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Laptops, PCs and tablets to start the school year

Give your favorite student a fresh start for school with a new laptop, desktop or tablet.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus v2

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The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 is on the expensive side for a Chromebook, but it's faster than ever and provides extra power for running Chrome OS and Android applications. Plus it's small, so toting it from class to class shouldn't weigh a student down.

See the rest of our back-to-school tech gift guide.

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Lenovo Yoga 920

One of the best convertible laptops gets better, and it has enough juice to last a full day of classes. The Lenovo Yoga 920 isn't the smallest or lightest at 14 inches and 3 pounds, but it's still eminently portable.

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Acer Nitro 5

If your budget is constrained, the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop lets you give the gift that's good for both work and play for less than $800.

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Microsoft Surface Go

The Microsoft Surface Go's $400 price tag quickly jumps to $500 when you add a keyboard -- and more with the stylus -- but it's a small, light tablet that runs full Windows.

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Apple iPad (2018)

Now that it supports the Apple Pencil and a power upgrade, the mainstream 9.7-inch model of the Apple iPad offers more flexibility than ever before for student studyin' and streamin'.

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LG Gram (13-inch, touch)

A 2-pound superslim laptop, the LG Gram has enough battery life to last an entire day of classes and carrying it around won't wear its owner out.

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HP Spectre x360 15

For a laptop that spends its time in the dorm, the durable, stylish HP Spectre x360 15 is a dynamite balance of design, performance and long battery life with a crisp 15.6-inch backflipping touchscreen.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, a slimmer two-in-one version of the XPS 13 (a favorite ultraportable), is an excellent full-time laptop and part-time tablet for studying.

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Lenovo Miix 520

The Lenovo Miix 520 tablet PC will let students take take handwritten notes, stream favorite shows and explore their creative side.

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Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA

Like a less expensive 11-inch MacBook Air in build quality, but with the streamlined capabilities of Google's web-based Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is great for getting basics done, as well as kicking back and enjoying some movies or TV shows.

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Apple iMac 27

With its minimalist design, the iMac 27 is a go-to all-in-one computer that fits snugly into a dorm or a kid's room.

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Dell XPS 27

For the audiophile student, the Dell XPS 27 all-in-one has 10 speakers guaranteed to annoy the neighbors and enough power for the hardest classwork.

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Asus ROG Strix GL753VE

If your giftee is a gamer and likes a system to look like a gaming system, consider gifting this. The Asus ROG Strix GL753VE has an RGB backlit keyboard and bright lid lights, along with some pretty great specs for the money.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft's finely tuned tablet PC will let your undergrad travel light without sacrificing the full Windows 10 experience. Add a keyboard cover to turn the Surface Pro into a laptop. And now there's an option for LTE for when you're away from Wi-Fi.

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The 13-inch version of the XPS 2-in-1 is great, but sometimes you just need more screen for studying. Plus, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a more powerful model thanks to an option with the new Intel/AMD combo chip, perfect for the art student running creative software. But avoid the 4K screen if battery life matters.

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Apple MacBook 2017

It's the ultimate coffee-shop laptop for Apple fans. The updated 12-inch MacBook is a can't-miss gift.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

The Samsung Chromebook Pro isn't for your kindergartner but it's a great alternative to a Windows or Mac laptop for the student who doesn't need a whole lot of applications.

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Acer Aspire E15 E5

The Acer Aspire E15 E5 is a bit bulky, but this budget notebook has a ton of features, including discrete graphics and a DVD drive, for its can't-be-beat and eminently giftable price.

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HP Spectre x360 13

If you're going to flip for a convertible laptop, the HP Spectre x360 13 is a great choice, and 13 inches is frequently a more manageable size than 15.

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Dell G3 15

With an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU in the Dell G3 15, you can help your kid level up to Dell's newest G-series gaming laptops -- perfect for homework, too! -- without breaking the bank. 

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LG Gram 15 (2018)

The LG Gram 15 is bigger and heavier than its 13-inch brother, but it's quite light for a 15.6-inch model, which is helpful if your curriculum needs more screen room.  And it shares the same all-day battery life, a great feature when competing for outlets in the common room.

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Asus ZenBook 13

Small but powerful thanks to its discrete graphics, the travel-friendly Asus ZenBook 13 laptop will get a student through the heaviest class schedule.

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HP ZBook x2

For the art student, the HP ZBook x2 -- an incredibly flexible detachable workstation with pro-level, color-accurate Adobe RGB graphics and a great-feeling screen for sketching -- shows you understand that art requires power.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2018)

Take school outside with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, a great backflipping laptop with higher-than-usual screen brightness and a broader spectrum of colors.

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Dell XPS 13 (2018)

The updated clamshell version of its two-in-one sibling bests even itself, and the Dell XPS 13 is a great Windows alternative to the MacBook.

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HP Chromebook x2

Like the Chromebook Pro, the HP Chromebook x2 isn't for your elementary school student; it's a detachable model for extra flexibility, with a more premium design -- and price.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 is a solid 360-degree backflipper at a more saving-for-college-friendly price.

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A bag is indispensible

If a new laptop isn't in the cards -- or the budget -- help spruce up the old one with a great new bag

See more from CNET's Back-to-School Gift Guide.

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