Back to school gadget giveaway!


Summer vacation is almost over and that means students will soon be heading back to school. What better way to celebrate (or make it less painful) than to give away a bunch of gadgets and gear! We have a variety of products for students and non-students alike. There’s something for everyone. Full contest details after the break.


1 lucky winner will win 1 each of the following prizes – 7 prizes in total:


OGIO: Newt Backpack
Backpacks designed for the student, young professional, and everyone in between. Engineered with high quality, durable fabrics, water resistant coating, hypalon, nylon webbing and custom hardware. Main compartments designed with padded section lined with plush quilted fleece. Fitted with integrated foam panels to keep your electronics protected and five bar padded back panel for comfort. Shoulder straps are fully adjustable, include a sternum strap, and a mesh pocket.


Toddy Gear: Toddy Wedge
Hand-crafted stylish and essential companion for your electronics both cleans and holds your mobile device. Multi-faceted design cleans touch screen devices while propping them up on your desk or at home. Bottom exterior crafted with plush microfiber material to offer scratch-free cleaning without the need of harmful fluids. Exterior engineered with microfiber silk that leaves your surfaces with that “out of package” look. Features AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology to protect against microorganisms that contribute to mold and mildew. Can also be used with sunglasses, computers, TV’s and more.


Satechi: Smart LED Desk Lamp
Sleek, energy efficient lamp brightens rooms and charges USB devices. Features four different brightness levels – reading mode, study mode, relaxation mode & bedtime mode. USB port efficiently charges smartphones and MP3 players. Lifespan of 40,000+ hours. Consumes only 1/8 the power of an incandescent lamp and half the power of a florescent lamp. Timer function automatically turns off the lamp to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. Made of 3 adjustable joints to adjust LED panel up to 140 degrees and the frame up to 90 degrees. Clean, glossy and sleek aesthetic matches décor in any home or office.


Satechi: SATEC – 10-Port USB 3
Compact hub for Mac or PC connects multiple USB-based devices in one versatile, clutter-free solution. Compatible with a wide array of devices including digital cameras, printers, external hard drives, keyboards, flash drives, smartphones and tablets. Sleek piano black, linear design allows for easy cable management and takes up little desk space for a clutter-free home or office environment. Features 9 USB 3.0 ports and one 2.1A charging port on the side of the hub powerful enough to charge both Android and iOS tablets. USB ports are divided in sets of 3, each with an on/off switch and blue status indicator lights to maximize efficiency. 2.1A charging port has on/off switch to distribute additional power to other ports when not in use. Equipped with its own power supply to guarantee electric current stability and effective operation of all connected devices.


New Trent: iTorch
Compact 5,200mAh portable battery pack keeps smartphones juiced while on the go. Lightweight and portable battery pack fits easily into any purse or backpack. Packs enough battery to keep smartphones juiced for an entire day of talking, texting and browsing the internet. Features an LED flashlight and laser pointer.


Wicked Audio: Mojo
Chic earbuds incorporate fashionable colors from bud to cord. Earbuds deliver enhanced bass for an impressive music listening experience. Unique design boasts bright color not only on the earbuds but throughout the cord too. Packaged with 3 cushion options, for a unique fit for everyone. Also available with vocal cord built-in, providing the capability to answer calls.


Coloud Headphones: Boom
Sturdy and stylish headphones available in color blocked and solid colors. Closed construction headphone keeps the outside noise out. Sturdy frame crafted to withstand pressures of everyday listening. Flat cable can be wrapped around the patent-pending Zound Lasso and secured firmly with the pliable angled plug for tangle free solution. 3.5mm jack and remote & mic compatible with most smartphones and MP3 players.

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 07/18/2013 11:59PM EST leave a comment with your favorite quote.

2. At some point on 07/19/2013, I’ll pick 1 random winner using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. Winner must have a US shipping address.


The winner is #151 James Marcelino.
Congrats to James and thank you to everyone who entered and the sponsors!

172 thoughts on “Back to school gadget giveaway!”

  1. “You would never talk to another person that way, so why would you talk to yourself like that?” -Opera singer Joyce DiDonato on musicians being overly negative to themselves

  2. If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

  3. “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman

  4. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible” – Arthur C. Clarke

  5. Arthur Padilla

    E. E. Cummings – “time is a tree (this life one leaf)but love is the sky and i am for youjust so long and long enough”

  6. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that has. -Margaret Mead

  7. “This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” – Arthur Dent – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  8. “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

    -Rose Kennedy

  9. All organizations are perfectly aligned to get the results they get. – Arthur W. Jones

  10. “The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills, and we are only the thread of the Pattern.” —Moiraine Damodred

  11. Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion for you must first set yourself on fire.

  12. “You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like “honor”, “code”, “loyalty”. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said “thank you”, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!”

  13. His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools — the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans — and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, “You can’t trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so let’s have a drink.”

    — We meet Dydactylos the philosopher (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)

  14. “That’s me, cause I’m committing crimes with both direction and magnitude! Oh yeah!” – Vector

  15. “Amuse yourself. Don’t think it’s childish, whatever you do.” – Ira Glass

  16. “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”
    -Popular Mechanics, 1949

  17. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for- in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant to live in it. Ellen Goodman.

  18. “Boredom comes from within yourself, not your surroundings or environment. The active mind always can find something to put itself around.” – The Dukeman

  19. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

    – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  20. “Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”
    Terry Pratchett

  21. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt So true! What other people say about you only means something if you give it meaning 🙂 I also like to tell my kids “They don’t pay your bills, so why do you care what they think or say?” 🙂

  22. Randall Willis

    “Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage among his books. For to you kingdoms and their armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned with the flick of a finger.
    (attributed to Dickson in Lucifer’s Hammer, by Pournelle and Niven)”

  23. Hunter Gonzalez

    Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, never… never forget it.
    ~ Curtis Judalet

  24. “A slacker revolves around the sun just as quickly as a productive person.”

    I love that quote. Its just fun.

  25. Spencer Newlin Bellenger

    “You’re young, have some fun; go live your life. Just remember, don’t make a hoe a housewife.” – Deez Nuts

  26. Rainer Mueller

    Paul Moore: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you’re the smartest person in the room.
    Jane Craig: No. It’s awful.
    Broadcast News (movie)

  27. It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring! – Bill Watterson ala Calvin and Hobbes

  28. Vincent: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.


  29. Matthew Schott

    “How dare you waste my time with anything less than your best effort?” Taylor Mali, teacher/poet, from “What Teachers Make?

  30. Saifullah khan

    It is not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. Mother Teresa

  31. Bill O'Connor

    Keep the river open and flowing between your eyes and your heart when seeing {Alaska’s} wilderness. Quote from Native Alaskan.

  32. Rhuhan Naeem Uzzaman

    do not pray for an easy life pray for the strength to endure a difficult one – Bruce Lee

  33. “You don’t fall in love with someone who makes you want to crap your pants!” – Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls

  34. It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care. – Peter Gibbons “Office Space”

  35. Brian: You have to be different!
    The Crowd: Yes, we are all different!
    Small lonely voice: I’m not!

  36. “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” —WILLIAM JAMES

  37. “No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy.”

    Prussian general Carl Von Clauswitz

  38. The teleport mishap in ‘The Fly’ was really just a requirements error. – “Coach” Jim Tomayko

  39. “With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  40. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  41. Abundio Cervantes

    “I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, when he said, “I drank what?”- Chis Knight, Real Genius.

  42. We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it–and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again–and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. -Mark Twain

  43. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

    Theodore Roosevelt

  44. “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

    Miles Kington

  45. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
    — Mark Twain

  46. He lifted his face once more to the unknown stars, the way a man lifts his face from the still heat of the valley to the coolness of the hills, in the early part of the long workday when the evening’s freedom is yet far off. -Gordon R Dickson

  47. Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
    — Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

  48. “Muôn sự tại nhân, thành sự tại Thiên”

    Old Vietnamese proverb … translating to:

    “Man wishes for many things, receives only what God decides”

  49. Stephen Middleton

    Since this contest is about returning to school: I never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

  50. Kevin Johnson

    “Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.”

  51. The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion. — GK Chesterton

  52. “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses” Gollum.

  53. Cole Sear: She wanted me to tell you she saw you dance. She said, when you were little, you and her had a fight, right before your dance recital. You thought she didn’t come see you dance. She did. She hid in the back so you wouldn’t see. She said you were like an angel. She said you came to the place where they buried her. Asked her a question? She said the answer is… “Every day.” What did you ask?
    Lynn Sear: Do… Do I make her proud?

    The Sixth Sense

  54. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
    Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

  55. Katie Contests

    “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    ― J.K. Rowling

  56. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Scout/Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

  57. Update: The winner is #151 James Marcelino.
    Congrats to James and thank you to everyone who entered and the sponsors!

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