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$100 off a MacBook Air and 11 Other Back to School Tech Deals to Score Right Now

These tech gadgets are great for students, but the deals are available for everybody.

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The start of the fall semester is right around the corner, which means new classes, late nights, and back to school tech deals.

If you’re still looking for the right computer, or a couple of extra gadgets to help you inside or outside the classroom, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find deals on the everything from speakers and headphones to TVs and coffee machines. While these deals are perfect for students, almost none of them are tied to an official “back to school” sale, so their prices can return to normal at any time.

For even more deals, check out our more extensive guide to back to school sales, which covers discounts on clothes, furniture, and bedding in addition to tech.

1. Apple iPad Air (4th Gen)

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Apple’s iPad Air is one of our favorite tablets, and it’s currently $60 off. The 4th Gen has an upgraded 7MP FaceTime HD camera, which makes your background look a little brighter if you’re still taking virtual Zoom classes. You can also shoot and edit 4K video on the 10.9-inch display, making it a breeze if you’re a film student, or just want to capture this semester’s memories. It’s also the easiest (and lightest) way to carry around your required reading list, class notes, and personal book library.

Buy: Apple iPad Air (4th Gen) at $539.00

2. AirPods Pro

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Apple rarely discounts its tech, but you can save $52 on its AirPods Pro right now. The totally wireless earbuds support ANC (active noise cancellation) offer up to five hours of music playback on a single charge, and come in a wireless charging battery case. The battery case charges your AirPods when they’re inside, and can add up to 18 additional hours of playback time.

Buy: Apple AirPods Pro at $197.00

3. Insignia 32-Inch Smart HD Fire TV

Insignia NS-32DF310NA19 32-inch Smart HD TV

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Insignia’s 32-inch Smart HD Fire TV is the perfect set for dorm rooms, and it’s $70 cheaper right now.

It has a resolution of 720P (HD), so your videos will look very clear, and it has Fire TV built right in, so you can access popular streaming services without plugging in a media streamer. This TV has three HDMI ports (enough for you to connect all of your gadgets at once), one USB port, an Ethernet port, and support for both Wi-Fi and Alexa.

As a bonus, the TV uses DTS TruSurround audio system, so you’ll get that total immersion surround sound.

Buy: Insignia 32-Inch Smart HD Fire TV at $149.99

4. MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is the gold standard for Apple Laptops, and it’s currently available for $100 off.

This model comes with Apple’s powerful M1 chip that enhances battery life and performance, 8GB (gigabytes) of memory, 256GB of storage, and a 13.3-inch high resolution “Retina” display. These specs are more than good enough for writing papers, creating presentations, streaming videos in HD or 4K, or light image, music, or video editing.

The computer has a 720P webcam, so you can video chat without plugging in an external one, and two Thunderbolt 3ports, which allow you to plug in accessories like an external monitor. All of this power comes in a laptop that weighs 2.8 pounds.

If you need a college laptop that’s going to last longer than your four years of school, this is a great pick.

Buy: MacBook Air at $849.99

Note: If you know you need even more power, you can save $114 on a 16-inch MacBook Pro. It’s available for $2,285 on Amazon.

5. Canon imageCLASS Wireless Printer

Canon ImageClass Wireless Printer

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If I could only recommend one tech accessory to college students based on personal experience, it’d be a printer. Canon’s imageCLASS LBP6230DW is a compact, space-saving printer and is on sale for nearly $30 off.

It can print at a rate of 26 pages per minute, and supports Wi-Fi, so you can print from your computer, tablet, or phone without a cable. Finally, since it only prints in black and white (you won’t really need color when you’re printing pages for class readings), you’ll only need to replace one kind of toner cartridge, which can save you a few bucks down the road.

Buy: Canon imageCLASS Wireless Printer at $139.00

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 is one of the most well-rounded Windows PCs available right now, and it’s currently $259 cheaper than normal.

This version of the machine has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of Memory, 128GB of storage, and a 12.3-inch high resolution touch screen. The laptop comes with a keyboard, which can be detached to put the Surface Pro 7 into “tablet” mode. This two-in-one approach is great if you prefer using touch screens for general tasks, but need a keyboard for productivity work. Like a tablet, the Surface Pro 7 has both a back-facing camera (8 megapixels) and front-facing camera (5 megapixels), which can be used for video conferencing.

The Surface Pro 7 has one USB-C port, USB-A port, and one Surface Connect port for connecting peripherals, and a MicroSD card slot that lets you expand its storage with a memory card. This computer weighs 1.7 pounds on its own, and 2.4 pounds with its keyboard attached.

If you need a sleek, powerful, 2-in-1 Windows laptop, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 is a great choice.

Buy: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 at $797.99

7. Sony WH1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones

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Sony’s WH1000XM3 over-ear headphones give you practically unbeatable noise-cancelling abilities. The headphones, which are currently $100 off, supports Alexa voice controls, gets up to 30 hours of battery life per charge, and has a “Smart Listening” engine, which means it can automatically detect the level of ambient sound around you and balance the noise-cancellation accordingly.

Even if someone tries to flag you down for a quick conversation, you can cover the right ear cup to turn down the music and listen with the quick attention mode. Sony’s drivers sound great (we’ve tested several of their headphones), but what sets the WH1000XM3 optimizes your sound quality and ANC based on the fit of the earcups, taking into account head size, glasses, and hair. If you’re trying to make it through a study sesh, or want a pair of headphones that sound and look great, this is your best bet.

Buy: Sony WH1000XM3 at $298.00

8. Samsung 28-Inch UE570 UHD 4K Gaming Monitor

Samsung 28-Inch UE570 UHD 4K Gaming Monitor

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One of the easiest ways to boost your productivity is connecting your computer to an external monitor.

This 4K monitor from Samsung is $50 cheaper than normal, and doesn’t skimp on features. Its high resolution will make images, video, and text look extremely clear. It has a one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports, so you can hook up your computer and two additional gadgets (a game console, for instance) and use the monitor as a 4K TV.

One feature that helps distinguish this monitor from its competition is its “eye saver mode,” which gently reduces the amount of blue light it emits, so your eyes don’t get irritated after a long night of schoolwork.

Buy: Samsung 28-Inch UE570 UHD 4K Gaming… at $299.99

9. Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop

Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop

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Razer’s offering a $250 discount on its Razer Blade 15 laptop, and it’s the perfect fit if you’re a PC gamer who needs a portable machine.

It has a six-core Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.6GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of storage, an Nvidia GeForce GTX1660 Ti graphics card, and a 15.6-inch 1080P display. It may not have a touch screen, but the Blade 15’s display has a 144Hz (hertz) refresh rate, so games will run super smoothly. The laptop has an RGB keyboard, which you can customize to show the color you like, which is a nice piece of flair.

This laptop has three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, a MiniDisplay Port, one HDMI port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. From a power and connectivity perspective the Razer Blade 15 is well-equipped to handle just about anything you throw at it. Whether you play a lot of games, do graphics-intensive work like video and image editing, or need a machine with a lot of power under the hood, you won’t be disappointed.

Buy: Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop at $1,368.66

10. Edifier S1000DB Audiophile Active Bookshelf Speakers

Edifier S1000DB

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Edifier’s S1000DB Active Bookshelf Speakers are the perfect all-in-one dorm room audio system, and they’re $50 cheaper right now.

The speakers have two drivers (the part of a speaker that produces sound) a 5.5-inch woofer to handle midrange and low frequencies, and a 1-inch tweeter to handle the highs. By spreading sounds across two drivers, you end up with more detail in your audio.

The main reason we’re recommending these speakers (besides great sound) is that they’re active (also known as powered) speakers. That means they’ve got an amplifier built inside of them, so you don’t need a separate one for your system. The speakers have two sets of RCA inputs, an optical input, and a coaxial input, so you can connect a turntable and TV to them at the same time.

If you want a great-sounding compact stereo system for your dorm, this is the set to get.

Buy: Edifier S1000DB Active Bookshelf… at $349.99

11. Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Slim Single Serve Coffee Maker

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Great for dorm rooms, and smaller kitchen spaces, supply your semester’s caffeine habit with Keurig’s K-Slim coffee maker — and this deal gets you $30 off so you can score this machine for under $100. This compact single-serve coffee machine is less than 5 inches wide, but can brew up to 4 cups at a time without needing a refill for the 46 ounce reservoir.

Choose from three different sizes to whip up the coffee that best suits your level of midterms or finals burnout. It even accommodates travel mugs, so you can take that fresh cup to go when you’re running out the door to class. You won’t have to wait on line and risk being late for class either — the K-Slim has your coffee ready in minutes.

Buy: Keurig K-Slim Single Serve Coffee Maker at $79.99

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