for you and your kids.
Best Laptops for Back to School  (Photo Credit: Future)
1. Dell XPS 13
The flagship among laptops
It may be expensive, but the XPS 13 has been leading our best laptop tables for years, for good reason. It is a powerhouse and gets better with every new iteration. We admit that this is an option that offers more for college students, but it is also an excellent option for high school and it will remain until your child graduates from college a few years later. There is a new 2019 model that would be the newest option, but that also means that you can find an older iteration for less money.
Read our detailed Dell XPS 13 review
(image credit: Microsoft) 2. Microsoft Surface Go
The tablet that becomes the perfect 2-in-1 device
This pretty good looking device could fly under the radar if you happen to be looking for a laptop but don't overlook the Microsoft Surface Go. It is one of the best Windows tablets currently available. All you have to do is add a keyboard to make it a practical and very portable 2-in-1 device. There may be some inexpensive innards, but don't be fooled: Microsoft designed this device to do homework and more. As one of the most beautiful devices on the market, it offers a balance between style, cost and performance.
Read our detailed Microsoft Surface Go test Best Chromebook for Back to School
(Photo credit: Future) 1. Acer Chromebook Spin 13
A premium option with a convertible design
Chromebooks are designed for training purposes and run on a lightweight Chrome operating system. However, if you think your homework needs a bit more of what a simple Chromebook can offer, this 13-inch Acer is the way to go. Powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i3 – i5 U-Series chip and with 4GB or 8GB system memory, there's a serious grunt under the hood. With its aluminum housing and QHD display, it is also a rather elegant device.
Read our detailed Acer Chromebook Spin 13 review
(Photo credit: Future) 2. HP Chromebook 14
A balance of value and design
If you just want to surf the web and do chores to buy a laptop to start school, your HP Chromebook 14 will accompany your children easily throughout the school year , It is one of the few Chromebooks that are officially available in Australia and are available at an affordable price. Note that battery life and performance are not comparable to that of a normal laptop, but it is definitely one of the best Chromebooks currently available down under.
Read our detailed information HP Chromebook 14 test
Best tablet for back to school
(Photo credit: Future) 1. Apple iPad 10.2
The best tablet for school work
The iPad 10.2 from 2019 is the perfect choice for researching tasks and doing other school work. It replaces the 2018 9.7-inch model, which means that the display is slightly larger at a reasonable price. Granted, it's not as powerful as the latest Pro versions of Apple's tablet, but its chipset is very powerful. The iPadOS is immediately ready for use. It offers the latest features of the technology giant and works with both the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. The battery life is also pretty good with up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Read our detailed Apple iPad 10.2 (2019) review
(Photo credit: Future)  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
Samsung updated in 2019 the Tab A line with a brand new model with a 10.5 inch screen. The Snapdragon 450 chipset is not as powerful as that on the iPad mentioned above, but has enough power to do homework or chores. It runs on Android, so the user experience is different compared to an Apple product, but it's cheaper than the iPad 10.2 from 2019. There is no fingerprint scanner on Tab A. However, security depends on the user's password and, unlike the iPad, does not support drawing or writing directly on the screen with a pen.
Best smartphone for back to school
(Photo credit: TechRadar) 1. Apple iPhone XR
An "affordable" premium cell phone
Nowadays, everything revolves around brand power for children. So if you want to spoil your child with one of the best smartphones on the market, the iPhone XR is definitely the right choice in this category. Although it only has one camera, it is very powerful, while the A12 Bionic chipset triggers a lot of grunts under the hood. With iOS 13 and Apple's new Find My App, you can keep an eye on your children at all times. However, this is only possible on another iPhone or MacBook. The best thing about the iPhone XR, however, is its excellent battery life – it can last all day for the average user, which iPhones could not do before.
Read our detailed information ] Apple iPhone XR test
(Photo credit: Future) 2. Google Pixel 3a
The midrange smartphone with the grade A
The Google Pixel 3a is not a cheaper flagship, but a powerful midrange phone with very extensive functions. Including the same camera that is installed on the Pixel 3. It's also rare for a 5.6-inch OLED display to be seen at this price, but the handset's screen is stunning. As a Google phone, you will initially receive all operating system and security updates. However, since it is a plastic case and is not waterproof, your children will have to be careful with it.
Read our detailed Google Pixel 3a report Best back portable school storage
(Photo credit: Future) 1. Samsung Portable SSD T5
The best backup solution you can buy for money
It's incredibly fast and comes with a USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cable Delivered in a box, it doesn't matter what type of laptop your child uses. The portable SSDs of the Samsung T5 series are available in different colors and in the flavors 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. With an average reading speed of approx. 500 MB / s and a writing speed of approx. 350 MB / s, this is one of our preferred storage solutions. If confidential information needs to be stored on the device or if your children only want to protect their homework from prying eyes, the SSD can be password-protected if necessary. It's incredibly portable, measures just 74 x 57 x 10.5 mm and weighs only 51 g, but all of this unbelief comes at a high price.
Read our detailed Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review
(Photo credit: Future) 2. G-Technology G-Drive Mobile
When you're ready to sacrifice speed for space, you can buy a G-Technology G-Drive Mobile portable hard drive for less than AU $ 150 for a 1 TB option. The G-Drive Mobile is supplied with a USB-C and a USB-A cable and can be connected to any PC or laptop. Note that the device is designed for immediate use with Macs. However, it can easily be formatted to work with a Windows computer without loss of speed. Although it is not quite as fast as an SSD, it offers a speed of up to 130 MB / s, which is quite serious and sufficient for school work.
Read our detailed G-Technology G-Drive Mobile USB review of the portable hard drive Best headphones for back to school
(Image credit: Bose) 1. Bose SoundLink All-Around-The-Ear Wireless II
Bose's signature sound at a lower price
Bose Noise Canceling does not offer the noise reduction features of the higher quality Bose QC35 II or the newer (and more oddly named) Bose Noise Canceling headphones 700, the SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless is wonderfully comfortable to wear for a long time and offers the same sound stage as its more expensive siblings. With a single charge you have a playback time of up to 15 hours. All of the controls needed for music and phone calls are easy to use by searching for them. There is also a very nice tote bag in which you can take it with you wherever you go so that your children don't ruin the ear cushions you use to put or take the cans in or out of your backpack.
(Photo credit: Jabra) 2. Jabra Elite 65t
Cut cable and still get great sound
When it launched, this wasn't quite the "budget" option, but with the newer 75-ton buds that have just found their way to retail the 65-ton real wireless headphones Now it's getting cheaper. They're already regularly available on Amazon for under AU $ 200, but we expect the price to go down further, especially during big sales. The 65t is one of the best real wireless devices with excellent sound quality and decent bass that most "buds" in this category cannot match. Each headphone has a battery life of approximately 5 hours, but the charging case adds an additional 15 hours. They can be comfortably worn with several earplugs, which are included in the delivery, to ensure an optimal fit. They are the perfect balance between sound, functions, user-friendliness and now also good value for money.
Read our detailed Jabra Elite 65t review
The best back-to-school wearables
] (Photo credit: Spacetalk) 1. Spacetalk Watch
Your child's safety is invaluable
If you are concerned about your child's safety, the Spacetalk Watch is a great way to keep in touch with them. It is essentially a phone, a watch and a GPS tracker in one device. There are no apps or games on the smartwatch that could distract your kids, not even a camera, internet browser, or access to social media. It was designed so that you can keep in touch with your child if you don't want to give him or her a smartphone of their own. Your child can call or answer calls from your smartwatch. At the same time, you have full control over the contact list by having numbers blocked. You can see their location in the companion app at any time and even set up “safe zones”. If your child leaves this area, you will receive a notification. Better yet, there's an SOS button that dials your number automatically. If you don't respond, the contact list is searched until someone replies. It is one of the best children's wearables made by an Australian company.
(Photo credit: Future) 2. Fitbit Ace 2
Encourage your child to achieve their goals
There are some good options when it comes to children's fitness wearables, but the Fitbit Ace 2 makes its way into this shopping guide as it is also older Children fit – great for children ages 6 and up, at least according to Fitbit. The Ace 2 is basically the Inspire in a child-friendly case and strap with a battery that lasts up to five days before a certain amount of time is required on the power supply. It is waterproof up to 50 m, so a little rain is not a problem and you can record your children's activities and calories at the same time. When a goal is reached, funny animations appear on the screen. It works well with the Fitbit app and also supports vibration motor notifications.
Best Printers for Back to School
(Photo Credit: HP) 1. HP Tango Smart Home Printer
It is a fairly compact printer / scanner that is perfect for small spaces and works through the HP Smart app that works for both iOS and Android -Devices are available and no Wi-Fi connection is required to set up printing tasks. The Tango is completely wireless thanks to its two-way cloud-based network connection and has no connections for connecting a PC. It is user-friendly and can be connected to your Alexa or Google Assistant speaker (if available) to enable voice-controlled printing. Replacement cartridges can be expensive, however, and unfortunately HP has not yet brought the Instant Ink program to Australia, although it has been used in the United States and Europe for several years.
(Photo credit: Canon) 2. Canon PIXMA Home TS5160
An all-in-one device for price-conscious customers
If you are not particularly keen on placing top dollars on a printer, this option from Canon is particularly affordable. You can print and scan as much as you want for just under AU $ 70. The printer even has an auto-duplex feature that automatically prints on both sides of the paper. When you set up a Pixma Cloud Link account, you can print anything that is in Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other cloud service. You can even print from Facebook or Instagram. The Pixma Home TS5160 is covered by the Canon Print Assist program. There you will find step-by-step instructions on how to set up the device (although this is easy anyway) and on any errors found in the first year after purchase.
(Picture credits: Satechi) Best USB-C-Hub for the beginning of school: Satechi-Aluminum-Multi-Port Adapter V2
The connections of new laptops are changing. The faster USB-C or Thunderbolt ports are slowly and steadily becoming the norm. If your child's new laptop doesn't have the necessary ports to connect a USB 3.0 cable, for example, this Satechi hub offers seven different ports with an SD card reader, a 4K HDMI port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. All of these ports come at a price and it's definitely not the cheapest option, but one of the best. The connections are well distributed, so no cables and wires are required to connect objects.
(Photo credit: Future) Best portable charger for back to school: Anker PowerCore 20100
Whenever you need a lot of juice
It is a bit bulky, but there is no better portable charger than the anchor PowerCore 20100. Due to the large capacity, your children's handheld devices will not run out of juice, especially during the crunch time. If your child's phones and tablets support high-speed PowerIQ or Voltage Boost, you can charge quickly. Fast charging isn't quite as efficient as Qualcomm's QuickCharge technology, but the Anker PowerCore 20100 is still one of the best you can get. It is also good value for money as it is well below the AU $ 100 mark in Australia.
(Photo credit: Future) Best back-to-school camera: Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III
A point-and-shoot with manual options
If your child has an artistic inclination and interest in has a photography course, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is one of the best compact shooters on the market. It's great if your child is interested in becoming a YouTube star. The 4K video quality is really good. The small camera has a microphone connection for sound and live streaming functions for YouTube on board. There's also a built-in ND filter to control bright lights, and the flip-up LCD display is a vlogger's dream. If your child is still interested, this camera grows with them, and children can improve their skills in manual mode. There's no finder here, but for under AU $ 1,000, it's a great buy.