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From elementary school to college, millions of students across the country are packing their backpacks and heading back to school this week. Therefore, the last-minute rush is officially on for those shopping for a new laptop.
Whether you're an engineering student or studying philosophy, searching for a Mac or PC, or looking for a laptop that can double as a tablet, for many students, finding the right computer comes down to one thing: the price.
With student loans looming, nobody wants to pay more than they have to for a laptop. With this in mind, we searched the internet to find the 16 best laptop deals for students, starting at just $289.
From Amazon to Best Buy Canada, Chromebooks to Macbooks, PCs and everything in between, these are the 16 best laptops for elementary to university-level students in 2021, according to ratings and reviewers.
Best laptops for elementary to college-level students in 2021
The best laptops under $500
With a compelling average rating of 4.4 out of five stars, Best Buy Canada shoppers rave that this 14-inch ASUS Flip Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook is the "perfect laptop replacement" and features a "great battery life, amazing keyboard, and very nice trackpad."
Earning an average rating of 4.4 stars, you can take home this budget-friendly HP Chromebook for $130 off until Sept 4. "I am absolutely in love with this laptop," writes one Best Buy Canada shopper. "If you use Google applications on a daily [basis] like Google Drive and Google Classroom, this is definitely the laptop for you."
SHOP IT: Best Buy Canada, $400
With more than 1,600 reviews, Best Buy Canada shoppers describe the Lenovo Chromebook as "incredible value for your money," according to one reviewer. The two-in-one device is reliable and fast and light enough to keep in your bag between classes.
This 11.6-inch ASUS laptop has earned a staggering 10,000 reviews on Amazon. With an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars, users say the budget-friendly laptop is "awesome for the price" and call it a "great little laptop."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $289
With an average rating of 4.4 stars out of more than 7,600 reviews, Amazon shoppers call this convertible Lenovo Chromebook the "best [option] for the price" and praise its bounty of features, innovative design, and compact size. "I can't say enough about this tablet," writes one shopper. "For the money, I'd buy another without thinking about it."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $324 (originally $380)
This ultra-compact Chromebook has earned an average rating of 4.6 stars from Amazon shoppers. The affordable laptop offers several entertainment features and fast connectivity, and 4GB of memory.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $289
The best laptops under $750
Save a whopping $950 for a limited time only on this top-rated Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Laptop. The pre-owned computer has an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars, with Amazon shoppers promising it "performs as [if] brand new."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $670 (originally $1,622)
With an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars, Amazon shoppers say this two-in-one touchscreen computer is "great for schoolwork" and tout its excellent "performance and reliability."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $506
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 boasts an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM. With more than 700 reviews backing it, Best Buy Canada shoppers say the touchscreen laptop is "fast, lightweight and [has] excellent graphics."
Work from anywhere with ease with this best-selling Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13" Laptop. Engineered with a tenth-generation Intel Core processor, the 2-in-1 laptop combines a keyboard and touchscreen for the ultimate work-play balance.
SHOP IT: Amazon, starting from $514
Between now and Sept. 9, Best Buy Canada shoppers can save $120 on this top-rated HP 15.6-inch laptop. With an average rating of 4.5 stars, users say it's a "great laptop for work and school" and light gaming. "This is the perfect machine for whoever is just trying to get their work done fast and efficiently."
The best laptops under $1,500
With more than 2,300 reviews backing it up, Amazon shoppers say this ultra-thin Acer computer is one of the "best laptops on the market" and write its lightweight design makes it "perfect for backpacks."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $899
The 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air has earned near-perfect reviews from Best Buy Canada shoppers, with an average rating of 4.8 stars out of more than 1,700 reviews. The thinnest and lightest Apple notebook yet, shoppers say it's "better and faster" than previous Macbook Air models and write it's a "fantastic device for students and office work."
SHOP IT: Best Buy Canada, $1,300
This top-rated 15.6-inch laptop is engineered with a widescreen LED-backlit IPS display and 8GB of memory. Beloved by Amazon shoppers, users say the Acer laptop is "reliable and strong" and "great for everything."
SHOP IT: Amazon, starting at $809
Stay productive and entertained from anywhere with this HP 15-inch laptop. Featuring a 1366 x 768 screen resolution and 8GB of RAM, Staples shoppers say the computer is fast and lightweight.
SHOP IT: Staples, $830
Multitask with ease with the top-rated Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12.4-inch Touchscreen Laptop. Lightweight and lightning-fast, Best Buy Canada shoppers have given the computer an average review of 4.6 stars and describe it as a "great laptop for college/university," and say they have "no complaints!"