The nights are getting a little shorter and summer is winding down – and now it’s officially time to start thinking about going back to school. Laptops are commonplace on campus for students and faculty, but tablets are also becoming a staple because they’re not as easy to carry around. Double as textbooks, and thanks to handy apps like the Kindle and Kobo, students can use them to study for midterms or even to type up a quick paper (with the appropriate accessories, of course).
A tablet can cost thousands, but when back-to-school deals are in full swing, you can get a really good tablet for a great price. We scoured the internet, checking hundreds of sites to see what the best deals were. Discounts of less than 15% are not included in this list, as are items that have been deliberately inflated.
Be sure to check out the list below. Although we update these deals at least once a week, we cannot guarantee that they will be available for long. So if you see a good deal on your back-to-school tablet, we recommend grabbing it early.
- Current price: $499
- Starting price: $599
Samsung tablets are among the best on the market in terms of price and features, and it’s 12.4-inch display and Qualcomm SM7225 Octa-Core processor handle multiple open tabs with ease. It comes with an S Pen for taking notes in class, and it lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge.
- Current price: $299
- Starting price: $599
Part Chromebook, part tablet, this LCD’s 11-inch display doubles up for writing papers as well as watching the latest streaming shows in your dorm room late at night. This is due to the detachable keyboard that comes with the tablet. It comes with a rechargeable wireless pen for taking notes during class.
- Current price: $289
- Starting price: $339
With a MediaTek 8-core processor and 4GB of RAM under the hood, the Lenovo Tab 11 Plus comes with a detachable keyboard for working on papers and other projects. It comes with built-in Bluetooth and Google apps, so you’ll be typing away in no time after setting up.
- Current price: $59
- Starting price: $119
Don’t be put off by the “Certified Refurbished” tag. Amazon puts their gently used products through rigorous testing to make sure they’re still in top condition. This Amazon tablet gives you a 10.1-inch screen and 32GB of storage. You can also add up to 512 GB of additional storage with a microSD card.
- Current price: $249
- Starting price: $459
Nokias are known for being impact resistant and the Nokia packaging comes with a special rugged case for tough environments. Battery life can handle up to seven hours of meetings, 10 hours of movies and 15 hours of web surfing. For the low price, you get a tablet, a case and a set of headphones.