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Back to school buying advice

All you need to know about buying Laptops, Printers, Software etc for university.

Right…You've got your A-Level results. Congratulations on getting a place at the university you wanted (or commiserations on having to to settle for your second choice university).

Either way, you're going to have a blast at uni, but first it's time to get your technology in order…your dad isn't going to let you take his laptop and printer (and toner) to halls.

So if you want to know what is the best Student Laptop/Printer/Software package, don't go anywhere. PC Advisor is here to guide you each techie-step of the way. You'll be set you up for the next three (budget filled) years of your life in no time.

Laptops.

Student LaptopUnless you're doing a picture or video editing based degree you aren't going to need a laptop that does more than surf the web, word process and play DVDs reasonably well. So bearing that in mind, there are some real bargains to be had out there.

See our Group Test: What's the best budget laptop? feature for some sound advice.

And for more laptop buying advice see here.


Printers.

Student PrinterYou really should give the printer you're going to buy a good deal of thought. Unlike your laptop, the printer is going to keep costing you money with paper and ink prices. And when it comes to doing your dissertation you'll be kicking yourself if you bought cheap printer with expensive cartridge prices. Luckily we've done the hard work for you here too.

Go to our Group test: what's the best budget printer? page for some expert guidance.

And for more printer buying advice see here.


Budget Smartphones

Student smartphoneIf you're going to University in a new city, it's a good idea to get yourself a solid smartphone. There will come a time when you're supposed to be meeting your mates in a pub you've never heard of and you wish you had google maps on your phone. Or you're having a row in the student union about the lyrics of a Smiths song and you need the internet on your phone to prove that it the line is in fact 'a punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate'. We've got a charming little feature to help you on your way.

Group test: What's the best pay as you go smartphone for under £250?

And for more smartphone buying advice see here. 


Money saving apps

Student money saving appsNow you've got your smartphone you're going to need some apps. And where better to start than with some money saving apps? Take a look a our Top 5 Money saving apps feature and you'll be saving money on everything from petrol prices to text messaging. All part of the PC Advisor service.

Group test: Best Android money saving apps

Group test: Best iPhone money saving apps 

We also recommend downloading the Amazon Student iPhone app. It makes buying and selling textbooks a doddle.


Best e-books

Student e-booksThere's no two ways about it, if you read a lot of books then buying an e-book is going to save you money in the long run and ebooks are just going to get cheaper and cheaper over the next three years. They also save you a lot of hassle - you can buy a book at the click of a button, no more need to getting a bus to the nearest Waterstones or waiting for a week for Amazon to send it out to you. There are even book rental services out there now too. So if you're ready to take your reading into the 21st century, here's what we recommend you go for.

See our Group Test: What's the best e-book reader


Software

Student SoftwareSoftware can be expensive. Fact. Luckily Microsoft offer a great deal, where you can get a Student office suit that gives you Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, Publisher and Access for £49. Which is great considering that a standalone version of Word 2010 costs £119 on the Microsoft website. Any way, you're might need additionial course-related software. Make sure you have thorough read thtough our guide to buying software if you're not 100% sure about what you're doing.

Read our Software buyers guide before you do something you'll regret.

 

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