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The best student laptop deals 2022: all the latest back to school sales

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Finding the best student laptop deals can be difficult at the best of times, let alone during the back to school period. But the process can be made more straightforward. For a start, it's a good idea to understand early on what kind of money you have to spend on your new laptop for what you want it to do. 

For most school and college students, a simple back to school laptop in a small form-factor with access to basic word processing and productivity programs (such as Microsoft Office or G Suite) so that you can take notes in class and study after hours will do nicely. A Chromebook running Chrome OS fits that mould, and it can often be found in a roundup of the best student laptop deals.

Meanwhile, students working in creative subjects such as art and design will need a back to school laptop with a bright and vivid screen as well as a dedicated graphics card. A powerful processor is important when it comes to the best student laptop deals too, especially if 3D modelling and video rendering are on the table.

A good bet would be something you would find powering the best gaming laptops. If you would like more options on the best prices for gaming-focused machines, then our cheap gaming laptop deals roundup features a whole host of options available for well under $1,000 / £1,000. There are some excellent student laptop deals in there.

No matter what, you'll have to act fast if you find a deal that you like. With the summer rapidly coming to an end, stellar student laptop deals like these are flying off the virtual shelves.

The best student laptop deals available now

Student laptop deals under $300

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Asus 14-inch laptop | $249.99 $99.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $150 - This 14-inch Asus laptop is impossibly cheap at Best Buy right now. Packing an entry level Intel Celeron N4020 processor and 4GB RAM, you're still getting above average value here, thanks to that larger display (we usually only see 11-inch screens under $100) and 64GB of storage (rather than 32).

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HP Stream 14-inch laptop | $259.99 $196.08 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $63 - The HP Stream is always a cheap laptop, but you're getting the 14-inch model complete with Intel Celeron N4000 processor and 64GB of storage for $196 in Amazon's student laptop deals right now. That's with Office 365 Personal free for a year as well.

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HP Chromebook 14 | $270 $200 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $70. The best features of this particular Chromebook are its extensive 13-hour battery life, fast charging technology (able to reach 50% in just 45 minutes) and USB-C connectivity. Features: Intel Pentium Silver N5000, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC SSD, 14-inch 720p HD screen. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop | $299.99 $249.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $50 - There's a stunning 128GB SSD inside this super cheap Dell Inspiron laptop, a feature we rarely see in student laptop deals under $250. Not only that, but you're also getting a solid Intel Celeron N4020 processor as well. Dell is throwing in six months of Disney Plus with all its back to school sales right now to boot.

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Asus Vivobook 14-inch laptop | $349.99 $289.61 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $60 - There's excellent value in this 14-inch Asus Vivobook at $289 - mostly stemming from that i3-1115G4 processor and 128GB SSD. That will make for particularly speedy use - perfect if you're after a lighter machine that will still be able to keep up with larger programs.

Student laptop deals under $500

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Acer Aspire 5 15.6-inch laptop | $399.99 $339.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $60 - The Acer Aspire 5 steps things up a notch with a full 15.6-inch display, Amazon Alexa built in, and a quad-core Ryzen 3 processor. That's plenty of power and extra features under the hood, perfect considering you're still getting 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch laptop | $499.99 $349.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $150 - Best Buy can save you $150 on this touchscreen Lenovo IdeaPad 3 in its back to school sales right now. Considering you're also picking up 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, this is a marked step up from cheaper rigs we generally see at $350.

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Asus VivoBook 15 | $420 $399.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you feel more comfortable on Windows architecture, this laptop has everything you could need to work and study effectively, complete with some fairly respectable specs, a fingerprint scanner, and a Full HD display. Features: Intel i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop | $599.99 $449.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $150 - We don't see too many 512GB machines under $500, but Dell's back to school laptop deals can save you $150 on this rig. That drops the Ryzen 5 Dell Inspiron 15 down to just $449.99, an impressive price with a FHD display and 8GB RAM packed in. That free six months of Disney Plus doesn't hurt either.

Student laptop deals under $800

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Dell Inspiron 16 5000 16-inch laptop | $749.99 $549.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $200 - You can save $200 on this 16-inch machine in Dell's latest student laptop deals - bringing the 12th generation i5 configuration down to just $549.99. That's a whole lot of screen space, ideal for anyone looking to use split screen features. Plus, you can still claim 6 months of Disney Plus here as well.

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HP Victus 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $799.99 $549.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $250 - This is a strange one. You're picking up an older Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card in this gaming laptop, but also securing a brand new Intel i5-12450H processor. We'd recommend this student laptop deal for those who need a strong workhorse for studying, but also playing a few lighter games on the side.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $939.99 $579.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $360 - We rarely see gaming laptops packing an RTX 3050 graphics card into a sub-$600 price tag, which makes this Lenovo IdeaPad all the more impressive at just $579.99. Best Buy has slashed $360 from that $939 MSRP, bringing the i5 rig down to a particularly special price point.

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HP Pavilion x360 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop | $779.99 $599.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $180 - The HP Pavilion x360 is a premium piece of kit, but you'll find this i5 configuration available for just under $600 at Amazon right now. That's the lowest price we've ever seen on the 8GB RAM / 256GB model, with previous sales only ever dropping to $639.99.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 1 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop | $779.99 $599.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $180 - You're trading out a 2-in-1 form factor for a powerful Ryzen 7 processor and 12GB RAM in this Lenovo IdeaPad 1 - but there's still a touchscreen display on here for extra ease of use. These are excellent specs to find in a $599.99 machine (thanks to a $180 discount in Best Buy's student laptop deals), especially considering the 512GB SSD.

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Asus Vivobook 15.6-inch laptop | $749 $699 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $50 - There's a massive 1TB SSD and 20GB RAM inside this 15.6-inch Asus Vivobook. That's perfect for anyone looking for a more enduring machine for multi-tasking through more demanding programs. Amazon is offering a $50 discount on this powerhouse right now, dropping it down to a record low price.

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Dell Inspiron 16 5000 16-inch laptop | $949.99 $799.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $150 - This is a particularly powerful machine, dropping down to an excellent price at Dell. You're saving $150 on the 12th generation i7 configuration of the Dell Inspiron 16 right now, and taking home 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a FHD+ display for just $799.99.

Student laptop deals over $1,000

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M2 MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop | $1,299 $1,149 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $150 - This is a record low price on a student-favorite laptop. The latest M2 MacBook Pro has just dropped to $1,149 for the first time at Amazon, offering a sleek MacOS experience with a powerful processor for $150 off the $1,299 MSRP.

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Dell XPS 13 13.4-inch laptop | $1,779.99 $1,599 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $180 - If you're really after the best of the best, we'd recommend taking a look at the Dell XPS 13. Only particularly demanding workflows will require the power offered by the 12th generation i7 processor, 32GB RAM, and 1TB SSD under this hood, but you can save nearly $200 with Dell's back to school laptop deals if you do need it.


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Tabitha Baker
Managing Editor - Hardware

Managing Editor of Hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.

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