Hundreds of thousands of digital devices flooded into American students' hands in latest years.
Some went directly to students in the Aiken County Public School District in South Carolina. The district's 41 schools, which serve about 22,500 students, include North Augusta High School. North Augusta expects to welcome about 1,800 students this academic year.
At the height of the pandemic, Aiken County school leaders decided to embrace 1:1 technology. 1:1 technology, or 1:1 computing, means every student has a personal computing device to support their learning. Supporting over 22,000 devices is a big task for any organization.
It was an ideal opportunity for North Augusta High students in Dell's Student TechCrew program to step in, Michelle O'Rourke told ZDNet. She's the school's business education and computer repair teacher. She also facilitates the TechCrew program.
Dell's Student TechCrew program offers pro-level hardware repair training and certifications for high schoolers. Students earn a Dell TechDirect certification. They also get hands-on learning experience repairing their peers' devices.
The program's flexibility allows schools and teachers to offer TechCrew as a standalone program or integrate it into the academic curriculum as a for-credit class. That's the approach that North Augusta uses. It's part of the school's computer repair and service program.
"So in the two years in the course, the first thing that they do is they get their Dell certification. And then the next year and a half, they're repairing laptops and they're also working through getting their CompTIA A+ and their TestOut PC Pro certifications," said O'Rourke.
That means students can graduate with three industry-standard tech certifications and two years of experience in hands-on device repair, which is "a really cool thing to do."
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O'Rourke said she expects 140 students in the TechCrew program at North Augusta this fall. About 15 are returning second year students. The rest will be new to the program. North Augusta students must take a prerequisite course in the fundamentals of computing before enrolling in TechCrew.
Students get lots of practice repairing cracked LCD screens, faulty power ports, and keyboards. Screen bezels and device cases also take a lot of abuse when they're in students' hands, explained Kim Boutwell. She created Dell's TechCrew program and continues to run it today.
Students start with about 40 hours of training to earn Dell's TechDirect certification.
"Once they finish that, they're certified. They know what they're doing. I shouldn't be able to tell the difference [between] a 9th grader and a 20-year veteran tech at that point," Boutwell said. "They know what they're doing, and they are also certified in our portal, our self-maintenance portal at Dell."
TechCrew's in-school adult facilitators complete an eight- to 10-hour course to lead the program. Boutwell said the facilitators usually hold other roles at school. They may be teachers, librarians, parent volunteers, or even a principal.
Boutwell stressed that TechCrew students don't have to piece together a working device by cannibalizing the remains of old devices stacked up in a closet. Instead, they use the online self-maintenance portal to order new parts, just like a regular enterprise customer.
"They're in the same tool. We didn't make a fake tool. They're in the industry tool," Boutwell said. "They are industry certified. Within that tool, they put in the serial number of their friend, they have been trained to run diagnostics, then they're given a parts list. They know which parts to ask for. And they're sent to them overnight."
In terms of repairs, Boutwell said LCD screen replacements are pretty common in schools.
"Kids will put their pencil on the keyboard and close it when the bell rings. …Or they're walking down the hall and they reach out to say hi to their friend and the laptop slips out. Or they're running to get to class and they go to open the door and they forget they've got their laptop in their hand."
Boutwell said school-issued devices also fall victim to spills and water damage. This might happen if a student walks somewhere or rides a bike home in the rain and their digital device unintentionally gets wet.
Existing service contracts cover repair costs. The program itself is also free for schools. Boutwell said Dell funds it through an annual grant agreement with each school.
But mastering the technical aspects of digital device repair is only half the program, said Boutwell.
"The focus of this program is 50% technical and then 50% what I call career skills," Boutwell told ZDNet.
The career aspect includes aspects like customer service and communication — valuable skills for anyone, regardless of what kind of career you pursue.
"And that's where the soft skills part of the program comes in," O'Rourke said, "and that's something that I think is more important than knowing how to repair a laptop, is knowing how to start up a conversation with someone. Or how to keep a level of professionalism when someone is not listening to what you're telling them. These kids are learning how to do that."
"The career skills [aspect], that one's hard to get kids into," Boutwell said. "They don't want to read 'Chapter three: communication, how to communicate effectively with your team.' Gen Z is like, 'Can you put that in a TikTok for me?' I had to find a way to make that career skills [component] cool and fun.
Students helped shape a newly revamped TechCrew curriculum that launched last month.
"It turns out they don't like videos more than a minute and a half long," Boutwell explained. And, she added, students don't like to read long passages of text before having an opportunity to go hands-on with what they're learning.
The updated course also takes into account another important point of student feedback: Kids like learning from each other. So as part of the revised curriculum, students in the program created videos that help other students learn important ideas.
Dell has also partnered with the Conrad Foundation to help students learn and connect.
Boutwell established the TechCrew program to address an issue she experienced firsthand.
She's a former middle school teacher. In 2015, she was also a Dell customer. That year, her district decided to move to a 1:1 technology model. Back then, the idea — and the ability and best practices to implement it — was still new.
I was so excited to give out 35,000 devices to kids in my community and transform education that I forgot a little piece of it, and that is that high schools are crowded, kids run really fast, they ride bicycles, they forget to tie their shoe strings. Things happen, and they drop their devices.
She realized potential hardware repair technicians were in the classroom: The students.
Boutwell later began working for Dell and pitched the idea to the company. It officially launched in the 2019-20 school year. The pilot program proved successful even with the introduction of an unexpected variable — the COVID-19 pandemic — which accelerated remote learning.
"It was an interesting time to have piloted a hardware support program, and I honestly didn't know how it would be affected," Boutwell said. "It turned out that more than ever, schools needed that support and kids needed that place to belong. It's gotten more successful since that."
Boutwell said she likes the path her career has taken so far. "It's been an amazing journey. And I think my path from education to corporate helps me stay relatable to both people from the corporate world and people from the classroom. I like not being one or the other."
Even without the pandemic, Boutwell said, school systems were still moving toward a 1:1 technology model for students. As a result, "we knew that education was still transforming. And we knew that the opportunity gap was closing for the students who didn't have their own devices."
Right now, there's a big push to get kids into coding. That's a valuable skill. But O'Rourke said it's important students get to learn about the hardware that software and apps will live on.
"Coders' laptops break too. Their hard drives go out too," she said.
The 2021-22 school year was the North Augusta TechCrew program's first.
"I had all 25 students get their Dell certification before Thanksgiving," O'Rourke said. "My goal was to have it done in the first eight weeks of school, but with quarantines and Covid was still happening, a few of them took a little longer."
By Christmas break, the students were handling 98% of repairs "not just for our school but our two feeder middle schools and the elementary schools around us," she said.
Taking care of devices is a big responsibility for the district's full-time, adult technicians. On some Monday mornings, the crew would arrive to find a dozen or more students whose laptops needed repairs.
"And that is a lot for one person to do, especially when some of our school technicians support more than one school and the 1:1, the laptops, is just one part of their job," O'Rourke said.
"They still have to take care of the teachers, and the other things that are going on. So those [full-time] technicians were able to scoop up those laptops and bring them in to us. My kids would take them in, troubleshoot them, order the parts, get the parts the next day, repair the laptops and then I'd send the technician a text and say, 'Hey — you got laptops ready,' and they'd come and get them."
O'Rourke said students had repaired more than 500 devices by the end of last school year.
Boutwell said she expects that 175 schools in the U.S., Australia, and Ireland will participate in TechCrew this year. The students connect virtually to share their experiences and insights.
Aiken County students at three other high schools can also enroll in TechCrew.
As the program's creator and leader, Boutwell also stays connected. She acknowledges it's sometimes a challenge with students in so many different time zones. Sometimes she starts her day by connecting with students in Ireland and ends her day by connecting with students from Australia.
"As a teacher, talking about all this is fun, but I really like talking about the kids," Boutwell said. "That's what gets me really excited. We're changing their trajectory, and it's exciting to be a part of their opportunities."
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It’s back-to-school time for college students, and in today’s university life, students will almost certainly need a laptop to complete their work. Let’s look at some of the best laptops for college students in 2022.
Choosing a laptop isn’t the easiest decision. Are you looking for a Windows machine, or are you more of an Apple fan? Do you plan on doing any gaming on your laptop?
There are tons of different options out there for new laptop buyers. So how do you know which one’s best for you? We’ve compiled some of the best laptops for college students on the market in 2022.
Whether you’re looking for a powerful machine to handle your more creative projects or just looking for something to get you by with notes and web-based schoolwork, we’ve got you covered.
Kicking off the list we have an absolutely breathtaking machine for fans of Apple’s ecosystem. The MacBook Air M1 version is a great option for students working on multiple projects at once.
While Apple recently launched a new MacBook Air with its M2 processing unit, 2020’s M1 version of the MacBook Air still performs incredibly for today’s standards at a more appealing price.
The M1 MacBook Air starts at just $899, while the entry-level M2 is a bit more expensive, starting at $1,099
The MacBook Air M1 features up to an impressive 18 hours of battery life, which is great for college students constantly on the move. And the M1 8-core processor offers great performance for just about any project a college student could be working on.
If you’re more of a Windows fan over macOS, then the best laptop for college students is the Dell XPS 13. It features a 10-core Intel i5 12th generation processor for powerful performance.
And if you want, you can upgrade to an i7 processor to squeeze a little extra juice out of the XPS 13, though it’ll cost you. The i5 XPS starts at $999, and the price jumps to $1,249 if you opt for the i7 option.
This 13.4″ laptop is lightweight and compact, with no bezels taking up any unnecessary space on your screen. And with up to 12 hours of battery life and a full touch-screen display, this is a great option for any college student out there.
Looking to go above and beyond with outrageous performance that you’ll have to try hard to max out? Then the MacBook Pro M2 is definitely the laptop that you’re looking for.
The M2 MacBook Pro is Apple’s most powerful MacBook to date and is more than enough machine for college students.
While physically the same as the previous, M1 MacBook Pro, the M2 processing unit brings a decent boost to both performance and battery life. The M2 MacBook Pro has a battery life rated for up to 20 hours which is insane for a laptop.
But you do have to pay for the performance jump with the MacBook Pro M2. The 13″ starts at $1,299, but the price can quickly jump up to well over $2,000 for the larger screen and storage options.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly for your back-to-school college needs, you might want to consider a Chromebook.
Since most of the work you’ll be doing for school won’t be too demanding, a good Chromebook, like the Lenovo Flex 5 can handle what you need.
The Flex 5 Chromebook comes with an 11th-generation Intel i3 dual-core processor.
It features a 13.3″ touchscreen 1080p display that can be flipped around and used like a table. It has a 128GB internal SSD and the option to add more storage via MicroSD if needed.
The one problem with the Flex 5 Chromebook is that it can sometimes be hard to find. It’s currently only available on Amazon for $469, but keep an eye on the Lenovo website and other retailers for it to come back in stock.
If you do a lot of gaming alongside studying, then the Razer Blade 15 is one of the most powerful options that you’ll be able to find.
Outfitted with at least an Intel i7 processor, GeForce RTX 3060, and 16GB of DDR4 ram, the Razer Blade 15 offers gaming performance that would rival many of today’s desktop gaming PCs.
The Blade 15 is a 15.6″ gaming laptop with some of the latest gaming PC hardware on the inside.
It offers a minimum of 144Hz on a 1080P monitor, so all your games are buttery smooth. And with that kind of performance, it’ll handle anything that your college courses throw at you.
There are tons of different models of the Razer Blade 15, starting at $1,799 and going all the way up to $4,199. You can upgrade to a 3080 Ti, an i9 processor, and up to 32GB of ultra-fast DDR5 ram.
It’s a little overkill for your school work, but it will definitely help make your games look much better.
But you don’t have to break the bank if you’re looking for a nice gaming computer to take with you to college. One option from a well-known brand in PC gaming is the Asus ROG Strix G15.
The G15 is a 15.6″ option from Asus featuring an 8-core Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor and 16GB of DDR4 ram. It has 512GB of SSD storage and features a 300Hz 1080P display for smooth gaming and crystal clear visuals.
And the Asus ROG Strixk G15 starts at just $1,049.99. It’s currently out of stock on the company’s website, but you can find one for yourself on Amazon or Best Buy.
And finally, to close out the list, we’ve got a laptop for those tablet lovers out there.
Tablets can be a great tool for productivity, but you’ll likely find times in college where you’ll need a full laptop. So why not get the best of both worlds with the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio?
The Surface Laptop Studio is the most powerful Surface Laptop so far with an 11th-generation Intel Core H processor. It features a 14.4″ crystal-clear 2400 x 1600 touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate.
This is the best option for creatives looking for a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop combination for their college needs.
The entry-level Surface Laptop Studio comes with an Intel i5 processor and 256GB of storage with 16GB of ram. Like many other options on this list, there are tons of upgrades you can choose from.
You can go up to 32GB of ram and 2TB of SSD storage. And you can even add an RTX 3050Ti for a little extra graphical performance.
When it comes to laptops for college, it’s important that you pick the best option for your specific needs. Typical laptops should last for around four years, making it very possible to go through your entire college life using the same laptop.
So decide what’s best for you. Are you a fan of the Windows operating system, or do you like what Apple has to offer better? Will you play any demanding games on your laptop while at college?
Whatever you’re looking for, one of the options on the list will suit you greatly during your time at school. These are some of the best laptop options for college kids in 2022.
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The dog days of summer may be upon us, but back to school season is right around the corner as well. We’ve found a sizzling sale on a near-ideal laptop for students, or anyone else who needs a solid notebook that won’t empty your wallet. Dell’s website is selling a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop for just $352. That’s $77 off its usual price tag, and it comes with far better specs than you usually find in laptops costing $350 or less.
In this price range, your best options are usually Chromebooks, or heavily hobbled Windows laptops with lackluster power, meh memory, or a skimpy screen. Not the Dell Inspiron 15 3000. This notebook comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, an ample 8GB of RAM, and a small, but manageable 128GB SSD. That configuration offers plenty of punch for basic tasks, from basic productivity to email to web browsing. You know, the sort of stuff most folks do every day. (Don’t try triple-A gaming or rendering video on this laptop though.)
Better yet, Dell’s deal comes with a spacious 15.6-inch display at full 1080p resolution. Many low-cost laptops either offer smaller screens or cut the resolution down to unacceptable levels. You won’t run into that issue here, and since the big screen gives the laptop a bigger footprint, the keyboard won’t feel cramped either. It still weighs in under 4 pounds, though.
The notebook ships with Windows 11 Home in S Mode, which restricts you to apps found in Microsoft’s app store. But if you need to install standard desktop software for work, play, or school, switching from S Mode to full-fledged Windows 11 is fast and free.
Bottom line? The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 should be a reliable, yet very budget-friendly workhorse for everyday productivity. That’s exactly what you want for a back to school laptop, and you’d be hard-pressed to find more compelling options in this price range.
Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect current (still awesome) pricing.
The Dell XPS 13 has led the way on high-end Windows productivity laptops for many a year, but its lead has slowly diminished as rivals like Asus, HP, and Lenovo close the gap with value and improved features. The MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends), with Apple Silicon, provided a seismic shift in efficiency that the XPS 13 couldn’t match. Nevertheless, Dell’s device has remained one of the best laptops around.
The field is strong, but a higher priced MacBook Air M2 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) hasn’t quite lived up to its predecessor—which means Dell has an opportunity. The XPS 13 design is a key area where previously it’s failed to keep up, but that’s about to change. The new Plus model aims to regain the range’s crown with a modernized look—backed by Intel’s new 12th generation P-series processors.
Through The Looking Glass
The XPS 13 Plus is all about the design. The performance has been boosted, but it’s the shift in style that’ll draw attention. When the look was first revealed earlier this year, it did just that. No visible trackpad, a touch bar, and a glass surface—it looked like a concept device. Dell may well be trying out a few new ideas before bringing them down to the regular XPS 13, but we know the XPS 13 2022 will be available with only the lower powered U-series Intel chips, while the XPS 13 Plus sports the more performant P-series processors. The Plus model isn’t just a vehicle for ideas—a far cry from something like Microsoft’s interesting but flawed Surface Pro X (5/10, WIRED Recommends)—but a true, realistic evolution of the XPS 13.
For some, this reality may be disappointing. It isn’t a radical change. These new features feel seamless and carefully push right up against the boundary where gimmickry lies. The new glass design is a welcome change from the old carbon fiber look that the XPS 13 has worn for some time. I’m using the Platinum model, which, inside the clamshell, has white keys to go with the glass. The glass elements house the trackpad and capacitive touch function row—Dell’s name for its touch bar.
It was striking to see no visible trackpad when this device was first showcased, but it doesn’t require much adjustment. I was swiftly using it as I would any other, with muscle memory doing the trick and a strong capacitive click backing it up. If you’re a regular laptop user, you’ll have no trouble.
Despite its eye-catching look, the touch bar isn’t trying to do too much; it just gets the job done. The keys are fixed, beyond needing to switch between function keys and media keys (brightness, volume, etc.) by pressing “fn,” and there’s a lot less going on than with Apple’s equivalent. The lack of functionality actually means it feels far less intrusive. It’s a worthy addition, even if it is just for the sake of minimalistic style. Its only folly is that entering a shortcut like “alt+f4” alongside holding “fn” is a bit of a challenge, particularly with smaller hands.
Surprisingly, it’s the rest of the keyboard, rather than the invisible touchpad, that takes some getting used to. There are no gaps, with the keys stretching edge to edge. They may be a decent size, but I did find myself touching other keys when typing, interrupting my flow but stopping short of a wry keypress. Fortunately, the distraction does go away after a few days of use.
The keyboard, however, has a bigger problem. It isn’t the travel or the feedback—the keypress is suitably deep for such a thin device and the response is satisfying; this is a great device for essay writing—the issue is the backlight. The problem may be reduced on the darker Graphite model, offering more contrast between the white light and the rest of the laptop. However, the keyboard backlighting on the Platinum model I’m testing, with its whiter colors, is poor. It’s patchy in its coverage across the keys and just doesn’t get bright enough. It’s a strange oversight, but does dull the attraction of this laptop for those who may work in less than ideal lighting conditions, like students in lecture halls. The XPS 13 Plus has a rejuvenated style, but this hurts its clean look.
Power, Packed In
This machine will eat up all the productivity tasking you can throw at it—with our model sporting the top-of-the-range 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 32-GB RAM, and 1-TB SSD storage. Even at lower specs, based on other 12th Gen devices I’ve tested, the relative performance of the XPS 13 Plus, and previous XPS 13 models, those looking for a device that’s great for high-demand productivity won’t be disappointed. The 12th Gen Intel chips see a big boost in multicore performance from the last generation, allowing for comfortable photo editing and some light video work (though it’ll be the dongle life for creatives who’d like to use memory cards or headphone jacks). You’ll find only two Thunderbolt 4 ports here and nothing else. It’s at least convenient to have one on either side, though.
The XPS 13 Plus stays extremely cool under low-demand workloads: think five to 10 tabs and light multitasking. However, when you ramp things up, much of the device becomes warm on the top and the bottom. The power Dell has managed to pack into this device is impressive, and so are the unique design choices it has made to achieve it. But it still isn’t there when it comes to competing with Apple’s M2 or M1 chips on efficiency and sustained performance. Throttling comes with the laptop’s warmth when you push the XPS 13 Plus, and it begins to stutter. Less performant power modes prevent this, like a Quiet setting that works well, but limits capabilities.
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A powerful laptop is an essential tool for students about to start a new academic term, whether you're studying medicine, English or the arts.
A trustworthy device for studies needs to have a long battery life, a big-enough memory to store research, coursework, and essays, a long life span to see you through your degree, and added features so you can enjoy using it in your downtime too, such as gaming or Netflix-bingeing.
Not to mention, it needs to be portable enough that it's easy to carry between seminars or back and forth from halls accommodation and flat shares.
We've compiled the best laptops for university students in our shopping edit ahead, with budget and functionality a core focus of these 12 products.
From leading laptop brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo and more, they're the best money can buy.
LENOVO IdeaPad Duet 10.1" 2 in 1 Chromebook | £299 from Currys
For less than £300, this tablet-laptop hybrid is one of the best budget-friendly models on the market. It comes with Chrome OS built in, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a HD touchscreen and a battery life of 10 hours. The keyboard is detachable so it can be used as a laptop or tablet whenever it suits you both, is extremely portable and perfect if you want something simple and compact.
DELL Inspiron 15 5518 15.6" Laptop | £649 from Currys
This Dell laptop has a Windows 10 Home Plus operating system, a hefty 512GB of storage, a 6-hour battery life and a 15.6-inch screen size. It’s by far the biggest on our list, but is only 0.9 inches thick so won’t weigh you down on the way to lectures.
HP Pavilion 14-dv0511sa 14" Laptop | £429 from Currys
This mid-range device comes with an 11th gen Intel® Core™ i3 processor, high-quality IPS display for viewing media, a battery life of nine hours, fast charging time, and a full HD touchscreen too. One reviewer on Currys wrote: "The size and weight of this laptop are perfect for students. Love the design and battery as well."
ASUS X415 Laptop | £279.99 from John Lewis
For something lightweight and efficient, this is a great option for less than £330. It has 4GB of RAM to allow you to have multiple tabs open at once without slowing it down, a 14-inch HD screen, 128GB of storage, and Intel’s UHD graphics processing unit for gaming in your free time.
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop | £999 from Amazon
Coming in as one of the priciest laptop on our list, we believe it's well worth the investment if you're shopping with a bigger budget. The screen size is 13.3 inches, boasts up to 18 hours of battery life on a full charge, has 8GB of RAM, a retina display, and is compatible with apps such as the Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft 365 and Google Drive. It's a slick bit of kit and very easy to get to grips with.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook Laptop | £249.99 from John Lewis
This is an all-rounder, able to support your studying and entertainment needs. It's fast to load, has 128GB of SSD storage and 4GB of RAM, 10 hours of battery life, and an extensive library of Google Play apps included.
Microsoft Surface Go 3 | £469 from Very
From early morning library sessions to movie nights, this touchscreen Microsoft Surface can do it all. It has up to 11 hours of battery life on a full charge, a fast processor for speedy web browsing and streaming, 64GB of storage, an adjustable kickstand, and a 10.5-inch screen.
Asus Chromebook Flip C433 | £399 from Very
This Asus Chromebook is made for easy web browsing. It has a HD 14-inch display which can be folded to become a tablet, 4GB of RAM, weighs only 1.5kg and lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Durable, lightweight and slick in design, this Lenovo laptop has an all-day battery life, an ergonomically designed keyboard, 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and boasts a hands-free facial recognition login.
One Amazon shopper said of this Huawei laptop: "This laptop is really amazing I'm an apple user but I can tell you this the perfect copy of MacBook Pro, the machine is fast no noise, the screen and design are top class."
This bargain laptop is ideal if you're looking for one under £200. It has a 14.1-inch screen, 64GB of hard disk space, fast download and upload speeds and weighs only 1.2 grams.
Made with students in mind, the battery life on this lasts up to 12 hours, it has an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 2MP webcam for virtual seminars, and uses Google's Chrome OS (Operating System) which gives you access to Android apps via the Google Play Store.
Whether you’re seeking a new PC, Chromebook or MacBook, back-to-school season yields some of the best laptop deals of the year. As school becomes increasingly high-tech, students of all ages are on the hunt for a reliable computer that’ll help them reach the top of the class. And in response, major retailers are rolling out sales on everything from budget laptops to gaming rigs suitable for both work and play.
This week, the best laptop deals range from a $90 Lenovo Chromebook to an all-time low price on a 16-inch MacBook M1 Pro. We’ve also rounded up a selection of retailers offering some of the best laptop sales at the moment, featuring discounts as high as 50% off.
Amazon: Find a wide selection of laptops on sale for under $500 from brands such as Acer, HP and Lenovo.
HP: The HP Back-to-School Sale cuts up to 77% off laptops. The retailer is also offering free gifts and additional savings on some models.
Samsung: Save up to $400 on select laptops at Samsung this week.
Best Buy: Save up to $350 on bestselling MacBooks, PC laptops and Chromebooks at Best Buy right now.
B&H Photo: This specialty retailer is offering hundreds of dollars off select Apple MacBooks along with deep discounts on top Windows laptops.
Dell: A number of XPS and Inspiron models are discounted up to 34% off at Dell. Plus, some deals include six months of free access to Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+.
Microsoft: Take up to $500 off select Microsoft Surface laptops and bundles.
Newegg: New and refurbished laptops are discounted up to 40% off during Newegg’s Back-to-School Sale.
Walmart: Rollbacks include Chromebooks from $98 and budget laptops from $179.