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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 winding down now that students are back in the classroom and summer is firmly in the rearview mirror. However, retailers are still offering money off a range of back-to-school laptops to get the whole family through the next academic year. 

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 have been among the most in-demand products this year. 

We've rounded up the best back to school laptop deals that are still available. Highlights of the remaining offers include the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 for $179 (opens in new tab) at Walmart ($100 off) and the Editor's Choice MacBook Air M1 on sale for $899 (opens in new tab) 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

Samsung CB4 Chromebook 311: was $299 now $129 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you want a laptop for the cheapest possible price, this Samsung CB4 Chromebook 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 an 11.6-inch LCD display, Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC. Plus, it offers military-grade durability so is ideal for even young kids.  

Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook : was $279 now $190 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This Lenovo Chromebook is perfect for at-home learning and is currently $190 at Amazon. 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. 

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3: was $279 now $179 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Walmart is offering $100 off the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 which doubles as both a laptop and a tablet. With a 11.6-inch touch-screen display, Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage, it's a very solid entry-level machine. 

HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $299 @ Adorama (opens in new tab)
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.

Laptop deals under $599

Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $449 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
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.

HP Laptop 15t-dw300: was $599 now $449 @ HP (opens in new tab)
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 $150 off at HP. 

Acer Spin 3: was $699 now $529 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
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 $150 off at Walmart. 

Laptop deals over $599

MSI Prestige 14: was $1,199 now $899 @ Newegg (opens in new tab)
Packed with cutting-edge process power and able to handle almost any program thanks to its strong graphical capacities. The MSI Prestige 14 is a great pick for college students. It sports a 14-inch FHD display, Intel Core 10th Gen i5 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU and 512GB SSD. 

MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $949 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
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 $100 off (opens in new tab) if you need the extra storage. 

Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $1,329 now $998 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
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.

MacBook Pro M1 256GB: was $1,299 now $1,199 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Pro M1 is currently $150 off, making this one of the best laptop deals currently available. This configuration sports a 13.3-inch Retina display, an Apple-designed super-speedy M1 chip, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. If you're in the market for a MacBook this is a deal you can't afford to miss.

Razer Blade 15: was $1,499 now $1,184 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Gaming laptops aren't traditionally seen as back-to-school machines, but at $300 off this deal on the popular Razer Blade 15 is one you won't want to miss. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD display,10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTZ 1660 Ti, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a backlit keyboard as well. 

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED: was $1,899 now $1,399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The beastly Aero 15 OLED is currently a massive $431 off ay Amazon. The config on sale houses a 15.6-inch 4K AMOLED display, Core i7-9750H CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti GPU.

Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.