Photo Illustration by Josh Raab for TIME

Farewell to summer hijinks, hello backpacks, smart pens, tablets and dorm life feng shui. Yes, the days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun assembling a back-to-school arsenal of stylish gadgets.

Here’s TIME’s list of recommended e-readers, cameras, photo printers, handheld game systems and more to make any academic year complete. All prices listed are MSRP. (And don’t miss our picks for the best back-to-school laptops and tablets.)

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