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August 30, 2019

Value for Money: The College Tech Essentials

Helping your child through starting college? Paid a deposit for their accommodation? Done the first big weekly shop? Pockets are probably pretty empty right now.  Well we here at Sales Promotions know just how expensive it can all be. We’ve scoured the internet to not only find the cheapest tech options for school or college, but rather products that are the best value for money. These would also make the perfect Christmas presents (yes we did just mention the C word), so bookmark this post if you don’t have the funds right now and check back in when you’re doing your festive shopping.


The first thing that we think of when we think of college tech, is of course laptops. They can be expensive, complicated and overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. With so many brands, models, processors and everything else, it can be pretty difficult to whittle it down to what you actually need at a good price.

Fear not, we’ve done the work for you. Again, these are not necessarily the cheapest models, but where you’re going to get great value for money.

When it comes to college laptops, there are a few main factors to consider such as durability, lifespan, memory and screen size.

Fujitsu Lifebook A357

The Tech Spec

Processor : Intel Core i3 6006U

Screen size : 15.6 Inch 1366 x 768 Screen

Graphics card : HD Graphics 520


SSD : 256GB

Operating System : Windows 10 Pro

Warranty : 1-year warranty

Graphic Type : Integrated


A brand that often flies under the radar for laptops is Fujitsu. These sturdy, long lasting machines are perfect for the wear and tear of college, with all of the great tech you need. The larger screen size is perfect for those longer study sessions, note taking and of course, the occasional Netflix binge! The processor is perfect for any college task ensuring speed and efficiency. It might take a little bit of shopping around but as of right now, this laptop can be purchased for €537.97 here.


If a laptop isn’t a necessity for you, or your college course, it might still be worthwhile investing in a good tablet to keep up with class notes, presentations and research. Some top things to consider here are size, accessories, battery life and compatibility.

Lenovo Tab M10

Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 450, octa-core, 1.8 GHz

Operating System: Android Oreo

Display: 10.1” FHD (1920 x 1200) IPS with capacitive 10-point multitouch

Memory: Up to 3 GB RAM

Up to 32 GB ROM

Up to 256 GB microSD card support

Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2

Ports: USB 2.0 Type-C ,2 x Pogo pin, microSD/SIM card tray, Audio combo jack


Lenovo have been in the game for over 30 years now, so you can be sure they know what they’re talking about. This stunning tablet also doubles as a smart screen that features Alexa. Essentially, college students can use this tablet as their personal assistant when it comes to organising themselves. From creating shopping lists, to speaking through notes or simply asking questions, the M10 tab is all you need. The tablet also comes with a speaker/dock which is where the tablet functions as a screen perfect for college rooms without TVs. You get some fantastic value for money with this one! Pick it up here with a 2 year warranty thrown in!

Fit-n-Grip™ Universal 9-10″ 360° Rotating Tablet Case

For those times when your tablet isn’t in the deadly speaker dock, you’re going to want to make sure its well protected. Throwing the tablet into a backpack or a handbag won’t be an issue with this everyday protection and functional performance tablet case from Targus.

This case has passed military-grade drop testing, has a patented 360-degree cradle rotation and is flexible to fit multiple tablets, including the Lenovo M10 as mentioned above. You can always pick one of these up for a great price on Amazon, like this!


Even trying to attempt college without a good set of headphones or earbuds is next to impossible. Yes that sounds dramatic but hear us out; most students walk to college, some drive and some cycle. For those who walk, we all know how important it is to have some music to make the journey more enjoyable. The same goes for sitting in the library, whether you’re using them to listen to music or even just to block out the noise around you, a trip to the library without them is pretty horrific. Finally, shared accommodation is not always fun and games, between trying to sleep or even just escape from your housemates, it goes without saying that headphones or earbuds are your new best friend.

Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds

1 year warranty

Auto turn-on (when taken out of case)

Auto Pause (when taken out of ear)

Max 15 hours talk time

Dust and Water resistant

Multi-device connect


Having to compete in a tough, up and coming market, these Jabra earbuds deliver fantastic value for money while offering comfort, style and performance. While these aren’t necessarily the most important thing for college, we can guarantee that they will make the experience much more enjoyable. Pick them up from Jabra themselves here.

So there you have it, our guide to valuable, quality tech necessities for college. Whether you want to become the next CEO of a global business, or save lives for a living, these accessories can, and will help you!

You’re probably reading this post thinking why we here at Sales Promotions are bothering to create this guide, right? Well the truth is that the college market is huge, and such an important area to capture your audience with the right promotional tools. If you think you could benefit from running a promotion targeted at this market, it might be worthwhile reading our recent blog post here, or just getting in touch for a chat about what we offer.