Future Shop Offers Back-to-School Tips and Technology



    Get ahead with expert advice in-store and online at futureshop.ca

    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - With just weeks to go until the start of
school, Future Shop, Canada's largest retailer and e-tailer of consumer
electronics, offers tips for families and students to get ahead this school
year.
    "Over Future Shop's 25 years, technology has evolved to become an
intrinsic part to students' lives and their overall success in school," said
Moe Amirie, VP Operations. "As families are increasing their investment in
home office products and technology for their children, our Product Experts
are available to provide solutions for every families' lifestyle needs and
budget."
    Future Shop's Product Experts offer ten tips and solutions for parents
and students as they prepare to go back to school:

    1) Assess your family's current equipment and required needs

    For most families a new computer is high on their buying list for back to
school. Before investing in a laptop, PC or Mac, consider whether a new or
second computer is required, or if a current computer can be upgraded with
software and accessories including monitor. Product Experts suggest parents
and students shop together either online or in-store to find the right product
to meet everyone's needs. Families can also research products and ask
technology questions online at futureshop.ca's Community Forum - a social
network for novices to high tech innovators. A guide, also called an Avatar,
is available to assist users find answers to their questions.

    2) Invest in an external hard drive

    Families are spending more time at their computers for entertainment
including gaming, streaming podcasts, and watching DVDs, as well as
downloading music and sharing photos. An external hard drives will ensure the
safety of files incase a computer crashes or its files become corrupted. An
external hard drive can reduce the amount of files stored on the internal hard
drive to increase the efficiency of any PC or laptop. The Comstar 120GB
external hard drive provides a fast and east way to add extra capacity to a
PC, Mac or laptop by providing mass storage in a portable state.

    3) Laptops offer portability and access anytime, anywhere

    Battery life, processors and the convenience of lightweight technology,
allows students to carry their laptop from class to class, work on assignments
during their commute, surf the internet at a wireless hotspot or watch a DVD
during a study break. The HP Pavilion Intel Core Duo T2450 2.0 GHz Laptop
offers the tools for both efficient work and rich entertainment experiences
for next generation interactivity with Intel Centrino Duo processor
technology, 2GB of memory, a 15.4 in Screen, and a 12-hour cell battery.

    4) Upgrade desktop monitors

    Flat panel LCD monitors have dropped substantially in price over the last
year and offer increased clarity, brightness and sharper colour while reducing
the amount of space required in the home. Students can also use their computer
as a primary entertainment centre in their dorm or bedroom and a monitor, in
many cases, will increase the functionality and appeal of a current or older
model desktop PC. Exclusive to Future Shop, Samsung's 19" Widescreen LCD
Monitor delivers a 700:1 contrast ratio 1440 x 900 resolution and a fast
response time.

    5) Pocket size USB flash drives make carrying files easy

    Portable USB drives allow for students to easily store and move files in
a device no bigger than a pocketknife. As easy as 'click and drag', the USB
drive holds any type of file from presentations, to pictures, music and video
clips. USB drive work with virtually any device with a USB port which is
perfect for students taking assignments and project between school and home.
The Kingston 4GB DataTraveler Pocket USB Drive offers ample storage for
students and even works cross-platform from Macintosh to PC and vice versa.

    6) Tech Experts help maximize home offices and alleviate stress

    Unsure how to create a network, set up a router or upgrade a computer's
software? Future Shop has over 500 Tech Experts from coast-to-coast who will
do it for you either in-home or in-store. Services are affordable and come
with the piece of mind that your family will be ready for school while you're
enjoy the final days of summer together.

    7) All-in-one multifunctional printers are a must have

    Satisfy printing, scanning and copying needs with an all-in-one printer.
Great for creating presentations, reports or to have in the home office for
convenience, you'll get fast, high quality prints, scans and copies. An
all-in-one printer is compact and helps save space. The HP DeskJet All-In-One
Multifunction Centre is perfect for students and with purchase of a laptop, PC
or Mac is currently priced at $19.99.

    8) Accessories provide comfort and security

    Laptops offer convenience for users but are also a highly desirable
product for theft; protect your investment with tracking software and a lock.
Kensington's Micro Combination Laptop Lock is perfect for students and
professionals whether locking down a laptop at school, on a trip or in the
home. For added security, invest in a Targus iPod Eyelet which secures an iPod
to a computer. Also important for students on the go is a proper computer bag
or laptop backpack to protect their back, and shoulders. The padding of a
proper computer bag also protects the computer from damage. The Targus
Explorer Backpack with its contoured ergonomically designed straps is designed
to carry notebooks with up to 15.4" screens and has an insulated compartment
for water and food.

    9) MP3s offer the ability to listen to music, store files and record
    conversations

    There are many great options of MP3 players from popular iPods to
affordable audio players. The SanDisk 8 GB Sansa e280 MP3 player gives up to
twenty hours of playback on a single charge of the Lithium Ion user
replaceable battery, it supports all popular music formats, has an FM tuner
with 20 presets built in, also voice and on the fly FM recording.

    10) Pick up a Student Discount Card and save

    Students can save on the gear they need to succeed throughout the year
with the Student Discount Card. Available while quantities last, the card
offers an additional 10% off the lowest ticketed price including all PC games,
iPod/MP3 accessories and all home networking and computer upgrades. The
Student Discount card is valid until April 30, 2008.

    Media interviews and product images available

    To view Future Shop's 2007 Back to School Media Kit images of the above
listed products visit, www.futureshop.ca and click on Press Releases under
Company Information.
(http://www.futureshop.ca/companyinfo/content/default.asp?s_page=press&logon=&
langid=EN)

    About Future Shop:

    With 125 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store,
www.futureshop.ca, Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest, national
retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics.
    The Company is committed to kids and communities, supporting non-profit
organizations that help youth develop their skill set, discover their talents
and sustain a lasting interest in education.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an in-store or phone interview
with a Product Expert contact: Cheryl Grant, Phone: (604) 412-1008, E-mail:
chgrant@futureshop.com

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