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The start of the school year means fresh new school supplies — but that doesn’t have to mean pencils and paper. This fall’s portable tech roster from Verizon is curated for the active, the outdoorsy, and the adventurous, but also for the people who just want to head back to school with some new gear. From headphones and speakers that augment your time outside to the latest VR accessories that make you feel like you’re still on vacation, you’ll be tempted to splurge even if you’re not hitting the books come September.


You don’t have to sacrifice acoustics or sound quality for mobility. When you’re grooving and on the go, the UE BOOM 2 is a versatile speaker for wherever you are. The deep, full bass suits everything from a dance party playlist to a relaxing soundtrack. Plus the speaker’s durability and flexibility — it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to one meter and has up to 100-foot wireless range for music and calls — makes it your go-to speaker whether you’re soaking up a few last warm rays by the water or just cleaning the bathroom.

Now: $129.99 / Retail: $199.99 (Through 8/5)

JBL Clip 2 Portable Bluetooth® Speaker

For the really rugged among you, the JBL Clip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the necessary purchase before you head outdoors. The IPX7 waterproof design means you don’t have to stress if you drop this in water. The built-in metal carabiner, with the sort of kitsch vibe of an old-school canteen, makes it easy to take the speaker anywhere and wirelessly stream high-quality audio from your smartphone or tablet.

Now: $49.99 / Retail: $59.99 (Through 8/31)

LG TONE PRO Bluetooth® Stereo Headset

Go wire-free with the LG TONE PRO Bluetooth Stereo Headset: These wireless in-ear headphones provide superior sound quality thanks to Verizon’s Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology,™ which enhances bass and middle-range tones and optimizes sound. Meanwhile, the earpieces sit comfortably in the ear while reducing noise and echo, and it’s easy to make calls, even in noisy surroundings, with the dual MEMS microphones.

Now: $59.99 / Retail: $69.99 (Through 8/31)

BeatsX Earphones

BeatsX Earphones is known for its wearable, sports-friendly design, thanks to the Flex-Form cable — no extra plastic or other materials getting in your way — and easy-to-use RemoteTalk™ to control volume, skip tracks, and make calls. That, plus magnetic earbuds, keep the headphones tangle-free for when you’re not using them.

Now: $99.99 / Retail: $149.99 (Through 8/5)

Fitbit Charge™ 2

Want an upgrade to your wearable? The Fitbit Charge™ 2 has all the features you love in your OG Fitbit and more. Make use of PurePulse™ — continuous heart rate monitoring — and auto-exercise recognition while you’re working out. The Fitbit Charge™ 2 tracks your activity and records it in the app for real-time feedback; it’s also designed to support interval training by pulsing to tell you when to start and stop. At the end of an active day, you can use its guided breathing sessions to unwind before tracking your sleep patterns overnight.

Retail: $149.99

Google Daydream VR

Google Daydream VR is making virtual reality more user-friendly than ever. You can use it with the Pixel Phone by Google (or any other phone compatible with Daydream), and VR mode launches automatically when the phone is placed in the headset. Using front-facing edge-detecting cameras, the headset expertly tracks your motion for realistic immersion. The Daydream app’s collection of games is growing: Experience The New York Times’s VR stories to “Eclipse: Edge of Light,” a game that begins with your crash on a sentient planet.

Now: $59.99 / Retail: $79.99 (Through 8/5)

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