Soften the blow of heading back to school with great tech gadgets and a hot new tablet.

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Your kids may not be thrilled at the prospect of heading back to school in just a few short weeks, but it’s a safe bet they’ll be stoked at the idea of getting some fun new gadgets and high-tech study aids.

Here are our picks for computer and tablet accessories that will soften the blow of heading back to class.

Microsoft Surface Go (starting at $399 at Designed to easily fit into a backpack, the new Surface Go is the local tech giant’s most affordable and portable version of its versatile tablet. With a touchscreen, built-in kickstand, mobile apps and desktop-level software, it’s ideal for everything from writing papers to doing research online to taking Netflix study breaks.

Kensington Serialized Combination Laptop Lock with Preset Code ($35 at Few things put a damper on study plans quite as much as a stolen laptop. This easy-to-use lock attaches to any fixed structure and comes with a preset number combination, so there’s no need to keep track of a key.

Herschel Anchor Sleeve ($30–$40 at Keep laptops and tablets safe from nicks and scratches with this padded, fleece-lined sleeve designed in Vancouver. It’s available in a variety of colors and patterns, so your student can show their personality while protecting their tech.

QVS Laptop Desk with Built-In Cushion, LED Light and Cup Holder ($20 at Lights out for the roommate? This cushioned workstation makes it easy to keep studying in bed or a common room with an adjustable LED light and roomy work surface. Cup and pen holders add to the convenience.

FiftyThree Digital Stylus Pencil for iPad and iPhone ($46 at Designed in Seattle, this chic stylus allows users to draw freely on the iPad or iPhone. Users don’t have to worry about adjusting settings — the tip is shaped to create lines of all sizes — and it has a built-in eraser for quick and easy edits.

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