August 11, 2022


Back to school live blog: Best laptops, backpacks and tablets for college

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Let’s talk Chromebooks

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In some ways, Chromebooks are the ultimate combo breaker for students. The Cloud-centric OS means the requirements for top-of-the-range internals are far lessened, and the free Google Drive suite ensures you have a full work suite at no cost.

With that in mind, let’s pull out two that are well worth your money. Starting small, the 11.6-inch Lenovo Chromebook 3 is just $89 (opens in new tab), which is crazy value for money if you just need something to get stuff done.

Acer Chromebook 315

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If you want something that could also pair as a screen for falling down YouTube wormholes, that’s where the Acer Chromebook 315 (opens in new tab) comes in — packing a large 15.6-inch display, which also means you get a full numeric keypad too (great for data entry). The best bit? It’s $120 off!

How to get Microsoft office for free (and save $10 on the Xbox Series S)

Microsoft Office Logo

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This is a Back to School live blog, so this update will only focus on the fact that you can get the entire Microsoft Office suite for free by entering your school email address here. (opens in new tab)

It would be very unprofessional of us to mention that you can also get $10 off the Xbox Series S (opens in new tab) — a banger of an affordable games console that will help you blow off some steam after those more intense days of study.

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Don’t get the Xbox Series S for just $289 from Microsoft (opens in new tab)

Xbox Series S review

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One of the best backpacks for your money just got a whole lot cheaper

Heavens Gate Backpack

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The Heaven’s Gate backpack from Traveller’s Choice is a fantastic bag for its portability, comfort to carry, and effective use of space — splitting into plenty of pockets and even packing a useful portable battery compartment with a hole to feed a cable through and charge your phone on the go.

And now, you can get 42% off the price at Nordstrom Rack, which brings the price down to below $40!

Get the Traveller’s Choice Heaven’s Gate backpack for just $39.97 (opens in new tab)

Get an M1 MacBook Air for its lowest ever price

MacBook Air (m1, 2020)

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The world loves MacBooks, and this deal offers the best price-to-performance ratio on an Apple laptop! Sure, you can snag an M2 MacBook Air, but the M1 processor offers more than enough horsepower for all your working needs.

Get on over to Best Buy to snag $150 off this ultrabook — packing Apple’s top notch silicon, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, alongside some surprisingly powerful speakers for your binge watching needs.

Plus, this is actually a better deal than Apple offers through its student program!

Get the M1 MacBook Air for just $849 from Best Buy