Best Back-to-School Laptop Deals of 2015

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One in five parents plans to buy a laptop or tablet this year, according to a FatWallet.com survey. Plus, 37 percent of these parents believe back-to-school is the best time to buy laptops for students. Based on the deals we've found, they're right. We've sorted through dozens of possible deals to narrow the list to the 25 laptop deals you may actually want.

 

Amazon

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Amazon's Intel Back-to-School Event isn't just for students — anyone can take advantage of it. Currently, 24 laptops are on sale. Of those, we'd recommend checking out the Acer Aspire Switch 10 detachable 2-in-1, which is $110 off. We named it the best Acer 2-in-1. Also on sale is the ASUS Transformer Book T200, which has a sleek design and comfortable keyboard, for $30 off. 

 The Kindle Fire HDX is 20 percent off on Amazon as well. We gave it 4 stars for having great parental controls and a long battery life of 10 hours and 19 minutes.

 

Apple

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Apple laptops are consistently excellent choices for students. We named the MacBook Air 11-inch the best Apple laptop for students, and the MacBook Air 13-inch is the best overall laptop for college. So it's very helpful that Apple's back-to-school promotions for students trump those in past years.

Year-round, students can save up to $200 on a new Mac and up to $20 on an iPad at Apple. Plus, students can pay those devices off on a monthly schedule.

On top of the regular student discount, with the debut of Apple Music, students can get a free pair of Beats Solo2 on-ear headphones (normally $199.95) with the purchase of an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro. This deal ends Sept. 18.

 To get these deals, you have to prove you are eligible. That means showing you're a college student, a parent buying for a college student, an educator or homeschool teacher, or a school administrator or staff member. Valid proof includes a student email address, a student ID, or a badge or paperwork from the state, if you are a homeschool teacher.

 

Best Buy

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For the upcoming school year, Best Buy has some deals you won't want to pass up. College students can sign up for exclusive deals through email, as long as it's an .edu email. The featured deal is $100 off a MacBook or iMac.

Students can also save $150 off of a Surface Pro 3 12-inch tablet, which we named the best overall 2-in-1 . The stellar 1920 x 1280-pixel display and long battery life make it a great choice for students.

Students can also save $150 on a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 13-inch touch-screen 2-in-1, which also found its way onto our best 2-in-1s list. In our review, we gave it 3.5 stars for its amazing versatility; it easily changes from tablet mode to notebook mode, and from stand mode to tent mode.  

 

Newegg

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Newegg is offering deals on hundreds of laptops and tablets that are not just for students. Some standouts include a savings of $200 on a MSI GS70 Stealth Pro, which scored 4 stars for its long battery life and slim design.

Anyone can also save $20 on Office 365 with the purchase of select PCs, like the 4 star-rated, futuristic Alienware 17 gaming laptop.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100, which we like because of its long battery life, is $80 off at Newegg. Or, you can get $80.99 off an ASUS Google Nexus 7, which we gave an Editors' Choice award because of its speedy performance and quality design.

Those with an .edu email address also can access Newegg's Student Store, which has a wide variety of laptops, tablets, desktop PCs, software, portable storage, and even ink and toner, on sale. For instance, students and educators can get $100 off a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. To top that off, Newegg is giving students and educators a 10 percent discount on their purchase if they have an .edu email.

 

Office Depot/Office Max

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There are 29 laptops currently on sale online at Office Depot/Office Max during the back-to-school shopping season. The 13.3-inch Toshiba Chromebook is $30 off. We love this budget-friendly machine for its loud speakers and smooth performance.

Also check out the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 8-inch tablet with 16GB, which is now $20 off. This bright, affordable tablet lasted 11:32 on our Laptop Mag Battery Test.

 

Walmart

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Although Walmart doesn't have any sales exclusively for students, it does have more than 30 laptops currently discounted. The retailer is offering a back-to-college bundle that includes a laptop, case, printer and USB flash drive, for a total savings of up to $50. You choose one laptop from a selection of 11. We recommend the budget-friendly HP Stream 13-inch with 32GB of storage, we gave it 3.5 stars because of its colorful design and quality speakers.

MORE: Best Laptops for College Students

 

Microsoft

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Microsoft always offers a ton of back-to-school deals that get students excited for the work ahead. The deal we like best? Save $89.90 on the Dell XPS 13, a 13-inch full-HD laptop that is currently our favorite laptop of all. The deal is valid until the end of December and only for K-12 and higher-education students, parents purchasing for students, and educators/staff.

However, you don't have to be a student to grab a good deal through Microsoft. You can get $150 off the Surface Pro 3 (without keyboard), a tablet with a stylish design and killer graphics.

Or, you can save $100 on select Windows PCs with Microsoft's promo code SAVE100, at least until the end of September (or until supplies last). One of these PCs is the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro-610, a gaming laptop that comes with Office 365 for Home and is already $264.90 off through Microsoft online. We gave the MSI GT72 Dominator 4 stars for its superior graphics and room-filling audio. 

 

Lenovo

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To guide you through the long list of 24 discount options, Lenovo is relying on a digital cast of characters like Academic Amy and Budget Brian to quiz you on your PC needs. The characters ask things like, "What do you want to do after college" and "What's your favorite subject?"

Our favorite deals on the list? Save $400.99 on a Yoga 3 Pro —the 3.5-star machine is currently the best 2-in-1 hybrid of all the Lenovo designs, in part because it is one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks on the market.

You could also choose to save $440.99 on a 15-inch Y50. This Lenovo offers good battery life, excellent gaming performance and a slim design, which is why we gave it 3.5 stars. 

 

Google

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Google is offering $30 off select Acer Chromebooks, and you don't have to be a student to get these deals. The Acer Chromebook 13, with its long battery life and comfy keyboard, is $20 off; and the Acer Chromebook 15 is $30 off. We gave the Acer Chromebook 15 3.5 stars for its processing power and captivating design.

 

Acer

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Acer says the best students #keepasking, and Acer has the answers with its back-to-school deals on 39 laptops, tablets and projectors. Among those 39 options, we recommend you pick up the Acer Aspire S7-392-9890 Ultrabook with a 13-inch touch screen (savings of $300). The Acer Aspire S7 is both beauty and brawn; we gave it 3.5 stars because of its sharp, bright display and fast processor.

 

Dell

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Dell is giving away free TVs if you buy a PC for back to school, assuming the laptop or desktop is $699.99 and up. The best thing about this deal is that you don't have to be a student or a teacher to take advantage of it. The free TV is an LG 32-inch TV with an LED screen, normally a $279.99 value.

There are 25 laptops eligible for this offer, including the new Alienware 17, which we gave 4 stars in our review for its sexy, 1080p display and superb battery life for a gaming laptop. Your gaming-obsessed student will thank you.

We would also recommend you check out the Dell Inspiron 13 7000, which we awarded 3.5 stars for its speedy performance and above-average battery life of 8 hours and 32 minutes.

MORE: The Best All-in-One Computers

MSI

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This year, MSI has a back-to-school special for the student gamers out there. With the purchase of select MSI gaming laptops at participating stores, you could receive up to five extra gaming accessories for free. Depending on the purchase, you can receive one of three gaming backpacks, a Dragon military dog tag, a stuffed Dragon collectable, a SteelSeries Siberia V2 Headset, and a keyboard skin.

One of the eligible gaming laptops is the MSI GT80 Titan SLI. For people who want a mechanical keyboard, this is the gaming laptop to beat. In fact, we gave it a stellar 4.5 stars for its digital touchpad that transforms into a number pad, as well as its outstanding graphics performance.

 

Samsung

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For back to school, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is on sale for $50 off through September 30. It's a super attractive laptop that we awarded 3.5 stars for its gorgeous design, bright full HD screen, powerful speakers and solid keyboard. It will definitely turn heads on campus.

 

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  • 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!