Back-to-school deals on laptops, Chromebooks, displays and more have already begun as retailers discount computers and other gadgets students need for college and high school. Like Prime Day, online retailers are discounting older hardware to clear their shelves. That’s not always a bad thing for consumers, as some products (e.g. displays) don’t improve dramatically from year to year.
Here you will find the best deals on back to school laptops as well as back to school deals on Chromebooks, MacBooks, iPads and tablets, as well as monitors and displays. We already know what makes a good laptop or tablet, and we’ve scoured the deal pages at Amazon, Best Buy, Adorama, and other retailers to share the best discounts on the best products.
We will update this page regularly and weed out expired offers for the latest discounts. But please note: offers expire quickly so some of the discounts below may no longer be available by the time you click.
College students should definitely review the recommended configurations for their degree. For example, the University of Notre Dame engineering department recommends avoiding a Windows 11 Pro (non-Home) laptop with a quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 512GB NVMe (SSD) storage and Chromebooks. At Mississippi State University, an economics student needs a cheaper Core i5 laptop with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Only Windows 10 is required.
Laptop deals for back to school
These back-to-school laptop deals mostly focus on productivity laptops, with a general emphasis on 1080p displays that can be carried from classroom to classroom. Of course, students can add external storage and cloud storage to complement a laptop’s content. These back-to-school laptop sales mix the latest hardware with more powerful alternatives from yesteryear.
- HP Envy x360 2-in-1, AMD Ryzen 7 5825U, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p, $699.99 at Best Buy (33% discount)
- Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1, Core i7-12700H, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 13.6-inch 2560×1600, $1,299.99 at Best Buy (24% discount)
- Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (with keyboard), Core i5-1135G7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13-inch 2880×1920, $1,099.99 at Best Buy (19% discount)
- HP Pavilion 2-in-1, Core i3-1215U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p, $379.99 at Best Buy (37% discount)
- Dell Inspiron 15-7591, Core i7-9750H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GTX1050 GPU, 15 inch 1080p, $649.99 at Adorama (57% discount)
- Microsoft Surface Pro 8, Core i5-1135G7, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13-inch 2880×1920, $899.99 at Adorama (18% discount)
The HP Envy is a powerful little content creation machine that should stand up to the demands of college – and with top-notch battery life too, as our recent HP Envy review shows. And if you can persuade someone to buy Adorama’s older Inspiron (with a 9th Gen CPU but a GTX1050), you can also take a budget gaming laptop to college. The two Surface Pro 8 are usable, but a bit tricky for notes in the lecture hall.
Chromebook deals for back to school
These back-to-school Chromebook deals are as good or better than Prime Day deals, with Chromebook discounts hitting nearly 50 percent. Expect Chromebook retail prices to remain low as retailers and manufacturers look to shift inventory.
- Lenovo Flex 5i 13, Intel Core i3-1115G4, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 13.3-inch 1080p, $295.51 at Amazon (46% discount)
- HP Chromebook 14 2-in-1, Core i3-1115G4, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 14-inch 1080p, $399.00 at Best Buy (42% discount)
- HP Chromebook 14, Intel Celeron N4120, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 32GB SSD, 14-inch 768p, $159.99 at Amazon (45% discount)
- Asus 17.3-inch Chromebook, Intel Celeron N4500, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 17.3-inch 1080p, $200.99 at Best Buy (45% discount)
- Lenovo 14-inch Chromebook, Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 14-inch 768p, $179.99 at Target (45% discount)
College life generally runs on laptops and not Chromebooks, but Chromebooks are still useful for elementary and even middle school students, especially as secondary devices. A nice Lenovo Flex 5i tops our list. It offers a good processor, sufficient working memory and a comfortable screen size.
MacBook deals for back to school
Apple is reluctant to discount MacBooks so heavily, but back-to-school MacBook discounts still exist. MacBook back-to-school sales just aren’t as attractive as Windows laptops.
- MacBook Pro 14-inch, M1 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, $1,749.99 at Amazon (13% discount)
- MacBook Pro 13.3-inch, M1 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, $999.99 at Best Buy (23% discount)
- MacBook Air 13.3-inch, M1 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, $899.99 at Best Buy (10% reduced)
Back to school offers for iPad and tablet
If students need a tablet when they go back to school, we think these suggestions offer the best deals. Unfortunately, if you want a full-size iPad, your choices are slim and hardly a “deal.”
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, 8.7-inch, 32GB storage, $119.99 at Amazon (25% discount)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, 12.4-inch, 64GB storage, $399.99 at Amazon (25% discount)
- Lenovo Tab P11 Plus with Keyboard, 11-inch, 128GB, $279.99 at Amazon (20% sale)
- Apple iPad Mini 4 with Cellular (Refurbished), 7.9-inch, 128GB, $209.00 at Amazon (71% discount)
- Apple iPad (2021), 10.2-inch, 64GB, $309.00 at Amazon (6% discount)
Amazon’s Renewed discounts can be huge, as this iPad Mini 4 (with cellular!) demonstrates. We shyed away from Amazon’s Fire tablets only because students need flexibility to add apps to use at school.
Back-to-School Monitor Offers
College dormitories and classrooms don’t have much room for extra monitors, so there aren’t as many back-to-school monitor deals as you might expect.
- HP 23.8-inch 24MHz, 1080p 60Hz, $149.99 at Amazon (14% discount)
- Acer 21.5-inch SB220Qbi, 1080p 60Hz, $99.99 at Amazon (23% discount)
- Samsung 32-inch LU32J590UQNXZA, 4K 60Hz, $299.99 at Amazon (12% discount)
- Samsung 27-inch Odyssey, 1440p 165Hz, $299.99 at Best Buy (25% discount)
- Samsung 27-inch LC27F396FHNXZA (curved), 1080p 60Hz, $159.00 at Walmart (16% discount)
- HP X27c 27-inch, 1080p 165Hz, $179.99 at Newegg (30% reduced)
- MOUNTUP Single Monitor Desk Mount (17″ to 32″ screens, 17.6 lb), $39.99 at Amazon (11% discount)
- HUANUO Single Monitor Desk Mount (13″ to 35″ screens, 26.4lb), $48.71 at Amazon (39% discount)
We’re assuming you don’t go to college to game, so we’ve emphasized 60Hz displays (mainly) with a mix of 1080p and 4K. What are the two monitor mounts at the bottom of the list? Well, since dorm rooms often don’t have a lot of desk space, a mount lets you add an extra display by mounting it on an adjustable arm via a desk clamp. Be mindful of the weight of the display you’re attaching, but these two mounts should accommodate most displays.
When does the back to school sale start?
Back-to-school sales have already begun, in part because retailers are targeting those parents who are preparing early. You can find back-to-school sales on Amazon’s back-to-school site, Best Buy’s back-to-school site (for college students), Newegg’s back-to-school site, and Target’s back-to-school site for shopping for children’s electronics, and also Walmart’s back-to-school site.
Retailers often don’t tell you when these sales will end, although it’s likely they’ll be available for some time. Prices are subject to change if the retailer’s inventory fluctuates. Keep in mind that the pandemic is still affecting the supply chain, especially electronics from Asia. It can be wise to figure out what you want and buy early if possible.
When are tax-free weekends planned?
Tax-free weekends are held by some states to encourage shopping, especially for items like back-to-school shopping. Five states—Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon—do not collect sales tax. We’ve listed the states that are planning tax-free weekends, along with a link to the fine print, as compiled by RetailMeNot.
For example, if you live in Arkansas and buy a laptop from Amazon on August 7th, you don’t pay sales tax. There are some exceptions that vary by state: In New Mexico, retailers are not required to participate. Each state has different exemptions that apply to different products in different price ranges, and these discounts apply (generally) to national retailers. Check the details!
Alabama: July 15 to July 17 at midnight. Details.
Arkansas: Aug 6 – Aug 8 7, at midnight. Details.
Connecticut: Aug. 21 – Aug. 27. Details.
Florida: July 25 – 7/8 Details.
Iowa: August 5 – August 6, at midnight. Details.
Maryland: August 14 – August 20, at midnight. Details.
Massachusetts: August 13th – August 14th. Details.
Mississippi: July 29 – July 30, at midnight. Details.
Missouri: August 5 – August 7 at midnight. Details.
New Jersey: 27 Aug-Sept 5. Details.
New Mexico: 5 Aug-5 Aug Aug 7, at midnight. Details.
Ohio: August 5 – August 7, at midnight. Details.
Oklahoma: Aug 6 – Aug 8 8. Details.
South Carolina: 5 Aug-5 Aug Aug 7, at midnight. Details.
Tennessee: The tax-free back-to-school weekend takes place at midnight on July 29-31. Details.
Texas: 5 Aug-5 Aug Aug 7. Details.
Virginia: August 5 – August 7, at midnight. Details.
Will schools return to virtual classrooms in 2022?
No, at least it doesn’t seem so. Schools are not in session at this time and school districts are still preparing for the fall 2022 school year. But we’ve seen no mention of a return to virtual classrooms as a result of the pandemic or monkeypox.
PCs vs. Chromebooks: Which is Better for School?
We’ve had a long rundown of Chromebook advantages over laptops, but the simple answer to that question is whatever your school district tells you.
A Chromebook is better for school when your child is working “online,” meaning in the classroom but on a teacher-authorized website. A PC is more useful when your child uses apps like Minecraft for Education or transitions from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Your child will appreciate the added flexibility when running apps (and yes, games). Colleges and universities almost always ask their students to bring PCs or Macs, so a laptop is best.