Back-to-school live blog: Best laptops, backpacks and tablets for college

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  • Dell XPS 13 Laptop with Wireless Mobile Mouse: $1,179 $930 at Dell
    Use coupon code, “LAPTOPMAG5” at checkout.

Save $250 on the new Dell XPS 13 Bundle with Wireless Mobile Mouse. This laptop packs a 13.4-inch (1920 x 1200) anti-glare display with 500 nits brightness. The machine is powered by the latest 3.3GHz 10-core Intel Core i5-1230U processor paired with 8GB of RAM, Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB PCIe NVMe x2 SSD. We like the XPS 13 for its chassis attractive and high-end and its elastic and comfortable keyboard. This is the Editor’s Choice Best All-Round Laptop. Use coupon “LAPTOPMAG5” at checkout for a total discount of $250.

10.2 inch iPad tablet with Apple Pencil

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Save $30 on the 2021 Apple iPad at Amazon. This 9th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, an A13 Bionic chip, 64GB of storage and stereo speakers. It sports an 8MP wide-angle main camera on the back and a 12MP ultra-wide front camera. Touch ID and Apple Pay offer secure login payment. It’s the perfect tablet for students of all ages.

Get a massive $200 off JBL Under Armor Project Rock Headphones!

JBL Under Armor Project Rock

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Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? This isn’t a whoop ass box, but rather a super cheap pair of over-ear headphones that will help you study without distraction. With 45 hours of playback, these can last all your study sessions and more.

Plus, with that signature JBL sound, you get a ton of bass, balanced by impressive mids and soaring highs! So you better suplex that buy button and grab a pair now before they sell out.

Save over $300 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+

Surface Pro 7 Plus

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The mix of tablet and laptop makes Microsoft Surface an incredibly versatile workhorse for any student. The keyboard and trackpad on the cover are fantastic for experimenting at any size, while the touchscreen is super responsive and beautifully snappy for tweaking images in Photoshop.

And now you can pick up a Surface Pro 7+ for its lowest price of just $599 – with a 12.3-inch display, Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. is enough to do everything necessary.

Get the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ for just $599 – $330 off! (opens in a new tab)

Work and play with this amazing gaming laptop deal…

Asus TUF Gaming F15

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If you need a little extra power for your work (perhaps you’re doing something creative that requires the Adobe suite), or just want something that can double as both a productivity system and gaming, this Asus TUF F15 deal offers mind-blowing value for money!

The 15.6-inch FHD panel delivers a silky-smooth 144Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, you’ll find a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Plus, the full keyboard with numeric keypad makes it a great option for data entry.

Get $230 off the Asus TUF Dash F15 now – just $1,069 (opens in a new tab)

Get a good keyboard and mouse for under $20!

Logitech keyboard and mouse

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The next thing after a monitor is a decent keyboard and mouse, so you don’t always rely on the laptop’s touchpad and keyboard.

That’s where this lovely wireless keyboard and mouse combo from Logitech comes in – boasting a year’s worth of battery life and decent ergonomics with a tactile key on the board, it performs much better than that surprisingly low price of 18 $ suggests it.

Get this Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for just $18.48! (opens in a new tab)

Get $90 Off This Amazing Low-Cost LG Monitor

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If you want to turn your dorm room desk into the ultimate low-cost workstation, a monitor is a must. This 24-inch LG IPS panel delivers crisp 1080p imaging and a smooth 75Hz refresh rate to stay easy on the eyes (even in low light).

You can get $90 off at Best Buy, bringing that down to the crazy low price of just $109. With all the I/O you need to wire up your laptop and all gaming consoles, it’s a great addition to any student shopping list.

Buy this 24 inch LG monitor for just $109 right now! (opens in a new tab)

Get $50 off iPad Air (4th Gen)

iPad Air 5 vs. iPad Pro (11-inch)

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Need an ultraportable note taker? The iPad Air more than proves itself a worthy workhorse for all your educational needs!

Get $50 off the 4th Gen model, which is the one that packs an A14 Bionic chipset. To be fair, the M1 iPad Air is a bit useless, and it does everything you need at breakneck speeds.

Get the iPad Air for just $549

Work without distractions – Get $70 off AirPods Pro

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There are a ton of amazing wireless headphones out there, but if you’re using an iPhone, none unlock the full potential of hands-free living like the AirPods. And of all Apple headphones, the AirPods Pro are still some of the best headphones you can buy today.

Featuring power noise cancellation and stellar sound quality, if you need to tune in and focus on a job without the distraction of chatter or that guy in your dorms who’s always playing music a little too strong, it is the optimal choice.

Get $70 off AirPods Pro at Amazon right now (opens in a new tab)

Let’s talk about Chromebooks

Lenovo Chromebook 3

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In some ways, Chromebooks are the ultimate college breaker. The cloud-centric operating system means requirements for high-end internals are greatly reduced, and the free Google Drive suite guarantees you a full work suite at no cost.

With that in mind, let’s pick out two that are well worth your money. Starting small, the 11.6 inch Lenovo Chromebook 3 is only $89 (opens in a new tab)which is crazy value for money if you just need something to get things going.

Acer Chromebook 315

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If you want something that could also double as a screen to fall into YouTube wormholes, this is where the Acer Chromebook 315 (opens in a new tab) comes – packing a large 15.6-inch screen, which also means you also get a full numeric keypad (great for data entry). The best piece? That’s $120 off!

How to get Microsoft Office for free (and save $10 on Xbox Series S)

Microsoft Office logo

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This is a back-to-school live blog, so this update will only focus on the fact that you can get the entire Microsoft Office suite for free by by entering your school’s email address here. (opens in a new tab)

It would be highly unprofessional of us to mention that you can also get $10 off Xbox Series S (opens in a new tab) – a banger from an affordable games console that will help you blow off steam after those more intense study days.

gand the Xbox Series S for just $289 from Microsoft (opens in a new tab)

Xbox Series S review

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One of the best backpacks for your money just got a lot cheaper

Heaven's Gate backpack

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The Traveler’s Choice Heaven’s Gate backpack is a fantastic bag for its portability, carrying comfort and efficient use of space. It divides into many pockets and even contains a useful portable battery compartment with a hole to run a cable through and charge your phone. Ready to go.

And now you can get 42% off the price at Nordstrom Rack, bringing the price down to under $40!

Get the Traveler’s Choice Heaven’s Gate Backpack for just $39.97 (opens in a new tab)

Get a MacBook Air M1 at the lowest price ever

MacBook Air (m1, 2020)

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The world loves MacBooks, and this deal offers the best value on an Apple laptop! Sure, you can snag a MacBook Air M2, but the M1 processor packs more than enough power for all your work needs.

Head to Best Buy to get $150 off this ultrabook – packing Apple’s top-end silicon, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, plus surprisingly powerful speakers for your monitoring needs excessive.

Plus, it’s actually a better deal than Apple’s student program!

Get the MacBook Air M1 for just $849 at Best Buy

Carol C. Reed