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Best back to school sales 2020: Deals at Best Buy, Apple and more

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Back to school sales are currently at their peak. While many students will be taking classes from home this year — one thing is certain: students of all ages will still need school supplies. As a result, retailers big and small are offering their best back to school sales right now. So we're rounding up the best sales on laptops, tablets, and more. 

The Best Back to School Sales 2020

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Back to school sales by category:

1: Chromebooks
2: Face Masks
3: Laptops
4: MacBooks
5: Tablets
6: iPads
7: Headphones
8: Webcams
9: Backpacks
10: TVs
11: Smartphones

Not surprisingly, we're seeing the most discounts on laptops. Dell, for instance, has an epic back to school sale in which you can take 10% off laptops, desktops, and monitors sitewide via coupon code "SAVE10".  

So whether you're shopping for a new laptop or a cheap pair of headphones, here are today's best back to school sales right now. (And make sure to check out our list of VPN deals to keep your laptop safe). 

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Buy a Mac or iPad, get free AirPods @ Apple
Back to school sales have arrived at Apple. Students and educators who purchase an eligible Mac or iPad will get a free pair of AirPods. The free AirPods are in addition to Apple's educational discounts, which take up to $200 off select Macs and iPads.View Deal

HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $299 @ Adorama
As the school semester begins, cheap laptops have become harder to find. However, Adorama has the HP Chromebook 14 in stock — and 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

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $220 @ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $220. That's $29 off and one of the best back to school sales you'll find for these premium Apple earbuds. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. View Deal

Disposable Masks 50-Pack: $4 @ Amazon
Amazon is selling this 50-pack of disposable face masks for just $4. That's the cheapest price we've seen for ANY 50-pack of masks. The 3-layer masks have an elastic earloop and nose bridge. Even if you're not going back to a classroom, this back to school sale is an amazing deal for everyday use. View Deal

Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $349 now $249 @ Dell
Chromebooks are practically sold out, so finding one in stock and on sale is a bit of a miracle. This durable Chromebook is built to withstand drops and spills. For just $249, you get a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display. (Note, this is sold via Dell's Work/Office website, so coupons don't apply). View Deal

Back to school Chromebook sales

Lenovo 100e Chromebook: $199 @ Adorama
This isn't a back to school deal per se, instead we're pointing out that Adorama has the Lenovo 100e Chromebook in stock for $199. This laptop has been near-impossible to find during the ongoing back to school season. It features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. It's perfect for kids or basic Internet work. View Deal

Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $549 @ Samsung
For a limited time, you can get the Samsung Chromebook 4K for as little as $549 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. Eligible devices include items like the iPhone 6s ($100 credit) or the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 ($75 credit). As for the laptop, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2-in-1 is one of the few Chromebooks to pack a 13.3-inch 4K screen. It also features a Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. View Deal

Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $349 now $249 @ Dell
The perfect back to school sale for accident prone kids, this durable Chromebook is built for drops and spills. For just $249, you get a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display. (Note, this is sold via Dell's Work/Office website, so coupons don't apply). View Deal

Yoga C630 Chromebook: was $699 now $629 @ Best Buy
The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 has a flexible, 360 degree flip and fold aluminum chassis. This model packs a 13.3-inch 1080p display, Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. View Deal

Back to school face mask sales

BYD Face Masks 50-Pack: $24 @ Office Depot
Office Depot has a 50-pack of disposable face masks on sale for $24.99. That's among the cheapest 50-packs we've seen. The 3-ply masks have elastic ear loops and a metal nose clip. View Deal

PopFunk Pleated Face Masks: was $14 now $9 @ Amazon
Amazon is taking $5 off a wide variety of PopFunk face masks. The masks feature licensed characters and logos from Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, and more. The one-size-fits-all masks feature adjustable ear loops and are machine washable. View Deal

Face Mask Filters 30-Pack: $18 @ Amazon
Need to restock on filters for your face mask? Amazon has this 30-pack of face mask filters for $18.99. The filters offer five layers of protection and can be used with most masks that offer an insert for filters. View Deal

Levi's Face Mask 3-Pack: $15 @ Amazon
Amazon has this 3-pack of Levi's reusable masks for $15. The masks are available in various colors/styles and are also reversible. View Deal

Steve Madden Combat Face Mask: $14 @Macy's
The Steve Madden Combat mask is an adult sized mask made of washable material. It includes 3 filters and features an adjustable nose bar and three layers. View Deal

Back to school laptop sales

HP 15z: was $449 now $409 @ HP
Back to school sales have started at HP and the 15z is the most affordable laptop in the manufacturer's ongoing sale. It packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 2.4GHz AMD Athlon Gold 3150U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. Recommended upgrades include a 1080p LCD (+$60) or a Ryzen 3 CPU (+$20).View Deal

Surface Laptop 3 (128GB): was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy
The Editors' Choice Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is on sale for just $799 at Best Buy. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for Microsoft's premium laptop and one of the best laptop deals we've seen for this machine. This configuration packs an Intel Core i5-1035G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Need more storage space? The 256GB model is $300 offView Deal

HP back to school sale: 30% off laptops @ HP
HP just launched its biggest back to school sale yet. The PC manufacturer is taking up to 30% off select laptops, most of which pack Intel's latest 10th-generation Intel CPU. The sale also includes printers, monitors, and gaming rigs.View Deal

HP Omen 15t: was $1,029 now $929 @ HP
Gaming rigs are also getting price cuts in HP's sale. The Omen 15t, for instance, is now $100 off and includes a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i7-10750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1650 Ti GPU. View Deal

HP Omen 15t (2020): was $1,069 now $969 @ HP
The Omen 15t (2020) is a stylish gaming beast with a minimalist design that looks less like a gaming rig and more like a premium laptop. It includes a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-10300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1650 Ti GPU. View Deal

XPS 13 (7390): was $958 now $793 @ Dell
The XPS 13 is one of the best laptops you can get. Dell currently has this Editor's Choice laptop on sale for $881. Use coupon code "SAVE10" to drop its price to $793.79. It packs a 13.3-inch 1080p LCD, Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.View Deal

XPS 13 (2020): was $979 now $881
The XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy period. The 2020 model has been on sale before, but right now you can get the base model for just $881.99 via coupon "SAVE10". This config should be suitable for most people as it features a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD, Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. If you want the step-up model with a Core i5-1035G1 CPU, you'll pay $970.19 after coupon, which is still a terrific XPS deal. View Deal

XPS 17 (2020): was $1,371 now $1,234
The new XPS 17 manages to squeeze a 17-inch panel into a 14.7-inch body. So although this is a desktop replacement, it's not your pop's 17 incher. Use promo code "SAVE10" to drop its price to $1,234.79. This 2020 laptop packs a 17-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD, Core i5-10300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. View Deal

Microsoft Store laptop deals: up to $450 off @ MS Store
The Microsoft Store is taking up to $450 off a wide range of laptops including budget machines, gaming rigs, and mainstream laptops. After discount, prices start at just $349 for the budget Asus VivoBook 15, which is the perfect cheap laptop for kids learning from home. View Deal

ThinkPad X1 Carbon: was $999 now $899 @ Lenovo
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ultimate business machine. As part of Lenovo's back to school sale, you can get the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for $899.99. That's the cheapest ThinkPad deal we've seen all year. The config on sale features a 14-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The coupon should be added to your cart automatically, but if not — use code "THINKDEAL" to get this price.View Deal

Back to school MacBook sales

Buy a Mac or iPad, get free AirPods @ Apple
Back to school sales have arrived at Apple. Students and educators who purchase an eligible Mac or iPad will get a free pair of AirPods. The free AirPods are in addition to Apple's educational discounts, which take up to $200 off select Macs and iPads.View Deal

MacBook Air 13" 2020: was $999 now $949 @ Amazon
The new MacBook Air features a (2560 x 1600) 13.3-inch Retina display, a Backlit Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, a 10th Gen Core i3 CPU and Intel Iris Plus graphics. If you have a valid student edu e-mail, you can get the same laptop for $849 at Best Buy. That's the cheapest price ever. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2020): was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Amazon
Apple offers four configurations of its new 2020 MacBook Pro 13.3-inch laptop. There are two configs with 8th-gen CPUs and two configs with 10th-gen CPUs. This model is one of the higher-tier MacBook Pros with a 10th-gen CPU. It houses a 2GHz Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. View Deal

16-inch MacBook Pro: was $2,399 now $2,149 @ Amazon
Hurry! The 16-inch MacBook Pro is $250 off at Amazon. This model comes with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics. It's the second-cheapest price we've seen for this machine. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2019): was $1,499 now $1,199 @ B&H
Arguably the best Apple laptop for most users, the MacBook Pro gives you loads of power in a super-portable chassis. This 2019 model has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and 256GB of storage.View Deal

Back to school tablet sales

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: was $349 now $299 @ Amazon
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4 is a compelling tablet for anyone who's in the market for an iPad alternative. Like the iPad in can be used for gaming, productivity, or streaming. It's now $50 off and at its lowest price ever making it one of the best back to school sales you can find. View Deal

Fire HD 8 Plus w/ wireless dock: was $149 now $139 @ Amazon
The Fire HD 8 Plus packs the same features found on the Fire HD 8, but houses 3GB of RAM (instead of 2GB), which means you'll get much snappier performance. It also supports wireless charging. This bundle includes the tablet and the wireless charging dock.View Deal

MS Surface Pro 7: was $959 now $599 @ Best Buy
This Microsoft Surface Pro 7 packs a 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) PixelSense display, 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It's currently $360 off and one of the cheapest prices we've seen for this configuration.View Deal

Kindle Paperwhite Bundle: was $189 now $169 @ Amazon
The Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle includes a Kindle Paperwhite along with a leather cover and power adapter. Normally on sale for $189, it's now $169 ($20 off). A great back to school sale for the avid reader. View Deal

Kindle Unlimited 2 months: was $19 now $1 @ Amazon
Already own a Kindle? Right now you can get 2 months of Kindle Unlimited for $1 ($19 off). Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 1 million titles, magazines, audiobooks, and more. It will renew at $9.99/month after your 2 months are up. View Deal

Back to school iPad sales

iPad Mini (64GB): was $399 now $349 @ Amazon
The latest Apple iPad Mini packs Apple's powerful A12 Bionic CPU, which delivers ridiculously fast performance. It outperforms the 2018 iPad and lasts nearly 13 hours per charge. This back to school deal is now $49 off. View Deal

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $799 now $749 @ Best Buy
Students with a valid edu-based e-mail can get the 2020 iPad Pro on sale for $749.99. (You'll have to sign up to Best Buy's free student deals newsletter to get an instant $50 voucher). It offers an 11-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, Apple's insanely fast A12Z Bionic CPU, and mouse/trackpad support. It features the same specs/hardware as the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but costs a few hundred dollars less if you don't need the larger screen. View Deal

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $999 now $949 @ Best Buy
The Editor's Choice 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the tablet you buy when you need blazing speed, 10 hours of battery life, and the biggest screen possible. The new iPad Pro also fully supports Apple's new pricey Magic Keyboard and cursor input. Students can get it for $949. (You'll have to sign up to Best Buy's free student deals newsletter to get an instant $50 voucher).View Deal

Back to school headphone sales

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $220@ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $220. That's $29 off and one of the best back to school sales you'll find for these premium Apple earbuds. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. View Deal

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $139 @ Amazon
Looking for slightly less expensive earbuds? Amazon has the AirPods with Standard Charging Case for $139. That's the cheapest back to school sale we've seen for AirPods. The headphones feature Apple's latest H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices.View Deal

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $169 @ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case on sale for $169. That's one of the best back to school sales we've seen for these buds. They come with a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. View Deal

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones: was $349 now $248 @ Amazon
The Sony WH-1000XM3 are among the best wireless headphones you can get. These over-ear style headphones offer superb sound, industry leading noise-cancellation, and up to 30 hours of battery life. They're now $101 off and at their lowest price ever. This is one of the best back to school sales we've ever seen for Sony's 'phones. View Deal

Powerbeats Pro: was $249 now $199 @ Amazon
These sweat-resistant earbuds are an excellent alternative to Apple's AirPods Pro. They're especially great if you prefer the stability that the around-the-ear hook design provides. Amazon's $50 discount makes this back to school deal a must-buy.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: was $149 now $129 @ Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are a great AirPods alternative for Android users. They offer seamless device pairing, water/sweat resistance, and long battery life. They're now on sale for $129.99 at Best Buy. View Deal

Bose 700: was $399 now $299 @ Amazon
The Bose 700 headphones are the best noise-cancelling 'phones you can get. They're stylish, comfortable to wear, and deliver the best noise-cancelling experience you can find. Even better, they're now $100 off (Arctic White only) and at their lowest price ever. When it comes to headphone discounts, this is one of the best back to school sales you'll see. View Deal

Bose 700: was $399 now $339 @ Amazon
Not a fan of the Arctic White color? The Triple Black and Silver Luxe are also on sale for $339 each ($60 off).  View Deal

Bose SoundSport Wireless: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon
Although we found them to be a bit bulky, the Bose SoundSport Wireless are reliable sports headphones that offer great sound under any condition. They're currently $10 shy of their all-time price low. View Deal

Beats Studio3 Wireless: was $349 now $199 @ Target
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones offer a comfy fit, 20 hours of battery life, and near-seamless pairing with iOS devices. Their active noise cancelling also does a decent job of blocking outside noise. They're just $10 shy of their all-time price low.View Deal

Bose QC 35 II Headphones: was $349 now $279 @ Amazon
The excellent Bose QC 35 II wireless headphones are on sale for $279. The Editor's Choice headphones are comfy to wear, provide excellent sound, and offer killer noise-cancelling technology. View Deal

Back to school monitor sales

Dell Dual Monitor Bundle: was $479 now $427
This dual monitor bundle is perfect for college students (or WFH folks) who need to upgrade their setup. It includes two Dell P2219H monitors and the Dell Dual Monitor Stand. Each panel features 1080p resolution and an 8ms response time. Coupon "SAVE10" drops the price to $427.49. Keep in mind that the monitors can't be used independently as they do not include their original stands.View Deal

Dell 21.5-inch 1080p LCD: was $113 now $102 @ Dell
Need a new monitor for your remote learning? The Dell SE2219H packs all the requisites including 1080p resolution, IPS panel, and both HDM/VGA connectivity. Coupon "SAVE10" slashes its price to just $102.59, which is just a few bucks shy of its all time low price. View Deal

Dell 24-inch Monitor: was $209 now $136 @ Dell
The SE2419H is one of the cheapest 1080p monitors you'll find in Dell's sale. It packs a 5ms response time and HDMI/VGA connectivity. Coupon "SAVE10" slashes its price to $136.79.View Deal

Back to school webcam sales

Logitech C270: $39 @ Adorama
The Logitech C270 is one of the least-expensive webcams we could find in stock. It offers 720p video streams and can take 3MP stills. Adorama has it for $39. View Deal

Lenovo 500 FHD Webcam: $69 @ Lenovo
The Lenovo 500 FHD webcam records in 1080p and also features facial recognition technology. It features a 75-degree lens plus 360-degree pan-and-til controls. View Deal

Green Extreme T200 1080p Webcam: $79 @ Adorama
Due to the webcam shortage, Adorama manufactured its own webcam. The Green Extreme T200 is a 1080p webcam that can be used with anything from Zoom calls to Skype meetings. It features a widescreen mode, autofocus system, and two built-in mics. View Deal

Back to school backpack sales

Mancro Laptop Backpack: $19 @ Amazon
The Mancro Laptop Backpack has over 10 compartments, one of which can house a 15-inch laptop. It also has a combination zipper lock, which ensures no one will open your laptop bag and steal its contents when you're not looking. View Deal

Matein Laptop Backpack: $29 @ Amazon
Don't let its cheap price fool you. The Matein Laptop Backpack is one of the best laptop bags on the market. The 27-liter bag features a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 17-inch laptop. It also has a USB-charging port, which connects to a battery backup in the bag that lets you charge your devices without having to open your backpack. (Battery not included). View Deal

AmazonBasics Classic School Backpack: $19 @ Amazon
Don't want to invest too much in a backpack? This Amazon backpack might be for you. The lightweight bag features adjustable padded shoulder straps, a large main compartment with laptop pocket, and water bottle side pockets. Best of all, it's very affordable at just $19. View Deal

Osprey UL Stuff Duffel: was $39 now $26 @ Amazon
The Osprey UL Stuff Duffel is the type of bag that's small when collapsed, but huge when fully open/expanded. It features a padded shoulder strap, 30L capacity, and can be stuffed into its own built-in storage pocket. View Deal

Buy a Razer Blade, get free messenger bag @ Razer
Through August 2, buy any Razer Blade laptop and get a free Razer messenger bag via coupon "FUTUREJULRZR". That's a $49 value and one of the best freebies we've seen from any PC manufacturer. View Deal

Nike Vapor Power: was $70 now $54 @ Kohl's
The Vapor Power backpack features a double exterior to help safeguard your items from the elements. It has a padded laptop sleeve and an added compartment for additional items. View Deal

Nike Air Jordan Backpack: was $65 now $48 @ Nike
The Nike Air Jordan Backpack is a strong, flexible backpack designed for just about any use. It features a laptop sleeve to keep your notebook safe and a tablet/smartphone pocket with a buckle closure. It's $17 off. View Deal

Classic Topload Bag by NAVA: was $39 now $21 @ Lenovo
Lenovo has the Classic Topload Bag by NAVA on sale for $21.99. That's $18 off and one of the cheapest backpacks you'll find. It accommodates laptops with screens of up to 15.6 inches and also features an adjustable shoulder strap. View Deal

Backpack sale: 25% off @ Macy's
Macy's is taking up to 25% off select backpacks during its back to school sale. The sale includes backpacks from Nine West, Fila (pictured), Kipling, Michael by Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, and more. View Deal

Back to school TV sales

TCL 65" 8 Series 4K QLED TV: was $1,999 now $999 @ Best Buy
The TCL 8-Series is TCL's first high-end TV. It has awesome picture quality, HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, Dolby Atmos, and Roku smart functionality. It's now 50% off and the cheapest it's ever been. View Deal

TCL 75" QLED Roku TV: was $2,999 now $1,799 @ Best Buy
Want a bigger screen? Best Buy also has the 75-inch TCL 8-Series QLED TV on sale for $1,799.99. That's $1,200 off and the best price we've seen for this excellent TV. View Deal

Insignia 24" Fire TV: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon
If you're looking for a cheap back to school sale that won't break your budget — this TV is it. The 24-inch Insignia Fire TV comes with a voice remote that lets you watch live TV, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, and more via voice commands. It's a 720p set, but perfect for small rooms and budgets. View Deal

TCL 40" Roku Smart TV: was $239 now $199 @ Amazon
Amazon has the TCL 40-inch Roku Smart TV on sale for $199.99. Though we wouldn't normally recommend TV with a sub-4K resolution, this one is cheap enough that it won't break any budget. We also like that it features Roku's platform as its operating system. View Deal

Samsung 43" 7-Series 4K TV: was $299 now $279 @ Best Buy
This 43-inch Samsung 7-Series TV features a gorgeous near bezel-free design. It also offers HDR support, 120Hz refresh rate, and voice control. It's only $20 off, but a solid back to school sale for anyone in search of a small TV. View Deal

Hisense 55" H65 4K TV: was $399 now $299 @ Best Buy
The Hisense H6 4K TV is a solid big-screen TV that won't break the bank. The Android TV offers HDR support, built-in Google Assistant, and DTS Virtual X, which offers enhanced audio quality. It's $100 off and one of the cheapest back to school sales you'll find. View Deal

Back to school smartphone sales

Google Pixel 4a: was $349 now $249 @ Best Buy
The new Pixel 4a is as close to perfect as phones get. Purchase it via Best Buy and activate it on Sprint/T-Mobile and its price will drop to $249. That's $100 off and one of the best back to school sales around. It features a gorgeous 5.81-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display, Snapdragon 730G CPU, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12.2MP (ƒ/1.7) rear camera, and 8MP (ƒ/2.0) front camera. View Deal

Galaxy S20 5G: $5/month @ AT&T
AT&T is offering the Galaxy S20 5G for as little as $5/month when you sign up for a 30-month installment plan and trade-in your old device. (It normally costs $33.34/month). Even if you don't have a device to trade-in, you'll still pay just $10/month, which is one of the best back to school sales we've seen. View Deal

Buy an iPhone, get free Bose headphones @ Visible
Through October 1, port your number to Verizon-owned Visible, purchase a new iPhone, and you'll get a free pair of Bose SoundLink II headphones. This offer is valid on all iPhone 11 models, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XR. It's one of the best student friendly back to school sales we've seen. View Deal

Unlocked OnePlus 7 Pro: was $699 now $549 @ OnePlus
Currently on sale for $549 ($150 off), the OnePlus 7 Pro packs everything you could want in a mid-tier phone. It sports a 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. View Deal