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Best back to school sales 2021: Apple products, laptops, tablets, backpacks and more

Best back to school deals 2021
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August is National Back to School Month and the best back-to-school sales are here. Now is a great time to save big Apple products, laptops, tablets, monitors and more.

Retailers from Amazon to Walmart — including electronics manufacturers, are running sitewide back-to-school sales on the best gadgets for students.

Apple's Education Store continues to offer huge savings for students, parents and teachers. Currently, Apple's back to school sale takes $100 off MacBooks and up to $100 off iPads. Sweetening the deal even more, Apple is tossing in free AirPods with your purchase. 

Not to be outdone, Samsung's Education Store slashes up to 30% off Samsung laptops, tablets, smartphones and more. Like Apple, Samsung is running a limited time promotion which bundles its Galaxy Book Pro laptop with a free Galaxy Buds Pro. What's more, Samsung's student discount program takes an15% off select Samsung products.

In the big box retailer arena, Best Buy's back to school sale knocks $250 off select configuration MacBook Air and MacBook Pro machines. After the student discount, the MacBook Air M1 starts from $799 ($200 off) whereas the entry model M1 MacBook Pro falls to $1,049. To get this deal, you must sign up for Best Buy's Student Deals program and select the on-page coupon.

These back to school sales include some of the best Apple deals we've seen all year. 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. From laptops to webcams, here are the best back to school deals you can get for students of all ages. 

Best back to school sales

Back-to-school laptops

HP Spectre x360 Convertible: was $1,499 now $1,349 @ HP
Now $150 off, the Editor's Choice HP Spectre x360 13 is one of the most luxurious 2-in-1 laptops we've tested. The laptop on sale packs a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) touch display and a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 4-core CPU, coupled with 16GB of RAM. For stashing your important files, there's a 512GB SSD on board with 32GB of Intel Optane memory. View Deal

HP Laptop 15z: was $559 now $439 @ HP
Now $120 off in HP's back-to-school sale, the HP 15z-ef2000 is a tremendous value. This machine packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2.1-GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5500U 6-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, AMD Radeon graphics and 128GB SSD. Embedded into its bezel is an HP True Vision 720p camera with dual-mic array for video calls. Note: This customizable laptop ships by August 31.
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Acer Chromebook Spin 713: was $445 now $405 @ Amazon
Grab the Editor's Choice Acer Chromebook Spin 713 for $27 off from Amazon. This sleek, premium 2-in-1 Chromebook's flexible hinges let you convert it into a tablet or use it in tent mode to view movies and videos. It packs a 13.5-inch (2256 x 1504) 2k display, 2.1-GHz Intel Core i3-10110U dual core CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB of eMMC storage. Whether you’re a business user, student, or general consumer, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is a solid choice.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Laptop: was $619 now $469 @ Office Depot
This Office Depot's back to sale knocks $150 off the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i. This machine packs a 17.3-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) display, 3.0-GHz Intel Core i3-1115G4 dual-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a massive 1TB SSD. It's a solid choice if you're looking for a sub-$500 laptop. View Deal

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5: was $430 now $341 @ Amazon
One of the best back to school laptop deals right now takes $85 off the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5. This 2-in-1 laptop has a sleek, premium design, beautiful 13-inch (1920 x 1080) touchscreen, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. View Deal


Apple MacBook Air: was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy
Not to be outdone, Best Buy's Student Deals knocks $250 off the latest MacBook Air M1. To get this deal, you must sign up for Best Buy's free Student Deals program and select the on-page clickable coupon. The MacBook Air packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, Apple M1 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. Save up to $250 on select MacBook Pro machines starting from $1,049View Deal

Apple MacBook Air M1 w/ Free AirPods: was $999 now $899 @ Apple
The Apple Education Store is slashing $100 off, the Editor's Choice MacBook Air M1. Besides Apple's latest 8-core processor, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. This deal includes a free pair of AirPods with your purchase which makes it one of the best MacBook deals you can get. View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro M1: was $1,299 now $1,199 @ Apple
Apple also takes $100 off the MacBook Pro with M1 chip. Besides a Apple's M1 8-core CPU, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU, and 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market. Apple is bundling this MacBook Pro with free AirPods. View Deal

Galaxy Book Pro w/ free Galaxy Buds Pro: was $1,099 now $807 @ Samsung via Student discount
Samsung's Education discount takes $292 off the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro laptop. One of the best portable 15-inch laptops around, it packs a 15.6-inch AMOLED display and a rated battery life of 20 hours. The laptop in this deal is configured with an 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7 14-core CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Even better, students and educators get free Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds (valued at $199) via Samsung's Education Discount Program. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Book S: was $950 now $675 @ Samsung (Student deal)
Now $275 below retail at Samsung's Education Store, the Galaxy Book S for students is one of the most portable laptops you can get. It pack a 13.3 (1920 x1080) display, 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-L16G7 5-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. Sign up with the Samsung Student Discount Program to drop its price down to $675.View Deal

Back-to-school tablets

Apple iPad Pro 12.9: was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon
The latest iPad Pro 12.9 with Apple M1 chip is at its lowest price yet. Apple's big screen 2021 iPad Pro packs a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina Display with XDR, Apple's blazing M1 processor, and a storage capacity of 128GB. The new iPad Pro 12.9 supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation) and works with Apple's Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. Walmart has it for the same price. View Deal

Apple iPad Pro 11" (128GB): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
The iPad Pro is currently $50 off at Amazon which drops it to its lowest price yet. The base model 2021 iPad Pro features an 11-inch Retina Display, Apple M1 chip, and 128GB of storage.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB): was $649 now $529 @ Amazon
One of the best back to school tablet deals at Amazon takes $120 off the Galaxy Tab S7. This powerful Samsung tablet has has a gorgeous 11-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS display, a snappy Snapdragon 865+ processor and it comes with an S Pen. What's more, its battery lasts for 13+ hours on a full charge. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite (32GB): was $159 now $129 @ Walmart
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is $30 off at Walmart. Light and portable, it features an 8.7-inch (1340 x 800) TFT touchscreen, 2.3-GHz MediaTek MT8768N 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of microSD-expandable storage. With its durable metal frame and powerful performance, it's a tablet the whole family can share. View Deal

Back-to-school monitors

HP M24f 1080p FreeSync Monitor: was $209 now $149 @ Best Buy
At $60 off, the HP M24f FHD Monitor is at its lowest price ever. It features a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 300 nits of brightness, anti-glare, on-screen controls and AMD FreeSync. For your connectivity needs, it equips you with an HDMI and VGA port.View Deal

Dell S3220DGF Curved 2K Monitor: was $449 now $349 @ Best Buy
Now $100 off and down to an all-time low price, this 2K curved monitor is a steal. It has a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and VESA DisplayHDR 400 technology for crystal clear, lifelike picture quality. Great for productivity and gaming, it has a 165Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, and AMD FreeSync 2 technology for smooth, lag-free gameplay.

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LG UltraGear 32" Gaming Monitor: was $349 now $249 @ Walmart
Suitable for productivity and gaming, the LG 32GN550-B is currently $100 off at Walmart. This 32-inch (1920 x 1080) display has a 165Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time. It's Nvidia G-SYNC Compatible with AMD FreeSync Premium. View Deal

Dell S2721Q 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor: was $450 now $369 @ Dell
If you need a monitor for your laptop, you can save $130 on the Dell S2721Q 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor. It has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz, 4ms response time, and AMD FreeSync. View Deal

Back-to-school storage

Samsung T7 500GB SSD: was $99 now $79 @ Amazon
Currently $20 off on Amazon, the Samsung T7 is the best external SSD for your laptop. Period. It has blazing fast transfer rate of 1,050 MB/s, overheating protection and a durable, shock-resistant design. If you're looking for a portable means of managing files this semester, the T7 is a wise solution. View Deal

WD My Passport 500GB SSD: was $120 now $79 @ Amazon
Now $40 off on Amazon, this WD My Passport 500GB SSD lets you carry and access your files anywhere. It delivers read speeds of up to 1,050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,000MB/s. Sporting a bold metal design, the My Passport is shock and vibration resistant, withstanding drops from up to 6.5ft. This SSD works with Windows and MacOS laptops. USB 3.2 Gen-2 ready, it comes with a USB-C cable and a USB-A adaptor for broad compatibility.View Deal

Samsung Evo Select 512GB microSD: was $99 now $69 @ Amazon
This Amazon back to school deal takes $30 off Samsung's Evo Select microSD. It's the lowest price ever for this Samsung memory card. It has ultrafast read speeds up to100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. Suitable for recording 4K video, it's an essential accessory for laptops, tablets, smartphones, and more. View Deal

Back-to-school headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4: was $349 now $278 @ Amazon
Amazon is slashing $71 off the excellent Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones. These Editor's Choice noise-cancelling headphones block distractions, provide excellent sound and crystal clear phone calls. Best Buy and Walmart offer the same deal. View Deal

Bose 700 Wireless Headphones: was $379 now $329 @ Focus Camera
Bose 700 headphones offer stellar noise-cancelling technology and up to 20 hours of battery life. They also support Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. They're currently $50 off, which is the second lowest price we've ever seen for these wireless headphones. View Deal

Bose QC35 II: was $299 now $249 @ Best Buy
The excellent Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones deliver above-average sound and superior noise-cancellation. Like the standard Bose QC35, they offer great sound, crystal clear call quality, wearing comfort and 20-hour long battery life. For a limited time, save $50 on this model at Best Buy and AmazonView Deal

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $197 @ Amazon
The excellent AirPods Pro wireless earbuds are $52 off right now at Amazon. With decent noise cancellation, good sound quality, and a comfortable, sweat-resistant design, the AirPods Pro is among the best wireless earbuds around. View Deal

Apple AirPods: was $199 now $159 @ Amazon
Walmart is currently slashing $39 off the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case. These Apple earbuds include a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. Walmart has them for the same price.View Deal

Apple AirPods Max: was $549 now $499 @ Amazon
Just in time for back-to-school, Amazon takes $49 off the excellent AirPods Max. Apple's latest headphones feature powerful H1 chips, nine microphones and 40mm drivers. With spatial sound, the AirPods Max provides an audio experience like no other. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: was $199 now $169 @ Amazon
Amazon is slashing $30 off the excellent Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds. Design-wise, the Galaxy Buds Pro are a mashup of Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Plus. With active noise-cancellation, IPX7 water-resistance, touch controls, and studio sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung's best wireless earbuds yet.
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Back-to-school webcams

Logitech C930e: was $129 now $75 @ Amazon
If you need an external webcam for your laptop, at $54 off, the Logitech C930e is a solid choice. It supports up to 1080p video at 30fps and features a built-in stereo noise-cancelling microphone. View Deal

Razer Kiyo: was $99 now $79 @ Amazon
Currently on sale for a record-low price, the Razer Kiyo is one of the best streaming webcams for Twitch. It delivers superb image quality and features a great design with an innovative ring light. Walmart has it for the same price.  View Deal

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000: for $39 @ Adorama
This true HD camera gives you bright and colorful video, and makes it easy to post to your favorite social sites. It offers crystal-clear audio thanks to a built-in omnidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation.View Deal

Back-to-school computer speakers

Amazon Basics USB Computer Speakers: $16 @ Amazon
Don't let the modest price fool you, the Amazon Basics USB Computer Speakers are among the best to buy. These high-performance USB-powered (5V) computer speakers feature bottom radiator for punchy bass. Its simple plug-and-play design makes it easy to set up and an in-line volume control makes it easy to adjust the volume.
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Creative Pebble V2 USB-C Laptop Speakers: was $29 now $25 @ Amazon
The Pebble V2 is the sophomore release of the wildly popular Pebble computer speakers. It maintains their minimalist Zen-inspired design and upgrades it with  twice the power and USB-C connectivity. The Pebble V2 has a peak power of up to 16W at peak power. For compatibility with legacy laptops, it ships with a USB-C to USB-A converter.View Deal

Back-to-school USB hubs

Belkin USB-C 4-in-1 MultiPort Hub Adapter: was $69 now $55 @ Amazon
The perfect all-in-one USB-C hub solution for connecting a USB-C laptop to any display. It has VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs to connect 4K monitors, smart TVs, projectors and more. It works with USB-C devices like the MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, Surface Pro, Chromebook and more. View Deal

Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub Multiport Adapter: was $27 now $29 @ Amazon
This Plugable Multiport hub works with MacBook, Chromebook or Windows machines. This USB-C Hub Multiport Adapter equips you with 7 ports including USB Type-A ports, a microSD card slot and a 4K HDMI port. View Deal

Ugreen USB-C Hub: $13 @ Amazon
The UGREEN USB-C Hub has four USB 3.0 ports and a Micro USB port. This is simple and doesn't possess as many complex ports as other hubs do, but if you just need additional USB 3.0 ports, this should do this trick.View Deal

Back-to-school backpacks

Laptop Backpack Sale: up to 82% off @ Nordstrom Rack
Nordstrom Rack is having a huge blowout sale on laptop backpacks for your back to school needs. For a limited time, you can save up to 85% on laptop backpacks from Hershel Supply Co, JanSport, Nike, Tumi and more.
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The North Face Jester: was $69 now $41 @ Mountain Steals
Now $28 off, the North Face Jester backpack is at its lowest price yet. This 27.5L backpack has a huge main compartment, padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, simplified organization pocket, mesh water bottle side pockets and 360 degree reflectivity. For optimal comfort, it has a FlexVent suspension system, padded back panel and breathable lumbar panel. View Deal

Hershel Pop Quiz: was $79 now $55 @ Hershel
Save $24 on the 22L Hershel Supply Company Pop Quiz Backpack this week. It features Hershel's signature stipe fabric liner, a padded, fleece lined 15-inch laptop sleeve, and a front zip pocket with internal organizer. View Deal

JanSport Cool Student Backpack: extra 15% off backpacks @ Macy's
For a limited time, save an extra 15% off regular price, sale and clearance backpacks. For example, you can get the JanSport Cool Student Backpack for $46 via Macy's checkout. This backpack features a durable polyester construction with JanSport's signature leather base. Ergonomically designed with S-curve shoulder straps and a padded back panel, the Cool Student Backpack provides maximum carrying comfort. For safekeeping classroom essentials, it has two spacious compartments, a 15-inch laptop sleeve, front utility pocket with organizer and a side water bottle pocket. What's more,  JanSport is backed by a lifetime warranty for free replacements or repairs. View Deal

Back-to-school student discounts

Amazon Student Discount: 6 month free trial
Prime Student is Amazon's affordable membership service for actively enrolled college students. It costs just $6.49 a month, which is half the price of a standard Prime account. Students get all the perks of Prime like free same-day delivery, access to exclusive deals and discounts on Amazon Music and Video streaming services. View Deal

Apple Student Discount: MacBooks from $899 @ Apple
Apple offers education pricing on MacBooks starting from $899. For a limited time, you'll get free AirPods when you purchase a MacBook or iPad for college. College students, parents, faculty members, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels are eligible for Apple's education discounts. View Deal

Samsung Student Discount: extra 15% off Samsung
From now until October 3, students, parents, and educators can save an extra 15% on select Samsung products. On already discounted items, this can amount to up to 30% off laptops, tablets, smartphones, monitors, and more. View Deal

Best Buy Student Discount: up to $400 off select laptops
Best Buy Student Deals offer special pricing on laptops, tablets, headphones, storage and more. From now until August 1, save up to $250 off a new MacBook or Chromebook. Additionally, save up to $300 off select Windows notebooks and $400 off select Lenovo laptops. 

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Dell Student Discount: up to $200 off select laptops and more @ Dell
From now until August 12, Dell's student discount slashes up to $200 off select laptops. Additionally, students can save 20% on select Dell monitors, wireless keyboards and mice. 

Lenovo Student Discounts: extra 10% off sitewide @ Lenovo
Students, teachers and parents can take an extra 10% sitewide on select Lenovo products. Save big on the brand's ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion and IdeaPad. Register now at Lenovo to save on back to school laptops, tablets and peripherals. Once verified, your student discount will automatically appear in your shopping cart.
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Microsoft Student Discounts: up to 10% off for students and parents
Microsoft offers students, parents and educators a 10% discount on select products. Save on Surface laptops and accessories like the Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro X, Surface Signature Type Covers, Surface Pen and more. View Deal

Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott is a Deals Writer at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, bringing you the best bargains on laptops, gaming gear, smart home gadgets, and wearables. After graduating from Hunter College with a degree in Film and Media Studies, she's written for iTechPost,, Parle Mag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not bringing readers the best deals, she's streaming her favorite shows or attending a live concert or pro wrestling event.