Start the School Year with the Right Gear

It’s been a few years since those of us at InsideQ have had to stress about homework, exams, and finding the perfect first-day-of-school ensemble, but that doesn’t mean we don’t remember that dreaded feeling of August slipping away. School will be back in session before we know it, and the last thing you need to worry about is an outdated computer failing the night before a big project’s due.


With a little help from QVC Nerds John and Sarah, you’ll have the right computer for your student before that first bell rings.

High School & Younger

If your brood of tweens and teens won’t stop complaining about the family computer, consider replacing it with a traditional desktop. Desktops typically require you to buy a display separately, but come at a lower cost of entry, and often with more power to boot.

Nerd Tip

Whether studying, between classes, or on the bus, listening to the jams helps pass the time. Wireless earbuds and over-ear noise-canceling headphones will keep you and everyone else happy.


Your baby bird is leaving the nest, and they’re going to need something reliable and lightweight to tote to class—and back home when they need some laundry done! A sleek laptop will do the trick; just make sure it meets the minimum requirements for any programs your student needs.  

Nerd Tip

If portability and versatility are more important than raw power, consider a 2-in-1 device. These innovative machines use multiple viewing angles, and many have detachable keyboards that allow the screen to be used as a standalone tablet.


School’s out, permanently, and it’s time to enter the real world. Treat yourself or your newly crowned college grad to a beefier machine that will get them through their early twenties with ease. Gaming computers make great graduation presents, and are usually loaded with enough power to make them fairly future-proof. And if it can handle graphically intensive games at high settings, you know the day-to-day stuff, like checking out job sites and sending out resumes, won’t be an issue.

Nerd Tip

Gaming systems are a great way to bring people together and meet new friends. Many come with a plethora of new and classic games to challenge your neighbors. 

No matter what level of education you’re starting, or finishing, it’s always important to keep a balance between your work life and your social life. This collection of tech items will surely assist in those categories, but success is ultimately up to you. Your future is what you make it. Good luck!