Student tech: the best gadgets to help you make the most of university | Technology sector

The end of the summer is here, and with it the start of a new semester at university. The landscape of learning certainly looks brighter than it has for the last couple of years but the need to have the right gear is just as big, with many universities offering a mix of in-person and online learning.

From laptops and phones to headphones and note-taking tools, here’s a guide to some of the tech that will help make the most of the student experience at a time of stretched finances.

Laptops and tablets

Most work ends up being done with a laptop, so getting the right machine makes student life that little bit easier.

Portability and screen size are key trade-offs. The bigger the screen, the easier it is to work on, but the heavier it will be to lug between lectures. I recommend a 13in to 14in screen as a happy medium but if you are frequently going to be plugging into a monitor, a smaller machine might be preferable. Make sure the display is at least 1080p in resolution.

Look for the 11th or the latest 12th generation Intel i5 or i7 processors, at least 8GB of

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What is a 2-in1 Laptop?

A lot of products are sold as 2-in-1, aka convertible laptops these days, which can be misleading for consumers not well versed in the latest tech jargon. Keeping in touch with the newest technology available for convertible computers in 2022, the following points should help all consumers make the best choice possible.

2-in-1 Laptop: Definition

If a laptop is being marketed as a 2-in-1 or convertible laptop, it should have the following characteristics:

  • Flexibility: The keyboard attachment should either be foldable or detachable to allow for flexibility of use.
  • Convertibility: It should be useable both as a laptop and a tablet, without having to buy external accessories.
  • Lightweight: If it’s too heavy and big, then flexibility will be of little use and portability will be hampered.

Some of the best devices that define the 2-in-1 laptop are the IdeaPad Flex 5, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

If It’s a 2-in-1 Laptop, it Should be a Windows PC

Apple does not manufacture touchscreen MacBooks and the iPad Pro is not a genuine laptop. Since Windows is the only commercial desktop OS other than MacOS, it means any 2-in-1 laptop you find should be …

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