Best Back-to-School Laptop Deals

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The first college football top 20 polls are hot topics of conversation, which means universities are dusting off their professors, shining the ivy on the ancient halls and retailers are taking scalpels to prices on laptops so students can afford them. We've graded some deals on portable PCs from Apple, Asus, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft.

$250 Off Lenovo's Latest Yoga 710 15.6

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $799.99
Sale Price: $549.99
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: April 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: When you're collaborating in a meeting with other scholars, it's nice if you can let your team know what you're working on. That makes this larger Yoga pretty handy, considering the variety of positions it can assume (other than downward facing dog). Other than its physical flexibility, you get a full HD (1920 x 1080) 15.6-inch touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge with an HD webcam, an Intel Core i5-6200U processor with a 3MB Cache up to 2.8GHz and Intel HD Graphics 520 running Windows 10, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Other amenities include AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a media card reader and two USB 3.0 ports, and a 7-hour battery. Just don't forget to use your College Student Deals promotional code to get the $150 discount added to the current non-student $100 off offer.

Save Up To $300 On Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Retailer: Microsoft
Starting Price: $999.00
Save Up To: $699.00
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: October 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: Microsoft is discounting a plethora of Surface Pro 4 configurations for students, most by $150. But for some reason, this Intel Core i5/128GB/4GB edition of the Surface Pro 4, which we found to be the "faster and more useful than any Surface ever before," is sliced by a hefty $300.

$300 Off Microsoft Surface Book

Retailer: Microsoft
Regular Price: $1,499.00
Sale Price: $1,199.00
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: October 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: Microsoft is offering student discounts of varying levels on a half dozen configurations of its first-ever laptop. While there's a heftier $369 discount on the top $3,000-plus Core i7/1TB SSD/16GB RAM/dGPU configuration, we consider the $300 slice off the price of this entry-level Intel Core i5/128GB SSD/8GB RAM version the best value for students. "Although it's a clamshell first," we noted, "this venerable MacBook Pro foe transforms into a tablet with the push of a button, and its magnetically attached pen lets you take notes and draw with high precision… With superb battery life and a fantastically sharp display, the Surface Book deserves your attention."

Save $225 On Apple MacBook Air

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $999.99
Sale Price: $774.99
Sale Ends: August 31, 2016
When Released: May 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: Best Buy is offering students $150 off the already discounted prices on a stack of MacBook Airs configurations until the end of the month, but this baseline Intel Core i5/128GB SSD/8GB RAM version, already cut by $75, is arguably the best value for back-to-schoolers. "[T]he Air's combination of class-leading battery life (14 hours) and faster performance make it one of the best values around," we opined. "I also continue to like the comfortable keyboard and accurate touchpad." You'll see only a $75 price cut; you'll need your Best Buy College Student Deals promotional code to get the extra $150 off.

Students Get Additional $150 Off Apple MacBook Pro

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $1,499.99
Sale Price: $1,274.99
Sale Ends: August 31, 2016
When Released: May 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: There are rumors swirling about Apple intro'ing an update version of its venerable MacBook Pros, but this likely won't happen until after the new school year is well underway. So, in the meantime, Best Buy is offering students $150 off the already discounted prices on a variety of configurations of the existing MacBook Pro, whose "[b]lazing speed, an innovative new touchpad and super-long battery life put the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro in a class of its own." Of all these discounted editions, we judge this baseline Intel Core i5/256GB SSD/8GB RAM version, already cut by $75, the best value for campus denizens. You'll need your College Student Deals promotional code to add the extra $150 savings from Best Buy's existing $75 discount.

Save $130 on Asus F555LA-AB31

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $369.99
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: July 12, 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: Students can get a lot of laptop for your lira with this deal: out-front a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 (not touchscreen) display, then a 5th-generation 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-5010U brain backed by 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, a DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, 802.11ac Wi-Fi two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, single HDMI and VGA ports, and a keyboard with IceCool technology to keep the palm rest at a comfortable touching temperature.

SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSD Card Just $42

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $41.95
Sale Ends: not known

Why This Is a Good Deal: There's gonna be a lot of notes, photos, files and videos of lectures (yawn!) swapped in class and around campus, so you better make sure your Android smartphone has plenty of extra memory. Here's a cheap way to add to your phone's storage – two-thirds off this SanDisk 128GB microSDXC card – which provides speedy 80MB/s transfer speeds, and comes with an adapter so you can move all those extra bits to your laptop.

Save $50 On New 15.6-in. Lenovo IdeaPad 700

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $729.99
Sale Price: $679.99
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: May 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: "The Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is a laptop computer that doesn't try to push the envelope with bells and whistles," we reported; "instead it delivers solid performance and basic design that won’t cost an arm and a leg. While it's a bit more expensive than the cheapest laptops in our review, it's a good middle option between high-priced premium systems and low-priced alternatives that compromise in one area or another." This Windows 10 student sale configuration (model 80RU00FEUS) features a full HD 15.6-inch FHD equipped with an Intel Core i5-6300HQ aided by a Nvidia GeForce GTX950M, a hefty 12GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB SSD.

Less Than $200 for 14-in. Windows 10 HP Notebook

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $219.99
Sale Price: $199.99
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: May 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: Amazon has dubbed this new HP portable (model #14-an013nr) its "#1 new release in traditional laptops" – and for good reason. Packed alongside the 14-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display is an efficient 1.8GHz AMD E2-7110 QC quad core processor running Windows 10, with 4GB of RAM and a sparse 32GB SSD.

Students Save $200 On HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $699.99
Sale Price: $499.99
Sale Ends: August 27, 2016
When Released: May 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: Sometimes you need a laptop. Sometimes you need a tablet. Sometimes you have to present something to your study team. But who wants to carry around a half dozen devices? This fancy "modern gold" HP Pavilion Windows 10 convertible is equipped with a 13.3-inch touchscreen that flips around 360 degrees – hence its model name, but is more powerful than any tablet thanks to its Intel Core i5 engine and 8GB of RAM, and more copious thanks to its 128GB solid state drive. Just make sure to use your College Student Deals promotional code to get the $150 additional student discount over and above Best Buy's existing $50 discount.

$50 Off 14-Inch HP Chromebook

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $249.00
Sale Price: $199.00
When Released: March 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: "If you've been tempted to switch from a Windows 10 notebook to one that runs Google's lightweight Chrome OS, you might have noticed there aren't many big-screen Chromebooks available," we noted of this 14-inch 1366 x 768, Intel Celeron N2840-powered discounted configuration. "Enter the 14-inch HP Chromebook 14, which packs an Intel Celeron processor and a 1080p display. This attractive, teal-and-white laptop provides strong audio and plenty of performance for multitasking." Admittedly we weren't overly fond of the comparatively short battery life, but "[i]f you want a large screen for simultaneous document editing, internet browsing and video streaming, it packs enough punch to suit your needs."

$250 Off 13.3-Inch Apple Retina MacBook Pro

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $1,299.99
Sale Price: $1,049.99
When Released: March 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: You'll need your Best Buy College Student Deal promotional code (delivered via email) to get both the listed $150 discount plus the extra $100 student discount on Apple's latest 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro. "Who needs a touch screen, anyway?," we rhetorically asked in our Editor's Choice review. "Apple's new Force Touch trackpad has the potential for users to perform a much greater number of tasks than traditional touchpads, and gives Apple something to point to when its detractors complain about the lack of touch screens on its notebooks…Not only do you get much better performance, a brighter display and much faster storage, but you also get more than 12 hours of battery life."

Save $250 On Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $749.99
Sale Price: $499.99
When Released: November 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: You'll need your Best Buy College Student Deal promotional code (delivered via email) to get both the listed $100 discount plus the extra $150 student limited time discount on this Dell 15.6-inch Inspiron 2-in-1. This discounted updated includes a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 6th gen Intel Core i5-6200U processor with Intel HD 520 graphics, AC Wi-Fi and an HDMI out.

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6 comments
  • Justin Says:

    Hello There!
    Im goong back to school amd trying to find a good laptop now im almost sold on the surface pro but your price on here doesnt match with what microsofts price is? Also is the surface pro have lte capabilitys?

  • Sao Sorsor Says:

    I want a loptop with intel sticker on it.

  • Mike mcmahon Says:

    Buy for niece for school how do Iget school discount

  • Paula Roberts Says:

    Apple is offering an education discount-- while it's only $50 in some cases, just thought you should correct the record!

  • Haley McDonald Says:

    just a note that the Dell PC+TV deal is not available in Canada

  • Ron Abate Says:

    Chromebooks are hands down the best laptop buy for students and even adults. I have taught computer classes to adults and children using Apple and Windows machines. You simply cannot get a better buy than the Chromebook!

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