School is coming up, and many students need to upgrade their gear. Some will need software and OS updates. Others will need printers and speakers for their rooms. Many will just need to update their laptops so that they have the latest graphics, hardware and processors for handling their work. That’s why sellers have back-to-school sales to help you make your choice. But are you actually getting your hands on the best hardware?
Here at Laptop Mag, we’ve dug through the deals and found the best ones for you. From smartphones and tablets to fully-featured laptops, here are the best back-to-school deals of 2014.
Apple has had one of the most consistent back-to-school sales of the decade. Every summer, students receive notable discounts on MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones. Buyers can get $50 off the Macbook Air, which is a light but fully functional model that can serve most needs. They can also get $100 off the Macbook Pro, one of the best laptops for working with visuals and designs. However, that’s not all.
All students who buy a Mac will get a $100 Apple Store Credit, which can be used for apps, music, TV, and more. iPad purchasers will receive a $50 credit as well. If you’re not a fan of the Apple Store, you can get $50 off an iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina Display if you buy from Best Buy.
Hewlett Packard has a number of solid laptop deals. Buyers can save $100 dollars off of any HP laptop priced over $700 if they buy a HP Plus Tablet alongside it. However, we’d recommend looking into the HP Pavilion x360 13z, which you can get for $150 off if you buy now. We found the x360 to be a nice mix of affordable, well-designed and stylish.
The Acer Aspire series is a reasonably priced yet flexible laptop line that will fit most students’ needs. Currently, students can get $100 off the Aspire V7-482PG-6629 Touchscreen Ultrabook. The V7 has a full 14″ HD display and surround sound, and can stream media to your TV without wires. It’s also protected by the Acer Theft Shield, in case your laptop is stolen.
From software to cheap Beats, Microsoft offers a plethora of options for saving, but two deals really stand out. First, there’s a $150 discount on the Surface Pro 3 (without keyboard). We found this laptop-tablet hybrid to be stylish and a strong performer that will serve students’ needs well. For students who are still working with older Windows OS, Windows offers a $70 upgrade to Windows 8. While Windows 8 isn’t perfect, it’s essential for a lot of the latest software.
Lenovo’s Thinkpads have been reliable over the years for business types and students. These consistently solid laptops that have long battery life and strong performance capabilities. In honor of the back-to-school season, Lenovo is offering $100 off select Thinkpads. We recommend the T440s and the X1.
There are a lot of back-to-school phone sales, but our favorite is T-Mobile’s sale (found via studentrate.com). Students receive a $50 credit on their T-Mobile bill, which can go towards any new voice or data activation, including adding a new line of service. If a student purchases a device when they activate a new line of service, they will receive an additional $25 reward card. On top of that, students don’t need to sign an annual contract or activation fees, will get free standard shipping, and can utilize data in over 100 countries.