8 Best Budget-Friendly Back-to-School Gadgets and Tech

Who remembers the days when a back-to-school list only had crayons, pencils, notebooks and folders? Today is a lot different, gearing up for budget-friendly back-to-school is all about stocking up on the latest tech and gadgets. So whether you’re getting gadgets for learning, you can do so without breaking the bank. 

Even though remote learning may not be as widespread as it was two school years ago, spending on electronics is still seeing the biggest increase of any back-to-school category.

To assist in your back-to-school tech shopping, we have pulled together a list of eight budget-friendly tech gadgets for the coming school year.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

One of the most versatile Chromebooks around is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5. It is arguably the best ChromeOS tablet on the market. It’s affordable and a great home option for students who will be using cloud-based classroom tools or accessing the web to play games or watch videos or as a family laptop anyone can use. 

The  Lenovo Chromebook Duet is priced at $299 at Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy A32

A cell phone is a top priory for students. The Samsung Galaxy A43 is not only an affordable cell phone but is specs include Android 5G, 6.5?, 64 GB storage, and front and rear cameras. This cell phone is made with a plastic body and Gorilla Glass display to prevent easy breakage.  

This affordable cell phone retails at $204.99 at Samsung has everything a typical tween or teen needs from a phone, looks cool, and won’t sting your wallet.

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iPad and Tablets

A Tablet can be a great tool for students.  The lightweight, mobile gadgets are perfect for reading, taking notes, attending online classes, and drawing digital art. During a study break they can be used for browsing the internet and streaming your favorite shows. 

Tablets can be pricey, especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget. There are several discounts on some of the best and most popular tablets from Apple, Samsung, and more right now. You can find a great Apple iPad 9 or Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet starting at under $300. You can even find a toprated Amazon Fire tablet for just $75.

Amazon Kindle

The latest Kindle e-reader could be ideal for the student in your life who has some serious reading to do this school year. Amazon’s newest Kindle has added a front light—which lets users adjust the display brightness for more comfortable reading. That includes during nighttime reads indoors or doing some reading in the bright sun. The Kindle features a 6-inch 167 PPI display for reading e-books, along with the ability to play Audible audiobooks.

The Amazon Kindle is currently priced at $89.99

Keyboard and Mouse Combo 

The slim, lightweight K380 Multi-Device keyboard and M350 Pebble are easy to carry and outfitted with Bluetooth so you can use it anywhere. The best thing about both products is they are hard wearing and offer great value for money. These retail for $24.99–$69.98 at Logitech

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Noise-Canceling Headphones

Headphones are essential on a back-to-school list. A pair of noise-canceling headphones can be very pricey often costing upwards of $400  The Buddyphones Cosmos Plus headphones come in a range of colors and designs but more importantly are volume-limiting. They also have active noise canceling like more expensive headphones and the battery lasts 24 hours on a charge and they can use them without any power left in the headphones.

The Buddyphones Cosmos Plus headphones are currently priced at $99.99 on Amazon.

Amazon Kindle

The latest Kindle e-reader could be ideal for the student in your life who has some serious reading to do this school year. Amazon’s newest Kindle has added a front light—which lets users adjust the display brightness for more comfortable reading. That includes during nighttime reads indoors or doing some homework in the bright sun. The Kindle features a 6-inch 167 PPI display for reading e-books, along with the ability to play Audible audiobooks.

The Amazon Kindle is currently priced at $89.99

Lenovo Smart Clock

If your student needs help with getting up for class, the Lenovo Smart Clock might be of some help. The voice-controlled alarm clock (which uses the Google Assistant) offers hundreds of “soothing” alarm sounds, and the 4-inch screen automatically dims at night and brightens in the morning.

The Lenovo Smart Clock is currently priced at $39.99 at Best Buy.

Closing

With families spending 30% more on electronics for school this year, finding savings is more important than ever. Are you focusing on budget-friendly back-to-school tech this year? You don’t have to skimp on quality or brand names to stretch your dollars. In fact, you can save approximately 30 to 60% off regular retail prices by opting for a refurbished laptop, tablet, smartphone or headphone. Stores like Best Buy dedicate an entire section to open box and remanufactured tech, while sites like Newegg, eBay, and Dell Outlet are other great sites to shop for certified refurbished school gadgets. Just make sure it’s certified and comes with a warranty for added purchase protection.

What is some of the budget-friendly back-to-school tech on your list?