Tech for education
Get set for studying.
Tech for university or college
Get set for your course, and perhaps a new home-from-home, with these study and socialising essentials.
Choosing a laptop or desktop PC
The most important bit of kit for most students is a PC. A laptop is usually suitable for general courses, and its portability makes it a popular choice for lots of students.
You may choose a desktop computer if portability isn't a priority and your course requires something with more power. Desktops are also a popular choice if you like gaming in your spare time.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing. If you're not sure we've created a handy guide to help you make the right decision for you.
Setting up your accommodation
Got your PC sorted? Great - but what else might you need? Whether you're at home or moving into new digs, these handy checklists will help you get set up:
- Desk & comfortable chair: Even if you're short on space, fitting in a desk and supportive chair will help you get in the right mindset for studying.
- Keyboard, mouse & second monitor: Working from a laptop? Those trackpads can be a little fiddly. Equipping yourself with these study-space accessories will make working much more efficient.
- Wi-Fi and networking: To avoid annoying network issues, make sure you're set up with a strong enough Wi-Fi signal. Visit our guide for more advice.
- Stationery & office storage: Start your studies with new stationery and folders to keep on top of notes.
For taking a break
- Gaming PCs or consoles: These can be a great way to bond with new flatmates, or connect with friends back home. See the latest releases here.
- Activity trackers: Picking up a new sport or heading to the gym? Accompany your work out and keep track of your fitness with these wearable bits of tech.
- Camera: Maybe you've moved to another part of the country for your course? A great way to explore the new area is to take up photography.
- Speakers: Do your music or podcast listening justice with a pair of speakers. Wireless is a good pick for house parties.
- E-reader: Unwind with a good book - an e-reader is ideal for on-the-go reading.
Handy study buddies
Tablets & 2-in-1 laptops
Tablets or 2-in-1 laptops are really handy gadgets for on the go learning. They're lightweight and small enough to use in lectures, and let you take notes and research online whilst on campus.
Keep topped up wherever you are with a portable power pack. Most have a USB port, and can be used to keep your phone, tablets, wireless headphones and other portable devices charged on the go.
Like to have music playing while you study? Drown out any other background distractions with noise cancelling headphones. We'd recommend choosing wireless if you'll be using them in the gym too.
Your Uni or college library will have printers that you can use, but having one at home can be handy too for printing out notes and hard copies of essays. Choose a slim style that won't take up too much desk space.
Tech for secondary school
Whether they're just making the jump up to secondary school, or midway through their GCSEs, these bits of tech can help keep on top of school work.
Laptop or Netbook
Having a PC at home will help with assignments and give your child access to online resources. For surfing the net and creating basic documents (stored on the cloud) a netbook is a great choice. If you want access to more software or to save things off of the cloud, you can opt for a laptop.
Tech for primary school
Technology can be used from an early age to help kids develop and support their learning.
Kids laptops & tablets
Need to log into online classes? An easy-to-use use netbook or tablet is a smart choice for kids. Or for younger tots aged 3-5, find child-friendly devices that are designed to look just like 'grown up' versions but are packed with interactive games to make learning fun.
Designed for inquisitive minds, these toys and robots will help kids get to grips with computing, programming and new technologies. Interested in STEM learning and toys designed to help kids develop skills in science, technology, engineering and maths? Visit our guide here.
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