You’ve decided it’s time for a new PC, laptop or tablet for school and you’ve even picked out a few options. Now it’s time to track down the best computer deals. Because all things being equal, the best computer is a cheap computer.
PC and tablet makers know students and parents are shopping for back to school, so they tend to offer big discounts or freebies this time of year.
And that’s on top of any educational pricing they may offer. Sometimes you can save more going direct than by shopping retailers’ back-to-school sales … You just need to know where to look.
To make that part easier, here are five of the best computer deals for the back to school 2017 shopping season.
5 Best Computer Deals for Students: Apple (AAPL)
Apple offers educational pricing year-round that can save students up to $300 on a new Mac, as well as discounted pricing for iPads. But the company also offers a yearly back to school promotion.
For 2017, students get a free pair of Beats wireless headphones when they buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro for school. Considering the Bluetooth headphones go for up to $300 a pop, that’s a pretty solid deal.
5 Best Computer Deals for Students: Microsoft (MSFT)
Last year, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was offering students a free Xbox One game console with a Surface Book or Surface Pro purchase.
This year, the company isn’t being nearly so generous…
Students can snag a free copy of Office 365 for Education. Select PCs come with free creativity software valued at $429. The company is also offering a 10% educational discount on Surface devices and $300 off the base level Surface Book laptop (knocking its price down to $1,199).
5 Best Computer Deals for Students: HP (HPQ)
One of the more compelling specials is a Spectre x360 convertible laptop for $989, Naturally, printers are also on sale.
If a cheap laptop is on your shopping list, HP’s back to school sale has them starting at under $350.
5 Best Computer Deals for Students: Lenovo (LNVGY)
When it comes to back to school deals, Lenovo Group Limited (ADR) (OTCMKTS:LNVGY) has been running a sale with some of the biggest savings on computers and accessories for students.
Among the cheap laptop deals the company has been offering students is an IdeaPad Y700 laptop with over $250 knocked off the price tag.
In addition, accessories like backpacks and keyboards are up to 51% off.
5 Best Computer Deals for Students: Apple Refurbished Store
Apple is on the list a second time because some of the best laptop deals for students — at least students who are Mac fans — are offered year-round at Apple’s online refurbished store.
The company doesn’t promote it and it’s not exactly easy to find on the Apple website, but the Apple refurbished store is worth checking out. Products are Apple certified, in mint condition and with the same warranty as new versions. The content is constantly changing so you have to keep an eye on it, but Apple offers iPads, Macs, MacBooks, iPhones and even refurbished Apple TVs.
Students can definitely score real savings here. At time of writing (remember, models offered change daily), that included a 27-inch 5K iMac for $1,269 (the base model is currently $1,799) and a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,439 (also currently starting at $1,799).
If you shop around for the best computer deals, back to school shopping doesn’t need to break the bank.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.