It’s that time of year again, when thousands of wide-eyed 17- and 18-year-olds will be setting foot on college campuses for the first time. Many more students will be returning for their second, third, or fourth (or fifth or sixth or…) fall semester. Whether you’re a student yourself, parent, other relative, or friend, this guide covers many aspects of college computing. From DIY and retail desktops to laptops to peripherals to gadgets like ereaders to software, we discuss how students use technology and recommend many products, from budget offerings to more powerful gear that will hopefully make higher education more productive and enjoyable!

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