Back-to-school laptop deals in full swing: $250 off the 2018 MacBook Air and more


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We’re in the thick of summer now, but in a few weeks it will be time for many students to head back to school. Retailers know that — and they’ve adjusted prices accordingly, making this an opportune moment to save hundreds on a new laptop. 

The 2018 MacBook Air and 2018 MacBook Pro are both on sale — something of a rarity — for $250 and $200 off, respectively. You can currently pick up the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 for $799, Type Cover included. And there are good deals to be had on some higher-powered gaming machines from Acer and Asus

With Prime Day now behind us, we my not see prices dip this low again until the run up to Black Friday. (By the way, Amazon is still selling many other Apple products that students love at a discount.) Below, we’ve rounded up a handful of good laptops for students that are currently selling at a discount; check them out.

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This is a solid Lenovo laptop chock full of higher-end components. For $739, you get a 17.3-inch HD display, an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics chip, 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB hard drive.

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The king of the Windows tablets remains heavily discounted. For just under $800, you get an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity — plus the Type Cover, which normally tacks on an additional $89. This is a solid Prime Day deal that’s still in full effect.

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The 15.6-inch Dell G5 15 is a super solid entry-level gaming laptop. Walmart’s configuration comes equipped with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8300H CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 4GB Nvidia GeForceGTX 1060 Ti GPU. It also serves up a tandem storage solution with a speedy 256GB SSD and a roomy 1TB hard drive. 

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This is the 2018 version of Dell’s XPS 13, and it’s an absolute steal at this price. Note that Amazon has been slowly increasing the price of this model since the deal debuted.

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For $1,069, you get a 15.6-inch FHD display, an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD. It’s a good deal for some entry-level gaming hardware.

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Availability has been intermittent, but this older MacBook Pro configuration is back in stock at the moment. Note that this is the model without the Touch Bar. But that’s an inessential feature anyway, and you still get some pretty contemporary components, including a Core i5 CPU, a 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. 

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Ring the alarm: This deal is on fire. I reviewed the Asus Zephyrus S last year and loved its 15.6-inch HD display and backlit keyboard. And the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU is potent enough to handle just about any contemporary game. At this price, it’s an absolute no-brainer for anyone looking for a powerful machine with a super sleek profile. 

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The Alienware 17 is built like a tank and comes equipped with well-designed lighting scheme and controls. This configuration, which includes a newer eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a 1TB hard drive, is powered by Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.


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