The TechNutty Back to School Guide 2015

It’s that time of year once again, the holidays are coming to an end and the time when you must return to your studies is slowly creeping up, by now you’ve probable thought about the books, pens, pencils and cases you are going to pick up, but it’s likely that you have completely forgot about the tech, or you are a parent looking to kit out your child’s study with some cool gear.

If you are either of those people than you will be happy to know that we have prepared a guide to get you back to school with the best gear possible.

Keep scrolling for the best back to school tech in tablets, computer, smartphones and more.

BTS Computers

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MacBook Air

The new 2015 MacBook Air is widely regarded as the best laptop on the market, and as such it should be one of your first thoughts when picking a new laptop, not only because it features one of the best trackpads and keyboards on any laptop, but also because it is able to run both Windows and Mac OS X.

The 11-inch model also has a 9 hour battery life (12 hours on the 13-inch model), and inside you can fit it out with up to an Intel Core i7 processor, and Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.

The MacBook Air is priced from £749 – £999.

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HP OMEN

If you are looking for something that can perform a little higher than the MacBook Air and that runs on Windows then the HP OMEN is a great option for that, featuring a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, up to a 256GB SSD, a 15 inch Full HD Capacitive touchscreen, and awesome colourful lights around the machine.

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Acer Chromebook C910

If you are looking for something a little simpler than the Acer Chromebook C910 might be a good option for you, which use Google’s Chrome OS instead of Windows for simplicity. It features an Intel Celeron 1.5GHz processor, 3GB of DDR3L RAM and a 16GB SSD, and can connect to all of Google’s web services for simple word processing, emailing and more.

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BTS Smartphones

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

When looking for a new smartphone you really have two choices to make from, and Android phone or an iOS phone. For Android there are a number of choices on the market, but for iOS there’s only really two, the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus (you could obviously get an older model too if you wish).

The main difference between the two smartphones is the screen size, the iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch display, both are available in silver, gold or space grey, and can be fitted with up to 128GB of storage. There’s also a 64-bit A8 chip inside with a 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

If you are looking for an Android phone then we think the Galaxy S6 from Samsung might be the best option for you, featuring the best all round top of the line specs out of any other Android phone on the market, it has a 5.1 inch HD display with a 16MP rear-facing camera, Android 5 Lollipop, a Samsung Exynos 64 bit octa core processor and a fast charging battery.

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Razer Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar

There’s certain space constraints when it comes to living in a dorm room, this means that a students audio system is often lacking. If you do have space constraints that we previously mentioned that the Leviathan sound bar from Razer might be your best option.

So small that it can easily sit under a monitor or television screen, but still featuring awesome specifications like 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby technology, a dedicated subwoofer, 2 x 2.5 inch full range drivers, and 2 x 0.74 inch tweeters.

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Beats Solo 2 Bluetooth Headphones

Going to University is part style competition and part education, to meet both of those you should probably pick up the Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones, great for watching those “educational” videos on YouTube, whilst matching your style on the street.

The headphones use Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to capable smartphones, with a 10 metre range and up to 12 hours of battery life from a single charge.

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Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear’s are the best in-ears available to date (in our opinion), they are cheap, feature an eye catching design and great sound.

The earphones are built with custom machined stainless steel acoustic pipes, have a 4.2 foot cable, a frequency response of 15-22,000Hz and an impedance of 18 ohmns.

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BTS SMARTWATCHES

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Apple Watch Sport

The Apple Watch is Apple’s first new device line since the introduction of the iPad, designed to work side-by-side with the iPhone, the Apple Watch allows users to receive notifications from their iPhone right on their wrist, and access specific Apple features like Apple Pay.

There’s three different versions of the smartwatch, the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition, but for this list we would say the Apple Watch Sport is the best option, available it is priced at £299 for 38mm and £339 2mm sizes, with a range of different bands.

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Moto 360

For those with an Android device the Moto 360 is a brilliant option, featuring a beautiful circular design, it’s quite simply one of the best looking smartwatches out there.

The watch also runs on Google’s Android War operating system, a 1.56” 320 x 290, 205ppi with Gorilla Glass 3, is 46mm in diameter and features 4GB of internal storage with 512MB of RAM.

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Pebble Time

The Pebble Time is the best worlds, designed to work with both iOS and Android, it features an always on colour display, 7 day battery life, water resistance up to 30 metres, and an E-Ink display.

The Time was also updated from the original Pebble with a new UI, featuring colourful animations that bring the Time to life, and helping you to access all of your information with an easy to use timeline interface that shows your past, present and future notifications, events and more.

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BTS Tablets

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iPad Mini 3

The iPad Mini 3 is the latest and most portable iPad that is currently available, featuring a silver, gold or space grey design, it is available with 16GB (£319), 64GB (£399) and 128GB of storage (£479), it features a 7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 pixel display, an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, Touch ID and both WiFi and Cellular technology.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

If you are looking for something to replace a laptop, but still offer the features of one than the Surface Pro 3 might be a great option for you, featuring up to 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and an Intel Core i7 processor, the Surface Pro 3 is priced anywhere from £639 to £1,549 for the top of the line model.

For that you get a 12 inch display and Windows 10 ready to go, allowing you to install and run any Windows software. And thanks to the multi-position Kickstand and Type Cover its great for typing and watching video too.

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