In years gone by, getting organised for the new term meant ironing shirts, packing lunchboxes, filling pencil cases and replacing calculator batteries. Not any more! With the digital age in full swing, going back to school, college or university means being equipped with the latest technology, to help you hit the ground running.

With a great range of tech available in store and online, we’ve got everything you need for going back to school, college or uni. Here are our top 10 tech essentials…

1. HP Stream Notebook £179
A stylish blue notebook that’s thin, light and compact – so it’ll easily slip into your bag or satchel. It’s great for typing up notes and is packed full of features such as Bluetooth, studio sound speakers, a webcam and a vivid WLED-backlit display. With 8 hours battery life, charge the night before and you can go a full day at college or uni without needing the charger.

2. Kodak Portable Charger 2600mAh £5
Coming in at just a fiver, this small lightweight powerbank represents great value for money. It’s perfect for when your phone’s running out of juice, so keep it in your bag or attach to your keys/laptop bag with the handy keychain and you’ll never be left without charge again!

3. Four Port USB Hub £5
For when one USB socket isn’t enough! This handy piece of tech allows you to connect and charge up to four devices at the same time, whilst giving you a speedy transfer rate. Its space-saving design makes it great for slipping into your bag.

4. Texet Bluetooth Keyboard £20
This keyboard has a sleek and stylish finish, making typing those dull essays a joy! The Bluetooth function means you won’t need any cables – you can even operate it from a distance of 10 metres… although why you’d want to, we’re not quite sure! It has an automatic power-saving mode and it’s compatible with iPad 1-4 generation, iPad Mini 1-2 generation, iPad Air and Mac OS.

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5. Trust Laptop Bag £10
This great value bag has a padded interior to keep your laptop protected from those day to day knocks and bumps. The main compartment holds a standard laptop or notebook (up to 16 inches) and the bag has extra compartments for storing your smartphone, MP3 player and power supply. The adjustable shoulder strap makes this bag perfect when rushing to lectures!

6. Texet A4 Personal Laminator £10
This personal laminator is really simple to use, so you can protect all your important documents, school and college projects in no time. It’s sturdy with a fast heat-up time and its compact design makes it easy to store. It’s great value at just £10 and our customers love it – just check out the number of 5 star reviews!

7. Integral Xpressions 16GB USB Flash Drive £7
This super stylish flash drive comes in a variety of contemporary designs, making it ideal for the fashion conscious! They’re reliable and compact, keeping all your data safe and secure.

8. Epson Expression Home XP-335 Printer £45
A fantastic printer that allows you to print wirelessly, making it great for students using tablets rather than laptops or PCs. As well as being perfect for work, there’s a handy Epson Creative Print app that lets you access your Facebook photos, printing them without even turning your computer on!

9. Neoprene Tablet Case £5-£6
Available in two different sizes, this black tablet case has a smart but simple design, helping to keep your tablet safe and secure. With a high quality fabric and soft interior lining to protect it from scratches, this robust case is great value. If it helps protect your tablet from damage, it’ll be worth every penny!

10. Texet 5 in 1 Screen and Keyboard Cleaning Kit £3.55
We’ve all been there – burning the midnight oil working on an essay for the next day, frantically typing away with plenty of snacks and coffee! It’s a style of working that’s guaranteed to leave crumbs and drips all over your PC or laptop. Although it technically doesn’t fall into the technology category, with this cleaning kit you can keep your screen, keyboard and mouse looking as good as new! It’s also great for cleaning your phone and camera.

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