From the crucial role of selfie sticks when we’re roaming the town to swanky smartphones for recording lectures with a hangover, it seems us students can’t get enough of the latest tech. And as Ariel from The Little Mermaid once professed, we’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty! So if you’re keen to acclimatise yourself with the newest additions to the digital world – we’re here to help. We’ve curated a list of the crème de la crème of student gadgets from 2018, including devices to help with essay writing and research as well as post-exam parties in the park.
Sipu Power Bank 24000mAh Portable Charger
There’s nothing worse than waking up and realising that despite being plugged in the night before, your phone is out of battery. If you’re in a rush, keen to get to your 9am lecture on time, and need your phone to soak up some juice to keep you going throughout the day, then the Sipu Power Bank Portable Charger is bound to be your hero. With three charging ports for both iOS and Android devices, this dainty digital is an expert in quick, high power charging, ideal for busy days. Plus its compact size and LED flashlights make it easy to find and carry from place to place.
Casio FX-CG20 Advanced Graphic Calculator
Though you may be asking yourself, ‘why the heck would I spend that much on a calculator?’ once you’ve heard what this bad boy can do, you’ll be whipping out your bank card in no time. If you’re a science or maths student, this Casio Advanced Graphic Calculator is here to satisfy all of your graph and number based needs. With a character display with over 65,000 colours, innovative picture plot function enabling analysis of images and video, extensive range of functions including Dynamic Graphs, Geometry, Spreadsheet and e-Activity, massive storage and a three-year guarantee, this is the calculator of your dreams. Worth the investment, it can see you through uni and beyond.
Canon Pixma Colour Ink All-in-One Printer
Don’t fancy battling the torrential rain to get to the library printer? Always find that when you do make it there before your essay deadline, there’s a massive queue? Solve all of your printing problems with the Canon Pixma Colour Ink All-in-One Printer, since not only will it save you time printing essays, but it boasts heaps of options that your boring library printer won’t have, like printing from a smartphone, tablet and camera, printing from wi-fi, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display and ability to print, copy and scan.
Salter EK2408 Coffee Maker to Go Personal Filter Coffee Machine
Coffee addicts, rejoice! Instead of clamouring through the queue to get a sub-par cappuccino from the uni café, why not rustle up your own cuppa with the Salter Coffee Maker to Go. At this sweet price, it’ll save you cash on expensive coffees as well as time, taking only three to four minutes to pour out a delicious brew.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker
Named by WIRED as the best Bluetooth speaker of 2018, the UE BOOM 2 Speaker is the perfect portable speaker for BBQ’s in the park, or parties in halls. With clear, crisp sound quality and 360 degree surround sound as well as as being able to pair with eight Bluetooth devices at the same time, it’s guaranteed to see you through your best memories (drunken Beyoncé dancing included).
ACER CB3-431 14″ Chromebook – Silver
You’re not gonna get a better laptop for under £300 than this ACER Chromebook. This stylish lightweight laptop has a full HD display that minimises glare and background light and a 12 hour battery life, ideal for transporting from lecture to lecture. Plus if you’re strapped for cash, you can pay it off at only £14.96 per month – bargain.