Back-to-school sales are back, which means big savings on laptops, backpacks, headphones and more. Whether you’re off to university, going to college or heading into a new school year, this is the best time to stock up on all the essential supplies.
No, we’re not talking about school uniforms! We’re talking about cool stuff like laptops, tablets, headphones and more. Lucky for you, the big retailers like Argos, Currys PC World and Amazon have pulled out all the stops with some huge sales on these essential products.
Not only that, but you’ll find some interesting freebies that’ll give you everything you need to get stuff done. We’ve listed the best back-to-school sales below, but carry on further down, as we pick out the cream of the crop.
Best back to school sales
- Stock up on all the essentials in Amazon’s back to school sale
- Up to £230 off laptops at Currys PC World
- Up to £570 off laptops at Dell
- Up to £336 off laptops at Box.co.uk
- Up to £274 off Surface laptops at Microsoft
- Get Office 365 Education for free at Microsoft
- Get 65% off Adobe Creative Suite (whether you’re a student or teacher)
- Backpacks from the likes of Adidas and Nike, starting from just £14 at Argos
- Up to £100 off headphones at Currys PC World
- Up to £119 off Chromebooks at Currys PC World
Back-to-school laptop deals
Not every student is the same. While some need a laptop for the essentials, others need more horsepower for their workloads.
That’s why we have a handy guide to the best back-to-school laptop deals in the U.K. for every use case. Below are the best overall.
Asus Vivobook 14-inch: was £249.99 now £199.99 @ Amazon UK
With this Vivobook, you get a durable, stylish shell that holds a respectable amount of power for the price. Specs include an Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC memory. There is also a colourful HD display, the touchpad doubles up as a numpad, and you get a full year of Microsoft Office for free!
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Essentials Bundle: was £628.97 now £538.98 @ Microsoft
This bundle includes Surface Go 2, discounted Type Cover in the colour of your choice, 15-months of Microsoft 365 subscription for the price of 12. Also students can save 20% on optional accessories like pen, mice and headphones and up to 50% on a range of cases and sleeves.
MacBook Air (M1/8GB/256GB): was £999 now £926 @ Amazon
Here is the cheapest way to get a taste of Apple’s new silicon while on the go. As you can read in our MacBook Air with M1 review, the switch to an ARM-based processor presents a groundbreaking transformation with blistering performance and super-long battery life. All of this is crammed into a seriously sleek chassis and runs so cool, it doesn’t need a fan.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go: was £758.99 now £688.99 @ Microsoft
A sleek all-rounder for the whole family. This configuration of Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Not only that, but you can get 15 months of Microsoft 365 for the price of 12.
MacBook Pro (M1/8GB/256GB): was £1,299 now £1,159 @ Amazon
Turning back to Apple, we fell head over heels for the M1 MacBook Pro for bringing stellar performance and bonkers battery life thanks to Apple’s ARM-based silicon. If you’re a creative pro in need of a machine that can do it all on the go, it’s hard to find much better than this (I use one myself).
New Dell XPS 13: was £1,398 now £1,288 @ Dell
Take a look at our 5-star Dell XPS 13 review and you’ll see just how much we love this portable powerhouse for its top-shelf specs and stylish design. This one is no different, cramming an 11th gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD into this masterfully crafted hardware with a bright and lovely FHD+ display on a 360-degree hinge.
Back to school software deals
Of course, buying a laptop is only half the battle. You need software to do your work. Here are some big savings on popular packages.
Microsoft Office 365 Education: Free with an academic email address
Microsoft Office software isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about, but a good word processor and spreadsheet manager are essential to schoolwork. Microsoft makes some of the best and you can get the education version for free with your college/university email address.
Back to school backpack deals
The best rucksacks for college students need to be durable, offer plenty of space for your personal effects, give you padding to protect your laptop, and look good too — all while still being affordable.
It’s a tall order, but we’ve found a few great options. If you want more recommendations, check out our best backpacks and laptop bags list.
Back to school headphone deals
Listening to music and podcasts helps you concentrate. My relentlessly replayed Lo-Fi playlist and addiction to D&D shows speaks volumes to its importance. So that is why you need a stylish, great-sounding, portable set of cans or true wireless earbuds.
Of course, for more discounts, check out our best headphone deals list.
Apple AirPods: was £159 now £119 @ Appliances Direct
Packed with rich sound quality, all the smarts granted by Apple’s H1 chip, including seamless device switching and a rapid wireless connection, and easy-to-use touch controls, this entry point into the Apple wireless earbud ecosystem is ideal for those who want the seamless iPhone experience on the cheap.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro: was £129.99 now £79.99 @ Soundcore with code WS24T3YM1J
Recommended by 10 Grammy Award-winning artists, I personally use a pair as my daily drivers and love them. The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro offers a clear, deep sound quality, great noise cancellation, an awesome app with a fully customisable EQ and powerful mics for good call quality.
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Jason brings a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.