Back to School 2018 sales: the best deals for tech supplies


School will be starting before you know it (if it hasn’t already), so if you haven’t stocked up on all the essentials, the best Back to School sales in the US could save you a ton of cash on laptops, tablets, software and even backpacks. Don’t pay full price on these tech supplies – tuition is expensive enough, already.

However, finding the best Back to School deals on what you’ll need for your (or your kid’s) upcoming school year isn’t always easy. That’s why we’re here.

TechRadar's review experts have created an official Back to School guide – updated daily – that shows the best discounts to propel you over the next few semesters.

Update: We’ve found even more deals, including the Acer Chromebook 13 for just $209, so you can get a ton of work done, without paying a premium price. More Back to School deals are below.

It focuses on the top picks from US stores like Apple, Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy. We even included a ton of fun tech ideas here, too, to help your dorm feel like home.

Here are the best Back to School sales we've seen today and the lowest prices, based on our expertise and product testing.

Best Back to School sales for laptops and tablets

Buy a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and get free repair coverage and Microsoft Office using coupon "STUDENTBUNDLES"
Through September 19, if you buy one of these fantastic laptops for college students, you'll not only get three years of free onsite service, but also Microsoft Office Home and Student thrown in for good measure!
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ASUS VivoBook F510UA | was $599 now $509 on Amazon
If you're looking for a solid laptop that can reliably handle all your schoolwork without breaking a sweat, you should check this laptop out. With the Asus VivoBook F510UA's 8th-generation Intel processor, you'll be able to multitask like a pro.View Deal

Acer Chromebook 13 | was $333 now $209 at Walmart
The best Chromebooks are great back to school devices, as you can get a ton of work done on them, while saving money that you can spend on textbooks or food instead. Act now, and you can get the Acer Chromebook 13 for a whopping $124 off at Amazon.View Deal

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ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 | was $560 now $399 on Amazon
This attractive 2-in-1 laptop will be a great college companion, both for when you need to work and when you need to take a break. It features a 7th-generation Intel Core m3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, and you can save $99 on it right now.View Deal

ASUS ZenBook UX410UA | was $849 now $799 on the Asus Store
If you're looking for a light, stylish and powerful computer to accompany you on campus, look no further. The Asus ZenBook UX410UA rocks an 8th-generation Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and you can score an extra $50 off for a limited time.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Pro | was $1,159 now $799 on Amazon
The Microsoft Surface Pro is not only one of the best Windows tablets you can buy, but also one of the best laptops. And, now you can pick up the Core i5 model for a whopping 31% off!View Deal

Acer Chromebook 15 | was $372 now $319.99 on Amazon
The bigger 15-inch Acer Chromebook is also on sale for Back to School, upping not only the screen size but also the specs: a Pentium N4200 CPU, touch display, and 4GB RAM.View Deal

ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 10.1inch | was $293.48 now $249.00 on Amazon
Chromebooks in schools are in right now, and so are 2-in-1 laptops. This one has a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for a nice 16% off today.View Deal

ASUS VivoBook E203MA Ultra Thin Laptop | was $229.99 now $179 on Amazon
Asus is selling one of the most affordable Windows laptops, and it's 13% cheaper thanks to Back to School, with a dual-core Pentium CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
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Acer Chromebook 14 | was $299.99 now $249 on Amazon
This is the ideal first laptop for kids and even college students who want a simple Chromebook at a good size. It's 12% today, making it a fetching Back to School deal.View Deal

Acer Chromebook 11 | was $219.99 now $198 on Amazon
This is one of the cheapest Chromebooks you can buy for your kids in 2018, with specs like a Celeron N3060 CPU, 4GB RAM and a 16GB eMMC drive.View Deal

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop is $50.99 off
This 15.6-inch Full HD gaming laptop will power you through the rest of your schooling thanks to its Intel i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 1060-6GB. It's VR ready, runs Windows 10 64-bit, and has a red backlit keyboard.View Deal

15.6-inch ASUS FX503VD Gaming Laptop | was $999 now $899 on Amazon
You can't go wrong touting a gaming laptop on campus because if it's fit to run games, it can also handle your productivity needs, from word processors to spreadsheets. Plus it can play Fortnight. View Deal

OMEN by HP 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop | was $1,099 now $1,010 on Amazon
If you're looking for a laptop that'll get you through both work and play, look no further than the HP Omen 15, packed with an Intel Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050TI, 12GB RAM and a 128GB PCIE SSD. If you act fast, you can score an extra $100 off, too.View Deal

iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming Desktop | was $1,249 now $849 on Amazon
If you're looking for one of the best gaming PCs that will be able to handle anything you throw at it, you can pick up this iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming Desktop with a AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, AMD Radeon RX 580, 16GB RAM and a 1TB HDD for 28% off on Amazon.View Deal

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus| now $184 at Amazon
So you want a tablet with a nice screen, but don't want to pay a lot of money? Enter the Lenovo Tab 4 Plus. It has a fingerprint scanner  and an 8-inch 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet | was $549.99 now $436 at Amazon
The greatest iPad competitor out there is now on sale to rival Apple even more. It has a great screen and enough power to handle all of your tablet needs for several semesters.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8" Refurbished | was $199 now $118 at Walmart
If you're looking for a cheap and effective way to consume some media in your downtime, you're in luck. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A features a gorgeous display and respectable specs, for just $118.View Deal

Dorm ideas with Back to School sales

Seagate Backup Plus 2TB External Hard Drive | was $99 now $69 on Amazon
Are you planning on collecting a ton of photos and videos on your academic journey? If so, you might want to pick up this huge Seagate Backup Plus 2TB External Drive for a whopping $30 off on Amazon.View Deal

GoPro HERO5 Black | was $399 now $298 on Amazon
College can be crazy, so to make sure you capture all your wildest moments, you can pick up the GoPro HERO5 for just $300 on Amazon.View Deal

Panasonic Lumix G7 | was $799 now $497 on Amazon
Anyone can just go to college, but if you really want to capture all the precious memories the next four years will offer, you're going to want a great camera. Luckily, you can pick up the Panasonic Lumix G7 for a massive $300 off on Amazon.View Deal

Canon imageCLASS Monochrome Laser Printer | was $295 now $159 on Amazon
When you're in college, you're unfortunately going to have to do a ton of printing. Luckily, you can score this reliable Canon printer for just $160 on Amazon for a limited time.View Deal

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC2 GAMING | was $699 now $589 on Amazon
If you're looking to get some high-resolution gaming in between classes, we've got you covered. You can pick up an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, one of the best graphics cards you can buy today for a whopping $150 off on Amazon.View Deal

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth | was $109 now $74 on Amazon
If you want to do some gaming in your downtime, but you don't want to keep your roommate awake while you're dominating the leaderboards, you should take a look at the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth. You can even score a whopping 31% off!View Deal

Samsung T5 Portable SSD | was $129 now $99 on Amazon
If you're looking for a pocket-sized external storage device that can store all of your classwork quickly and securely, look no further than the Samsung T5 Portable SSD. Right now you can score a whopping 23% off of this speedy drive.View Deal

Google Wifi | was $129.99 now $99 on Amazon
This is our all-time favorite router and it's a great starter router for dorm life. It's a mesh router, meaning you can get a second or third to expand the range when you graduate to a nice big house one day.View Deal

Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise-Canceling Headphones | was $299.99 now $199 on Amazon
These noise canceling headphones will help you drown out the outside world and focus on the Mozart symphony that helps you study. Get this, it's cheaper for Back to School sales than Prime Day.View Deal

Sony MDRXB80BS/L Premium Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphone | was $149 now $96 on Amazon
If you're looking for a solid pair of Bluetooth headphones for the gym or your morning runs, it's hard to do better than these Sony Wireless Sports earbuds for 4% off.View Deal

49-Inch TCL Roku 4KTV | was $479.99 now $319 on Amazon
Want an inexpensive TV for your dorm – after all, what are you going to play the PS4 or Xbox One you're bringing to college? This is one of our favorite because of its simple software and value.View Deal

ViewSonic PRO7827HD 1080p HDMI | was $799 now $557 on Amazon
The easiest way to get a big screen television into a dorm is to project it into your wall. Take down the posters and make way for the biggest screen you and your roommate can afford at $500.View Deal

Mophie Wireless Charge Pad | was $59 now $49 on Amazon
If you're looking to cut down on all the cables cluttering up your dorm room, a wireless charger is a great choice -- as long as you have a phone that supports it. Right now you can pick up the Mophie Wireless Charge Pad for a substantial 18% off.View Deal

Accell 3-Outlet Travel Surge Protector | $19.99 on Amazon
This compact surge protector gives you three outlets and two USB ports without taking up too much space in your backpack. It's a great way to get extra ports without spending too much money.View Deal

Dyson V8 Absolute Vacuum Cleaner: was $499, now $399 on Amazon
Clean your dorm already, but do it with one of our favorite vacuums. Yes, it's expensive, but less so today, and it will be one you hang onto for several years to come.View Deal

Best phones with Back to School sales

Essential Phone in Halo Gray | was $499 now $329 on Amazon
The Essential Phone is one of the best phones out there right now if you're trying to save a few bucks, without sacrificing too many features. And, the good news is that it's even cheaper, you can score $170 off on AmazonView Deal

LG G6 (Prime Exclusive) | was $699.99 now $379.99 on Amazon
Last year's LG G6 just keeps dropping in price, and it's down to 46% in time for Back to School sales. This Prime Exclusive phone comes with 32GB of internal storage and the deal applies to Black only.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 unlocked| was $949 now $749
Take notes using last year's stellar Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. It has an S Pen stylus for serious notes and a GIF maker for goofing off in class. It's cheaper today, though the Note 9 is coming soon.View Deal

Huawei Mate 10 Pro| was $799 now $549 at Amazon
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the bad boy phone in the smartphone world. It's not sold through US carriers or Best Buy, but the Chinese company behind it does make an excellent phone at a cheap price.View Deal