The ultimate university tech checklist
Not only will you need a good laptop to take to lectures, you’ll need bedroom, kitchen and living room essentials to last you the next three years.
You’ll be depending on this tech to keep you well-fed, entertained and up-to-date with your coursework, so it pays to invest in quality bits of gear early on.
If you’re headed to university this summer, our handy checklist will help make sure you’ve got everything you need to take with you.
Your second-in-command. Your weapon of choice. The font of all your knowledge.
Your uni laptop will be with you through thick and thin, so don’t skimp – invest in something that’s robust enough to travel in your backpack, and powerful enough to last all day (and night, of course).
We suggest the HP Envy 13. With 8gb of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor – plus a gorilla glass touchscreen for extra durability.
One way or another, you’re going to find yourself hosting a flat party at some point in your uni life. And when the time comes, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a decent speaker to get the party buzzing.
Choose something with Bluetooth connectivity so that any guest can play their favourite song. Choose something with a long battery life so it can last all night long and with awesome bass and great acoustic range to raise the roof.
Ahh, coffee. The elixir of students.
Save yourself the grief of spending a small fortune grabbing yourself a frothy mocha on your way into campus every morning. Instead, get a good coffee machine and make your own at home.
It may seem like a luxury. But when it’s midnight and you’ve got a deadline in the morning, you’ll be glad you invested in one of these.
Our recommendation? Go for the Krups Dolce Gusto Oblo. Not only does it work with pods, making it easy to use and simple to clean, it works anywhere – and it looks pretty sleek, too.
The ultimate student accessory, you’ll be glad you took a smart assistant to university.
After a long day of lectures and with multiple deadlines looming, the last thing you want is to have to tackle all the legwork yourself. That’s when a voice assistant comes in handy.
We love the Google Home Mini. Just say “Hey Google, play my favourite playlist” – and just like that, you’ve got music to chill out to.
Or when the pressure’s on and you’re stuck for ideas for your essay, why not ask “Okay Google, which Roman general defeated Hannibal and conquered Carthage?” It was Scipio Africanus – we know because Google told us!
Let’s not kid ourselves, it might be pretty hard to maintain a healthy, balanced diet at uni (shocker). All those late-night pizzas and student nights at the pub are going to take their toll eventually.
But if you invest in a fitness tracker, you’ll have nothing to worry about. It’ll show you exactly how many calories you need to burn to stay in shape, and track your activity – including the sports you’ll force yourself to get up early for.
The Fitbit Inspire HR is top-of-the-range. It measures your heart rate, tracks your exercise and even connects with your smartphone to help you visualise the data.
Over your three years at uni, you’re going to have some incredible experiences and meet some awesome people.
What better way to preserve those memories than with an instant camera?
Sure, you could take photos on your phone. But can you stick those photos to the wall of your bedroom? Not without great difficulty. That’s why – if you’re as sentimental as we are – you ought to invest in a good Polaroid camera.
And what better device than the cool and quirky Polaroid Snap? It prints colourful pictures right before your eyes, and it’s compact enough to fit in your pocket.
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