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 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
You 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 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!#tidylife