Back to school sales 2020: find the best deals on laptops, tablets, monitors and more

Back to school sales 2020
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It may feel like we've only just broken up for the summer holidays, but back to school sales are already underway. In fact - and even though it's not quite August yet - some are surprisingly good.

That's why we've gathered up the best back to school sales below. You'll find offers for laptops, tablets, bags, and more right here, all at the lowest prices. They'll be updated regularly with any addition price drops, so it might be a good idea to bookmark this page to stay in the loop.

Oh, and keep an eye out for more deals as we march ever-closer to the new term. More offers are sure to appear in the back to school sale as September draws in, and you'll find them here first.

The best back to school sales:

  • Amazon (opens in new tab) - great deals on a wide range of Amazon tech, and loads more
  • American Eagle (opens in new tab) - prices slashed across all clothing lines
  • Apple (opens in new tab) - FREE AirPods with a Mac or iPad for college
  • Best Buy (opens in new tab) - capitalize on discounts for students on everything tech, from laptops to headphones
  • B&H Photo (opens in new tab) - deals on lots of cool Apple tech like AirPods and iPads
  • Dell (opens in new tab) - great deals on laptops, monitors, and desktops - perfect for work or play
  • ebay (opens in new tab) - deals on, well, everything
  • Gap (opens in new tab) - save up to 75% on many things
  • H&M (opens in new tab) - reductions on back to school clothing ranges and styles
  • HP (opens in new tab) - good savings across familiar and quality laptops, monitors, and tech
  • JCPenney (opens in new tab) - save up to 40% on clothes, backpacks and more
  • Kohl's (opens in new tab) - enjoy another 20% off on kids clothes and shoes
  • Lenovo (opens in new tab) - excellent doorbuster deals on Lenovo's laptops, monitors, and more
  • Microsoft (opens in new tab) - great big wholesome savings of up to $400 on loads of tech
  • Nordstrom (opens in new tab) - cheap backpacks? Yes, please
  • Newegg (opens in new tab) - Loads of price cuts on hard drives, PCs, laptops, and PC components
  • Old Navy (opens in new tab) - bag yourself up to 50% price cuts across back to school styles
  • Razer (opens in new tab) - premium back to school deals on quality laptops and peripherals
  • Target (opens in new tab)  - save on loads of things for school from backpacks to clothing
  • Walmart (opens in new tab) - lots of back to school deals across school supplies, and more

Back to school sale - laptops

$780 (opens in new tab)

HP 15t | $780 $549.99 on HP.com (opens in new tab)
This is a very fair price on a respectable work laptop; it's fitted with a 10th-gen i5 processor, making it speedy for school or home use. If you want something more powerful, the specs can be improved via the website before checkout.

HP Pavilion Laptop 15z Touch | $680 (opens in new tab)

HP Pavilion Laptop 15z Touch | $680 $579.99 at HP (opens in new tab)
Want a new laptop that's perfect for school, work, and beyond? The HP Pavilion 15z Touch is a great choice. It'll sort out all your productivity tasks nicely, and it'll also handle gaming. In fact, the processor and graphics card combo will have a crack at some light media editing and all but the most demanding games on lower settings.

MSI GF63 Thin | $729 (opens in new tab)

MSI GF63 Thin | $729 $699 at Adorama (opens in new tab)
Constructed around a very respectable 1650 graphics card, this entry-level machine offers enough tech to get you an excellent work/school laptop that can also play games at low-to-mid settings. Just remember, although you can nab your laptop at this price from Adorama, they have it on backorder. That means it'll take a little while to reach you.

Acer Nitro 5 | $879.99 (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 5 | $879.99 $791.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Roll up, roll up - it's a Nitro 5 laptop! Acer have a proven track-record when it comes to decent work and gaming laptops, and this version is no different. We can highly recommend it, particularly because it's fitted with a larger screen than normal - 17.3-inches, more specifically. A good deal, this one.

Apple MacBook Air + FREE AirPods | from $899 at Apple (opens in new tab)

Apple MacBook Air + FREE AirPods | from $899 at Apple (opens in new tab)
Getting one of Apple's MacBook Airs for $899 is indeed a great price already - they hold their value and high price tags incredibly well. However, when you're getting some AirPods bundled in for free, then it becomes a great MacBook deal. This offer starts with machines that harbor 13-inch displays, 256GB SSDs, 8GB of RAM, and 10th- gen Intel processors.

Dell XPS 13 | $959 (opens in new tab)

Dell XPS 13 | $959 from $939.81 at Dell (opens in new tab)
It's last year's model but still an excellent machine and it's going for a bargain price right now. Get a chunky amount of cash off this laptop at checkout, and you'll receive a machine with 10th gen Intel processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

Dell G5 15 gaming laptop | $1.408.99 (opens in new tab)

Dell G5 15 gaming laptop | $1.408.99 $1,195.59 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Just to throw in some gaming machines - this is extraordinary value. With ray-tracing capable laptops hovering around the four-figure mark, this model with a brand new Intel processor, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM is an excellent proposition in Dell's sale right now.

Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED | $1,899 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED | $1,899 $1,649 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is a fine machine for creativity and play. While it won't offer ray-tracing levels of gaming with its GTX 1660Ti graphics card, its Samsung 4K AMOLED screen will be a real crowd-pleaser to those who desire picture quality of the highest order in a machine that can handle everything very well.

New XPS 13 Touch laptop: $1,859 (opens in new tab)

New XPS 13 Touch laptop: $1,859 $1,714.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Saving on a brand new XPS 13 Touch laptop is a highlight of these sales. With a discount of $140 this touch-screen laptop features a 13.4-inch InfinityEdge 4K touch display and packs 16GB of RAM, an 256GB SSD, and a new 10th-generation processor from Intel. Nice.

ASUS Zephyus M laptop | $2,199.99 (opens in new tab)

ASUS Zephyus M laptop | $2,199.99 $1,989.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Those looking up to pick up a portable powerhouse capable of excellent gaming levels too in the back to school sales might not find a better deal going for such a laptop than this one. This RTX 2070-powered machine has a 1TB SSD, an i7-9750H processor, and 16GB of RAM to crunch through anything, be it work, school, or play.

Back to school sales - PCs

IdeaCentre 510A | $450 (opens in new tab)

IdeaCentre 510A | $450 $379.99 on HP.com (opens in new tab)
Want a cheap and accessible PC for home and school use? This IdeaCentre machine is a good choice. Besides being mega cheap, it has a fair set of specs including integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics and an AMD Ryzen 3 processor. It won't run games on amazing settings, sure, but it'll get the job done nicely for everything else.

HP Envy | $850 (opens in new tab)

HP Envy | $850 $749.99 on HP.com (opens in new tab)
As a starter PC, this isn't bad at all - it features a 10th-gen i5 processor that'll be more than enough for school work, 1 TB HDD storage for all your files, 256 GB SSD storage for faster booting, and a GTX 1650 graphics card for some light gaming on the side. Magic.

HP Pavilion | $940 (opens in new tab)

HP Pavilion | $940 $839.99 on HP.com (opens in new tab)
If you're hunting down something a bit more powerful, this HP Pavilion desktop is a great place to start. It's a solid rig thanks to its AMD Ryzen 7 processor and GTX 1650 graphics card, meaning it'll be good for gaming as well as work.

Back to school sale - monitors

BenQ GW2780 | $297.19 (opens in new tab)

BenQ GW2780 | $297.19 $179 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
BenQ makes some great monitors for school, work, entertainment, and gaming, so getting one with a more-than $100 discount is excellent value. This is a full HD monitor with an IPS panel - the best for image quality, and features a robust design, and BenQ's own eye-care features

Dell S3220DGF curved monitor | $609.99 (opens in new tab)

Dell S3220DGF curved monitor | $609.99 $429.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
This curved beauty will be ideal for anyone looking for an encompassing screen experience. It's 32-inch size and curve make this a tremendously good monitor for play and for work.

Back to school sale - headsets

$159 (opens in new tab)

Apple Airpods + wired charging case | $159 $139 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
Apple are one of the most well-respected brands when it comes to computers, phones, and tablets, and it's no different with earbuds. The Airpods are some of the company's best, and you can get a sizeable discount if you act fast. Find more offers in our guide to the best headphones (opens in new tab)!

$399 (opens in new tab)

Bose 700 noise canceling headphones (white) | $399 $299 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
Bose has an excellent reputation when it comes to headphones, and this particular model is fitted with noise canceling tech to shut away the outside world. It also has Alex functionality built-in and 20 hours of battery life.

$399 (opens in new tab)

Bose 700 noise canceling headphones (black) | $399 $339 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
Don't mind paying a little bit more for the black version of the Bose 700 headphones? That color-scheme is currently $60 less than normal, so you're getting a fair saving. Plus, noise canceling is never a bad thing - particularly on the morning commute to school.

Back to school sale - webcams

Logitech C270 | $39.99 at Adorama (opens in new tab)

Logitech C270 | $39.99 at Adorama (opens in new tab)
If you're going to be doing school or college work from home, you'll need a good webcam - and it doesn't come much cheaper than this. Logitech is the brand to beat when it comes to web cameras, so getting one for this little is a steal.

Back to school sale - iPads and tablets

$394 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPad Mini (64GB) | $394 (opens in new tab) / £399 £349 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
You can save a decent amount of cash on Apple's smallest tablet in the UK, the iPad Mini, if you get a groove on and order it now. It's been given a good discount in this surprise Amazon sale, so we can't imagine that reduction will last long.

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (128GB) |  $429 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (128GB) | $429 (opens in new tab) / £479 £449 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Even the standard iPad 10.2-inch model has seen a discount; it's had £30 knocked off in the UK, letting you grab a great-value Apple device for a fair bit less than normal. Because this one's the 128GB model, you've got plenty of space to store movies, TV shows, and beyond. The world is your oyster!

$49.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)

Amazon Fire 7 (2019) | $49.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
Even though it's last year's model of Amazon Fire Tablet (dubbed the '7'), you'll still be very well served with this device. It's ideal for anyone heading back to school, college, or university. Plus, you've got plenty left over for a case or cover. Perfect! Sadly, it's not discounted in the UK either - it's still £49.99 (opens in new tab) over there.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) |  $90 (opens in new tab)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) | $90 $59.99 (opens in new tab)/ £89.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
The headline model of the entire Amazon Fire tablet sale is this new and improved 2020 HD 8 device. That's good news; this is arguably one of the best gaming tablets (opens in new tab), period. What's more, this model offers superior battery life and USB-C charging.

Amazon Fire HD 10 |  $150 (opens in new tab)

Amazon Fire HD 10 | $150 $99.99 (opens in new tab) / £149.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you want one of Amazon's larger tablets, the HD 10 is a good choice. It's a little bigger than the 7 model at 10-inches, and it's 30% faster than previous iterations whilst also having a better battery life. That's a win-win in our books.

Back to school sale - Kindles

All-New Kindle | $89.99 (inc. 3 free months Kindle Unlimited) (opens in new tab)

All-New Kindle | $89.99 (inc. 3 free months Kindle Unlimited) (opens in new tab) / £69.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
Want something specifically for reading? The All-New Kindle is the perfect choice. With in-built backlighting and a light frame, this is a great device for school, home, or on holiday. Getting three free months of Kindle Unlimited with the US version is also a bargain.

Back to school sale - smartwatches

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (42mm) | $229 (opens in new tab)

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (42mm) | $229 $199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Yeah, it's not the very latest iteration of the smartwatch, but the Series 3 watch is a great value option for iOS users. It's got a heart rate monitor, GPS technology, and offers a battery life of up to 18 hours. And with a $30 discount? Good stuff. Either way, it's a great companion to gaming phones (opens in new tab).

Samsung Galaxy Watch (Bluetooth, 46mm) | $278.99 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Watch (Bluetooth, 46mm) | $278.99 $239 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is the version I have; a little larger and pretty much a whole extra day's worth of battery life than the 42mm variant. Though it costs a bit more, this is a great price and a great value deal.

Samsung Galaxy Watch (Bluetooth, 42mm) | $259 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Watch (Bluetooth, 42mm) | $259 $219 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is also a great price for a quality smartwatch and offers - perhaps - a better-suited watch for smaller wrists. A whole $40 saving is not to be sniffed at either.

Back to school sale - backpacks and bags

$70 (opens in new tab)

Nike Vapor Power 2.0 | $70 $35 at Kohl's (opens in new tab)
One of the better backpacks on this list is Nike's Vapor Power 2.0, and a massive half-price reduction makes it even more appealing. It has a double exterior to protect your stuff from the elements, and it's got a laptop pouch as well. For more laptop cases, visit our guide to the best laptop backpacks (opens in new tab).

$1,799.99 (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 15 Base Edition + free bag + Death Stranding | $1,799.99 $1,699.99 at Razer (opens in new tab)
Want a free bag to go with your new Razer Blade laptop? No problem - this offer gets you that, plus the new Kojima game that everyone's talking about, Death Stranding. Just remember to use the code 'FUTUREJULRZR' to get your free bag. 

Want to see what else Razer is doing for the back to school offers? The hardware behemoth has started to put together a list of deals (opens in new tab) that allows you to build your ideal setup, all with 15% off for students.

Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I have been writing about games in one form or another since 2012 and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.