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LIVE: Best back-to-school Prime Day 2022 deals

There are only a few hours left of Prime Day to get the best deals on back-to-school items for your students and faculty

Back to School Prime Day
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Not only is Prime Day here, but school will be back in session before you know it. There's no better time to dive headfirst into the land of deals than now, especially if you're a student or faculty looking to enhance productivity. 

Whether it be with a fancy MacBook boasting Apple's incredible M2 chip, a powerful Windows to use the company's full 365 Suite, or a tablet to make on-the-go work a little more plausible, there's plenty here for everybody.


MacBook Air M2

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Students and educators save $100 on the new M2 MacBook Air. It features an M2 8-core processor, 8-Core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. It packs a 13.6-inch (2560 x 1600) Liquid Retina display, Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar, and Touch ID. Plus, you'll receive an Apple gift card valued at up to $150.

MacBook's latest is sure to last, with the previous iteration receiving a near-perfect score from Laptop. Our reviewer even went so far as to say "Put simply, the new MacBook Air is the best laptop for most people." We weren't disappointed by the power of the M1, and it seems like the M2 will be no different in that department.

Apple M2 MacBook Air: from $1,099 @ Apple Education

Apple MacBook Pro M2

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Save $100 on the new M2 MacBook Pro and get a gift card valued at up to $150 from Apple. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro features an M2 8-core processor, 10-Core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. it packs a 13.3-inch Liquid Retina display, Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar, and Touch ID. Plus, you'll receive an Apple gift card valued at up to $150.

Apple M2 MacBook Pro: from $1,199 @ Apple Education Store

Best Laptops of the Year

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The Apple Education Store is slashing $100 off, the Editor's Choice MacBook Air M1. Apple is sweetening this deal with a gift card up to $150. 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. Plus get a gift card up to $150.

Apple MacBook Air M1 w/ Free GC: was $999 now $899 @ Apple Education Store

Apple iPad

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Teachers and faculty get instant savings at the Apple Education Store. For a limited time, Apple is throwing in a free gift card valued at up to $100. The base model iPad Pro deal packs an 11-inch Retina Display, Apple M1 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, 8-core GPU and 128GB of storage.

Apple iPad Pro: from $549 @ Apple Education Store

XP-PEN Deco 01 V2

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Save $21 on the XP-Pen Deco 01 V2 graphics tablet which lets teachers create and explain interactive content on their screen in real-time. Super-portable, it has a 10 x 6.25-inch work area and is just 0.31 inches thin. It ships with a battery-free stylus and has 8 shortcut keys. The 8192 levels of instant pen pressure sensitivity ensures control an accuracy. This portable online teaching tablet works with Windows, Mac OS X, Android and Chrome OS. It supports ibis Paint X, FlipaClip, Medibang, Autodesk Sketchbook, Zenbrush, Artrage, and more.

XP-Pen Deco 01 V2 Graphics Tablet: was $69 now $48 @ Amazon

Best Laptops 2021: Microsoft Surface 4 (15-inch, AMD)

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Students, parents and teachers save up to $454 on Microsoft Surface devices. Save up to $300 on the Surface Pro 8, up to $200 on Surface Pro X and up to $454 on the excellent Surface Laptop 4. Additionally, net extra savings on select Surface accessories.

Microsoft Student Discounts: save up to $454 @ Microsoft

SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO

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Save $119 on the 1TB SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD. Built rugged, it's IP55 water-and-dust resistant, which makes it perfect for day-to-day use. Suitable for transferring large photo and video files, it delivers high read/write speeds of up to 2,000MB/s and has 256-bit AES encryption. Grab it today for an all-time low price. Amazon also offers the 4TB SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD for $479 ($420 off)

SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD 1TB: was $309 now $160 @ Amazon

HP 15-ef1073od laptop

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This HP 15 with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U is now just $499. For those after a reliable laptop for work or consuming content, you can't go wrong with this 15-inch notebook, boasting 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and Windows 11. 

HP develops some of the best laptops for professionals, and this HP 15 is no different. Running the latest Windows 11 OS, this HP 15 is ready to take on plenty of multi-tasking. While it may not boast the best screen resolution (1366 x 768), it will work great for those writing documents on Google Docs or Microsoft Word, making detailed tables in Microsoft Excel, and more. It's the perfect laptop for education needs, especially thanks to its inexpensive price tag.

HP Laptop 15 (ef2025nr): was $553 now $499 @ Amazon

WD TB Elements SE

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If you're looking for a high-speed drive, look no further than the Elements SE. Utilizing a USB 3.0 connection, this SSD can reach speeds up to 400 MB/s for PC, Mac, or console use. Weighing in at just under 1 ounce and able to resist up a drop up to 6.5 feet, the WD Elements SE is also incredibly mobile. Don't miss $30 off this premium SSD during Prime Day. 

As someone who always needed an external drive to work on my multi-media work throughout college, getting your hands on an SSD will be immensely useful. I stuck with an external HDD by the same company throughout the years for my degree, but I always had trouble with the speed required to transfer files. Using an SSD can drastically increase these speeds and let you avoid the headache I had to deal with.

WD Elements SE 2 TB External SSD: was $179 now $149 @ Amazon

Apple Watch Prime Day

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Now $120 off, the Apple Watch Series 7 has never been cheaper. Over the Watch Series 6, it offers a larger display and 33% faster wireless charging. It features a 41mm aluminum case and an always-on Retina display with up to 1,000 nits of brightness. Powering the smartwatch is an S7 SiP chip 64-bit dual-core processor. This is one of the best Apple deals you can get.

An accessory like this is not only useful for productivity, but it's also great in the education world. It can help you set reminders, keep you up to date with emails or messages, and a slew of useful apps can be downloaded to enhance your day-to-day.

Apple Watch Series 7: was $399 now $279 @ Amazon

Vari Electric Stranding Desk

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The Vari Essential Electric Standing Desk is a must-have for anyone looking to enhance their work-from-home experience, especially for a price that won't break the bank. And if you're in need of a wide, expansive place to work for school or college, this should provide more than enough space.

Vari desks are critically acclaimed and beloved by tech enthusiasts, but they can sometimes cost up to $900. Having to only spend $260 on a high quality desk, albeit smaller than the company's other options, is a steal.

As someone who has been stuck with an 18-inch deep desk for some time, I cannot overstate the value of a desk that's at least 24-inches deep. The back of my monitor stand is hanging off the edge my desk due to how little space I have and how gigantic my display is. If you're in need of improving your desk space, this is certainly a deal that's well-worth it

Vari Essential Electric Standing Desk 48 x 24-inch: was $400 now $260 @ Amazon

Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle

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The practical use of a Kindle cannot be understated in an educational setting. English classes, in particular, love to assign students with a host of novels to read; not only during the school seasons, but also during summer break. It's only July, so if you still have class readings to trudge through, consider getting yourself a kindle.

This Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle comes with an Amazon Leather Cover that perfectly fits to the screen and protects the front of your display. It also comes with, along with a natural leather cover that will protect the front of your display. It also comes with a power adapter to charge the Kindle.

This Kindle Oasis comes with 32GB of digital storage capacity, and can be ordered in Fabric Charcoal Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, or Leather Black, Merlot or Rustic.

Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle: was $350 now $222 at Amazon

HP Envy x360 2-in-1 laptop

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The HP Envy x360 2-in-1 is currently marked down to just $499 at Best Buy, a $300 savings as part of the company's Prime Day alternative sale. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, with a solid 1080p touchscreen and an incredible 11 hours and 23 minutes of battery life in our testing this is one of our favorite college laptops and one of the best back-to-school laptop deals we've seen during Prime Day.

Sony WH-XB910N wireless headphones deal

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Need to block out the rest of the house, dorm or library so you can stay focused? These Sony WH-XXB910N wireless noise-cancelling headphones have you covered and at an all-time low price of $124 at Amazon today, they won't crush your back-to-school budget. Our reviewer loved their bold and dynamic sound along with their excellent 30 hours of battery life with ANC on, which should get you through even the longest marathon study session.

Asus 14-inch deal $100

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If you either just a need a basic laptop for productivity and watching shows or movies or a secondary laptop as a backup just in case, this Asus 14-inch laptop is an unbelievable deal at just $99 at Best Buy for the company's Prime Day alternative sale.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

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Whether you need to drown out background noise while studying or listen to some tunes, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are a fantastic pair of wireless earbuds to pick up. Now, you can pick them up for under $100 thanks to this excellent Prime Day offer. They offer satisfying comfort, noise cancellation, sound, and wireless features that you won’t find on many rival models. 

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon

Prime Day deal: Gigabyte G5 KD

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Just because school will be back in session doesn't mean gaming is gone out the window. Looking for a laptop to work on but still have the power to play the latest PC games around? This Gigabyte G5 deal is right up your alley. Sporting a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) 144Hz display, Intel Core i5-11400H CPU, 16GB of RAM, RTX 3060 graphics, and a 512GB SSD, you can grab this gaming laptop with a $400 price cut.

Gigabyte G5 gaming laptop: was $1,299 now $899 @ Amazon

Prime Day deal: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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Just because it's Prime Day doesn't mean all the deals are coming from Amazon. In fact, the fantastic Lenovo Chromebook Duet is $150 at Best Buy. This Chromebook is capably equipped with a beautiful 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) display; MediaTek Helio P60T CPU; 128GB of storage; and 4GB of RAM, all in a pleasingly portable package. If you snag this 2-in-1 laptop, which comes with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover, prepare to watch your classmates grow green with envy.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet (128GB): now  $149 @ Best Buy

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2022

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Involved with education? Save $100 on the new M2 MacBook Pro and get a gift card valued at up to $150 from Apple. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro features an M2 8-core processor, 10-Core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. it packs a 13.3-inch Liquid Retina display, Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar, and Touch ID. Plus, you'll receive an Apple gift card valued at up to $150.

Apple M2 MacBook Pro: from $1,199 @ Apple Education Store

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Walmart comes out swinging with this deal on an entry-level laptop perfect for the young student in your life. The Asus VivoBook 14 comes with an AMD Athlon Gold 3150U, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD, and is a super affordable option for any student's first laptop. 

The 14-inch VivoBook is perfect for pushing documents, binge-watching videos, and is a solid all-around. For just $219, you get great performance, nice ergonomic styling, and 8 hours of battery life. Act now and save $90 on this Asus VivoBook 14 at Walmart.

Samsun Tab A8 tablet

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is one of the best mid-range tablets you can get. If you're in the market for an affordable tablet, this deal is right up your alley. Perfect for quickly researching topics or jotting down notes during class, this tablet was already an affordable purchase. Now, it is more affordable than ever at $159 on Amazon. That's a clean $70 saving!

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: was $229 now $159.99 @ Amazon

HUGE! Get a convertible touchscreen Chromebook for just $99

Lenovo Flex 5 convertible laptop

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Yep, you read that headline right! Best Buy has just rocked up and dropped one of the best Prime Day deals out there — the Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook for under $100!

The MediaTek chipset on-board gives everything a crisp fluidity for basic productivity, which thanks to Chrome OS and Google Drive, means you have easy access to all of your essays, spreadsheets and presentations on the cloud.

Plus, for your binge watching needs, that HD touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge means you can flip this round and relax after a hard day's work!

Buy the Lenovo Flex 3 now!

Get one of my favourite laptop backpacks for super cheap!

Bopai Backpack

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I love the Bopai laptop backpack, for its sleek stylings and sheer functionality — from its water resistance and padded laptop sleeve, to the integrated USB port and anti-theft design of the double zipper.

For today only, you can get $43 off and snap one up for just $55.10. That's amazing value for money for what you get, and a worthwhile addition to your Prime Day laptop deal.

Buy the Bopai Laptop backpack now!

Save 30% on this Veikk VK1200 11.6-inch drawing tablet

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The Veikk VK1200 is a fantastic affordable drawing tablet option for the young artist in your life. VK1200's active area is 11.6 inch IPS display with anti-glare film, it can protect the screen from scratches and offer a real paper-like drawing experience.

The VK1200 drawing monitor comes with a battery-free pen with 8192 levels of pen pressure, and it supports up to 60 degrees tilt function. The Veikk VK 1200 features 6 shortcut keys that can be customized according to your drawing habit in different software. It can improve efficiency and create a highly ergonomic and convenient work platform.

VEIKK VK1200 11.6 Inch Drawing tablet: was $219.99 now $169.99

Amazon Kindle Essentials Bundle:

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Prime members can save nearly 50% on the Amazon Kindle Essentials bundle starting from $72.97. The starter bundle includes: an Amazon Kindle eReader, Amazon Printed Cover-Library, and Power Adapter. The Kindle has  features a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight. It has an adjustable front light for comfortable reading in any environment. Plus, you can highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust text size—without ever leaving the page.

This is a great deal for those looking to catch up with their summer reading. It's inexpensive and useful for catching up on reading without needing to carry around heavy books.

Amazon Kindle Essentials Bundle: was $139 now $72 @ Amazon

MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop

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Depending on your needs a gaming laptop can make for a solid back-to-school laptop and with today's Prime Day deal the MSI Pulse GL66 with an RTX 3070 GPU is just $1,199 at Amazon. That's $300 off and the cheapest price we've ever seen for this model. The 3070 is paired with an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 144Hz 1080p display. If you are looking for a powerful performer at a reasonable price this is one of the best gaming laptop deals we've spotted during Prime Day.

Wacom Intuos and Cintiq Prime Day deals

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Art students or aspiring young artists shouldn't pass up the amazing Prime Day deals on Wacom drawing tablets. There are deals starting as low as $58 for the small Wacom Intuos drawing tablet, into the mid-range Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet for $429 and you can even score a rare savings on the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Creative Pen and Touch at $2,251 down from $2,749.