70 per cent of Canadians have computers and computer products on their back-to-school shopping lists

    TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Small portable computers are the hottest items
for students this year, as STAPLES Business Depot launches the latest in
ultra-low-priced back-to-school tech supplies.
    Computer products are at the top of back-to-school shopping lists for
most Canadian families. In a recent survey conducted by STAPLES and Angus
Reid, 70 per cent of families are planning to buy or will consider buying a
computer, software or computer accessories before the start of the school
year. "Students need high-tech devices to help them stay ahead in school.
Technology is an essential part of education in today's world. Computers help
children learn," said Rick Atkinson, Director of Merchandising for STAPLES
Business Depot. STAPLES stores are filled with a wide variety of
state-of-the-art technology that will not break the bank. Some of the devices
that will slip into backpacks this fall are:


    -  The Acer Aspire One is ideal for elementary and high school students.
       It opens and processes Word and Excel files, has a built-in Webcam,
       three USB outlets, and weighs only 2.2 lbs.

    -  The HP TX2517CA Tablet PC features 180-degree screen rotation, touch
       and handwriting capabilities. Weighing in at only 4.5 lbs, it's the
       ultimate in portable computing.


    -  USB drives can now be coordinated with outfits-Verbatim USB drives are
       available in a choice of three colours and patterns.

    -  With so many hours spent on computers, Logitech has designed cordless
       optical mice that increase comfort and ease. They're available in four
       great colours.

    -  Keeping track of all those assignments is suddenly so much easier with
       Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 software. It allows students to
       quickly and easily create great-looking documents and keep notes
       organized, all in one place.

    Once again, STAPLES Business Depot makes it fun and easier than ever to
get students ready to go back to school. That was EASY(R)!

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest
supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business
services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an
everyday low price retailer. Staples took the highest marketing honours, being
awarded the Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputation Award in 2008. The chain
operates stores in all provinces across Canada under the banners STAPLES(R)
Business Depot(TM) and Bureau en Gros(MC) with over 13,500 employees serving
customers through more than 290 stores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R)
Business Depot(TM)/Bureau en Gros(MC) is committed to making shopping easy by
offering customers three ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. In
July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading
suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. More information
is available at www.staples.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, STAPLES Business Depot,
(905) 737-1147 x 2363/(416) 570-9978, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Rachel
Swiednicki, STAPLES Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 x 2714,

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