Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students

These deals will have you geared up right in time for class.

We think it's great that technology is such a massive part of our lives these days, but all that tech also means that heading back to school can get expensive. Fortunately, Amazon Prime Day has many deals on laptops, tablets, and other gadgets that'll keep you (and your wallet) excited to head back.

Naturally, you'll need an Amazon Prime account to take advantage of these discounts. You can sign up here or read up on how to get a trial membership here. Outside of these deals, Prime members get perks like 1-day shipping, Twitch Prime membership, and access to Amazon's video content.

sandisk ultrafit 128gb

50% off: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive

Who doesn't need a flash drive while at school? For $21.99, this 128GB SanDisk is a steal at $16 off its $37.99 retail price. Sure, a lot of your work will be in the cloud on Google Drive or elsewhere, but flash drives still come in handy when you're working with large media files. SanDisk says this 3.1 USB drive can write files up to 15 times faster than previous 2.0 drives, which means you can move a full-length movie in less than 30 seconds.

anker powercore fusion

31% off: Anker PowerCore Fusion battery pack and wall charger

If you’re a student—if you’re anybody these days, really—you need battery packs for your devices. Heck, you’ll sometimes also need chargers in case those die down. Fortunately, the Anker PowerCore Fusion combines both devices into one fantastic unit so you’re not wasting valuable space in your backpack. It’s got a 5000mAh battery packed in there (which lasts for around three phone charges), as well as two USB charging ports. It normally sells for $25.99, but you can pick it up today for just $17.99.

asus vivobook 64gb

22% off: ASUS VivoBook E203MA Ultra Thin Laptop

You can pick up the ASUS VivoBook E2023 for $179, or $50 off, right now. This ultra-portable, thin laptop is a steal for anyone who doesn't mind trading power for portability. It weighs only 2.2 pounds while sporting a 11.6-inch screen and up to 10 hours of battery life.

But it's got two drawbacks. 64GB of storage is pretty limited, for one, and it comes with Windows 10 S, which supports a limited amount of third-party software. (You can upgrade for free to full Windows 10, but that requires extra legwork.) Still, the device provides all the key productivity you could need while in class or running around campus. (If you're looking for more laptop options, check out our story on the best PC deals during Amazon Prime Day.)

acer chromebook 11 16gb

36% off: Acer Chromebook 11, Celeron N3060, 11.6-inch HD, 4GB DDR3L, 16GB Storage

If you're a fan of Google Docs, you'll feel right at home with this 16GB Acer Chromebook 11. Despite only offering 16GB on its physical drive, Chromebooks come with an additional 100GB of Google Drive storage with each purchase (along with the 15GB of cloud storage Google offers for free). It runs Google minimalist Chrome OS, which deliveries a fast (though limited) experience and up to 10 hours of battery life. The Acer Chromebook 11 is $140, or $63 off its normal price—the lowest we've ever seen it go for.

samsung galaxy a 8 inch wifi tablet

25% Off: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8" 32 GB Wifi Tablet

Normally retailing for $229, this eight-inch Android tablet from Samsung is currently down to $149. It's perfect for browsing the web and running apps over Wi-Fi. Samsung claims the device can handle 15 hours of web browsing and 14 hours of video playback. It's storage is also expandable up to 256GB with a microSD.

bose soundlink micro bluetooth speaker

37% Off: Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

If you're looking for a durable portable speaker, then the Bose SoundLink Micro is for you. With an IPX7 rating, you can count on the SoundLink Micro to survive a dip in the pool for up to an hour. We gave the speaker a solid four out of five stars over at TechHive and praised its pocket size and lightweight design. The speaker normally goes for $99, but you can get it now from Amazon for $69 in either black, midnight blue, or bright orange.

amazon fire 32gb

33% off: Fire HD 10 32GB

We don't put the Amazon Fire HD 10 in the same class as iPads or higher-end Android tablets. That said, this deal is too good to ignore. The 10.1-inch 32GB version of Amazon's tablet is going for $50 off at a mere $100. If you're just looking for a tablet to watch YouTube videos and stream media on, the Fire HD's crisp 1080 display will work nicely.

echo dot

40% off: Amazon Echo Dot

At the very least, the Amazon Echo Dot makes a great voice-controlled alarm system that can wake you up with Spotify (if you have a premium account), but it's also rapidly acquiring a wide range of robust apps that can update you with news, weather, and more. It's also useful for setting reminders if you're a forgetful student. At our sister site TechHive, we gave the Echo Dot four out of five stars and compared it favorably to its chief competitor, the Google Home Mini. Amazon is selling the dot at 40 percent (or $20) off its regular price for $30.

fitbit alta hr

60% off: Fitbit Alta HR

If you're looking to strap on a fitness tracker before you head back to school, then you're in luck. The lowest we've seen the Fitbit Alta HR go for is $99, so at $90 this is a great deal. This slim Fitbit normally retails for $150, which means you're getting 60 percent off. Over at our sister site Macworld, we gave the Alta HR an impressive 4.5 out of five stars. We were pleased by its week-long battery life, sleep-tracking insights, and functional while fashionable design.

xbox one s 1tb starter bundle

23% Off: Xbox One S 1TB Console - Starter Bundle

Staying focused on your PC and getting work done is important for succeeding in school—no doubt. But sometimes you need to step away and take a break, and this Xbox One S 1TB Starter Bundle fills that need nicely. Regularly $294 from Amazon, you can snag this bundle for $230 on Prime Day. The bundle comes with three months of Xbox Live Gold, one wireless controller, a three-month Game Pass subscription, and (just for Prime Day) a copy of Rare Replay. And with 1TB to store games, you should have plenty of space for everything you want to play.

tcl roku tv

33% Off: TCL 40S305 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

You're going to need a TV to play that Xbox on. This 40-inch 1080 HD smart TV from TCL is a great deal at only $195. That's $95 off its retail price of $289 and $17 off its historic low of $212.49. Or maybe you're looking to splurge on something bigger and higher end? In that case, this 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV from Sony is the way to go. Amazon is offering it for $438, which is a whopping $90 off its lowest ever price of $528.

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