The 11 Best Tech Back-to-School Deals of 2021

Here's how students can save money on laptops and more.

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Now that the academic season is underway, we’ve stopped updating this post with back-to-school sales and can’t promise the ones below are still available. Check back later for updated deals.

With summer winding down, students are swapping their video games for laptops as they head back into the classroom. Back-to-school sales usually focus on general school supplies, like computers and tablets for school work. Stores are already aware that families will be shopping for back-to-school supplies on a budget, and discounts or deals make these much-needed items that much more enticing.

However, what makes this time of year even better isn’t so much retailer awareness, but the timing of back-to-school sales. “Back to school sales tend to fall right in between two other major shopping holidays: July 4th and Labor Day," says Julie Ramhold, Consumer Analyst with DealNews.com. So, whether you are early to the back-to-school game or late, there are many sales to be had.

We've rounded up the best back-to-school deals we can find that are worthy of your time below. Be sure to bookmark this page as we'll continue to update it through Labor Day.

Under Armour

UA Gametime Backpack

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Take 25 percent off of backpacks for trekking around campus with your tech gear. No code is needed for this sale; check out the 'outlet' section of UA.com.

Huckberry

Olly Day

Courtesy of Olly

From home audio to powerful battery chargers, Huckberry has a menagerie of tech gadgets—all on sale through Labor Day weekend. Right now you can save 20 percent off this Olly Day light, which is built for your desk.

Apple

Apple MacBook Air at the desk

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Receive a complimentary pair of Airpods when you purchase a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro. You can save up to $150 total on Airpods and a MacBook laptop for this sale.

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Samsung

Save $200 when you purchase the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G phone. You can also opt to use a 15 percent student education discount for extra savings and get up to 30 percent off laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

Kohl's

Fitbit Versa 2

Courtesy: Amazon

Shop and save up to 15 percent off purchases. You can get wearables like the Fitbit Versa 2, Google Nest, and even Google Pixel Buds Gen 2.

Lenovo

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

 Courtesy of Walmart

Shop up to 80 percent off PCs and other tech on the Lenovo website. Be sure to use the eCoupon listed below the doorbuster product.

Office Max

Office Max Brand Durable View Round-Ring Binders

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Office Max is running all kinds of deals. Save up to 55 percent off back-to-school essentials like laptop computers, printers, calculators, and more. Plus, you can always find notebooks, pens, pencils, and binders at Office Max, too.

Bose

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose

This year, Bose is offering up to 30 percent off their noise-canceling headphones, which are perfect for that campus bus commute. You’ll have to sign up and register as a student to get this deal.

Steelseries

Steelseries Apex Pro

Courtesy of Steelseries

Once you verify you’re a student, you can get a code for 15 percent off sitewide. From headsets for Zoom classes to computer accessories, this is a great deal.

Razer

Razer Raptor 27-inch gaming monitor

Razer

Get up to 20 percent off gaming gear and 5 percent off laptops like the Razer Blade Pro 17 and desktops through the Razer Education Program. Like most tech sites, you’ll need to register and verify you’re a student to get the code.

Best Buy

HP

Get up to $300 off certain Intel-powered laptops or save up to $160 on Beats Studio 3 headphones. You’ll have to create an account to get this deal.

When Do Back-to-School Sales Start in 2021? 

Back-to-school sales begin around June 15. They run through the end of August, usually ending just before Labor Day weekend. Some companies extend theirs through the end of Labor Day weekend.

How Long Do Back-to-School Sales Last? 

It depends on the retailer. Some, like Apple, can run some amazing deals through the entirety of summer for students. Others like Amazon have a back-to-school page and run flash sales through their Daily Deals page.

When Do School Supplies Go on Sale? 

Similar to general back-to-school sales, school supplies went on sale in early June. This year, we’ve seen some as early as June 17.

Does Best Buy Offer Student Discounts? 

Yes, they do. If you’re interested, we’ve gone through the steps to obtain that discount here

When are Apple's Back-to-School Sales? 

They began June 17 and will run in some capacity through the end of September. Some deals will come and go through this entire back-to-school season. You can find our steps to obtain their education discount guide here.

What Stores Have the Best Back-to-School Sales? 

If you prefer to do brick-and-mortar shopping, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart can offer some great deals on supplies and educational tech for the classroom or the dorm. These companies also run great online incentives like two-day shipping and contact-free delivery for ease of convenience. While Amazon doesn’t directly offer back-to-school sales, you can still find some great deals there as well.

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