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The best back-to-school laptop deals

Major discounts on 10 great laptops for students.

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We're in the thick of the back-to-school season, and retailers are offering up some of their best deals since Black Friday. That makes this the perfect time to pick up a new laptop.

Some of our top college laptop picks are discounted right now. Best Buy has the 2018 MacBook Air for $850 and the brand new 2019 MacBook Air marked down to $900. You can currently pick up the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 for $798, Type Cover included. And there are good deals to be had on some higher-powered gaming machines from Acer and Asus

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We've rounded up some of the best deals below. Check them out.

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I'm liking the look of this higher-end configuration of the Plus V2: You get the faster Core m3 processor, 64GB of hard drive space and the 12-inch HD display that can be used in laptop or tablet mode. 

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This is a solid Lenovo laptop chock full of higher-end components. For under $700, you get a massive 17.3-inch HD display, an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics chip, 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB hard drive.

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The king of the Windows tablets, heavily discounted. For just under $800, you get a solid array of components -- an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity -- plus the Type Cover, which normally costs an additional $89. This is a solid Prime Day-caliber 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. Amazon's configuration comes equipped with an eighth-gen 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 a monster discount on the 2018 version of the MacBook Air. The model on sale is nearly identical to the brand-new one that debuted in July -- except that it doesn't have Apple's True Tone display technology. And the markdown is substantial: For $850, you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD that's faster than the one in the newer model

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Best Buy is also offering a $200 discount on the brand-new MacBook Air -- the one with the Retina True Tone display -- that Apple released a few weeks ago. This matches the lowest price we've seen, and it likely won't last for long. That noted, when students buy directly from Apple (which is offering the new MacBook Air starting at $999), they're eligible to pick up a free pair of Beats headphones

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For less than $1,100, 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 on some entry-level gaming hardware.

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This is the 2019 version of Dell's XPS 13, marked down about $100. As the review states, "it's nearly impossible to find anything to dislike about this 13-inch slim powerhouse." And this configuration is pretty future-proof: You get an eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge Touch display, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD.

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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.