The start of the 2023 school year is essentially here, with youngsters of both primary and high school age officially starting their returns to school from this week in some states and all students across the country expected back within the next fortnight. Uni students aren't too far behind either, scheduled to return to classrooms and lecture halls in late February or early March.
The good news is that all of this means that back to school deals and savings are standing strong to offer students and teachers opportunities to invest in a new laptop, tablet or any number of other back to school tech essentials at bargain prices.
To help you spot the best deals and get school-ready, we've tracked down all the top opportunities we can find to save on productivity-friendly tech and other items below to help you get a jump on 2023.
Where to find the best back to school sales
- Amazon: everything you need to get back-to-school ready
- Apple: buy MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and more, though rarely discounted
- Bagworld: find discounts backpacks and kit bags of all kinds
- Bellroy: backpacks and phone cases galore
- Big W: tech supplies, plus uniforms and shoes
- City Beach: backpacks, drinks bottles and more
- Dell: dependable laptops for home, business and education
- eBay: shop back to school essentials
- HP: back to school savings on laptops and more
- JB Hi-Fi: tech specialists offering savings on hot back to school items
- Lenovo: laptops for every need, in every size
- Microsoft: productivity masterminds with no shortage of options
- Rebel Sport: deals on back to school shoes
- The Good Guys: back to school tech with budget-friendly discounts
- Typo: fancy stationery, arts & crafts supplies, drink bottles and much more
Best back to school deals
Save on Apple with education discounts
Keen on a new MacBook or iPad for the return to school? Apple has a handy deal with its back to school sale available to current and new university students, parents buying for university students, and teachers and staff at all levels.
Offering a pair of AU$219 Apple AirPods at no cost with eligible items on top of 20% off Apple Care, Apple is also offering a number of education discounts on a variety of its top items to help students and teachers prepare for the year ahead.
Save on MacBooks and iPads with Apple and get Apple AirPods (AU$219 RRP) for free (plus save up to AU$150 with Apple's education discount)
Apple is keen to get well ahead of the curve with opportunities for those heading back to school to save on a wide variety of Apple devices, including the newly announced (and not yet released) MacBook Pro updates.
MacBooks including the MacBook Air (our pick for the best student laptop) land an AU$150 education discount with the AU$219 Apple AirPods included at no cost, with iPad models including the iPad Pro landing discounts up to AU$90 with the AirPods deal included too.
Laptops & Chromebooks deals
This Asus Vivobook is a generously specced laptop that achieves a lot for productivity purposes with solid performance and speed, and on offer here with an exceptional 1TB of storage space packed in. Lightweight and with some ability to handle PC gaming thanks to its solid processor and GPU, this AU$300 saving is a solid deal on one of the better back to school laptop options you could find.
If you're not sure you need 1TB of storage, you can also find the Asus Vivobook with 512GB for a discounted price of AU$599, saving you AU$250.
Perfect for productivity and for play, this gaming laptop from HP offers a speedy 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and RTX 3050 Ti graphics card to boast a generous full-HD, anti-glare display with 144Hz refresh rates and a 9ms response time. This makes it a high quality option for gaming while offering the same reliability for productivity purposes that one would expect from HP. And with a AU$1,000 saving in the mix, this offer is one well worth considering for the return to school or work.
If you're keen to add a new MacBook Pro to your arsenal but aren't keen on the education savings Apple are offering above, this discount on the 2021 MacBook Pro in its 16-inch size with 1TB SSD packed in is for you. And if 1TB is more than you need, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD is also discounted by 9%, now down to AU$3,127.
If nothing appeals more to you than the best of the best, this gaming laptop from Razer demands your attention. With quad high-definition (QHD) display offering 240Hz refresh rates, a RTX 3070 Ti graphics card and exceptionally powerful 12th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor, this 17.3-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop offers the kind of performance for gaming and heavy duty software (eg. Photoshop, Premiere Pro) that was thought of as unrealistic for laptops not too long ago.
If only the best of the best can pique your interest, this deal is for you. As one of the best Chromebooks money can buy, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 is a 2-in-1 solution offering impressive performance to match its productivity-friendly portability. With a 13-inch OLED display and impressive battery life, our review went so far as to call this one "the best 2-in-1 Chromebook around".
HP M27fwa FHD monitor |
AU$379 AU$265 at HP (save AU$114)
In HP's back to school offers you can score this stylish 27-inch monitor for 30% off. The HP M27fwa offers a FHD display with AMD FreeSync, low blue light mode and full-HD display with 75Hz refresh rate on a stylish tilt stand. Perfect as either a first or second monitor, you can nab this bargain for only AU$265 directly from HP.
Oh sure, you're not supposed to be thinking about gaming during back to work or back to school season, but who says you have to play by the rules? And this exceptional gaming monitor is well worth being a rule-breaker for. Offering an excellent 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms motion blur reduction, you'd be hard pressed to find a better monitor to pair with your gaming endeavours, and you can always do all your work in between play on it too. The discount on this one was more than double the current savings only a few short days ago, but you'll still save just under AU$150 on this one.
For a quality monitor perfect for office or study but with the versatility to pair well with your gaming demands, this Samsung CF390 comes in as an absolute steal at just AU$197. With a 27-inch curved display boosted by a 3000:1 contrast ratio delivering blacks with excellent depth and bright whites, and a 60Hz refresh rate, this Samsung monitor is an option well worth considering.
Computer accessory deals
If there's some distance between your home office and your modem, you might be struggling with some spotty connection issues which you'd hate to imagine striking at the most inopportune times before you manage to hit save on your latest essay or spreadsheet. This eero mesh wi-fi router will act as a handy fix, seamlessly boosting your signal around the home.
Plus, if you feel like you need more than one, you can save on a bundle of eero wi-fi routers or other models of the router via Amazon for a limited time.
As a mouse that is equal parts responsive and comfortable, the Logitech Lift is an excellent investment. By forcing the hand to take a handshake position, it serves an ergonomic purpose to alleviate strain on your posture and overall physical health from prolonged use. As a mouse ticking a lot of boxes, this handy saving just in time for back to school season is well worth a second look.
You can also find this one at the same discounted price via Amazon.
Return to school or the office with some personality thanks to this Logitech POP wireless keyboard, which can be paired with up to 3 devices and offers an impressive 3-year battery life. It also comes with 8 swappable emoji keys and 1 emoji menu key for those who love to drop a cheeky smiley face into their emails, and mechanical keys that are a hoot to type with. And it's available via Amazon in a variety of colours with a discount of AU$54.95 in the mix.
Razer Kiyo X Full HD Webcam |
AU$139 AU$59 on Amazon (save AU$80)
Having a quality webcam on hand might not be the same kind of back to school essential it was this time last year, but it's certainly not the kind of item that will go astray just in case. This webcam had dropped to only AU$50 during Black Friday, but has since gone up to AU$59 (still a decent saving of 58% off). The Kiyo X offers 1080p recording at 30fps or 720p at a super-smooth 60fps. You also get autofocus, a variety of mounting options and a webcam small enough to take with you wherever you go.
If you aren't fussed about bells and whistles and just want a printer that can handle what you need it to without unnecessary fanfare, the Epson XP-2200 is a perfect fit for your home office. Easy to set up and capable of wireless printing via Wi-Fi, the Epson XP-2200 can print, scan and copy with no worries and is an excellent option at just AU$64 courtesy of a 35% discount.
Laser printers offer a quick and quiet printing solution, with the Brother HL-L3202CDW no exception. Capable of printing up to 25 pages per minute, you can score this colour laser printer for only AU$271 on Amazon – a saving of 22% off.
Sure, a label maker might not be the first thing you think of when you're on the hunt for new tech, but there's a bunch of scenarios where you'll find that one comes in handy. Maybe you want to label your food to put in the office fridge? Label your child's backpack or sun hat? Whatever the need, this quality Bluetooth label maker from the ever-dependable Brother is a great option even before taking into account this AU$31.75 saving.
Phone and tablet deals
If you're keen to head back to school with one of the best tablets that don't come with the Apple name (or hefty price) attached, you can save right now on the high-quality Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 with compatible pen included. Crisp display and surprisingly solid audio headline the appeal of this tablet, which also comes with a built-in stand and included pen to help you turn this one into the ideal graphic design sidekick or portable streaming companion.