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Back to school sales 2021: deals on laptops, tablets, backpacks, iPads and more

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Back to school sales are in full swing with incredible deals from all your favorite retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon, and more. To help you find all the top offers, we're rounding up all the best back to school sales for you below.

Whether you're looking to snag a deal on a new laptop, tablet, or headphones or looking for bargains on backpacks, dorm-room furniture, and appliances  - our back to school sales guide has it all. We also have back to school deals exclusively for students like Apple, for example, is currently handing out free AirPods for college students with an eligible Mac or iPad purchase, and Best Buy is offering up $300 off Windows laptops - most of which are perfect for college.

Below, you'll find links to all the best back to school sales, followed by today's standout deals, including AirPods, Fire tablets, backpacks, and more. Make sure to bookmark this page, as we'll be continuously updating it with all the latest offers leading up to the new school year event.

The best back to school sale picks: 

Back to school sales: the top deals

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $299 $168 at Walmart
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While this 4GB RAM / MediaTek MT8183C processor / 32GB storage configuration is regularly found in laptop deals at this price point, picking up the Acer Spin 311 provides extra 2-in-1 functionality that usually carries its own premium. We rarely find convertible laptops under $200, so if you're looking for excellent portability and a flexible experience without breaking the bank this is a fantastic option.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (2021): $149.99 $99.99 at Amazon
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The Amazon back to school sale has the all-new Fire HD 10 tablet on sale for a record-low price of $99.99. The 10-inch tablet packs the powerful octa-core processor, works with Amazon Alexa, and provides an impressive 12-hours of battery life. This is the first discount we've seen for the 2021 tablet, and we probably won't see a deal like this until the upcoming Black Friday sale.

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Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $179.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the best-selling AirPods Pro on sale for $179.99, thanks to today's massive $69 discount. That's the best deal we've spotted this year and only $10 more than the record-low Black Friday price. As of right now, the wireless earbuds are currently in stock and ready to ship, so we recommend snapping up this new low price while you can.

iPad Air 4 (64GB):

iPad Air 4 (64GB): $599 $499.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has just the iPad Air 4 on sale for a record-low price of $499.99. The 10.9-inch tablet features Apple's powerful A14 Bionic chip, packs 64GB of storage, and is available at this sale price in Green and Rose Gold.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen): $99.99 $79.99 at Amazon
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If you're looking for a smart speaker for your dorm room, Amazon has the 4th generation Echo Dot on sale for an all-time low price of $79.99 - only $10 more than the record-low Black Friday price. The powerful speaker delivers rich sound that adapts to any room and works with Amazon Alexa to become a smart home hub.

Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020):

Apple MacBook Air: $999.99 $899 at Amazon
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Amazon has the M1 MacBook Air down on sale for $899, which is the best price you can find right now. The 13-inch laptop features Apple's powerful M1 chip, 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and provides up to 15 hours of battery life.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $959 $599 at Best Buy
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Best Buy has the versatile Surface Pro 7 on sale for a record-low price of $599, thanks to today's massive $360 discount. The powerful tablet features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, includes a full keyboard experience, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

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Apple: buy select Mac and iPad models and get free AirPods
For a limited time, Apple is offering students and teachers free AirPods when you buy a select MacBook Pro or Air, iPad, iMac, or Mac Mini device. The AirPods with charging case currently retail for $159, so with this deal, you're getting a free pair of premium earbuds, plus Apple is also offering 20% off AppleCare Plus.

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Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker: $119.99 $79.99 at Best Buy
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Brew a cup of coffee in minutes with Keurig K-Slim, that's on sale for $79.99 at Best Buy. Perfect for small spaces, the compact coffee maker can brew four cups at a time without refilling the 52-oz. reservoir and features three different sizes so you can make coffee that suits your tastes.

iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 (128GB)

iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 (128GB): $799 $749.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the all-new Apple iPad Pro on sale for a record-low price of $749.99. That's a $50 discount and a fantastic deal for a newly released Apple device. The 11-inch tablet packs Apple's powerful M1 chip, 128GB of storage, and provides an all-day battery life.

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Dell S2721HN 27-inch Monitor: $309.99 $209.99 at Dell
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For a limited time, you can get the Dell S2721HN monitor on sale for only $209.99. That's an $100 discount and the best price we've found for the 27-inch HD display that features a wide 178°/178° viewing angle and a 75Hz refresh rate.

Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm):

Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm): $399 $324.98 at Amazon
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Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 on sale for a new record-low price of $324.98. The 40mm smartwatch features a new S6 processor, blood oxygen monitoring, an ECG app, and elevation tracking. Please note, this deal applies to the Navy Sport Band model.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition: $139.99 $89.99 at Amazon
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The Amazon Fire 8 Kids tablet is on sale for $89.99 - only $10 more than the record-low Black Friday price. The eight-inch tablet features easy parental controls, a kid-proof case, and a year of Amazon Kids Unlimited, which gives you access to apps, games, books, videos, and more.

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Dell XPS 13, Intel Core i5: $1,169.99 $1,117.79 at Dell
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Dell's Back to school sale has the powerful XPS 13 laptop on sale for $1,117.79. While you're getting a slightly thicker bottom bezel on that screen, the components here are outstanding - an 11th gen Intel i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD just can't be argued with at this price.

Back to school sales: Laptop deals

Evoo 11.6-inch laptop

Evoo 11.6-inch laptop: $229 $129 at Walmart
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This Evoo laptop won't offer a premium computing experience, but if you're after a cheap everyday laptop running Windows (as opposed to the Chromebooks that usually occupy this price point) it's available at an excellent price right now. For just $129 you're getting 64GB of storage, 4GB RAM and an Intel Celeron processor and picking up a year of Microsoft 365.

Lenovo Chromebook S330 14-inch laptop

Lenovo Chromebook S330 14-inch laptop: $239 $159 at Walmart
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With 32GB of storage and 4GB RAM, you're still picking up a budget laptop here, but thanks to Chrome OS, those specs aren't as limiting as they would be on a Windows machine. Plus, the 14-inch display here is a vast improvement on the 11.6-inch devices we usually see in this price range.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $299 $168 at Walmart
Save $130 -
While this 4GB RAM / MediaTek MT8183C processor / 32GB storage configuration is regularly found in laptop deals at this price point, picking up the Acer Spin 311 provides extra 2-in-1 functionality that usually carries its own premium. We rarely find convertible laptops under $200, so if you're looking for excellent portability and a flexible experience without breaking the bank this is a fantastic option.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop (128GB)

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop (128GB): $518.99 $391.99 at Dell
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This Dell Inspiron laptop deal offers an 11th Generation i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, excellent value for under $400. That's perfect for lighter everyday browsing and streaming on a full 15.6-inch screen without breaking the bank.

HP 14 laptop

HP 14 laptop: $579.99 $449.99 at HP
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There's a massive $130 discount on this 14-inch HP laptop right now. That means you can pick up a machine with the latest 11th generation of Intel's i3 processor as well as 8GB RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and 16GB of Intel Optane memory, all for just under $450.

HP 15.6-inch laptop:

HP 15.6-inch laptop: $749.99 $599.99 at HP
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With $150 off the MSRP, you'll find an excellent $599.99 price tag on this powerful 11th generation i7 HP laptop deal this week. While the 256GB SSD is a little mid-range for this price tag, you're picking up a pricey CPU here and the sacrifice in storage is well worth it if you're after a zippy experience. Plus, there's 16GB RAM inside as well.

Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020):

Apple MacBook Air: $999.99 $899.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the M1 MacBook Air on sale for $899.99, which is the best price you can find right now. The 13-inch laptop features Apple's powerful M1 chip, 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and provides up to 15 hours of battery life.

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Dell XPS 13, Intel Core i5: $1,169.99 $1,117.79 at Dell
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Dell's Back to school sale has the powerful XPS 13 laptop on sale for $1,117.79. While you're getting a slightly thicker bottom bezel on that screen, the components here are outstanding - an 11th gen Intel i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD just can't be argued with at this price.

MacBook Pro M1 (256GB)

MacBook Pro M1 (256GB): $1,299 $1,099.99 at Amazon
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MacBook deals are also hitting the M1 Pro model at Amazon, with a $100 discount on the 256GB configuration, which is the lowest price we've seen. You're upgrading your speakers and mic on this model, with extra cooling enhancements under the hood as well.

Back to school sales: tablet deals

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Fire 7 Kids Pro tablet: $99.99 $59.99 at Amazon
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The cheapest Kids Fire tablet deal, Amazon has the all-new Fire 7 Kids Pro tablet on sale for $59.99. This is the second time Amazon has discounted the 7-inch tablet that's designed for kids ages 6+ and comes with a slim kid-friendly case and one year of Amazon Kids Plus.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (2020): $89.99 $59.99 at Amazon
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You can get the 2020 Fire HD 8 tablet on sale for $59.99 at Amazon. That's a $30 discount and only $5 more than the record-low Black Friday price. The eight-inch HD display tablet that provides 12-hours of battery life and works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free control.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition: $139.99 $89.99 at Amazon
Save $50-
The Amazon Fire 8 Kids tablet is on sale for $89.99 - only $10 more than the record-low Black Friday price. The eight-inch tablet features easy parental controls, a kid-proof case, and a year of Amazon Kids Unlimited, which gives you access to apps, games, books, videos, and more.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (2021): $149.99 $99.99 at Amazon
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The Amazon back to school sale has the all-new Fire HD 10 tablet on sale for a record-low price of $99.99. The 10-inch tablet packs the powerful octa-core processor, works with Amazon Alexa, and provides an impressive 12-hours of battery life. This is the first discount we've seen for the 2021 tablet, and we probably won't see a deal like this until the upcoming Black Friday sale.

iPad 8th generation (32GB)

iPad 8th generation (32GB): $329 $299 at Amazon
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This is a well-worn iPad deal by now, as we've been seeing this $30 discount on the 8th generation entry-level model for months. However, this is still the cheapest this device has ever been, and we don't expect to see a lower price any time soon.

iPad Air 4 (64GB):

iPad Air 4 (64GB): $599 $499.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has just the iPad Air 4 on sale for a record-low price of $499.99. The 10.9-inch tablet features Apple's powerful A14 Bionic chip, packs 64GB of storage, and is available at this sale price in Green and Sky Blue.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $959 $599 at Best Buy
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Best Buy has the versatile Surface Pro 7 on sale for $599, thanks to today's massive $360 discount. The powerful tablet features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, includes a full keyboard experience, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 (128GB)

iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 (128GB): $799 $749 at Amazon
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Amazon has the all-new Apple iPad Pro on sale for a record-low price of $749. That's a massive $50 discount and a fantastic deal for a newly released Apple device. The 11-inch tablet packs Apple's powerful M1 chip, 128GB of storage, and provides an all-day battery life.

Back to school sales: monitor deals

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Dell S2421HN 24-inch Monitor: $239.99 $179.99 at Dell
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A great option for students working with a small space, Dell has this 24-inch monitor on sale for just $179.99. That's a fantastic price for a compact monitor that features a 23.8-inch Full HD display and a 178°/178° viewing angle.

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Dell S2721HN 27-inch Monitor: $309.99 $229.99 at Dell
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For a limited time, you can get the Dell S2721HN monitor on sale for only $229.99. That's an $80 discount and the lowest price we've found for the 27-inch HD display that features a wide 178°/178° viewing angle and a 75Hz refresh rate.

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LG WP60G-B 29-inch UltraWide Monitor: $249.99 $226.99 at Amazon
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If you're a student looking for an ultra-wide display, Amazon has the LG 29-inch monitor on sale for $226.99, thanks to today's $24 discount. That's the best price we've found for the 29-inch HD monitor, which features a 3-sided virtually borderless display.

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HP V28 4K 28-inch Monitor: $379.99 $299.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the HP 28-inch 4K monitor on sale for $299.99. HP's V28 Ultra HD 4K monitor offers 4x the pixels of Full HD for a superior picture experience.

Back to school sales: smart home deals

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Echo Auto: $49.99 $19.99 at Amazon
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Our favorite Amazon back to school deal is the Echo Auto which is on sale for only $19.99. That's the lowest price we've seen for the handy Echo device that adds Alexa to your car so you can play music, make calls, and more completely hands-free.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote: $29.99 $24.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale for just $24.99. The affordable streaming player allows you to enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and features an Alexa voice remote. While this isn't the lowest price we've seen, it's the best price you can find right now and terrific value for money.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen): $99.99 $79.99 at Amazon
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If you're looking for a smart speaker for your dorm room, Amazon has the 4th generation Echo Dot on sale for an all-time low price of $79.99 - only $10 more than the record-low Black Friday price. The powerful speaker delivers rich sound that adapts to any room and works with Amazon Alexa to become a smart home hub.

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Blink Mini security camera: $34.99 $24.99 at Amazon
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The all-new Blink Mini Smart security camera is on sale for a record-low price of $24.99 at Amazon. The indoor HD camera works with Amazon Alexa and alerts your smartphone whenever motion is detected.

2 Camera Kit: $64.99 $44.99 | 3 Camera Kit: $84.99 $64.99

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Amazon Echo Show 5: $89.99 $44.99 at Amazon
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Setting a new record-low price, Amazon has the Echo Show 5 on sale for $44.99. The compact smart display works with Amazon Alexa so you can play music, make calls, set alarms, and more completely hands-free.

Back to school sales: backpack deals

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Marvel Spider-Man Backpack: $24.99 $23.99 at Walmart
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Walmart has the best-selling Marvel Spider-Man backpack on sale for just $23.99. That's a great price for a 16-inch kids backpack which includes two front compartments and mesh side pockets on the sides to carry water bottles and other items.

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Champion Manuscript Backpack: $40 $29 at Walmart
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You can score an $11 discount on the popular Champion Manuscript backpack at Walmart. That's the lowest price we've found for the heather grey backpack which includes an interior slip laptop sleeve, a side water bottle pocket and a front zip pocket.

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Under Armour Loudon backpack: $40 $26.25 at Amazon
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There's a pretty hefty saving on a whole range of Under Armor Loudon backpacks in this week's deals over at Amazon. This backpack is fairly smallish, comes in a whole range of different colors, and features a handy 15-inch laptop sleeve inside to stop your college machine from rattling around in the bag. It's also water-resistant too, so it's great for all weathers.

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BOPAI 15-inch Super Slim Laptop Backpack: $89 $56 at Amazon
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The top-rated Bopai backpack is on sale for a record-low price of $56. Perfect for college students, the super slip backpack is waterproof and protects up to a 15-inch laptop with a soft flannel compartment.

Back to school sales: clothing deals

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Kohl's: save up to 25% off select Nike styles
Kohl's back to school sale includes up to 25% off select Nike styles for the whole family. You can save on Nike's best-selling items, including running shoes, shorts, t-shirts, lunch boxes, backpacks, sandals, and more.

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Adidas Originals Kids Superstar: starting at $25 at Amazon
Score big savings on the best-selling Adidas Originals Superstars at Amazon right now. Starting at just $25, depending on what size and color you choose, the Adidas shoes are available in toddler and kids sizes and are on sale for a limited time.

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Target: 20% off Kids' School uniforms
For a limited time, Target is offering 20% off Kids' school uniforms, which includes polos, dresses, pants, shorts, and cardigans. Prices start at just $4, and you can find several color choices on sale, and sizes start at toddler and go up to tweens.

Back to school sales: dorm room deals

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Eureka Multi-surface Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $39 $34.88 at Walmart
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A fantastic price, Walmart has the Eureka stick vacuum on sale for just $34.88. Perfect if you need to clean a small space, the multi-surface vacuum works on carpets and surface floors and converts to a hand vac for quick and convenient pick-ups.

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Foxemart Writing Computer Desk: $69.99 $52.99 at Amazon
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You can grab this top-rated computer desk on sale for just $52.99. With over 14,000 positive reviews the Foxemart desk features adjustable leg pads so you can choose your desk size based on your needs.

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Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker: $109.99 $79.99 at Best Buy
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Brew a cup of coffee in minutes with Keurig K-Slim, that's on sale for $79.99 at Best Buy, which is the best deal you can find right now. Perfect for small spaces, the compact coffee maker can brew four cups at a time without refilling the 52-oz. reservoir and features three different sizes so you can make coffee that suits your tastes.

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Frigidaire Mini Fridge with Top Freezer: $299.99 $189.99 at Best Buy
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Best Buy has a $110 discount on the top-rated Frigidaire mini-fridge. A perfect addition to the dorm, the compact Frigidaire features a built-in can rack and full-width freezer and is down to its lowest price ever.

Back to school sales: headphone deals

AirPods with wired charging case:

AirPods with wired charging case: $159 $113.99 at Amazon
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We only see prices drop below this $114 position during major sales events like Black Friday, but before June, we were more accustomed to a $130 price. That means you're still getting a great deal on the standard 2019 AirPods here, even if they have dropped down to $99 before.

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Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $179.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the best-selling AirPods Pro on sale for $179.99, thanks to today's massive $69 discount. That's the best deal we've spotted this year and only $10 more than the record-low Black Friday price. As of right now, the wireless earbuds are currently in stock and ready to ship, so we recommend snapping up this new low price while you can.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: $199.99 $169.99 at Amazon
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 The latest true wireless earbuds from Samsung, the Galaxy Buds Pro offer up active noise cancellation, IPX7 waterproofing, and AKG audio. This is a return to the lowest price we've seen, though it only applies to the violet color option.

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Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: $299.99 $149 at Walmart
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Walmart has the best-selling Beats Solo Pro on sale for a record-low price of $149, thanks to this massive $150 discount we've spotted at Walmart. This deal applies to the Black color, which you can't find at Best Buy or Amazon at this price.

Bose QC35 II

Bose QC35 II: $299.99 $249 at Amazon
Save $50 - Bose is no stranger to great comfort and impressive sound quality, and the Bose QC35 II doesn't fall far from the tree. These wireless set of cans also boasts two levels of active noise cancellation, a 2-microphone system, and are on sale for $249.99.

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Apple AirPods Max: $549 $499.99 at Amazon
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We've spotted the powerful Apple AirPods Max on sale for $499.99 at Amazon - only $50 more than the record-low price. The over-ear headphones feature active noise cancellation to block out unwanted noise and provide up to 20 hours of battery life.

Back to school sales: smartwatch deals

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Fitbit Charge 4: $149.95 $127.60 at Amazon
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Amazon has the Fitbit Charge 4 on sale for $127.60, which is the lowest price you can find right now for the feature-rich activity tracker. The water-resistant Charge 4 offers 24/7 heart rate tracking and tracks popular workouts, activity, sleep, and calories burned.

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3, 38mm: $229 $169 at Walmart
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Get the best-selling Apple Watch 3 in stock and on sale for $169 at Walmart. Stock on the Series 3 smartwatch has been particularly difficult to find as of late, so we'd definitely take advantage of this great price if you're looking for an excellent budget device.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE: $279 $249 at Amazon
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Amazon has the Apple Watch SE on sale for $249 which is the best price you can find right now for the affordable smartwatch. Today's offer applies to the White sport band and - in our eyes - is the better choice than the Apple Watch 6 as it comes with Fitness Plus and sheds the unnecessary ECG and blood oxygen tracking.
 

Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm):

Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm): $399 $329.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 on sale for a record-low price of $329.99. While we have seen this $329.99 cost a few times over the last few weeks, that price has been jumping back up to $349 every so often since June. That's the price you'll see on the Amazon product page, but you'll save an extra $19 at checkout right now.


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Mackenzie Frazier

Mackenzie Frazier is the deals editor in the US for TechRadar at Future plc. She's been sharing deal advice for Future for the past three years and loves to find products that the consumer wants at the best possible price. She's had eight years of experience working in the e-commerce space and loves being a mom to her baby boy.