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Top 5 Best Back to School Laptop Sales

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Amazon is having some killer back to school sales on laptops. If you’re shopping for a new laptop for a student, these laptops can be yours at a deep discount.


1. Acer C720P 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Chromebook

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(Acer)

One way to spend less on a laptop is to grab a computer with a smaller display. If you’re a student on a tight budget, this petite laptop from Acer is a solid option. Don’t be fooled by the small form factor: this laptop is packed with cool features like a touchscreen, a zippy solid state drive, and battery life that will get you through a full day of classes. During Amazon’s Back to School sale, this laptop is about 13 percent off the list price.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Touchscreen
  • Zippy and responsive
  • Ideal for students who need to collaborate on projects in Google Docs
  • Lightweight

  • Cons:

  • Chromebooks may not be ideal for students in certain majors that require specific software
  • If you want the discount, you have to get the white version
  • 2 GB of RAM may not be sufficient for all students
  • Would be great if battery life was a full eight hours (stated life is 7.5 hours)
  • 32 GB hard drive is small, will require you to store some stuff in the Cloud

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    2. CyberpowerPC FANGBOOK EVO HFX7-400 17.3-Inch Laptop

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    (CyberpowerPC)

    School is stressful, so it’s important to make some time to relax and connect with friends. For MMORPG fans heading back to school, a gaming laptop is a good way to balance work and play. This particular laptop from Cyberpower PC is great for both gaming and school presentations, thanks to its massive screen and powerful specs. You’ll also appreciate the anti-glare display after an all-nighter, whether you were storming castles or busting out a term paper. During Amazon’s Back to School sale, this laptop is almost 20 percent off the list price.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Big screen
  • Great for gamers
  • 750 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 250 GB solid state drive
  • Intel Core i7-4770MQ 2.4 GHz (6 MB Cache)
  • Has an optical drive

  • Cons:

  • Not ideal for Windows 8 haters
  • Very expensive
  • Heavy, weighs nearly eight pounds
  • Over a year old at this point, some users might prefer a more recent model
  • Limited warranty only has a one year period

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    3. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook

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    (Lenovo)

    The IdeaPad Flex is a great laptop to take to your dorm. In laptop mode, it works as a great machine for getting work done. In stand mode, you can use it to share presentations with the class (or just watch a movie with your roommates.) During Amazon’s Back to School sale, this laptop is nearly 25 percent off the list price.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio
  • Relatively inexpensive, given its size and features
  • 10-point multi-touch 15.6” HD screen
  • Energy Manager helps to optimize battery consumption
  • OneKey Recovery makes backup and recovery simple

  • Cons:

  • Battery life is a wimpy five hours
  • A bit heavy at five pounds, especially for those who are also carrying heavy books
  • Has no optical drive, which may be a downside for some
  • Power management settings can cause “random” screen brightness and volume changes (this can be adjusted in settings)
  • Some users have complained the screen resolution isn’t as sharp as they might like

  • 4. HP Envy 17.3-Inch Touchsmart Laptop with Beats Audio

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    (HP)

    If you’re an audiophile, the fact that this laptop includes Beat Audio is a serious perk. If you’re the kind of person who needs to have music on in the background while you’re typing up a term paper, this large laptop is ideal for your needs. During Amazon’s Back to School sale, this laptop is 30 percent off the list price.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Large screen
  • Beats Audio
  • Touchscreen
  • 1024 GB hard drive
  • Ample RAM

  • Cons:

  • No solid state drive
  • Advertised battery life is under five hours
  • Big screen is nice, but it means laptop feels hefty when you have to lug it across campus
  • DVD burner may not be necessary for all users
  • Numeric keypad may not appeal to all users

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    5. Lenovo Yoga Multimode 10-inch Tablet

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    (Lenovo)

    Some students want the portability of a tablet, but the form factor of a laptop. If flexibility is the most important thing for you, this tablet from Lenovo could be perfect. You can use it in tablet mode to take notes during class, then place the tablet in stand mode for when you need a stable screen for writing papers.

    This tablet works as a laptop replacement for anyone who needs maximum battery life, or anyone who doesn’t like working in Windows or OS X. Just buy a wireless keyboard and you’re good to go. During Amazon’s Back to School sale, this tablet is 20 percent off the list price.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 18-hour battery life
  • 16 GB flash memory
  • Ideal for Android fans
  • Lightweight
  • Much cheaper than buying a traditional laptop

  • Cons:

  • Ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, not KitKat
  • On-board cameras may seem underwhelming to some (5 MP rear, 1.6 MP front)
  • Only has up to 32GB micro-SD card storage support
  • Some users find the display slightly low-res
  • Some users suggest the default launcher should be replaced with a third-party launcher

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