5 Fave Tech Items for Uni & Win an HP Sprocket Photo Printer!

If you’re off to uni this year, you’ve probably got a list of all your essentials such as bedding, towels, tin opener etc.  But have you considered the tech items you’ll be bringing to make life easier?

Here’s a list of 5 key items you should find useful for university life – and make sure you read to the bottom for a chance to win a fantastic HP Sprocket Photo Printer!

A Laptop

A portable laptop is a must have.  Consider the ideal size for you – after all you’ll have to carry it around, so you may be tempted to go for a compact model.  But remember that a larger screen will be better for any design work you are doing (and gaming) plus will have a bigger keyboard.  Do your research and think about your requirements; how many gigabytes will you need, for example, and USB ports etc?  Prices vary and a budget laptop may suffice, but if your studies involve graphics, video or photography, you may need to upgrade to a better spec with more memory.

A Portable Mobile Phone Charger

Portable phone chargerYou will certainly need a reliable portable mobile phone charger so you’re phone doesn’t give up the ghost.  These power banks are generally compact and can give you a few hours worth of juice for your phone – really indispensible.  Something like this Anker PowerCore 5000, which is a best seller and only £12.99, perhaps, but there are loads more on the market depending on your requirements.

A Printer

A compact printer for your desk will save you having to wait to use the University one – and they really don’t have to be expensive.  Expect to pay between £30 and £95 – you’ll be glad you did when those assignments start stacking up!

A Memory Stick

Memory sticks or flash pen drives are cheap as chips and an essential, but so easy to lose.  It’s always a good idea to have them on a key chain or lanyard so that you can secure it to yourself or your bag – or wherever you find handy!  This guide on ebay gives more info.

The HP Sprocket

With the HP Sprocket Photo Printer, you can print photos from your smartphone.  This compact little device is about the size of a mobile phone.  With the HP Sprocket App you can quickly print your favourite social media photos.  No ink cartridges are required and it has Bluetooth® connectivity, so you can create instantly sharable 5 x 7.6 cm (2 x 3-inch) snapshots or stickers of fun times with friends.  A great way to add some decor to your walls at Uni, too; why not create a montage of your favourites snaps.

Your chance to win a cool HP Sprocket!

HP is kindly giving away one of their fantastic HP Sprocket Photo Printers to one lucky reader.  As mentioned above, the HP Sprocket enables you to print photos from your smartphone or tablet and the prints come out on sticky-back paper, so they can be stuck straight up on the wall, or into a scrapbook.

To enter this great giveaway, simply follow the steps below and best of luck!

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  1. Tanya
    August 29, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    A George Foreman Grill

  2. Stephanie Coals
    August 29, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    A portable speaker – its brilliant to take to other peoples rooms, communal areas or outside for parties or just to relax to 🙂

  3. August 29, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    That Sprocket Photo printer looks amazing. I definitely need one of those!

  4. Kim Styles
    August 29, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    A scanner is always good and would be very useful for Uni

  5. August 29, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    They keep inventing new technology I didn’t know I needed, until now!

  6. Tracey Peach
    August 29, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    A multiple appliance charger 🙂

  7. Jodie A Green
    August 29, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    ive always thought a coffee machine, or tassimo type machine – quick cuppa!!

  8. Ashleigh Allan
    August 29, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    A laptop

  9. Solange
    August 29, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    An iPad.

  10. Anthony Harrington
    August 29, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    a spare sim card with credit on it and a power block so no excuse not to contact home!

  11. August 30, 2017 / 7:54 am

    Oh my goodness, that printer is just so cute and stylish! Great tips! xx

  12. August 30, 2017 / 8:00 am

    That HP sprocket sounds amazing. I can print all those Instagram photos I take.

  13. iain maciver
    August 31, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    a robot to help you

  14. Nigel Soper
    August 31, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Uni rooms always have good ethernet/wifi but often don’t have a brilliant 4g signal, so a mobile network repeater such as the Vodafone Suresignal could be very useful

  15. Sarah Mackay
    August 31, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    A scanner would be useful

  16. Graham Ross
    September 1, 2017 / 3:07 am

    This HP Sprocket Photo printer would help me with all my printing needs

  17. Sheena Batey
    September 1, 2017 / 11:51 am

    A hotline to the local takeaway.

  18. Ritchie
    September 1, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Smartphone.

  19. Chris Andrews
    September 1, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Can you suggest anything else tech-related or otherwise (keep it clean!) that would be useful to have at Uni?
    . . . . . a fully automated and infallible Harry Potter magic wand for those ‘l’ve forgotten to do my assignment’ scenarios

  20. Deirdre M
    September 1, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    A Dictaphone to record lectures for those days where one might be a bit too tired to keep up!

  21. Alica
    September 1, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Paracetamol and cold & flu medicine for Freshers Flu!

  22. Jessica Barber
    September 1, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Definitely a pack of biscuits and lots of tea to offer new housemates…! And a printer!

  23. Tiffeny Brown
    September 1, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I would definitely say a coffee machine – nothing like a decent cuppa to start your day right! 🙂 x

  24. Adrienne McGroder
    September 1, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    An iPad or tablet

  25. fiona waterworth
    September 1, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    an electric kettle, a must have to heat the pot noodles

  26. SOPHIE BAKER
    September 1, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Night vision goggles!

  27. john prendergast
    September 1, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    wireless headphones

  28. Ruth Harwood
    September 2, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    A spare laptop just in case!!

  29. Emma Walton
    September 2, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Having read the other replies, I think everything has been covered!

  30. Jayne Townson
    September 2, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Ear plugs so that you can sleep at night. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  31. Maria Hackett
    September 2, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    an E Reader

  32. Margaret gallagher
    September 2, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    #Alexa be able to sort out any arguments , recipes etc
    PERFECT electronic adviser

  33. hannah Wood
    September 3, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Would say a scanner .x

  34. Lindsey Smith
    September 3, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Noise cancelling headphones for when you do actually have to study and other people don’t 🙂

  35. Lisa Parker
    September 3, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    A dicta phone or voice recorder for all those times when you have not got time to write things down. Also great for note taking and for noting thoughts.

  36. Doreen Brady
    September 3, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    All those things sound good but I would say a good Dictaphone is also handy for those times when you want to be able to re-listen to a lecture.

  37. Lynda
    September 3, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    A kettle is the ultimate uni essential

  38. Tina Hewitt
    September 3, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    A multi charger

  39. Ren Taylor
    September 3, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    def a smart phone x

  40. STUART HARGREAVES
    September 3, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    AN OLD-FASHIONED ALARM CLOCK I WILL PROBABLY NEED IT

  41. Alexandra oliver
    September 3, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    A mini fridge so you can keep your things in your own fridge in your room and not be stolen!!

  42. Kat B
    September 3, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Phone credit to call home with!

  43. Emma Wright
    September 3, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    An iPad

  44. Jools Pape
    September 3, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    A coffee machine, for me a Nespresso coffee machine has been essential at university. Buying coffee out is really expensive and it has helped me save so much money from being able to make nice, non- instant coffees and cappuccinos before I head out to a lecture.

  45. Sidrah Ahmed
    September 3, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Scanner

  46. lyn burgess
    September 4, 2017 / 12:52 am

    A basic medical kit, with plenty of aspirin and paracetamol.

  47. Lori Darling
    September 4, 2017 / 6:27 am

    An ultra loud vibrating alarm clock that also turns on music and lights and delivers water and hangover cures

  48. Rachel
    September 4, 2017 / 10:34 am

    a Paper diary/organiser for when the electricity fails! #organisedlife beautiful giveaway 🙂

  49. maria blythin
    September 4, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    a spare laptop with work saved on it x

  50. jo liddement
    September 4, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    A good diary/planner to keep everything organised

  51. September 4, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Definitely a decent sized memory stick!

  52. Lorna Ledger
    September 4, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    A really good tablet, lightweight so that you can carry that around and take notes etc – it also has to be compatible with your laptop

  53. Inga Andersen
    September 4, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    A printer that fits in your bag, what a fantastic idea! Great for birthday parties 🙂

  54. Lisa King
    September 5, 2017 / 6:11 am

    External Storage so that you can back everything up as you go along

  55. Barry C
    September 5, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Mac Book Pro

  56. Stevie
    September 5, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I know it’s low tech but one of those sandwich toasters would be handy.

  57. September 5, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    A microwave!

  58. Jade Pawley
    September 5, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    External storage device! To have everything backed up on, because you never know!

  59. ElizM
    September 5, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    slow cooker and personal fridge!

  60. Lynda Graham
    September 5, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Hi tech total home surround system would be awesome

  61. Helen Tovell
    September 6, 2017 / 9:43 am

    A tablet as they are so much more transportable than a laptop

  62. Rachel Tripp
    September 6, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I think a small first aid kit is pretty essential. Not techy but so useful!

  63. Alison Johnson
    September 6, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    A portable speaker

  64. Jo Carroll
    September 6, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I think a microwave is probably very important? 😉

  65. Kimberley Ryan
    September 7, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I found a digital voice recorder is very useful for recording lectures

  66. Yolanda Davis
    September 7, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    you need a good laptop or tablet for uni

  67. Suzanne
    September 7, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    A camera and extra memory storage

  68. freya knudsen
    September 7, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    An external hard drive, the amount of times i’ve lost work as my laptop just died and it’s been a pain to recover work quickly from a broken lappy. This would be a lifesaver on top of the HP sprocket of course.

  69. Penny H
    September 7, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    What cute photos it prints – brilliant giveaway! I would suggest a mobile phone holder which holds your phone upright on your desk or bedside table.

  70. Eliza Rychlowska
    September 7, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Hard drive storage to back up work.

  71. Marc H
    September 7, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    A robot vacuum, for the extra lazy student. Got one recently, love it.

  72. MAUR M
    September 7, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    A slow cooker.

  73. Lila Taylor
    September 8, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I’d say an Amazon Echo, so useful in so many ways for reminders,diary, tips and its a bluetooth speaker!

  74. Simon Tinsley
    September 8, 2017 / 7:36 am

    a VPN to keep your data safe when using campus wifi

  75. Mia
    September 8, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I think that an ipad/tablet would be great for uni since it’s easy and lightweight to bring to class for notes etc.

  76. Michaela Campbell
    September 8, 2017 / 11:35 am

    A portable scanner would be good.pocket sized to take photos of documents. This is an awesome prize

  77. Naila
    September 8, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    A tablet can be great to take to lectures to make notes 🙂

  78. Sandra Bald
    September 9, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    A slow cooker would be useful

  79. Becky Duffy
    September 9, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Definitely a George Foreman Grilling Machine, my sister used hers so much at uni!

  80. Allan Wilson
    September 10, 2017 / 8:24 am

    A battery operated can opener for getting that tin of beans open late at night when the coordination for a manual opener just isn’t happening. 🙂

  81. Victoria Easton
    September 10, 2017 / 9:50 am

    A gradulm onset alarm clock – need all the help we can get!

  82. Samantha R
    September 10, 2017 / 11:17 am

    A wifi dongle so you can work wherever you want 🙂

  83. Robert Price
    September 10, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    A microwave

  84. Maya Russell
    September 10, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I think a light, not too expensive laptop would be really useful to do your work on.

  85. Ashley Phillips
    September 10, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    A quadrapan. Saves on washing up

  86. MARK HOPKINS
    September 10, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    A WiFi dongle so that you can connect anywhere whilst studying.

  87. caroline kelly
    September 11, 2017 / 10:52 am

    a wifi extended, signals can be patchy

  88. Kelly Hirst
    September 11, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    An alarm clock as a more reliable way of waking you up rather than a phone alarm

  89. Martina Alban
    September 12, 2017 / 5:08 am

    laminator – keeps the important stuff crinkle free

  90. lorraine kirk
    September 12, 2017 / 10:03 am

    A small CCTV camera installed so you can identify the person that keeps stealing all your lovely food from the fridge.

  91. Victoria Prince
    September 12, 2017 / 10:24 am

    I think a slow cooker would be useful – chuck a load of stuff in, leave it be whilst you attend lectures and go about your studies and then come home to a lovely meal you just need to dish up!

  92. Susan B
    September 12, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    A separate alarm clock for the days tech lets you down.

  93. James Travis
    September 13, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    A microwave

  94. Stewart Biddle
    September 13, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    A multi charger to power up all your tech once there dead

  95. Allan Fullarton
    September 13, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    That Sprocket Photo printer looks amazing, thanks.

  96. Maxine G
    September 13, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    a corkscrew got me through my degree!

  97. Helen Gilbert
    September 13, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    iPod……when it get’s too much and you need to relax with your fave tunes

  98. sima halimi
    September 13, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    electric blanket

  99. Lindsey Martin
    September 13, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    You sound also need A radio to keep you company when completing assignments in the middle of the night!

  100. Rich Tyler
    September 14, 2017 / 12:24 am

    A powerbank so you can charge your phone on the move!

  101. Chris Fletcher
    September 14, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    A dictaphone to text for those lectures when you are really hungover! WISH I HAD ONE OF THOSE!

  102. Kim Lam
    September 15, 2017 / 6:33 am

    A shatterproof screen for mobile phones

  103. jen jackson
    September 15, 2017 / 10:33 am

    A portable speaker

  104. carol boffey
    September 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    a laptop

  105. Jenny Rogers
    September 15, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    A good pair of headphones.

  106. Nancy Bradford
    September 15, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    A multi-function pressure cooker would be an awesome thing to have at uni.

  107. Rebecca Powell
    September 15, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    An ipad

  108. CAROL PATRICK
    September 15, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    A devise that can delete a text that’s been sent in haste without thinking

  109. alice lightning
    September 15, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    a prodder alarm that pokes you to wake you in the morning just in case you cant hear the alarm after a good night out

  110. Jessica Hutton
    September 15, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    A printer so you don’t have to pay the library fees! Xx

  111. Ellen Stafford
    September 15, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    An alarm clock 😉

  112. Teresa sheldon
    September 15, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    An alarm clock, decent hairdryer and an electrictoothbrush

  113. JULIE WARD
    September 15, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    A free can machine (beer) mum would be there every weekend

  114. ABIGAIL HAMILTON
    September 15, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    A Mug warmer or food warmer that charges through a USB port on laptop. After all much coffee is needed for long hours studying .

  115. Tracey Hallmark
    September 15, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    A dictaphone to record lectures

  116. Sheila Reeves
    September 16, 2017 / 6:02 am

    A back-up drive, have had experience of important stuff disappearing 🙁

  117. Tracey belcher
    September 16, 2017 / 6:07 am

    dictaphone is something I would never of coped without

  118. Lauren Old
    September 16, 2017 / 7:22 am

    An iPad so you can study on the go

  119. LORNA WIL
    September 16, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Lots of tim beans & tin food

  120. EJ Dunn
    September 16, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    A scanner was a life-saver when I was at uni. When it came to essay deadlines, you had very limited time with books from the library.

  121. jenny reynolds
    September 16, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    loads of cans of beans and a tin opener oh and a spoon lol

  122. sharon martin
    September 16, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    batteries

  123. September 16, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Definitely an Alarm Clock! A loud one at that… Late for everything! x

  124. Natalie Crossan
    September 16, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    An electric blanket – really helps especially if you’re flat sharing and your flatmates don’t want the heating on

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