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Studying doesn't have to be a struggle with these perfect back-to-school laptop deals

Studying doesn't have to be a struggle with these perfect back-to-school laptop deals
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Finding perfect back-to-school laptop deals doesn't have to be costly; thankfully, the final days of Dell's 'Black Friday in July' sale has some high-quality laptops that are sure to make school work less of a struggle.

Today's back-to-school laptop deals come from Dell, and they can save you at least $100. A great option for those on a budget would be the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (opens in new tab) for its good screen and solid build quality. Meanwhile, the Dell Inspiron 15 Touch (opens in new tab) has a bit more grunt under the hood for creative work.

No matter whether your preference is Ryzen or Intel (including the options of capacitive touch), you can be sure to find some exceptional laptops below that will not only run well, but look just as great, too.

Before we dive in, let's get one thing straight: although these back-to-school laptop deals are good for many things, they aren't going to be the best gaming laptops that you can buy. Instead, these machines are very much focused on work and web browsing first and foremost. If you're interested in finding a portable powerhouse, then you shouldn't settle for anything less than some stellar cheap gaming laptop deals under $1,000. 

Dell back-to-school laptop deals

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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 | $479 $329.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $149. If all you're looking for is something sturdy to use the likes of Microsoft Office and Google Suite on, this Full HD Ryzen 3 powered laptop will serve you well. The specs might not be the most face-melting around, but they're more than fast enough to keep up with your work flow. The screen's crisp resolution is bound to come in handy, too. A great back-to-school laptop deal. Features: AMD Ryzen 3 3250U, Integrated AMD graphics, 4GB RAM, 128GB M.2 SSD, 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 Touch | $729 $499 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $230. For students who work in more creative fields of study, such as art and design, this touchscreen-enabled laptop is the perfect back-to-school laptop option. Rocking a super-fast 6-core (12 thread) Ryzen 5500U chipset and Radeon graphics for a vibrant display with quick performance, it's a real beast. The onboard memory isn't a slouch either. Features: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics (shared memory), 8GB RAM (3200Mhz), 256GB M.2 SSD, 15.6-inch Full HD screen. 

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Dell Inspiron 14 | $809 $599.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $209. Switching gears from Ryzen processors, this 11th gen i5-powered small laptop has enough grunt for your everyday working tasks while also being light and compact enough for bags of most sizes. It's built with quiet operation in mind, not to mention being packed with ports and a long battery life, so you can be sure it'll be juiced up when you're ready to go. Features: Intel Core i5-11300H, Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics (shared memory), 8GB RAM (3200Mhz), 512GB M.2 SSD, 14-inch Full HD screen. 

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Dell XPS 13 | $950 $799.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $150. Featuring not only a substantial bump-up in the specs, but also a slimming down in design, the XPS 13 is the ideal laptop for work and study with its vivid edgeless display and near-weightless feel. That makes this back-to-school laptop deal ideal if you want something to commute around with. Features: Intel Core i5-1135G7, Integrated Intel® Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 13.3-inch Full HD screen. 


If you're searching for the perfect peripherals for your new laptop, why settle for anything less than the best wireless gaming mouse or the best gaming keyboards around? Or take your work to go the big screen with the best gaming monitors for excellent visual clarity. 

Aleksha McLoughlin
Hardware Editor

Aleksha McLoughlin served as the Hardware Editor for GamesRadar from June 2021 until August 2022. Her main area of expertise was the PC gaming platform, which comprised buying guides, features, reviews, and news coverage on components and prebuilt machines. She was also responsible for gaming chairs and storage. She now works on a freelance basis while studying to become a university lecturer specializing in English for foreign territories. Prior to joining GamesRadar, she wrote for the likes of Expert Reviews, The Rory Peck Trust, No Clean Singing, Vinyl Chapters, and Tech Spark while also working with the BBC.