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Best Back-to-School Sales 2020: The Ultimate Guide

A new school season is looming, but with most schools remaining closed until after Christmas to slow the transmission of COVID-19, there’s a newfound expectation on both parents and students to buy expensive electronics like Chromebooks to bring the classroom home. Fortunately, there are several back-to-school sales in full swing — and more imminent — to make transforming the front room into an education station a little lighter on the wallet.

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Before we dive into the full list of what’s available and where, let’s take a look at the highlights. If it’s a laptop you’re after, the fantastic HP Chromebook 14 is on sale for only $199 at Best Buy, down $50 from the usual $249. Rather have something smaller and a bit more compact? The Blue Shirt retailer has the latest iPad Mini for $350. That’s $50 below sticker. Need some headphones? Amazon has the Bose Noise-Cancelling 700 for $339, down from $399.

Right, that’s the must-haves all taken care of. Now let’s take a look at all of the different retailers holding dedicated back-to-school sales, followed by a slimmed-down list of the very best back-to-school deals — chosen by our team of experts. Just keep in mind that many stores have yet to kick off their promotions, so don’t panic if the product you’re looking for isn’t in the list. Simply bookmark this page and check back tomorrow for the latest offers.

Today’s Best Back-to-School Sales

  • Amazon Back-to-School Sale: Amazon hasn’t kicked off a back-to-school sale, but it is nevertheless offering discounts on must-have electronics that will make learning from home (and campus) a breeze.
  • Apple Back-to-School Sale: In the market for an iPad or Mac? Provide a valid student ID and the manufacturer will knock up to $200 off the price of the machine, 20% off Apple Care+, and throw in free AirPods.
  • Best Buy Back-to-School Sale: Best Buy has created a dedicated Student Hub for its back-to-school sale. Follow the steps to enroll and you’ll be met with massive savings on everything from iPads to 4K TVs.
  • Dell Back-to-School Sale: Dell is offering massive discounts not only on laptops, monitors, and other computing hardware, but also smart home tech like Roombas, Nest Learning Thermostats, and 4K TVs.
  • HP Back-to-School Sale: HP has been running back-to-school sales since what feels like the start of time, and it’s back with another one for Back-to-School 2020: Up to 40% off laptops, monitors, and printers.
  • Microsoft Back-to-School Sale: Microsoft is selling off several must-have laptops on the cheap in its back-to-school sale, and with discounts coming in as steep as $930, it’s a promotion that’s not to be missed.
  • Staples Back-to-School Sale: Staples has everything from laptops and tablets to office furniture and stationary at rock-bottom prices. If you’re serious about bringing the classroom home, this is the sale to shop.

Today’s Best Back-to-School Deals

  • Amazon Fire 7 (16GB, Wi-Fi)$35, was $50
  • WD Elements 2TB External Hard Drive$60, was $130
  • Amazon Kindle (Latest Model)$70, was $90
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)$80, was $150
  • HP Chromebook 14$199, was $249
  • Sony WH-1000XM3$278, was $350
  • Apple iPad Mini (32GB, Wi-Fi)$350, was $400
  • Dell XPS 13 (8GB RAM, 25GB SSD)$850, was $900
  • Apple MacBook Air (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)$950, was $1000


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Apple iPad Mini (64GB, Wi-Fi)

$350 $399

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A gorgeous 7.9-inch Retina touchscreen makes the iPad Mini a perfect travel-friendly alternative to the larger iPads, and the latest model supports the Apple Pencil stylus as well.

Buy at Amazon


65-inch Samsung NU6900 4K TV

$500 $550

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Want to take your home viewing to the next level? This Samsung NU6900 delivers eye-popping color, exceptional detail, and with Tizen OS on board, you’ll never be short of 4K Ultra HD content to watch.

Buy at Best Buy


Microsoft Office 365 Home with McAfee Total Protection

$100 $190

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This six-user Office 365 license doesn’t just cover your whole family (or small workplace), it also keeps you covered from viruses and malware with free McAfee Total Protection.

Buy at Dell


HP Chromebook 14

$260 $338

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A solid, no-frills 14-inch Chromebook to meet your basic needs. Ideal for light daily use, as a kid’s first laptop, for a student, or just as a cheap “backup” computer.

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HP Chromebook x360 14 2-in-1

$549 $629

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Most Chrome OS laptops are sporting mobile CPUs and pared-down hardware, but if you want more traditional PC-like specs with a modern 2-in-1 design, this 14-inch HP Chromebook x360 fits the bill.

Buy at Amazon


Apple MacBook Air (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

$949 $1,000

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The MacBook Air is the best entry-level MacBook you can buy — perfect for college students — and at this price, it’s a no-brainer.

Buy at Amazon


Sony WH-1000XM3

$278 $350

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You won’t find a better blend of performance, features, and comfort — even if your budget can take you to the Moon and back. Seriously, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the best out there.

Buy at Best Buy


27-inch BenQ Desktop Monitor

$176 $298

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If you want to size up to a 27-inch monitor for less than 200 bucks, the BenQ GW2780 is the best deal going right now.

Buy at Amazon


Beats Studio 3 Wireless

$289 $350

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The Beats Studio3 Wireless are a fantastic set of noise-canceling headphones for a number of reasons: They’re comfortable, well-built, and their bass-y sound makes them perfect for hip-hop fans.

Buy at Amazon


Apple Magic Keyboard 2

$94 $99

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Work from a MacBook? Get the same typing experience without having to have the lid open with the Magic Keyboard — eliminating the need to crouch over a small screen while working with a monitor.

Buy at Amazon


27-inch Dell FreeSync Desktop Monitor

$350 $400

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This Dell 27-inch monitor hits the sweet spot in size, resolution, and price, with a nice discount that makes it one of the best 4K Ultra HD FreeSync desktop displays you’ll find for the price.

Buy at Amazon


Apple AirPods with Charging Case

$135 $159

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Launched in 2016, the AirPods aren’t old hat by any means, offering near enough all the same features as the AirPods 2 — with the main difference being it lasts for half the time on a single charge.

Buy at Amazon


Canon Pixma TR4520 All-in-One Inkjet Printer

$60 $100

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For well under $100, the Canon Pixma TR4520 is a solid, simple, inkjet printer, scanner, and copier with wireless printing functionality.

Buy at Canon


50-inch Samsung NU6900 4K TV

$328 $430

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It doesn’t get better than this, folks: A 50-inch Samsung 4K TV for just $280. It’s not short of features, either. Smart software for one-click streaming? It’s got it. HDR10+? You betcha. Killer.

Buy at Walmart


Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case

$230 $249

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With noise-cancellation, water-resistance, and interchangeable eartips for a more comfortable fit, the AirPods Pro are the most advanced AirPods in Apple’s stable — a must-have for fitness fanatics.

Buy at Amazon


Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard

$25 $30

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The Logitech K360 is hands-down the best basic wireless keyboard on the shelves, featuring a built-in numeric keypad. It can even be hooked up to an iPad. All that for under $30? Count us in.

Buy at Andorama

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