Best tech for students
The summer holidays are over but, as thousands of students have received their GCSE and A Level results, many are starting to think about the next term.
Whether they’re off to start university or moving to college or sixth form, they’re going to need some tech to help them with all that studying (and keep them entertained).
But where to start? Here’s a roundup of all the best tech that will help your kids as they set off on their next adventure…
One of the most fundamental pieces of tech your teenager will need is their own laptop. If they’re off to do a graphics or photography degree, they’re going to need a device that can keep up with the demand, like the Microsoft Surface Book.
However, the majority of other courses won’t require such a specialist laptop. The HP Spectre x360 packs a lot into its 13-in display. Its 2-in-1 design makes it easy to transport between lectures and its impressive battery life means they won’t need to run to find a plug halfway through the class.
External hard drive
You never think about backups until it’s too late and you get a frantic phone call saying their computer has crashed in the middle of their end-of-year assignment. So, an external hard drive is a must – and remember to keep nagging them to back up, no matter how annoying they find it.
For a great all-rounder, opt for the Western Digital Elements 2TB Hard Drive. As the name suggests, it boasts an impressive 2TB of storage space, which should be more than enough to help them throughout the entirety of their course. Its USB 3.0 connection allows for ultra-fast data transfer, and can be used for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It can even be reformatted to be used for Macs.
Noise cancelling headphones
There is nothing worse than trying to cram in a study session, then being distracted by housemates or that one person who decides to break the rules and eat (extremely noisily) in the library. Noise cancelling headphones are a life-saver to help students drown out the noise and focus on their work.
Whether to go for wireless or not is all down to personal preference. Philips’ Fidelio NC1 headphones aren’t wireless but they are comfortable, have a rechargeable battery that can last up to 30 hours, and provide listeners with a balanced sound. Perfect to help them focus on their work (and definitely not watch YouTube videos in the library).
While not a necessity, a printer is a luxury that students will truly appreciate when the whole university and their dog turn up to use the library printers for their assignments at the end of the year.
But you don’t need to break the bank when it comes to equipping them with a printer. The HP OfficeJet 4658 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer is a compact printer that comes with colour print, copy, scan, and fax (although we can’t imagine students will be making use of the fax function).
Its built-in Wi-Fi lets users print easily from their computer, laptop or tablet, while the Apple AirPrint and HP ePrint apps allow printing directly from their smartphone.