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Tech Talk: Back-to-college deals, gift ideas from Amazon

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 1:52 PM

HOUSTON – Wrapping up my week-long look at tech savings for college students, we turn to Amazon.

It’s one of the largest online retailers, so of course it has a section dedicated to back-to-school.

On its homepage right now, there’s a promo code anyone can use to get 20 percent off all backpacks. There’s also 20 percent off a selection of tablet and laptop computers as well as 30 percent off external hard drives and other accessories (including those all-too-necessary flash memory sticks). Check it out here:

Beyond the back-to-school deals, the retailer also has a page called “Amazon Student.” It’s here college kids can sign up for free two-day shipping as well as half off an Amazon Prime account, which gets you movies, TV shows, and Kindle e-books. In addition, students can earn $5 for every friend they refer. Check it out here:

So what about a few gift ideas?

Firstly, check out the Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip ( It’s an MP3 player that can handle audio books, podcosts, etc., but it also has a built-in FM tuner. It’s great for students because it can also record audio – like class lectures. It costs just $38.

Secondly, check out the Amazon Kindle ( It’s good for students because it can hold over 1,000 books, it weighs less than six ounces, and the screen is easy on the eyes (it’s not like reading off of the bright light of a laptop or tablet). Because it doesn’t require a lot of battery power, you don’t have to charge it daily. It costs $69.

Thirdly, check out the Roku LT streaming player ( It streams 750 channels of TV shows and movies from the Internet to your TV, and you can set it up with your Netflix and Hulu account. This will give students a nice break from their studies and give their probably overused laptops a break. It costs $50.

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