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Back to school laptop deals 2021 — save on MacBooks, Chromebooks and more

Back to school laptop deals
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Back to school sales are here, and while students might be enjoying summer vacation, retailers are already offering money off a range of back to school laptops. 

Back to school laptop deals are typically one of the most popular categories in any seasonal sale, but with the significant rise in at-home learning over the last 12 months, it's no surprise that laptops are among the most in-demand products out there at the moment. 

We've rounded up the best back to school laptop deals currently available. Highlights of the current crop of offers include the Acer Chromebook 311 for $129 at Walmart ($100 off) and the Editor's Choice MacBook Air M1 on sale for $899 courtesy of Amazon ($100 off). 

Whether you're looking for a Chromebook that can do the basics or a more powerful device for more advanced tasks, maybe even a little bit of recreational gaming once all the work is done, then check out the best back to school laptop deals below. 

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Laptop deals under $299

Acer Chromebook 311: was $229 now $129 @ Walmart
If you want a laptop for the cheapest possible price, this Acer Chromebook 311 is one of the least expensive we've seen to date. On sale for just $129, this is the perfect back to school laptop deal for shoppers on a tight budget. It features a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.1GHz Celeron N4020 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC. View Deal

Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook : was $239 now $159 @ Walmart
This Lenovo Chromebook is perfect for at-home learning and is currently under $180 at Walmart. It features a 14-inch HD display, a MediaTek quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB EMMc storage. Not bad for such a low price. View Deal

HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $299 @ Adorama
Adorama has the HP Chromebook 14 in on sale for $299. It features a 14-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 APU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage.View Deal

Laptop deals under $599

Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $449 @ Walmart
It might be small but it's certainly mighty. This Gateway machine houses a 14.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 16GB RAM, and 256GB of storage. It also has Tuned by  THX Audio and built-in Cortana, to make it one of the best back to school laptop deals you'll find.View Deal

HP Laptop 15t-dw300: was $599 now $499 @ HP
This mid-range HP laptop doesn't sacrifice performance in the name of price. It includes an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 256GB SSD, and a 15.6 touch display. It's currently $100 off at HP. View Deal

Acer Spin 3: was $699 now $568 @ Walmart
This Acer Spin 3 doubles as both a laptop and a tablet. Making it perfect for home learning as well as working while travel. It features a FHD 14-inch touch-screen display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 156GB SSD for storage. it's currently more than $100 off at Walmart. View Deal

Laptop deals over $599

MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance, thanks to its new Apple M1 chip. It also lasted over 14 hours on our battery test. It's one of the best back to school laptop deals of all time as this model is one of the best machines we've reviewed. In fact, it's now at its second-lowest price ever. Meanwhile, the 512GB model is $150 off if you need the extra storage. View Deal

HP Omen 15t: was $1,079 now $899 @ HP
Back-to-school laptop deals can also include gaming rigs. HP currently has its Omen 15t on sale for just $899. It includes a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i7-10750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1660 Ti GPU. View Deal

Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $1,329 now $1,098 @ Walmart
The Surface Pro 7 is considered one of the best tablets on the market. With Windows 10 built-in, a great display and its high-quality type cover included, the Surface Pro 7 is an ideal machine if you're looking for a premium 2-in-1 laptop at an affordable price. It's more than $330 off at Walmart.View Deal

Rory is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics including tech news, deals, gaming, streaming and more. When he’s not writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found watching a borderline unhealthy amount of movies and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.