School has been weird for the last year or so. If you’re enrolled somewhere, you’re probably doing a lot of online classes as much as in-person classes. You might even have some of that changing on the fly as some places open up and others close down again. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on, but one thing is for sure: you need to be flexible. A great laptop gives you options, whether you need to connect to a class from your kitchen or you need to get some work done at the local cafe.
We’ve got a roundup of great places to save and great laptops to buy just for you.
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Best Laptop Student Discounts
Before we even get into specifics, you should know there are plenty of places online that offer student discounts. Anyone who can prove they go to school like with a .edu email address or sometimes through other methods like a form that checks college databases can get a huge chunk taken off any computer. Here are some of the best places to do just that.
Best Buy Student Deals
Apple Back-to-School Program
Microsoft Education Store
HP Back to School
Amazon Prime Student
Best Back-to-School Laptop Deals
The laptops under this category will mostly be machines already on sale regardless of what student discounts might also be applied. In other words, you might be able to save even more using available student discounts. They also need to be well-rounded machines capable of doing what you need them to do while you’re traveling to school or getting online for remote classwork. You can pay for extras like Office 365, but in some cases you’d be surprised how much you can get away with using programs that save directly to the cloud like Google Docs. That’s up to you, of course, but it might also be up to your budget.
HP Stream 14-inch laptop refurbished | $55 off
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 convertible laptop | $250 off
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 2-in-1 laptop | $100 off
HP 15-ef0022nr Windows laptop | $43 off
Gateway 15.6-inch Ultra Slim Notebook
Samsung Galaxy Book S 13.3-inch touchscreen | $230 off
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Lenovo Legion Y540 15.6-inch laptop | $220 off
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop | Starting at $1,670
MacBook Pro (16-inch, Late 2019) | $2,249 at Amazon
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop | Starting at $1,274
Alienware M15 R3 gaming laptop | About $120 off
What to Look For
If you haven’t quite found what you’re looking for in the list above, just know that things change all the time. Laptop deals come and go like the wind. Student discounts can change as well because those programs often have a lot of exclusive time-sensitive ways to save. Not only will we continue to update this page, but you should continue to keep an eye on all the big retailers, especially those with back-to-school programs. The Apple program, for example, is not a year round thing. The deals are rare and limited.
In addition to checking out main retailers like Best Buy, you might also want to keep an eye on eBay storefronts. You probably won’t be able to use the main site’s student discount program through eBay, but this is a way for retailers to offer special discounts the main storefront can’t. Most retailers have an eBay page, too, including
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