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Back to school laptop deals 2021: MacBooks, Chromebooks, Windows PC

Best back to school laptop deals 2021
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The best back to school laptop deals continue this week as students return to class. Whether you're returning to school or not, now is one of the best times of the year to buy a laptop

Currently, just about every PC retailer is slashing prices on the industry's best student laptops. Moreover, several retailers offer additional discounts for students and parents and educators.  

If you've had your eye on the latest MacBook, Best Buy currently has the lowest price. Students, parents and educators can get the entry level MacBook Air M1 starts for $849 ($150 off) or the base model M1 MacBook Pro falls for $1,049 ($200 off). Sign up for Best Buy's Student Deals program and select the on-page coupon to get the deal price.

Not sure which MacBook is for you? Check out our MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro comparison to help you choose. 

Alternatively, you can swing over to the Samsung's Education Store to get the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro with free Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds for $807 ($292 off). One of the best 15-inch laptops to buy, the Galaxy Book Pro boasts a 15.6-inch AMOLED display and rated 20 hour battery life.

The best back-to-school deals right now offer fantastic savings for everyone. From MacBooks to Chromebooks to Windows PCs, here are our favorite back-to-school laptop deals right now. 

Best back-to-school laptop deals

MacBooks

M1 MacBook Air

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. 

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Apple MacBook Pro M1 w/ free AirPods: 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. 

M1 MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air: was $999 now $849 @ Amazon
Currently $150 off at Amazon, Apple's MacBook Air M1-powered ultraportable is one of the best laptops to buy. The MacBook in this deal packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. As we note in our MacBook Air with M1 review, we were floored by its breathtaking performance, and slim, unibody design. We were also floored by its lengthy battery life which tapped out at 14 hours and 41 minutes during testing.

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Apple MacBook Pro M1: was $1,299 now $1,149 @ Amazon
This laptop deal takes $150 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 a 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market. Amazon also offers the 512GB SSD model MacBook Pro M1 for $1,349 ($150 off).

Chromebooks

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Asus Chromebook Flip C536: $569 Best Buy
Even when it's not on sale, the Asus Chromebook Flip C536 is one of the more affordable premium Chrome OS laptops out there. It features a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) touch display and 3.0-GHz Core i3-1115G4 dual-core CPU coupled with 8GB of RAM. For your storage needs, it boasts a 128GB SSD which you rarely see on a Chromebook. 

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook: was $999 now $699 @ Amazon Amazon is currently slashing $300 off the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook.  It features a 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED display razor-thin, aluminum design and built-in S Pen. Under the hood, it houses a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-10210U quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. 

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Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5: was $429 now $370 @ Amazon
Currently $59 off, the versatile Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 is one of the best Chromebooks to buy. In our Chromebook Flex 5 review, we liked its flexible 2-in-1 design, touchscreen with pen support, exceptional keyboard and webcam privacy shutter. One of the best Chromebooks to buy, it features a 13-inch (1920 x 1080) touchscreen, 2.1-GHz Intel Core i3-10110U dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC

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Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $370 now $236 @ Amazon
Over its predecessor, it offers enhanced CPU performance and a higher resolution display. Perfect for students from grades K-5, this Chromebook features a 14-inch (1920 x 1080) anti-glare display, 2.0-GHz MediaTek MT8183 8-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of microSD eMMC expandable storage. While these specs may seem paltry when compared to power laptops, it's all you need for writing, browsing and streaming. 

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HP Chromebook 11MK G9: was $285 now $248 @ HP
No HP back-to-school sale is complete without an HP Chromebook 11 deal. Now $37 off, the 2021 HP Chromebook 11MK is compact, durable and fast. It packs an 11.6-inch HD display and a 2.0-GHz MediaTek MT8183 8-core CPU paired with 4GB of RAM. ARM Mali G72 MP3 graphics and 32GB of eMMC storage round out its specs list. The HP Chromebook 11 is a suitable option if you're looking for a kid's starter laptop or a secondary, basic machine. 

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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 2-in-1: was $299 now $168 @ Walmart
Now $131 off, the convertible Chromebook Spin 311 is at its lowest price yet. It packs an 11.6-inch HD display, a 2.0-GHz MediaTek MT8183C Core Pilot 8-core CPU, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. Compact, sleek and versatile, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is perfect for your day-to-day needs. 

Windows PC

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 Touch: was $949 now $772 @ Dell
For a limited time, save $177 on the Editor's Choice Dell XPS 13 Touch laptop via coupon, "SAVE17". This machine has a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 256GB SSD. 

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Lenovo Flex 5 15: was $859 now $729 @ Newegg
For a limited time, save $130 on the Lenovo Flex 5. It has a 360-hinge design lets you transform from laptop to tablet to viewing mode. It's configured with a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) touchscreen display, 1.8-GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5700U 8-core CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop (2021): was $889 now $679 @ Dell
Dell's semi-annual sale offers various configuration Dell Inspiron 15 laptops starting from $749. And for a limited time, you can take an additional 17% off via coupon, "SAVE17". With its built-in lid sensor and high capacity 54WHr battery, the new Dell Inspiron 15 powers up fast and keeps up with the day. The laptop we recommend packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-11300H 4-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe Graphics and 256GB SSD. 

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15.6": was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Amazon
Now $200 off, the Galaxy Book Pro is one of the best portable 15-inch laptops around. It packs a 15.6-inch AMOLED 1080p display and a rated battery life of 20 hours. The laptop in this deal is configured with a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 4-core CPU, 16GB RAM, Iris Xe graphics and 512GB SSD. 

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Razer Back-to-School Laptop Bundles: from $1,299 @ Razer
Students can get everything they need for school in one place with Razer's back-to-school laptop bundles. For a limited time, apply coupon, "BACK2SCHOOL" at check to get a bonus Razer gift. 

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Lenovo ThinkPad X13: was $1,509 now $905 @ Lenovo
Lenovo's extended Labor Day sale takes up to 50% off the Intel-charged ThinkPad X13. We reviewed this laptop and praised its productivity-enhancing keyboard and solid battery life. The laptop we recommend packs a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) display, a 1.6-GHz i5-10210U 4-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Like all ThinkPads, it's built to military standards so it withstands extreme conditions, like high temperatures, altitude and humidity. 

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Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.