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.

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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.

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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!

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  • Ken Pietrzyk July 17, 2013, 8:29 am

    Am I to old to go back to school?

  • Bob July 17, 2013, 8:30 am

    Losers wait! — Wez, The Road Warrior

  • john July 17, 2013, 8:40 am

    u can lead a horse 2 water,but u can’t make him mow ur lawn!

  • Yochanan Israel July 17, 2013, 8:51 am

    “The possibilities are endless.”

  • Lynn Lopez July 17, 2013, 8:58 am

    Make it so. — Jean Luc Picard

  • ryan Waldon July 17, 2013, 9:36 am

    “All bleeding eventually stops…”

    –The First Rule of Emergency Medicine

  • Mark Hauersperger July 17, 2013, 9:38 am

    You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth.

  • Don Unser July 17, 2013, 9:45 am

    Tact is the device behind which a coward hides the truth.

  • Joseph July 17, 2013, 9:52 am

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

    Miles Kington

  • Larry Geisz July 17, 2013, 10:02 am

    I would be a great procrastinator if I didn’t keep putting it off.

    L. Geisz…

  • Steve July 17, 2013, 10:04 am

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

  • Michael Regina July 17, 2013, 10:16 am

    “There are 5 things in the world I hate; Lists & Math”

  • jimlat July 17, 2013, 10:27 am

    Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently capable fool.

  • Dan July 17, 2013, 10:37 am

    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

  • Dawn S. July 17, 2013, 10:40 am

    For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ~Author Unknown

  • Jason A. July 17, 2013, 10:58 am

    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

  • Jerry Kromer July 17, 2013, 11:20 am

    “If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill

  • Alba July 17, 2013, 11:59 am

    In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
    Robert Frost

  • Roger July 17, 2013, 12:49 pm

    easy come/ easy go

  • aphoid July 17, 2013, 1:42 pm

    “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” -Greg LeMond

  • vn33 July 17, 2013, 2:22 pm

    “Muôn sự tại nhân, thành sự tại Thiên”

    Old Vietnamese proverb … translating to:

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

  • John Meshelany Jr. July 17, 2013, 2:42 pm

    “I reject your reality, and substitute my own!”

    -Adam Savage

  • Dave July 17, 2013, 2:48 pm

    You’re going to need a bigger boat.

  • Cassie Kaufman July 17, 2013, 2:58 pm

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
    by Lao-tzu

  • Stephen Middleton July 17, 2013, 3:49 pm

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

  • John July 17, 2013, 4:05 pm

    “Choices have consequences.” John Craft

  • Kevin Johnson July 17, 2013, 4:05 pm

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

  • Sufyan July 17, 2013, 5:01 pm

    This too shall pass.

  • Chris Deckrow July 17, 2013, 5:14 pm

    “Vell, Zaphod’s just zis guy, you know?”
    -Gag Halfrunt

  • Karen Sheffield July 17, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Wanna wanna, no gotta…Gotta gotta, no wanna. – Belizian saying

  • James Marcelino July 17, 2013, 5:41 pm

    “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

  • Fred July 17, 2013, 6:05 pm

    Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

  • AAM July 17, 2013, 7:33 pm

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

  • DaveP July 17, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.

    Benjamin Franklin

  • Felipe July 17, 2013, 10:42 pm

    “Mihi cura futuri”

    loosely translates to: “The care of the future is mine”

  • Jim Hickcox July 17, 2013, 10:57 pm

    “This kind of situation does not call for freaking out.” -Grover

  • Shawn McPheron July 18, 2013, 1:12 am

    Opportunities multiply as they are seized. -Sun Tzu

  • Alan July 18, 2013, 1:21 am

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

  • Lee July 18, 2013, 2:53 am

    Some days you eat the bear; some days the bear eats you

  • Kevin Chandler July 18, 2013, 9:53 am

    A busy life makes prayer harder,
    but prayer makes a busy life easier.

  • Justin July 18, 2013, 10:15 am

    “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

  • Elias July 18, 2013, 12:22 pm

    “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur

  • jeff goodstein July 18, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Klaatu Barada Nikto!

  • Sandee Cohen July 18, 2013, 3:39 pm

    “Honey, I forgot to duck.” –Ronald Reagan.

  • Nas July 18, 2013, 4:01 pm

    “…can’t we all just get along.”

  • eClipse July 18, 2013, 4:32 pm

    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

  • Don Galleto July 18, 2013, 5:10 pm

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

  • Phreqd July 18, 2013, 8:35 pm

    “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy”

  • Katie Contests July 18, 2013, 8:46 pm

    “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

  • Beth D. July 18, 2013, 8:49 pm

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

  • JC July 18, 2013, 9:16 pm

    “It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

  • Julie July 19, 2013, 10:05 am

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

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