Dell back to school sales 2023 — XPS laptops from $849, monitors from $79

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Dell back to school deals are officially live. If you're a student — or parent of a student — Dell is offering aggressive price cuts on a wide variety of monitors, desktops, laptops, and more. 

Even if you're not heading back to campus, the Dell back to school deals event is a great opportunity to upgrade your current rig for a better, more powerful one. I've been covering retail holidays like back to school for over a decade. As deals editor at Tom's Guide, it's my job to separate the good deals from the mediocre ones. From now through the end of September I'll be curating the best Dell deals on items we've reviewed, recommend, or offer the best value. 

If you're looking for a new laptop, the XPS 13 for $849 is a solid buy. We've seen it sell for less (as low as $749), but the reason I like this deal is because this configuration comes with a Core i5-1230U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Configurations I've seen sell for $749 to $799 tend to skimp out on RAM, storage, or both. With 16GB, this XPS is bound to last you for more than just a school semester. It's worth noting that the 2022 XPS 13 only has two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports. There's an included USB-C to USB-A 3.0 adapter, but if you plan on connecting multiple devices, then you'll want to look at the XPS 15. 

Make sure to bookmark this guide for the best Dell back to school deals as they're releases. Also, check out our guide to the best back to school sales and Dell coupons.

Editor's Note: Dell tends to expire links to product pages very frequently, even when the deal is still active. If a deal we've listed below shows up as expired, browse through Dell's top sales section and it's likely you'll find the same deal there. 

Dell back to school deals

Laptops

Dell Inspiron 15: was $429 now $299 @ Dell

Dell Inspiron 15: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/deals-for-business/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop/nn3520ghjls_lqd" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $429 now $299 @ Dell
The Inspiron 15 is an everyday laptop that can be used for everything from homework to Netflix streaming. It features a 15.6-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD, Core i3-1115G4 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. We like this config because you get more than just entry-level specs, such as a 1080p 120Hz display.

Dell XPS 13: was $949 now $849 @ Dell

Dell XPS 13: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-13-laptop/spd/xps-13-9315-laptop/xn9315fteoh" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $949 now $849 @ Dell
The XPS 13 is one of our favorite overall laptops. Although we dislike that the 2022 model only has a pair of Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, it's still a capable machine for most users. In our <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/dell-xps-13-2022" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">XPS 13 (2022) review, we called it a good laptop for everyday computing and for streaming content. This config packs a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 60Hz display, Core i5-1230U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. 

Dell XPS 15: was $1,999 now $1,699 @ Dell

Dell XPS 15: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-15-laptop/spd/xps-15-9530-laptop/usexchbts9530gfpn" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,999 now $1,699 @ Dell
We named the Dell XPS 15 one of the <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/best-picks/best-laptops" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">best laptops you can buy. It's svelte and powerful enough for day-to-day school work with thin bezels that help the display shine. It's also packed to the gills with raw horsepower. The config on sale features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD, Core i7-13700H CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD. It's one of the biggest dollar-off discounts we've seen for this machine.

Dell XPS 17: was $2,399 now $1,899 @ Dell

Dell XPS 17: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-17-laptop/spd/xps-17-9730-laptop/usexchcto9730rpl02" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $2,399 now $1,899 @ Dell
If you're looking for a laptop with a bit more oomph, look no further than the XPS 17 laptop. It packs a Core i7-13700H CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and RTX 4060 GPU. You also get a stunning 17-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD. Although we didn't review this model, we've said previous generations offer a svelte size with workstation-grade power in a chassis that's comparable to many 15-inch notebooks.

Gaming

Dell G16 Gaming Laptop: was $1,249 now $899 @ Dell

Dell G16 Gaming Laptop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/gaming-laptops-pcs-and-accessories/g16-gaming-laptop/spd/g-series-16-7620-laptop/gn7620frqbh" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,249 now $899 @ Dell
This Dell G16 features a 16-inch 2560 x 1600 QHD 165Hz LCD, Core i7-12700H CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and an RTX 3050 Ti GPU. It's a reasonably priced machine for the casual PC gamer who doesn't require too much processing power. 

Alienware m16: was $1,699 now $1,449 @ Dell

Alienware m16: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/gaming-laptops-pcs-and-accessories/alienware-m16-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-m16-r1-laptop/useahbtsm16r1rplgkcx" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,699 now $1,449 @ Dell
The Alienware m16 is packed to the gills with raw horsepower, but it still manages to come in at an affordable price for a gaming rig. It features a 16-inch 2560 x 1600 Quad HD+ 165Hz LCD, Core i7-13700HX CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GPU. 

Alienware m18: was $1,949 now $1,749 @ Dell

Alienware m18: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/gaming-laptops-pcs-and-accessories/alienware-m18-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-m18-r1-laptop/useahctom18r1rpl02" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,949 now $1,749 @ Dell
Powered by a Core i7-13700HX CPU, the Alienware m18 promises to take your PC gaming to a new level. It features a giant 18-inch 1920 x 1200 480Hz LCD, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and an RTX 4060 GPU.

Alienware x14 R2 Gaming Laptop: was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Dell

Alienware x14 R2 Gaming Laptop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/gaming-laptops-pcs-and-accessories/alienware-x14-r2-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-x14-r2-laptop/useahctox14r2rpl06" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Dell
The Alienware x14 is an ultra-thin gaming rig that packs style and substance in a travel friendly design. In our <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/alienware-x14-review" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_self">Alienware x14 review, we called it a more-than-competent portable gaming rig that delivers solid performance thanks to its RTX 40 series GPU and advanced cooling features. This config features a 14-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD w/ 165Hz refresh rate, Core i7-13620H CPU, 32GB  of RAM, 1TB SSD, and RTX 4060 GPU. 

Alienware x16 Gaming Laptop: was $2,399 now $2,099 @ Dell

Alienware x16 Gaming Laptop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/deals-for-business/alienware-x16-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-x16-r1-laptop/useahctox16r1rpl03" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $2,399 now $2,099 @ Dell
The Alienware x16 is an RTX 40-series driven gaming rig with a futuristic design and large display. In our <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/alienware-x16-2023" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">Alienware x16 review, we said it runs games like a dream, though it can get hot at times. This config features a 16-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD w/ 240Hz refresh rate, Core i7-13700H CPU, 16GB  of RAM, 1TB SSD, and RTX 4070 GPU. 

Alienware Aurora R15: was $2,699 now $2,299 @ Dell

Alienware Aurora R15: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/alienware-aurora-r15-gaming-desktop/spd/alienware-aurora-r15-desktop/useahbtsr15rplghmx" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $2,699 now $2,299 @ Dell
The Alienware Aurora R15 is our <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-gaming-pc,review-2219.html" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">best gaming PC overall. It's stylish, features a chassis with plenty of ports/upgrade paths, and offers great performance for the price. This config features a Core i7-13700KF CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD with 1TB 7200 rpm HDD, and an RTX 4080 GPU with 16GB of RAM.

Desktops

Dell Inspiron Small Tower: was $849 now $649 @ Dell

Dell Inspiron Small Tower: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/inspiron-small-desktop/spd/inspiron-3020-small-desktop/useishbts3020gcrd" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $849 now $649 @ Dell
This affordable desktop PC comes configured with a 13th-Gen Intel Core i5-13400 CPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. We like its thin, compact size which makes it ideal for tight dorm rooms or bedrooms. 

Dell XPS Desktop: was $849 now $699 @ Dell

Dell XPS Desktop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/new-xps-desktop/spd/xps-8960-desktop/usexpsthcto8960rpl05" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $849 now $699 @ Dell
If you want the power and expandability of a desktop, this Dell back to school deal is for you. Currently, this XPS Desktop is on sale for $699. It features a Core i9-13900 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512TB SSD. 

Inspiron Desktop: was $1,019 now $749 @ Dell

Inspiron Desktop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/inspiron-desktop/spd/inspiron-3020-desktop/useithbts3020fyzp" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,019 now $749 @ Dell
This Inspiron desktop packs Intel's latest 13th-gen CPU, which makes it a great PC for personal or school use. It features a Core i7-13700 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. 

Inspiron 27" All-In-One: was $1,199 now $999 @ Dell

Inspiron 27" All-In-One: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/new-inspiron-27-all-in-one/spd/inspiron-27-7720-aio/useiahbts7720glkn" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,199 now $999 @ Dell
This all-in-one does exactly what you'd expect: It combines a monitor and a desktop PC into a single package. It comes with a Core i7-1355U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD . Plus, the in-built display measures 27 inches with a 1080p resolution. 

Monitors

Dell 22" 1080p Monitor: was $89 now $79 @ Dell

Dell 22" 1080p Monitor: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-22-monitor-se2222h/apd/210-ayyq/monitors-monitor-accessories" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $89 now $79 @ Dell
The Dell SE2222H is a budget-friendly 1080p monitor that can be used for work or school. It has HDMI/VGA ports as well as an 8ms response time. It's now at its lowest price to date. 

Dell 24" 1080p LCD: was $149 now $99 @ Dell

Dell 24" 1080p LCD: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-24-monitor-se2422h/apd/210-ayxt/monitors-monitor-accessories" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $149 now $99 @ Dell
The Dell SE2422H is a 1080p monitor that offers style, performance, and value. The IPS display supports AMD FreeSync tech and features a 75MHz refresh rate. It also offers two HDMI ports, and now Dell is selling it at a decent discount. 

Dell 27" QHD Monitor: was $259 now $199 @ Dell

Dell 27" QHD Monitor: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8900245-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-27-monitor-s2721ds/apd/210-axkp/monitors-monitor-accessories" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $259 now $199 @ Dell
The S2721DS monitor is perfect for anyone who wants a bit more screen real estate, but doesn't have a big budget. It features a 27-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 display, built-in speakers, and HDMI/DisplayPort connectivity. 

When will Dell back to school deals begin? 

The back to school season isn't a single retail holiday. Instead it's a season that generally lasts from July through September. That said, Dell's back to school sale has already started. We expect to see the best sales in August with deals winding down in early September. 

Dell back to school deals — what to expect 

It's no secret that Dell laptops and desktops can be found on sale any given day of the week. However, Dell back to school deals tend to offer bigger price cuts than the PC manufacturer's everyday deals. In previous years, we've seen record price lows on top-rated Dell devices like the XPS 13, XPS 15, and various Dell monitors. 

For instance, last summer the base XPS 13 dropped to $729, whereas the XPS 13 desktop sold for $599. Make sure to keep up with our Dell back to school deals coverage for the best discounts as they're launched. 

Dell back to school deals — what to buy?

Dell's back to school sales event will include discounts on the best gaming laptops and best gaming PCs of 2023. That said, Dell has a large category of desktops and laptops suitable for all types of students. Below are a few of the systems we recommend. Remember to always check for Dell coupons for stackable discounts. 

XPS 13: The XPS 13 was once our favorite laptop. While it's still a decent machine, the new version takes a few steps backwards. Specifically, you lose ports in order to gain a slightly slimmer design. That said, older models are still great and we expect to see bigger deals on the older versions of the XPS. These are excellent deals and you can expect pricing to start at $799.

Alienware Aurora R15: This is our favorite overall gaming PC. We like it because it improves upon its predecessors in multiple ways while packing the most powerful components you can afford in an attractive, easy-to-open chassis. It also runs cooler and quieter than its predecessors. Expect to see discounts of up to $500 on Alienware rigs. 

Dell G5 15 SE: If you're looking for a great value, the Dell G5 15 SE is one of the best budget gaming rigs you'll find. This laptop can keep up with some of the more expensive gaming laptops, especially at 1080p. You can expect very playable frame rates in games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider when running at max settings. Because it's already a solid value, discounts on this system will be smaller.  

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.