With the new academic year about to begin there are some great bargains to be found on tech gadget. Many companies use this season to entice students onto their platforms, which means it’s often possible to save money on the latest laptops, tablets, phones, or software. We’ve gathered together the best deals we could find to ensure that your new term gets off to the best possible start. See also: How to go through clearing online
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- Microsoft discounts
- Apple discounts
- Amazon discounts
- Lenovo discounts
- Dell discounts
- Adobe discounts
Microsoft has its own Student Store on the UK website, which includes a decent range of deals and discounts. On the software side there is a University version of the Office365 suite that’s available for £59.99. This price allows you to install Word, Excel and all the other Office apps on two PCs, Macs or tablets, alongside two smartphones.
That’s already a good deal when you compare it to the standard Personal plan, which costs the same and only allows one PC, one tablet, and one smartphone, but the real bargain is that Office 365 University is £59.99 for four years rather than one.
If you’re looking for a new laptop then Microsoft offers students a 10% discount on it’s entire Surface line. This means you can pick up the excellent Surface Pro 4 for as little as £674.10, although you’ll still need to buy a Surface keyboard (£98.99).
Online customers are also currently being offered a £50 Amazon voucher if they buy the Surface Pro 4, and there are deals on a number of laptops too, so it’s worth paying the site a visit.
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Apple has long had an incentive program for students. To find it you’ll need to visit the Apple website and scroll to the bottom of the page. Here you’ll see a number of light grey options separated by various headings. In the For Education section there’s a link to the Shop for University, click this and you’ll be able to view the deals on offer.
Apple does require that you set up a free Apple UNiDAYS account, which involves proving your student status, but once this is done Apple states you can save up to £50 on an iPad or £339 on a new Mac. There’s also currently a deal that offers a free pair of Beats Wireless headphones with every eligible Mac, iPad or iPhone.
Being a student isn’t all about work. Sometimes you need to take a break from pouring over textbooks, a chance to relax, recharge, and binge watch Arrow. One excellent way of doing this is through Amazon’s new Student version of Prime.
For the first six months you get all the normal Prime benefits - Amazon Video, Music, Unlimited photo storage, and free next day delivery - all for free. Then you can continue at half the normal price. So essentially you get Prime for eighteen months and it only costs £39. That’s a great bargain right there.
See also: What is Amazon Prime?
Much like Apple and Microsoft, Lenovo now has its own store for students where it promises savings of up to 20 percent on its range of laptops and tablets. To access the deals you’ll need to create a free account on the student store, this means that we can’t tell you what’s really on offer, but it certainly seems worth a look.
Dell has teamed up with My UNiDAYS to offer a number of discounts across its range of laptops and desktops. All of the Inspiron, XPS, and Alienware products over £499 are eligible for a 15 percent discount with a valid voucher from My UNiDAYS.
Considering the fact that Dell are making some of the best PCs on the market at the moment, this is a tempting offer. Visit the Dell Student Store for more details.
If your course involves any kind of design, video, or photography elements then Adobe Creative Cloud will be an excellent suite of software to have in your arsenal. Sadly this is rather expensive, which doesn’t lend itself easily to a student budget.
If you visit the Adobe site before September 2nd 2016 you’ll be able to purchase a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud suite for £169.56, which is a whopping discount of 69 percent.
Of course many of these deals are limited time offers, so it's a good idea to move quickly. If you do you're sure to save money and get some of the best tech available at the moment. You don't need a university education to know that's a smart move.