With the holidays almost at an end, it’s time to focus on the school year ahead. To complement your new hardware purchase, you’ll need a few extras to complete the package. Make sure you’re ready to go with these back to school networking essentials.

Netgear RBK50 Orbi AC3000

Netgear RBK50 Orbi AC3000
So, you’ve got all of your devices sorted for the new year – now you just need a decent Wi-Fi system to connect with, right? There comes a time when the kit you were issued with by your provider just isn’t going to cut the mustard, and the Orbi AC3000 is just the solution you need. Just think about how many devices connect to the Wi-Fi these days? Smart TVs, phones, consoles, laptops and tablets, smart home products and even the fridge! You need a system that can cope with that level of connectivity and one that can reach every part of the house and garage. The Orbi AC3000 uses mesh networking technology. What is that, we hear you ask? In short it’s two or more wireless access points set around the house that combine to provide blanket coverage throughout the home so you can connect wherever you’re using a device. It’s reliable and the perfect fit for families requiring a good, strong connection whether you are in the home or in the garage.

Microsoft Surface Arc Wireless Mouse

Microsoft Surface Arc Wireless Mouse
This neat little wireless mouse connects via Bluetooth and is designed to fit perfectly into your hand, yet snaps flat for easy stowage when you’re on the run. Suited for both desktop and mobile use, it works on just about any surface – users can scroll both horizontally and vertically and it features precise tracking. And the design will catch the eye wherever you pull it out.

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900
A keyboard and mouse combo doesn’t have to break the bank and that is definitely the case here. It comes with a full-sized wireless mouse and a keyboard with quiet-touch keys – perfect for those late night assignment crunch sessions. The feature that belies the price though is the option to customise eight hotkeys for handy shortcuts. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the Wireless Desktop 900 is great value for money.

 

HP Sprocket Pocket Photo Printer
HP Sprocket Pocket Photo Printer

OK, this isn’t strictly part of the essentials list but it’s a lot of fun and a really cool solution to printing out photos on the fly. So small it can slip easily into a small bag or coat pocket, the accompanying app is where the magic really happens, allowing for photos to be printed from your phone gallery or directly from your preferred social media printer. It can even perform basic editing, filter and colour adjustment options, and is the perfect accompaniment for those instant reminders of parties or other social gatherings.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Wide Format All-in-One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Wide Format All-in-One Printer
For the all-encompassing office solution, the well-designed Pro 7720 is where it’s at. This beauty connects wirelessly, via USB or Ethernet, and not only performs all the traditional scan, copy and print functions but, with a quick adjustment, it can also print A3-size documents. Users can print professional quality copies directly from a smartphone or tablet. On top of all this functionality, it looks the goods aesthetically, too.