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.)

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com and Matt Peckham at matt.peckham@time.com.

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