It's not long before you step into college for the first time or head back to start your next year of studies. Apart from the excitement of leaving home behind again and seeing your friends or making new ones, comes the addition of packing up your belongings and picking up those essential items that make your educational adventure easier.
Have you got a laptop to take to lectures, take down notes and type up your coursework? Do you have plenty of backup storage such as a thumb drive or portable external HDD? The last thing you want is to lose any of your work. What about something to sit on like a comfortable gaming chair or a noise-cancelling headset to help you study?
We've had a look around the internet and some of our favorite retailers for some of the best deals on the essential tech that suits a student going back to school. Although we have focused on going back to school, some of the technology that we've listed can be used for playing games and multimedia as well.
Check back regularly as we update this hub with more deals as we spot them.
Best Back-to-School Quick Links
- Amazon: Back-to-school college deals.
- Newegg: Save over $500 on computers for the new school year
- Dell: Laptop and desktop deals for back-to-school
- Lenovo: Up to 75% off these Doorbuster deals
- Razer: Up to 40% off Razer laptops for Students with ID
- HP: Save up to 40% with HP computers and laptops
Best Back-to-School Laptop Deals
Here are some of our favorite laptop deals for helping with your studies or getting in some gaming in your downtime.
Best Back-to-School Desktop PC Deals
If you've got the room maybe go for a desktop PC - which is more often a cheaper option than going for a laptop. A desktop also offers you an easy way to upgrade parts and add extra storage etc. when needed.
MSI Aegis RS 13NUE-450US Gaming Desktop: now $1,799 at Newegg (was $1,999)
This powerful gaming desktop from MSI contains the latest Intel 13th Gen Core i7-13700KF processor with graphics provided by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 12GB GPU. There is also a comfortable amount of RAM with an included 32GB of DDR5, and a 2TB PCIe SSD for your OS and games library.
Lenovo Legion T5 Gaming Desktop: now $979 at Walmart (was $1,499)
This gaming desktop from Lenovo uses an AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a larger 1TB HDD for storage. You would want to possibly swap out or upgrade the HDD for an M.2 SSD for better gaming compatibility as a 256GB SSD containing the OS won't leave a lot of room for your games library.
Best Back-to-School Monitor Deals
Connect a monitor to your laptop or desktop PC or use it to also watch your favorite entertainment content. Choose between large desktop monitors or more portable mini monitors for an extra screen to take on the move.
Best Back-to-School Storage Deals
Take your data on the move or just have a backup copy of all your hard work with one of these portable storage deals.
TeamGroup 128GB C186 USB 3.2 Flash Drive: now $4 at Newegg (was $10)
Always handy to have, a USB flash drive is a great medium for keeping a backup ISO or transporting data from one device to another when a network isn't available. The C186 has 128GB of capacity and read speeds of up to 100MB/s.
Best Back-to-School Peripheral Deals
You're going to be doing a lot of research, typing, and listening on your course so make sure you have a decent keyboard, mouse,, or headset to help you in your studies.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless: now $149 on Amazon (was $199)
HyperX's premium wireless headset features a strong-but-lightweight aluminum frame and a detachable boom mic. It only has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity — not Bluetooth — but offers a ridiculous 300 hours of battery life over said connection.
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: now $34 at Walmart (was $59)
It's a wireless mouse using a single AA battery for power, with a battery life of around 285 hours on 2.4GHz wireless, or up to 450 hours on BlueTooth. 6 programmable buttons and a 16K DPI optical sensor provide all the accuracy you could need for both productivity work and your gaming hobbies.
Best Back-to-School Chair Deals
Don't be perched on a stool or the edge of a bed, get yourself a comfortable chair to sit on for either long study sessions or long gaming sessions with your friends.
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Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.