Every student needs technology. No matter what you are studying, what major you declared, what eventual career you are pursuing, you will be using some form of technology. And face it, new tech is better than old tech. New smartphones have better cameras and faster processing, new computers will start up quickly, run the latest software and show your work on an unbelievable display screen. Enter this contest and you can choose what new tech to buy before going back to school since Best Buy is giving away four $500 Best Buy gift certificates as the prizes.

Do all students really need tech?

Yes! There is no other answer. Ten years ago students could scrape by without a cell phone, or laptop, but not today. Tech is not a luxury, it is as necessary to an artist as a paintbrush. As mandatory for the chemistry student as a test tube. As indispensable for the English major as a dictionary. Take a look at the 360 degree video we are showing on Best Buy’s Facebook page (for mobile use this link) to see how tech is used by students studying a variety of different subjects. Then enter either on Facebook or enter here on the blog.


If you win you can use the gift certificate prize towards a new computer, a new printer, a new tablet, a new cellphone … or you might even want to get a few new pens (Best Buy has you covered with low tech writing utensils too!).




Here are the details: how to enter

On Facebook: In a comment on the Facebook post, guess what the 3 majors are of the students featured in the 360 degree video. You must guess all 3 correctly for your entry to be valid.

On the blog: enter a comment below this post telling us about your favourite back to school tech and why it would help make your school year a success. You must include the link to the product found on bestbuy.ca for your entry to be valid.


What you may win

We will randomly choose 4 entries from all valid entries on Facebook and on the blog. Each winner will receive a $500 Best Buy Gift Certificate.


The contest will run from August 14th until September 10th.

Remember you can only enter once, either on Facebook or on the blog (not both!). Tell your school friends too: if one of your school friends wins, that should earn you at least one early morning lecture of note taking so you can sleep in!

Good Luck!
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Martin Renaud
Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. Everybody wants one, everybody needs one, which makes this a popular “must have” item. I want a tablet but I need a laptop, I wish there was a way to get the two together, but how? Quick search on Best Buy and I have my answer: a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. Big screen with lots of power, best of both worlds:
    Just need two more things – a pocket big enough for it, and a GoFundMe to pay for it.

  2. The laptop is my favourite back to school tech. I can do my schoolwork on it AND it doubles as an entertainment hub where I can listen to music and stream movies when I need a break. Best of all, I can take it with me everywhere — perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle!

    I have my eye on this laptop right now: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/asus-asus-zenbook-ux430-14-laptop-grey-intel-core-i5-7200u-256gb-ssd-8gb-ram-windows-10-ux430ua-bs51-cb/10573747.aspx?

  3. It’d be a lot easier to do my work in a class with little computers in it on a laptop than a phone with a small screen that tends to glitch in some apps.

    I’d appreciate if i got either of these:


  4. https://m.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-aspire-e-15-6-laptop-obsidian-black-intel-core-i3-7100u-1tb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-10/10630459
    I’ve been user Acer laptop’s for years but my current one is on its dying breath. The left shift key only sporadically works as well as the top row ‘8’ and ‘9’ keys. I just can’t afford to replace it. I’m an English major and I write a lot of essays, so utilizing the on-screen keyboard really slows me down. This Acer laptop on the site is very similar to my last one. I need nothing fancy, just to be able to work without hardware difficulty would be a blessing.

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