Best student tech
Tech rules every aspect of our lives, and you’re going to need a lot of it to get you through college and University. At the very least you’ll need a laptop, printer and charger. But it’s always fun to have one or two extras such as headphones, a TV for your own room, speakers, smart-home gadgets, a power-bank… we could go on!
We’re also aware that you’ll probably be on a really tight budget – after all, you’ve probably ring-fenced your drinking budget already and you might not have much left for anything else!
Here’s a quick guide to some of the best student tech products – for the best prices that you need to consider.
If you’re going to Uni, try and steer clear of buying ‘print credit’ – it’s costly, you have to pay upfront, and then most students have credit left at the end for which there are no refunds. It’s pointless. We also know from experience that there can be long queues at the printers, which is not great when you have urgent deadlines.
You’ll be much better off buying your own printer. You can get excellent, cheap printers which are wireless (most of the new printers are wireless), and you can print from your mobile or laptop. Get one that can also scan and photocopy as it will always come in useful when you need an important page from a book.
Of course, you’ll need to buy ink cartridges – but these are much better value than in the past. Go for a printer which uses INDIVIDUAL ink cartridges, and always buy the XL cartridges, as you get lots more ink for not much more money. The HP Envy 5010 All-in-One is versatile and very popular with students. See our whole range.
TOP TIP: If you’re at Uni and sharing a house, or whatever, either share a printer and split the costs between you – or buy one yourself and charge your buddies ‘X’ amount per page. You’ll save money straight away and have total convenience.
The first thing you need to think about is the size of your room. It’s no good getting a huge TV and then when it’s in your room you’re so close to it you’re going to get retina damage! Student rooms tend to be small, and you’ll be limited to space.
There are some great, cheap TVs around. Celcus do a cool 43” Full HD Smart TV at a great price. And Cello do a fabulous 40” Full HD LED TV at a price which hopefully won’t break the bank. Check out our full range. Also check out our monitors if you’re a gamer!
TOP TIP: Always go for a Full HD TV, NOT an ‘HD ready’ TV. ‘HD ready’ TVs are NOT HD, so don’t expect a razor-sharp picture.
There are lots of good value laptops around which have decent memory to enable you to work smoothly and effectively.
What’s your price range? You can pay anything from £100 upwards for one. Choose your budget and then do your research. A 13” or smaller size laptop is ideal for carrying around without much hassle, and to keep it light – get one that weighs no more than approximately 1.8kg.
Screen resolution; Don’t go for anything less than 1366 x 768 (HD). Full HD is 1920 x 1080. If you’re into movies and streaming, you need a high-resolution screen.
RAM: Basically, your computer’s short-term memory – storing and accessing your data for you asap. Go for a minimum of 4GB of RAM, while 8GB if you plan on doing more with your computer.
SSD (Solid state drive); Getting a laptop with SSD is ideal as it retrieves information much faster. SSD does tend to be in the more expensive models but keep your eye out for it in the cheaper models.
CPU: This is the raw power of the computer which processes info and instructions. Laptops which use 1.0GHs or less will only be able to do basic tasks, whereas high-end models will have around three times as much.
Battery life: Try and get a laptop that at least 6 hours of battery life, so give you power through a full day at college or Uni.
A couple of other things to think about; Amazingly, some laptops don’t have USB ports. Check that your potential laptop has them, and USB 3.0 is even better. This is the latest upgrade and is ten times faster than USB 2.0.
HDMI ports allow you to plug your laptop into a separate screen or TV so you can watch streamed shows. You can also buy HDMI adapters for a few pounds.
Check out the Trekstor Surfbook, or the extremely popular Lenovo Ideapad.
TOP TIP: Students can watch iPlayer on their laptops (or any mobile device) wherever they are and don’t have to have a TV licence. As long as your parents have a valid TV licence, their home is registered as your primary address, and you don’t have your laptop plugged in while watching on-demand shows. Find out more.
With your various devices and gadgets, you’d be wise to get yourself a power bank to keep your items fully charged and ready for action. Check out our range of chargers. Can you imagine a life without power in your devices? it doesn’t bear thinking about!
There you have it, a quick guide on the best student tech, and how to decide which bargain to go for. If you’re looking for other items such as keyboards, mice, earphones or TV stands and mounts, we have lots to choose from at Ebuyer. Happy hunting!