that students and teachers don't need to spend a whole lot on the operating system or Microsoft's suite of programs, and they're more compatible with Macs than ever. Windows 8 Pro is only $69.99, and a four-year subscription to Office 365 is just $79.99.
Cheat Sheet: There's no getting around not using Windows or Office at least once, but at least there's a way to get around paying full price.
Students and teachers pay $69.99 for Windows 8.1 and $79.99 for Office 365's four-year subscription, which is almost enough time to cover your secret five-year college plan.
Price: $24 for 100GB from Google
Word processing is more advanced in Word, but when it comes to storing files, Google Drive outdoes Microsoft's newer SkyDrive service as one of the best cloud storage options.
Drive comes with 15GB of free storage, which compares to Dropbox's 16GB. In Google's case, though, you don't have to pester all of your friends to sign up to earn the space. You may have two thumbs, but you don't want to become "that guy" on campus.
In addition to automatically syncing your Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations, Google allows for other individual files as large as 10GB each - five times as large as that of OneDrive.
So while OneDrive has document collaboration similar to Google's sharing options, the only reason to buy into Microsoft's plan is if you have a Windows Phone 8.1 device.
Moto 360 smartwatch
Price: Likely $250 at Best Buy soon
Okay, the Moto 360 isn't out just yet, but the Motorola smartwatch is destined to launch on September 4 with an official US release date soon after.
How does it qualify as a great Back to School gadget? Your teacher is wise to you rudely checking your cell phone during class. Instead, see glanceable notifications like texts with the flick of your wrist.
TechRadar will be attending Motorola's September 4 event in Chicago, so stay tuned for our Moto 360 review and an updated Android Wear review.
LogMeIn Pro Subscrption
Price: $59.95 a year at LogMeIn
Just because mom and dad are stranding you at school doesn't mean you should strand them when it comes to their all-too-frequent technology questions.
After all, you'll likely to be pestered with tech support phone calls - and if you don't answer, a growing list of voicemails. You can answer their questions, but they can't visualize and execute those answers.
That's why I can't emphasize enough a cloud-based remote connectivity service like LogMeIn Pro. Just get in there yourself and magically fix their problems and clear their viruses.
There's been no better tool for students moving away from home, but still acting as a tech support lifeline for mom and dad. This comes from experience.
Cheat Sheet: Set this up on your parent's computer before leaving for school so that you don't have to walk them through it over the phone. That's exactly what you're trying to avoid.