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Back to School Tech Deals

Back to School Tech Checklist

Traditionally Black Friday is the best time to shop for electronics, but Back to School sales in July and August are secretly a great time to check out tech deals. The Groupon Coupons team scoured stores, looking for the best deals on computers, tablets, headphones, and more so you can send your student back to school with the latest gear for less money.

If you're a college student, be sure to check out our student discounts guide to see if you can save even more!

Computers

Microsoft Surface Go

 

Back to School, Best Tech & Laptops Microsoft Surface Go

The Surface Go is the (much) more affordable version of Microsoft's impressive 2-in-1 Surface. Though the screen and power components had to be scaled back to fit the ultralightweight 1.1lb. body, the Go more than makes up for it with sleek design and easy transition from tablet to small laptop with Windows OS. And it has more than enough power to keep up with email, papers, and other schoolwork. (Keyboard sold separately.)

Microsoft — $399.99+

MacBook Pro 16"

Back to School, Best Tech & Laptops, MacBook Pro 15 Inch

 

Apple's MacBook Pro is still setting the standard when it comes to design and film and photo editing software. So students majoring in the arts may want to shell out more for the quick 9th generation Intel CPU, high-end Radeon Pro 5300M graphics, and the Touch Bar—a customizable tool bar that can be synced with Photoshop and Final Cut for fast and efficient access.

 

Best Buy — $2,099.99

Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3

Back to School, Tech Deals Sony Noise-Cancelling Headphones

These headphones really can do it all. They have excellent noise cancellation—a must for students sharing tight dorm rooms—and sound quality to boot. Plus, the battery life is an impressive 30 hours. The price tag is steep, but the price per use will be pretty low once you realize how much you'll use them. 

Amazon — $239+

Tech Accessories

HP Envy 3755

 

Back to School, Best Tech & Laptops HP printer

This all-in-one smart printer's biggest selling point isn't that it can print, scan, and copy wirelessly from your computer or mobile device, but that it is eligible for HP's Instant Ink refill program. Instead of guessing when your printer will run out of ink and then having to run out to the store when you're on a deadline, HP will automatically send a refill when your printer is running low, and you'll save up to 50% on the cost.

HP — $89.99

 

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook

 

Back to School, Tech & Laptops Lenovo Yoga Chromebook

Lenovo clearly designed the Yoga Chromebook with students' varied needs, uses, and budgets in mind. Using the fan-favorite C930 as a guide, Lenovo swapped out the Windows OS for Chrome's, but kept the impressive 4K display and quick performance to power through assignments and entertainment with ease. They also used the same 360º hinge that converts this full-size laptop into a convenient touchscreen tablet instantly. 

Lenovo — $679.99+

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Back to School, Best Tech Deals Microsoft Surface Laptop

 

If you're looking for more than the Go offers, look no further than the Surface Laptop 3. Not only do you get a larger 13.5" (or 15") screen and a full version of the Windows 365 OS, the Surface 3 also comes with a much faster processor and a lot more storage. This model is a true laptop, so you don't have to purchase extra accessories to get the most out of its functionality.

 

Microsoft — $999.99+

 

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

Back to School, Tech Deals Headphones & Earbuds

Reviewers agree that these Anker wireless earbuds are all around better than Apple's AirPods. The sound quality itself is better and these wireless buds have a noise-isolating design and silicone tips that help muffle ambient noise. Think of how much more productive you'll be at half the cost.

Amazon — $52.88+

 

Epson ET-2720 EcoTank

Back to School, Best Tech & Laptops Epson printer

The Epson EcoTank is pricier than many other printers, but that's because it comes fully stocked with TWO YEARS' worth of ink! That alone makes it a great choice for students who will be printing out long term papers and e-books on the regular. But the 10 page-per-minute speed, wireless printing capability, and small size also make it a worthwhile splurge for college kids.

Dell — $199.99

 

Acer Chromebook 15.6" HD

Back to School, Best Tech Acer Chromebook

Perfect for most humanities and business students, this basic Chromebook has a crisp 15.6" display and long 10-hour battery life. While the system is pretty bare bones in terms of computing power, you'll get the easy-to-navigate Chrome OS system, lightning-fast wireless capability, and two front-facing speakers for optimal sound. All this in a super-affordable and lightweight package. 

Target — $299.99

Lenovo Legion 7i

Back to School, Best Tech Lenovo Gaming Laptop

 

Gaming isn't the most important thing when buying a computer for college, but it is a consideration for many. And Lenovo's Legion 7i is one of the best laptops built for gaming around. The computer's huge 2TB SSD and best-in-class Nvidia graphics are all up to the task of schoolwork and gaming. The laptop is bit bulky, but it's a small trade-off for powering through graphics-heavy games.

 

Lenovo — $1,659.99+

 

Oontz Portable
Bluetooth Speaker

Back to School, Best Tech Headphones & Speakers

As much as our parents may wish it were, we all know college isn't just about studying. Students will have a lot of free time to mingle (at an appropriate distance), and for that, a Bluetooth speaker will come in handy. This surprisingly inexpensive model has more than 23,000 5-star reviews. People love the ease of pairing, that it's waterproof, and that the volume can get impressively loud for such a small, portable speaker.  

Amazon — $29.99

 

Verbatim Pinstripe 128GB USB Flash Drive

Back to School, Best Tech & Laptops USB Flash Drive

This USB flash drive from Verbatim is the perfect blend of speed, dependability, and price. The pocket-sized accessory has a huge storage capacity—128GB, aka the size of many iPhones—to back up all those term papers and notes you'll be cranking out this semester. Plus the retractable design protects the USB port, keeping your work safer as you move between your dorm, the library, and computer labs.

Amazon — $14.56

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