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Off to College? Check out these laptops!

Last year, the industry saw laptop prices reach record lows, presumably because lots of people are getting by on tablets alone. But at this point, with laptops so affordable, why not grab one at an amazing price? They’re solid machines and easier to use for more extensive work and research. To find the BEST deal, pick up a laptop a generation or two old, which you can get as low as $300. You can totally afford to have a tablet for fun and PC for work. Some things to think about when considering a laptop for your student:

Firstly, do not get a high end laptop. There is no reason for a student to have an expensive laptop, unless for very specific reason, like taking a graphic design class, or  music production. In most cases, students do not take great care of their electronics, especially if getting carted from class to class. This includes Macs, which we love, but maybe not the best idea if you’re unsure how well your child will take care of it.

Buy now, or wait until Labor Day. August is the best month for deals. The final window for the most money off is usually Labor Day, if you can hold out. And be sure to have the student actually purchase the laptop because he is more likely to find an even better deal. A valid .edu address means even more savings! In fact, Best Buy is running their “College Student Deals” program right now and wait for the deals to arrive in your inbox.

Finally, if you already own a laptop, Best Buy and Microsoft have trade in programs that mean deep discounts, like at least $200 off!

If you’re not sure where to start, check out these models at great prices, perfect for students.

Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Laptop – Intel Core i3- 4GB Memory 

Dell - Inspiron 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i3 - 4GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Black - Front Zoom

Highlights: battery life, crisp graphics, Waves MaxxAudio technology

Price: $279 at Best Buy

Apple MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo i5 2GB 64GB 11.6″ Refurbished

Highlights: It’s a Mac.

Price: $466.95 at Sears

Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ 11.6″ 2GB RAM, 16GB Solid State

Highlights: Value, battery life, size

Price: $185.99 on Amazon