When you’re stocking up on pens, pencils, notebooks (the kind with paper, not a power cord) and erasers, your best bet for scoring good deals are the staples: big box stores and retail kingmaker, Amazon. While you can’t go wrong at Target and Walmart for the little things, for tech supplies, like laptops, headphones, and notebooks (the kind that requires a power cord, not paper), there’s no one-stop-shop for all your back-to-school needs. Right now is a great time to score discounts on all kinds of back-to-school gadgets. Read on to find out when and where to get the best deals.
Laptops Deals for Back to School Shoppers
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Get an Education Discount on
If you’re in the market for a back-to-school laptop, then we have some good news:
The education discount is available to college students and their parents. School teachers — including homeschool teachers— and staff also qualify for this discount. Have an old
Get an Education Discount on PCs
Just like we suggested going to the source for discounts on Mac laptops, if you’re in the market for a PC, then head straight to Microsoft. There, you’ll find laptops discounted, anywhere from $250 off for the Surface Laptop Go to $330 off for the Surface Laptop 4. In April, TechRadar said, “the Surface 4 is the best Surface laptop yet.” If you expect to be writing a lot of papers, keep in mind that it has a keyboard that more than one tech publication has praised for its design and comfort.
At Dell, students can save $200 on the Inspiron 14 laptop and Inspiron 15 5000 Series. Dell also offers interest-free financing if you pay-off your purchase in 12 months.
If you don’t mind an older laptop model, then check out this tip by PCMag: Look for deals from major PC makers who need to make room for laptops hitting shelves now with the new Intel processors. And for back to school deals, be sure to peruse the inventory at
Tips on Finding Discounts on Back to School Tablets
Not sure whether to get a laptop or tablet for the classroom? The truth is, no one can really tell you which is best since both are portable, lightweight, and can handle a typical liberal-arts workload. When it comes to cost, there’s no hard-and-fast rule that tablets are cheaper than laptops. You can find inexpensive laptops and tablets that cost a fortune, and vice versa. So we won’t be telling you which device to get. But if you already decided on buying a back to school tablet, then we have some tips for buying a tablet that you can rely on.
Tablet buying guide
You don’t want to buy a device that won’t get you through a typical school day. After all, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a seat close to an outlet. The average battery life for tablets is just over seven hours. The iPad, at just $300, can stay powered for 11 to 14.5 hours. If you’re using the device just to take notes and not watching movies, playing video games, or scrolling through TikTok for hours at a time, then you’ll definitely make it through a school day on a single charge. For Android fans, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lit will stay charged for up to 12 hours. You can pick one up for about $330.
You may not need a ton of storage if you’re only taking notes. But no one wants to be limited to just note-taking. You’ll also be running apps, taking and storing photos, and between classes, you may want to take a break and watch a movie or catch up with a friend on video chat. A tablet with anywhere from 32 to 64 GB of memory should do the trick. The Galaxy Tab S8 by Samsung not only has 128GB, but also more than 13 hours of web-browsing battery life. Earlier this year the Galaxy was $700. In July, Samsung was selling it for $500. Also, for a limited time, if you trade in a device —
Buying a keyboard for your tablet will really up your note-taking game. Most tablets don’t come with keyboards, though some devices are designed to partner together. The
Getting Great Deals on Back to School Tech
So, just to reiterate, going to big box stores — the ones historically known for their cut-rate prices — won’t always guarantee you the best deals on all the gadgets you need for the new school semester. It’s the same with Amazon.com. Usually the leader in undercutting everyone else’s prices, it turns out that, this time, the world’s largest retailer couldn’t beat out the back-to-school deals offered directly by product manufacturer websites like