Back to school

Whether starting secondary school, going to college or leaving for university in September, no doubt pupils and students already have a long list of everything they need. Ten Four Communications has put together a few additional suggestions – from an alarm clock to get them to lectures on time and multifunctional colour changing lamp for their desk to a reusable notebook/planner to keep them organised – that they may want to consider. 

Groov-e Soundbar 20 

Price: £29.99 

Available from: www.groov-e.co.uk from September 2022.  

 

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This new wireless soundbar from Groov-e is a must have for any student heading to university this year. Providing impressive sound quality, simply connect via Bluetooth to a compatible device to listen to music, watch movies or make hands free calls. Colour changing LED lights make it the perfect addition to any party plus it is lightweight and portable so can be taken anywhere – another room, garden party or even home for the weekend. An integrated stand pops out to hold your smartphone or tablet making it perfect for those who want to binge Netflix series when not studying. Featuring a rechargeable battery it offers 10+ hours of playback on a single charge.  

Price: £34.99 

Available from: www.groov-e.co.uk and Smyths Toys  

 

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The Groov-e Astra is a multi-functional, colour changing lamp which features a wireless charging pad and Bluetooth speaker. It is perfect for a student’s desk, getting rid of messy cables and allowing them to charge a mobile phone while working, studying, reading or sleeping. 

Whether users need extra light at their desk to revise for exams, or on their nightstand so they can read before bed, the Astra features 9 LED light modes to ensure they have the right level of brightness. Also, perfect for mood lighting, users can change the colour of the light it emits at the touch of a button. 

Astra’s flexible arm means users can adjust the light to their preferred angle, ensuring they don’t strain their eyes and can work or read more comfortably. Additionally, Astra has an integrated 3W wireless speaker.  Users simply connect a device via Bluetooth from up to 10m away to listen to their favourite tunes.   

 

Price: £49.99 

Available from: TwelveSouth.com or Amazon.com 

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The Twelve South ParcSlope is a one-piece metal stand that raises a laptop screen to an optimum viewing position while keeping the keyboard angled and low to the desk for comfortable typing. Whilst the ParcSlope is a great addition to any desk setup, it is also small and light enough that it can be moved around the home in the event students want to study from their kitchen island or dining room table. With ParcSlope, users will enjoy better ergonomics that help to relieve shoulder and wrist pain, a video call friendly viewing angle and an open wedge design that allows for increased airflow and a cooler, quieter laptop.

For iPad users, ParcSlope angles the device to a wrist-friendly 18-degree angle that’s perfect for sketching, creative work, note taking or performing music. The matte black easel stand is sturdy and holds every iPad (except iPad mini) in a landscape or portrait mode. ParcSlope even allows users to turn their iPad into a mini desktop by pairing it with a wireless keyboard providing an even smarter way to work. 

 

Price: £299 

Available from Amazon UK 

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Small but agile, Bittle is a powerful robot that can be programmed to walk, do tricks and roll around just like a real dog. Designed for coding and fun, Bittle operates on OpenCat, an open-source quadrupled robot platform that offers endless programming and customisation possibilities. Bittle is an ideal tool for teaching, researching and learning about STEM and robotics. 

   

Price: £39.99 

Available from: www.groov-e.co.uk 

 

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Waking up for school or uni can be hard but with the Light Curve wake-up light, alarm and radio, users can start their day a little easier. The light, which mimics natural daylight, will come on at the selected time, starting off gently and gradually getting brighter until it’s at the optimum level to help rouse sleepy-heads up. When it’s actually time to get out of bed, a chosen alarm sound or radio station will also be activated to help users wake fully.

For those who like to read or need the light on darker mornings to get ready, the Light Curve has 10 levels of brightness using its LED lamp. And for those who want to create more of an atmosphere, one of the seven coloured mood lighting options can be selected.  

 

Price: £39.99 

Available from: Amazon.co.uk  

 

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Rocketbook notebooks and planners provide a classic pen and paper experience, yet are built for the digital age. Not only can handwritten notes be digitised and sent to the cloud using a smartphone and accompanying Rocketbook app, the ink (when you write using any pen from the Pilot FriXion Line) can then be quickly erased from the pages with a damp cloth, enabling the books to be used over and over again and saving paper in the process. The Academic Planner has been designed for students and approved by teachers. It is equipped with 13 different page types to help you manage class schedules, weekly goals and daily workloads. 

 

Price: £38.99 

Available from: Amazon.co.uk 

 

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Rocketbook has partnered with Panda Planner to combine inspiration with innovation. The Panda Planner features undated monthly, weekly and daily templates to organise your life as well as goals and motivation templates. The innovative synthetic paper allows you to write smoothly with a Pilot FriXion pen then magically wipe your planner clean with a damp cloth to use year after year. The Rocketbook app scans and connects your notes to the cloud to digitally save and share your notes.  

Price: Basic (free), Personal (£5.99 per month), Professional (£7.49 per month) 

Available from: Apple App Store or Google Play 

 

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Evernote automatically saves notes online and makes them available on all devices so you can access them anywhere, anytime. Ideal for students who do a mix of online and in-person studying or like a change of scenery. The document scanning function is also useful for copying from text books and the Search Handwriting feature identifies words in handwritten pieces.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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