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Back to school 2022: massive deals on laptops, printers and headphones

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It's time to start planning for back to school 2022. Summer is whizzing by, which means schools and colleges will be back before we know it, so it's well worth getting ahead of the rush by starting to pick up the gear you'll need for the new academic year, whether you're starting a new course or continuing your study.

Fortunately, back to school 2022 discounts have already begun, and we've found a ton of good deals on everything from laptops, tablets and printers to clothes. And we'll be continuing to track the best back to school deals as we roll into September, so check back if you don't find what you're looking for now.

We've divided the deals below into categories to make it easier to browse what you're looking for. Use the quick links to jump straight to the section that interests you. And make sure you check out our dedicated roundup of the best Apple back to school 2022 deals. And if you need design software ahead of the school year, see how to get an Adobe student discount.

Back to school laptop deals

A laptop is pretty much vital for students heading back to school these days, no matter what you're studying. Almost every course requires some form of written work, and you'll also need to browse the internet to do research, and perhaps even to attend online classes. Check out the back to school laptop deals below, or see our guides to the best laptops for teachers and best student laptops for more recommendations.

The best back to school laptop deals: US

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Inspiron 15 Laptop: $599.99 $539.99 at Dell
(opens in new tab)Save $60:  This is a good value laptop from a reliable brand. The 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron 15 comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage. It also includes 6 months of The Disney Bundle. There is a range of laptops on offer at Dell, just explore here (opens in new tab)

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Lenovo IdeaPad 3: $499.99 $389.99 at BestBuy (opens in new tab)
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This solid choice is ideal for students who just need a device for writing, browsing and media consumption. Featuring a 15-inch multi-touchscreen, the IdeaPad 3 is an entry-level laptop with an HD display. This model has 8GB RAM and 256GB memory. The specs won't suit demanding creative software but for general study and writing, this is a great value option.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: $1,699.99 $1,215.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $484:
If you need something more powerful, capable of running more demanding software, this is a handsome saving on the premium Surface Laptop 4 (this is the 16GB RAM 512GB SSD version with a 13.5-inch screen).

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MacBook Air + Apple gift card: $899 at Apple
(opens in new tab)Get an education discount + a gift card: Apple doesn't often do discounts, but its back-to-school offers are an exception. You can grab a $100 discount and a gift card worth up to $150 with several products, including the 13in MacBook Air (both the 2020 M1 model and the brand new 2022 M2 device) if you qualify. It's a welcome saving on our favourite laptop for students.

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HP 11.6in Chromebook: $259.00 $89.99 at Best Buy
(opens in new tab)Save $170: If you don't need anything fancy and just want a laptop to write up essays or take notes, a Chromebook should do you just fine, while offering great battery life at the fraction of the price of a regular laptop. Best Buy has a massive 65% off this budget option, which does the job for daily computing tasks.

The best back to school laptop deals: UK

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Inspiron 15: £799 £589 at Dell
(opens in new tab)Save up to £210: Dell has a massive range of laptops and a massive range of back-to-school deals, especially on its midrange Inspiron brand. Take a look at the different devices to find the specs you need, but the biggest deal is £210 off the Inspiron 15 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage. Find more Dell deals here (opens in new tab).

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ACER Swift 3: £799 £599 at Currys (opens in new tab)
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Number 4 in our pick of the best student laptops, the Swift 3 is a great value option from ACER. It's more versatile and powerful than a Chromebook and offers a massive 1TB of storage for a very reasonable price thanks to this back-to-school deal.

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MacBook Air + Apple gift card:£898 at Apple
(opens in new tab)Get an education discount + gift card: qualifying students can claim a discount and a £120 gift card with the purchase of a range of MacBooks, including the brand new M2-chipped MacBook Air.

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HP Pavilion 14: £549.98 £429.98 at HP (opens in new tab)
Save £120:
The Pavilion has a 14-inch screen and a compact build, making it a good option for working on the go. It comes with an i3 Intel processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, which should serve you for general everyday work.

Back to school tablet deals

If you're looking for something more portable for taking notes or reading on the go, then a tablet is a good option. Add a stylus and can use them for sketching too, making them great options for students on creative course. And in many cases you can add a keyboard if you need to type longer assignments.

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iPad Air and iPad Pro: Get an education discount + a gift card worth up to $150 at Apple (opens in new tab)
If you're after a new iPad Air or iPad Pro, and you're a student, you can get a discount and a gift card with your purchase director from Apple – you'll need to prove that your qualify.

The best back to school tablet deals: US

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Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021, M1): $799 $749 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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There are a range of discounts on the super powerful 2021 iPad Pro at Amazon. It's a fantastic device for students on creative courses that need a lot of power. This one gets you a reasonable saving of 6% off the 128GB version of the 11in device. Click through to explore other deals.

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Apple iPad Air 2020: $749.99 $649.99 at B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
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For a cheaper price, the fourth-generation Apple iPad Air is powerful and extremely portable 10.9-inch tablet with enough battery life to get through a day's lessons with ease. B&H Photo has $100 off the 256GB configuration in rose gold.

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Apple iPad Air 2022: $599.99 $559.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $40:
The latest iPad Air comes with boosted performance thanks to Apple's M1 chip. The entry-level configuration is low on storage at 64GB, but if you're using cloud storage, that might be all you need.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $1,199 $697.28 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 42%:
This isn't the newest Surface Pro, but it's a massive saving on a tablet that runs Windows, letting you use desktop software on a super-compact device. This configuration has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, but there are others available.

The best Back to School tablet deals: UK

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iPad Air and iPad Pro: Get an education discount + a gift card worth up to £120 at Apple (opens in new tab)
Qualifying full-time students can claim a discount plus a gift card towards future purchases when buying a new iPad Air or Pro direct from Apple. The deal applies to several configurations.

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Apple iPad: £319 £299 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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The standard 10.9-inch 2021 iPad is thin and light, making it extremely portable for use in class. With up to 10 hours of battery life, it should have no problem lasting through a day's worth of lessons. Amazon has 6% off.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: From £799 £592.25 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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If you want the portability of a tablet but the ability to run full desktop software, the Microsoft Surface Pro might be the device for you. Amazon has a big 26 per cent off the 2019 Surface Pro 7 in several configurations.

Back to school headphone deals

Headphones are good accessory for students to consider. Many students find listening to music can help them concentrate, but you might also need headphones for editing work or to attend online classes, especially if you're working in a library or another shared space. Headphones often also offer much better listening quality than the built-in speakers that come with most laptops and tablets.

The best back to school headphones deals: US

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Philips H4205 headphones: $49.99 $34.00 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)Save $15: These Philips headphones offer decent quality at a great price. They're a good option for general, all-round use, from listening to music to taking remote classes.

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Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $179.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 28%:
The Apple AirPods Pro aren't exactly student budget-friendly headphones, but this massive saving makes them a lot more accessible. And you're rewarded with active noise-cancellation, super comfortable silicone ear tips and high-quality audio.

The best back to school headphones deals: UK

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DOQAUS Bluetooth Headphones: £41.99 £32.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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These over-ear headphones are a great budget option offering 52 hours of play time and a comfortable fit. They come in a wide range of colour options.

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Sony Wireless headphones: £50 £34.71 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)Save $15.29: These reliable Sony headphones are at a decent price right now. they're a great all-rounder, whether that's taking remote classes or listening to your favourite music. 

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Samsung Galaxy buds: £179 £66.95 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)Save £112.05: Samsung's Galaxy buds are one of the main challengers to Apple's AirBuds. They offer a secure fit, stylish design, powerful bass and they're easy to pair and use. This is a huge saving at Amazon.

Back to school printer deals

Buying your own printer as a student can save you a lot of trips to the copy shop, and can be a real life saver if you're rushing to submit an essay on deadline. If it's only for printing written assignments, you shouldn't need a hugely sophisticated device.

The best back to school printers deals: US

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Canon imageCLASS LBP6030w Laser Printer: $159.99 $99.99 at Best Buy
(opens in new tab)Save $60: This is a great wireless black and white laser printer that should meet most student needs. With the Canon app, you can print, scan or fax to your heart's content at the push of a button.

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HP Envy Inspire 7955e Wireless Colour Printer: $269.99 $199.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $70:
This is a great discount on an excellent all-in-one printer, which scans, copies and prints in good quality colour. You get a bonus 6 months of instant ink, too.

The best back to school printers deals: UK

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Xerox B230 Wireless Black and White Laser Printer: £192 £129.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £62.51: This is a good value option for anyone looking for a simple but reliable and reasonably compact laser printer for the new academic year. It's a decent option if you'll need to print quite a lot too.

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HP Envy Inspire 7920e Wireless Colour Printer: £149.99 £140 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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If you need colour, this all-in-one printer offers good quality scans, copies and prints razer-sharp quality. It's not a massive deal, but the price was already very reasonable, and you get 6 months of instant ink thrown in as well.

Back to school software deals

The best back to school software deals

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Students and teachers save 65% on Adobe Creative Cloud at Adobe (opens in new tab)
Students and teachers can save 65% on an Adobe Creative Cloud all-apps subscription. This will give you access to the full suite of creative apps including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator with a saving of up to $33.00 / £33.70 a month!

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Office 365 Education: FREE at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
All students can get access to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Teams right now for free. You'll need to enter your school email address to receive the free software.

Back to school mouse deals

A mouse can be another handy accessory for students heading back to school. Whether you're using a laptop or a tablet, a mouse can often be more comfortable than a trackpad or touchscreen for long periods.

The best back to school mouse and keyboard deals: US

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600: $29.95 $19.50 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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Microsoft's Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is cheap enough to take with you anywhere without worrying too much about losing it while still reasonably ergonomic to use. It's easy to set up on any Bluetooth-equipped device and a single AA battery should keep it running for the whole school year.

The best back to school mouse and keyboard deals: UK

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Logitech MX Anywhere 3: £89.99 £57.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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The price of Logitech's MX Anywhere 3 might normally put it out of most students' options for a mouse, but with £32 off, this is worth considering if you need more than a basic mouse. It's a compact and streamlined alternative to Logitech's premium MX Master mice with programmable buttons and an ergonomic design.

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Beren Neale
Beren Neale

Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After working in print media for over a decade, editing several creative and design magazines, including the graphic design mag Computer Arts, he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need. 

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