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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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Back to school sales are ramping up this week and it's never too early to shop for classroom essentials. Student discounts at retailers offer big savings on Apple gear, laptops, tablets, monitors and more. 

Currently, Best Buy's back to school sale takes up to $250 off various configuration MacBook Air and MacBook Pro machines. After the student discount, the MacBook Air starts from $799 whereas the entry model MacBook Pro falls to $1,049. These are the lowest prices ever for these MacBooks and among this week's best Apple deals

To take advantage of this back to school sale, sign up for Best Buy's Student Deals program and select the on-page coupon. 

Not to be outdone, Apple's Education Store takes $100 off MacBooks and up to $100 off iPads. Sweetening the deal even more, Apple is tossing in free AirPods with your purchase. 

Meanwhile, Samsung's Education Store knocks up to 30% off Samsung laptops, tablets, smartphones and more. For a limited time, student and educators can get the Galaxy Book S with Intel Core i5 CPU for $675 ($275 off). It's the Galaxy Book S laptop's lowest price yet. 

Big box retailer Walmart is running a huge back to school school sale on Chromebooks from Acer, Lenovo, HP, and Samsung. For a limited time, you can get the Lenovo Chromebook S330 for just $159. Don't let the modest price fool you, this 14-inch laptop is great for creating docs, managing emails, web browsing and streaming content. 

These are just a few examples of the best back to school deals happening this week. From laptops to webcams, here are the best back to school sales you can get right now. 

Best back to school sales

Best back to school deals on laptops

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 M1: 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

BRAND NEW AND ALREADY ON SALE

Apple MacBook Air: was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy
Not to be outdone, Best Buy's Student Deals knocks $200 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

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

HP Chromebook 11 (2021): was $259 now $199 @ Best Buy
This laptop deal from Best Buy takes $60 off the HP Chromebook 11. Small, portable, and reliable the 2021 Chromebook 11 packs an 11.6-inch HD display, 2.0-GHz MediaTek MT8183 8-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. These specs may now blow you away, however, it's all you need for creating docs, emails, web browsing and streaming content. View Deal

Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $359 now $243 @ Amazon
The latest Lenovo Chromebook 3 is $116 off at 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 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of microSD expandable storage. While these specs may seem paltry when compared to power laptops, it's all you need for writing, browsing and streaming. View Deal

HP Laptop 15z: was $559 now $429 @ HP
At $130 off, the HP Laptop 15z is an incredible 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 GPU and 128GB SSD. Its HP True Vision 720p camera with dual-mic array makes it great for video calling and conferencing.
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Best back to school deals on 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 $549 @ Amazon
One of the best tablet deals at Amazon takes $100 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

Best back to school deals on monitors

Dell S2721Q 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor: was $450 now $345 @ Dell
If you have more room in your budget, you can save $105 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

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

BenQ EW2780U 27-inch 4K Monitor: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon
Amazon is slashing $100 off the BenQ EW2780U 4K monitor. This 3840 x 2160 resolution 27-inch display features HDRi to deliver refined clarity and vivid color. Integrated speakers w/DSP provide detailed sound quality. And for your connectivity needs, the BenQ EW2780U supplies with USB-C, HDMI, and DP (DisplayPort) ports. View Deal

Best back to school deals on storage

Samsung T7 500GB SSD: was $99 now $69 @ Amazon
Currently $30 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. Grab it now for an all time low price! Best Buy offers this same back to school deal.View Deal

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.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 deals on headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3: was $349 now $249 @ Best Buy
Now $100 off, Sony's WH-1000XM3s are among the best wireless headphones around. These Bluetooth wireless 'phones offer signature Sony sound, industry-leading noise-cancellation and 30 hours of battery life.  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 $189 @ Amazon
The excellent AirPods Pro wireless earbuds are $59 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 $149 @ Amazon
Walmart is currently slashing $50 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

Sony WF-1000XM3: was $229 now $169 @ Amazon
Currently $60 off at Amazon, The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are a wireless triumph. They offer stellar sonics, impressive noise cancellation, and a plethora of features like built-in Alexa for easy voice access to music, news, and more. View Deal

Apple AirPods Max: was $549 now $479 @ Amazon
Just in time for back to school, Amazon takes $70 off the 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 deals on 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 $100 now $82 @ 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

Logitech C920 HD Pro: was $82 now $69 @ Amazon
If you need an external webcam for your laptop, the Logitech C920 HD Pro is the one to buy. It delivers excellent 1080p/720p video quality and has a sturdy grip.
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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.View Deal

Back to school deals on speakers

Edifier G2000 32W PC Computer Speakers: was $109 now $84 @ Amazon
Edifier G2000 computer pump out precise HIFI sound with powerful bass and clear treble. Whether you're watching movies, gaming or streaming your favorite playlist, you'll enjoy immersive, room-filling sound. View Deal

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 deals on 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 deals on backpacks

Laptop Backpack Sale: up to 85% 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: was $55 now $27 @ Macy's
Download the free Macy's app to save 50% off the JanSport Cool Student Backpack via coupon, "SAVE". 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

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, Examiner.com, 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.