Back-to-school sales live blog: Best deals at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy now



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This speaker is perfect for monitoring the sound of dorm parties, and it’s also surprisingly affordable. For its price, you won’t find a better performing Bluetooth speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. It produces crisp, clear vocals and crisp highs, and it even delivers some bass. Its IPX5 weather resistance means it can take a splash of rain, but don’t go dropping it in a pool.

OontZ Angle 3: was $59 now $39 @ Amazon (opens in a new tab)

Matein travel laptop on the back with a Tom's Guide label

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A reliable backpack is a back-to-school essential that every student needs, and don’t let the cheap price of this Matein laptop backpack fool you either. This is one of the coolest backpacks on the market.

The 27-liter bag includes a padded laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 17-inch laptop. It also has a USB charging port, which connects to an in-bag power bank that allows you to charge your devices without having to open your backpack. But you will need to provide your own batteries as they are not included.

Matein Laptop Backpack: was $41 now $29 @ Amazon (opens in a new tab)

Amazon Fire TV 4K Max Stick

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Looking for a streaming device for your college dorm? Look no further because the Fire TV Stick 4K is currently 20% off at Amazon.

We rank it among the best streaming devices available for good reason. It offers 4K Ultra HD streaming at 60fps with HDR support and includes an Alexa voice remote. Right now it’s $10 off this back to school sale, but we’ve seen it drop to less than $25 off in the past, so if you don’t need it right away, it might be worth worth waiting for a bigger discount.

Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick: was $49 now $39 @ Amazon (opens in a new tab)

Lenovo CB3 Laptop

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If you’re looking for a Chromebook and low cost is your top priority, this Lenovo machine is a great choice. It’s a no-frills laptop ideal for everyday tasks such as taking notes during lectures or surfing the Internet. It packs a 14-inch LCD screen, Celeron N4020 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage. It even comes with a free headset. Remember, this is a budget machine designed for light duty.

Lenovo CB3 Chromebook: was $279 now $169 @ Walmart (opens in a new tab)

Pixel 6a held in front of the marina with boats on a sunny day

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Warning: you will need to log in to your Amazon Prime account to see this offer, but once you do, Amazon has a nice surprise in store for you. It has the brand new unlocked Pixel 6a on sale for $436.52. However, you can activate the digital coupon (you’ll find the digital coupon box below the sale price) to save an additional $37.52 at checkout. That gives you a final price of $399 and the cheapest unlocked Pixel 6a we’ve seen. Again, you’ll need to log into your Prime account to see the digital coupon option. Alternatively, non-Prime members can get the Pixel 6a unlocked with a $50 Amazon gift card for $449, which is still a bargain. (You basically pay full price for the phone and get a free $50 GC). Check out our Google Pixel 6a review for our full take on this phone.

Pixel 6a unlocked: $449 $399 on Amazon (opens in a new tab) (core members)
Pixel 6a unlocked with $50 GC:
$499 $449 on Amazon (opens in a new tab) (non-members)

HP V28 4K Monitor

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No matter how good your laptop is, at some point you’ll need to hook it up to a monitor. When you do, it’s the monitor you’ll want by your side. It gives you 28 inches of screen space in 4K glory. It also supports HDR content and has USB-C, HDMI and VGA connectivity. It’s a steal at this price (and the cheapest it’s ever been).

HP 28″ 4K Monitor: $379 $199 on Amazon (opens in a new tab)

Lenovo Chromebook Duo 5

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Both the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and the Duet 3 earn a spot on our list of the best Chromebooks. Although we haven’t reviewed the Duet 5 yet, chances are it will follow in the same footsteps as its predecessors. That means you get a great screen, solid battery life, and great overall performance for just $379. I should point out that this model comes with a 13.3-inch 1080p OLED display, which is very rare for a Chromebook.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 OLED: $499 $379 @ Best Buy (opens in a new tab)

Offer on Bose QuietComfort headphones

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If you’re looking to block out the world around you without wearing heavy headphones, these headphones are for you. In our review of the Bose QC noise canceling headphones, we praised their superb noise cancellation and warm/rich sound quality. We also really like the built-in mics for top-notch call quality and PDA use. Be warned that they are a little bulky, but overall they are great, especially at this price.

Bose QuietComfort Headphones: $279 $199 on Amazon (opens in a new tab)

iPad on desk with keyboard

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The 10.2 inch iPad is one of the best tablets out there. Yes, there are iPads with bigger screens or faster processors, but we like the 10.2-inch model because it packs enough muscle power for just about any task. At $299, that’s a modest $30 off, but it’s the cheapest price we’ve seen for this tablet yet.

iPad 10.2″ (64GB/2021): $329 $299 on Amazon (opens in a new tab)


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