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Best back to school sales 2021: Deals on laptops, tablets, monitors and more

Best back to school sales 2021
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Back to school deals are still going strong this week as students head back to class. Retailers continue to offer solid discounts on laptops, tablets, monitors, headphones and more. 

Students, parents and teachers can also get extra savings with college student discounts. Although Apple's Education Store offers year-round discounts for students, parents and teachers — now there's an even more incentive. In addition to  slashing $100 off MacBooks and iPads, Apple is bundling them with free AirPods for a limited time. 

Not to be outdone, Samsung's Education Store continues to slash prices on laptops, tablets, smartphones and more. Even better, Samsung's student discount program knocks an extra 15% off.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of back to school sales and deals. From laptops to webcams, here are the best back to school sales going on right now. 

Best back to school sales 

Best back to school sales — Laptops

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. 

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro: was $1,199 now $999 @ Amazon
At $200 off, the Galaxy Book Pro is a tremendous value. 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 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 4-core CPU, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. 

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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. 

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. 

Best back to school sales — Tablets

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Apple iPad Air: was $599 now $499 @ Amazon
One of the best extended Labor Day deals on Apple devices takes $100 off the latest iPad Air. This tablet brings pro grade specs to the mid-ranger with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (with P3 wide color gamut), A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, a USB C port for charging and connectivity, as well as support for Apple’s best accessories.

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Apple iPad Pro 11" (128GB): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
The iPad Pro is currently $50 off at Amazon. Powered by the same M1 chip found in the latest MacBooks, the 2021 iPad Pro brings blazing performance to Apple's best-selling tablets. The iPad Pro in this deal packs an 11-inch Retina Display, Apple M1 CPU and 128GB of storage.

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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. 

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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro: was $499 now $339 @ Lenovo
Save $160 on the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro tablet via coupon, "TABBUSTERS" during Lenovo's Labor Day sale. It packs an 11.5-inch (2560 x 1600) OLED display, 8-core Snapdragon 730G CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of microSD expandable storage. Quad Dolby enhanced speakers, a dual mic array, and an 8MP front camera make it great for watching movies video calls. If you want more memory for multitasking, you can get the Tab P11 Pro with 6GB of RAM for $439 ($100 off). 

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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab: was $269 now $179 @ Lenovo
Save $90 on the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab during the PC maker's sitewide sale. The Yoga Smart Tab features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS touch display, a 8-core 2.0-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of microSD-expandable storage. It has a built-in kickstand that lets it tilt, stand or hang it on a kitchen wall.

Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 w/ Keyboard: was $959 now $599 @ Best Buy
Save $360 off the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard bundle. It packs a 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) PixelSense display, a 10th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Even better, it includes a Type Cover keyboard (a $129 value). 

Best back to school sales — Monitors

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Samsung 34-inch 1440p Ultra WQHD Monitor: was $549 now $279 @ Walmart
Save $270 off the Samsung 34-inch 1440p Ultra WQHD Monitor at Walmart. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio and (3,440 x 1,440) display for razer sharp images and immersive viewing. Picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture lets you view sources side by size or resize sources up to 25%, respectively. Quantities are low, so act fast to optimize your productivity and entertainment for less.   

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Dell S2721Q 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor: was $499 now $379 @ Dell
If you need a monitor for your laptop, you can save $120 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. 

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Samsung UR50 28-inch 4K Monitor: was $369 now $329 @ Samsung
For a limited time, save $40 on the 28-inch Samsung UR50 4K monitor. It features a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution which enhances details in photos, illustrations and videos. What's more, UHD upscaling automatically converts SD, HD and FHD content to near UHD-level quality.

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Gigabyte 27-inch 165Hz Curved Gaming Monitor: was $249 now $219 @ Amazon
Gigabyte 27-inch (1920 x 1080) display at 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response. This 1500R curvature monitor features AMD FreeSync Premium for smooth, tear-free gaming.

Best back to school sales — Storage

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PNY Turbo Attaché 4 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (256GB): was $59 now $27 @ Amazon
Amazon is currently taking $32 off the PNY Turbo Attache' 4 USB 3.0 flash drive. It's a great means of safe-keeping files, videos, photos and adding instant storage to your laptop. 

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Toshiba Canvio Flex 2TB Portable External Hard Drive: was $74 now $55 @ Amazon
At $20 off, the Canvio Flex Portable External Hard Drive is at its lowest price yet. Ready to go out of the box, it's formatted for Windows PC, Mac and devices with USB-C connectivity. 

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Samsung T7 500GB SSD: was $99 now $76 @ Amazon
Currently $24 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. 

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WD My Passport 500GB SSD: was $120 now $85 @ Amazon
Now $35 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.

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Samsung Evo Select 512GB microSD: was $99 now $65 @ Amazon
This Amazon back to school deal takes $35 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. 

Best back to school sales — headphones

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $179 @ Amazon
One standout pre deal from Amazon takes $69 off the excellent AirPods Pro. With decent noise cancellation, good sound quality, and a comfortable, sweat-resistant design, the AirPods Pro is among the best wireless earbuds around. Walmart has them for the same price.

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Bose 700 Noise-Cancelling 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 $69 off, which is the second lowest price we've ever seen for these wireless headphones. 

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: was $199 now $150 @ Amazon
Amazon is slashing $49 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.

Best back to school sales — Smartphones

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G Unlocked: was $999 now $749 @ Amazon
Amazon is currently slashing $250 off the factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G phone. It has a 6.7-inch (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED Plus 60Hz display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 8-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Unlocked: was $699 now $549 @ Amazon
The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is already one of the best values on the smartphone market at its full retail price. With a 120Hz display, triple-cameras and 5G support, it's virtually impossible to pass up this phone with a $150 discount! Samsung is also slashing up to $350 off when you trade-in an eligible device. 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G: up to $900 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 directly from Samsung now and get up to $900 off when you trade-in up to four devices. This deal includes four free months of YouTube Premium (valued at $47) three free months of Spotify Premium (valued at $29) and 6 free months of SiriusXM streaming (valued at $65).

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
As an alternative, buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Verizon and save up to $1,000 off the new Galaxy Z Fold 3. To get this deal, you must trade in your old or damaged smartphone within 30 days of purchase and open a new line. Plus get up to a $500 Virtual Prepaid Mastercard when you Switch to Verizon's 5G mobile network.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: up to $600 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Receive up to $600 in savings when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip 3 directly from Samsung and trade-in up to four devices. This deal also includes four free months of YouTube Premium (valued at $47) three free months of Spotify Premium (valued at $29) and 6 free months of SiriusXM streaming (valued at $65)

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Google Pixel 4 Unlocked: was $799 now $389 @ Amazon
At $409 off, the Pixel 4 is at a great price. Still one of the best Android phones around, the 2019 Pixel 4 has outstanding 16MP and 12MP cameras capable of taking DSLR-quality images. The 5.7-inch OLED display is gorgeous and the minimalist design is elegant and premium. This unlocked phone is GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE + 5G compatible. 

Best back to school sales — Webcams

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Logitech C930e: was $129 now $109 @ Amazon
If you need an external webcam for your laptop, at $21 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. 

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Razer Kiyo: was $99 now $71 @ Amazon
Currently $29 off, 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. 

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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.

Best back to school sales — USB hubs

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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. 

Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub Multiport Adapter

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. 

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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.

Best back to school sales — desks

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Flexispot 28-inch Standing Desk Converter: was $169 now $109 @ Amazon
Now $60 off, the 28-inch model Flexispot standing desk converter has never been cheaper. It features and ergonomic 2-tier design which includes a 28.4-wide top tier which supports monitors up to 27-inches. Moreover, the desk converter's spacious 12.1-inch depth fits a 13-inch laptop or standard size keyboard and mouse combo. 

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Vivo 32-inch Standing Desk Converter: was $149 now $99 @ Walmart
Currently $40 off, the 32-inch model Vivo Standing Desk is less than $1 shy from its record low price. This standing desk converter has a solid built which supports up to 33 pounds. The top surface measures 31.5 x 15.7-inches which makes it great for dual monitor setups. Meanwhile, its 31.3 x 11.8-inch keyboard tray raises to align with the top surface for comfortable typing. 

Backpack deals

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Laptop Backpack Sale: up to 78% 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 78% on laptop backpacks from Hershel Supply Co, JanSport, Nike, Tumi and more.

The North Face Jester Backpack

The North Face Jester: was $69 now $32 @ Mountain Steals
Now $36 off, the North Face Jester backpack has never been cheaper. 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. 

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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. 

Student discounts

Amazon Prime Membership

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Best Buy Student Discount: up to $400 off select laptops
Best Buy Student Deals offer special pricing on laptops, tablets, headphones, storage and more. For a limited time, save up to $400 off select Dell laptops



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

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Lenovo Student Discounts: extra 5% off sitewide @ Lenovo
Students, teachers and parents can take an extra 5% 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. 

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Razer Student Discounts: 20% off gaming gear, 5% off @ Razer
Students who register for Razer's Student Education program receive up to 20% off Razer products via coupon, "BACK2SCHOOL"

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.