Between buying new books, college backpacks, student loans, rent, food, new clothes — there’s a lot of stuff students have to spend their money on to get ready for the new school year. One place where students can save a little coin on their back-to-school shopping list is on their laptop. But the best laptops are expensive, right? They don’t have to be.
Not all laptops are crazy expensive, and depending on your needs, you may be able to get away with a Chromebook for under $200 instead of spending $1,000 plus on a new Apple MacBook Pro. That being said, even the new M1 MacBook Pro is on sale right now, and you might be surprised by some of the top laptop deals of the summer.
First, you’ll have to decide if you need a new laptop or if you can make it through the school year with a Chromebook.
- If you just need to send emails, do research, write a few papers and stream some Netflix, a Chromebook is a fine choice.
- For more intensive projects, like editing video, photos or intensive spreadsheet work, go with a laptop.
Regardless of whether you choose a laptop, PC, gaming laptop or Chromebook, we found the best back to school laptop deals on Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart to help you save some money on your new computer. Now all you have to do is make it to class this semester.
Save some coin on your new laptop for school with the top back to school laptop deals below.
*Please note that these discounts are subject to change. The best laptop deals usually don’t last very long, so if you find the right device, we’d recommend investing in a new computer sooner than later.
1. MacBook Pro with M1 chip
Amazon’s savings on the M1 MacBook Pro and Air are hands-down the best laptop deals of the moment. Right now you can save $200 on the incredibly powerful 2020 MacBook Pro with the lightning-fast M1 chip at Amazon. These M1 laptops are incredibly user-friendly, quiet, slim and lightweight. They’re also insanely fast and powerful. For students who create music or edit photos and videos — this is a content creator’s dream. However, for most people, we recommend going with the cheaper M1 MacBook Air, which is also on sale (see below).
2. Apple MacBook Air M1
Although the Apple MacBook Pro is slightly more powerful than the Air, many believe the Air is the better buy. Why? It’s a slimmer and more lightweight version of the Pro, yet, it really doesn’t compromise that much power — you’d really have to be pushing it extremely hard to notice a difference. The battery life on the Air is impressive and right now, this awesome laptop is $100 off at Amazon. The Air version does lack a cooling fan and a Touch Bar, but the vast majority of people won’t miss either.
Seriously, we can’t recommend this laptop highly enough. And at this price, the 2020 MacBook Air puts pretty much all other laptops to shame.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
There’s a lot to like about the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, starting with it being $100 off at Best Buy right now. Beyond the more affordable price tag, it features a bright touchscreen display as well as 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage which is more than enough for daily driver use or more intensive work projects. And esthetically, the Sandstone color is as stylish as laptops come.
4. ASUS Chromebook C223
Right now you can save $30 on this Chromebook through Amazon. If your schoolwork consists of typing papers, and doing a lot of research and Google searching, going with a Chromebook is the way to go. You will save some serious coin going with this Chromebook with 32GB of eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM, especially if that’s all you really need. Plus, thanks to applications like Google docs and forms, you’ll have all the tools you need to ace all of your classes, and you don’t have to pay for all the extras you won’t use.
5. Lenovo Chromebook S330
The Lenovo Chromebook S330 is a little bit cheaper than the ASUS C223 through Walmart. You’ll save $60 from the original price and get a better discount than you would with the ASUS, albeit for a Chromebook with virtually the same specs. The Google applications make it convenient for students to complete and share their work. That’s almost as enticing to students as the favorable price tag. This is a solid back-to-school laptop deal.
6. Microsoft Surface 3 Laptop
The Microsoft Surface 3 Laptop is one of the best laptops in the world. The Surface 3 is powerful and provides plenty of utility, which is why we’ve named it one of the best laptops for college students, too. It’s currently on sale for $200 off at Best Buy. The touchscreen lets students interact with their work in more than one way while the 8GB of memory and 128GB SSD provides plenty of power and storage to handle whatever the semester throws your way. Plus the 11.5 hours of battery life will get you through a full day at school and still have enough juice for you to finish your homework when you get home.
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7. Dell Inspiron 15
This back-to-school laptop deal scores you a lot of computer at a reasonably small price tag. The Inspiron has a huge 15-inch display which is great for multitasking, especially if you don’t have another monitor handy. Beyond the screen size, the laptop has plenty of storage at 256GB and 8GB of RAM providing enough power for your schoolwork, and then some. When you consider everything you get, you start to understand that $200 off this laptop is a pretty substantial deal.
8. Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha
This Samsung laptop is a total powerhouse. And right now, you can get it for $150 off the original price at Best Buy. With 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage, you have all the power you need to do everything from running multiple programs at once to editing video. Toss in the QLED touchscreen in a package that weighs less than three pounds, and you got yourself one hell of a laptop at a screaming deal.