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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Student Essential Tech

You may remember that back in August, I headed down to London with a few other student bloggers to take part in Currys #CurrysCollective group, where they set us up with a couple of pieces of tech, suited to our individual student and blogging needs. I was set up with the *HP Pavilion x2 laptop and the *Olympus Pen Camera, and as I've had a bit of time to get to grips with them now, this post is all about how the laptop has helped me through my first few weeks back at uni. 

As I've already got a MacBook Air which I use for uni, I've been sharing the HP Pavilion with Karl, who is in his second year of college doing a health science course. I take my MacBook to uni with me while Karl takes the Pavilion to college with him, and then I've been using the Pavilion for research at home so I could get a real feel of what it's like to use as a student. First of all, the size of the Pavilion is perfect. It's really small so Karl has been able to just slide it in his bag to take to college, without adding a ton weight. It's also really smart looking and at a glance it doesn't actually look that different to my MacBook (so of course, the laptop is perfect for taking Instagram photos of!) 

For me, a long battery life is absolutely essential when it comes to getting a new laptop. The HP Pavilion boasts a 12 hour battery life, and although I don't think it lasts quite 12 hours, it does last all day without needing to be plugged in, which is a plus as we know how tricky finding a plug socket in lecture theatres can be! I'm absolutely rubbish with the real tech-y lingo and have no idea what RAM or Quad-core mean, so I'll just say that the laptop runs really smoothly. It takes a minute or so to start up and load and as it comes with Microsoft Works for a year, it's got everything that you could need as a student, including an extensive app store with a wide selection of time keeping and organisation apps, which are essential if like me and Karl you balance uni with other things, such as a job!

Now onto my favourite part about the laptop. The fact that the screen detaches from the keyboard, turning it into a fully fledged tablet. Honestly, the novelty of being able to do that never wears off. It did take me a while to get used to it because I was so frightened of breaking it but once you get the knack of pulling it off, it's easy as pie. My degree, law, entails a hell of a lot of reading on websites and journals, so the fact that the screen can detach makes this so much easier. It's a lot more comfortable to recline on your bed reading from a tablet instead of sitting up trying to read it on your laptop screen. It's easy to highlight things that way, keep focused and, most importantly, stay comfortable to avoid procrastination (and we all know how hard that can be!)

Speaking of procrastination, I mentioned above that the laptop can get a load of different apps that will really help you as a student. That also includes the mother of all student apps: Netflix. This is where the keyboard detach comes in really handy as you can reverse it to create a stand for when you're binge watching American Horror Story, or of course when you're watching an educational documentary relevant to your degree (I count ITV's Judge Rinder as relevant to my degree).

Overall, if you're looking for a really affordable yet still great laptop for university or college, I would definitely recommend this one. My favourite thing about it is the fact it turns into a tablet because, let's face it, there's not much cooler than that. 

Amy x

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  1. It looks like quite a handy little gadget

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I have a HP laptop which I really like, but it would be great to have one where I could detach the screen! You're right, that's pretty cool!

  3. Ah... You are a law student too! :) Like me, I know those books haha <3 The biggest are for us!

  4. I love that it turns into a tablet! Would be so handy for travelling back and fore to uni etc. I had a mini HP laptop last year but it was so slow and it kept crashing whilst I was working on it :( I took it to get looked at but they said there was nothing much that could be done :/ was a bit disappointed really! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. The fact it turns into a tablet is so useful, although I'd imagine it would cause me to procrastinate more!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  6. I've been eyeing on this type of laptop for a while. But the thought of not using my mac is making me sad


  7. i don't think i could live without my mac but it looks so handy and easy to use!

    www.jennifersjournal.co.uk x

  8. I just got a Macbook Air for college and honestly I don't know what I would do without it!

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  9. I love that it turns into a tablet because yes lets be real there is nothing cooler than that!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  10. I don't know if I could ever convert from my Macbook Pro, but it's far too heavy to take to lectures, so this looks fab!
    - Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk ♡

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