Best gadgets for students gallery

  • See our 10 technology and kitchen gadget essentials for students
  • From the best laptop to the best saucepan, without breaking the bank
  • Make your studies lighter with our pick of an affordable ebook reader  

Gadgets for a student budget

Off to university? There’s no need to break your student budget  - see our round-up of the best value technology and kitchen gadgets to help your student experience go smoothly. They’ve been put through their paces by our independent experts, so you won’t spend your student loan on gadget duds.

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1. Samsung Series 3 laptop - around £400

Laptops can be essential for flexible studying, and our laptop reviews include ease of use, portability and energy consumption. Is the the answer for your long walks to the library?

2. Microsoft Security Essentials security software - free

Not exactly a gadget, but no computer should lack protection - no-one wants to rewrite an essay because of a virus. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download for Windows users - but can it match paid-for security software suites? We put security software programs through their paces to see which work best.

3. Samsung ML-2165 printer - from £40

Printers are also great for making the most of your laptop, and save scrambling for a free campus printer. Our printer reviews account for printer ink costs as well as print quality – so how much does the guzzle?

4. Breville VKJ385 kettle - from £20

No-one likes a noisy kettle - especially while studying - so it's one of the criteria we test for in our kettle reviews. We also look at ease of use, ease of cleaning, and kettle overboil. What was the score of the Breville VKJ385 kettle?

5. Tricity T2TSS11 toaster - around £20

Toast - surely a student staple - and our toaster reviews include tests to see how well models can cope with different sizes of your favourite breads. Could the affordable cope with bagels, crumpets and teacakes as well as standard bread slices?

6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 digital camera - from £95

We test hundreds of digital cameras a year, and include a ‘shaking hands’ test for image stabilisation - handy for those lively nights out. The has an 8x zoom and 16Mp resolution – but how well will it survive your student days?

7. Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 smartphone - free on most contracts or around £250 PAYG

Smartphones can be a useful for finding out facts on the move, but they can also be pricey. Our mobile phone reviews test everything, from the camera to the music player. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is around half of the price of its competitors – but can it compete on performance?

8. Sony Reader PRS-350 ebook reader - from £130

No space for books? The is smaller and slimmer than the average paperback and light enough to carry everywhere. Is it enough to knock off the Kindle’s crown or is there another ebook reader that we recommend in our ebook reader reviews?

10. Philips GC 2810 steam iron - from £25

Our ironing specialist steams through stacks of clothes to test out which steam irons are best - and easiest to use for reluctant ironers. Philips has notched up 10 steam iron Best Buys in the past xxxxxxx – is the one of them?

9. Prestige 16cm non-stick saucepan - around £17

You can’t cook without a good saucepan - even baked beans require care - and this Prestige 16cm non-stick pan can withstand oven heat of up to 180 degrees. See its test results and details of other tests we put our saucepans through in our saucepan reviews.

And finally...

The washing-up has to be done some time, but at least Aldi's Magnum Premium Original washing-up liquid is around half of the price of its competitors. How many dishes can you tackle per 500ml bottle? Find out how it matches up in our washing-up liquid reviews.

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