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From high school students to university visitors, students across Canada are preparing to head back to school in just a few short weeks.
Whether you’re planning in-person classes or pursuing online learning, searching for a Mac or PC, or looking for a laptop that doubles as a tablet, for many buyers, finding the right computer comes down to one thing: price.
Between student debt, inflation and the general cost of living, no one wants to pay more than they have to for a laptop. With that in mind, we scoured the internet to find the 15 best laptop deals for the 2022 back-to-school season, starting at less than $200.
From Amazon Canada to Best Buy Canada, Chromebooks to Macbooks, PCs and everything in between, these are the 15 best affordable laptops of 2022, according to ratings and reviewers.
Best laptops to buy for back to school 2022
Best laptops under $500
This “Amazon’s Choice” touchscreen Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display that can be rotated for both tablet and laptop use. According to one five-star reviewer, it’s an “excellent little laptop for the money.”
$450 at Amazon
With a convincing average rating of 4.3 stars, Walmart Canada customers rave that this 14-inch HP laptop is “one of the best laptops” they’ve ever used, saying it’s a budget choice of “good quality”.
$499 at Walmart Canada
This dual-function 2-in-1 Chromebook has the convenience of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop. With over 2,200 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars, Best Buy Canada customers say it’s the “best value for money!” According to one reviewer, “the quality is so good,” and it’s “super light when you want to use it as a tablet and does so comfortably.”
$400 at Best Buy Canada
With an average rating of 4.4 stars, Best Buy Canada customers describe this 14-inch HP laptop as having the “best value” for its low price. “It’s probably one of the best for its value [compared to] other Windows laptops.”
$580 at Best Buy Canada
With an average rating of 3.9 stars, Walmart customers describe this 14-inch ASUS Chromebook as “awesome” and say it “works well,” especially considering the low price.
$350 at Walmart Canada
This budget-friendly Lenovo Chromebook 3 has up to ten hours of battery life, 4GB of memory, an HD webcam, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. “I can’t believe how fast this is,” raves one Best Buy Canada reviewer. “I love how I can do so much more on this than ever before, in half the time.”
$399 at Best Buy Canada
Best laptops under $750
A crowd favorite among Best Buy Canada customers, this 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 1 laptop has earned a more than impressive average rating of 4.8 stars based on more than 1,800 reviews. The device has enhanced Dolby Audio speakers and includes a 12-month Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription with 1 TB of Cloud Storage.
$700 at Best Buy Canada
With an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars, Best Buy Canada customers call this 15.6-inch computer the “best and fastest laptop [they’ve] ever owned.” According to one user, “the battery life is amazing, the processor is fast and it has a lot of storage.”
$650 at Best Buy Canada
Work easily from anywhere with this “Amazon’s Choice” portable Lenovo laptop. The device has an 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. It’s an “excellent laptop” according to one reviewer. “Very light and powerful.”
$750 at Amazon
This 12.4-inch touchscreen from Microsoft has received rave reviews from Amazon customers and top marks for value, portability and touchscreen functionality. It’s a “great little laptop for the price,” according to one user.
$690 at Amazon
Best laptops under $1500
This 2020 Apple MacBook Air has garnered more than 15,000 reviews from Amazon Canada customers. The device, which offers up to 18 hours of battery life and 8GB of unified memory, has been called “really fast and reliable” by reviewers.
$1,200 at Amazon
This Acer laptop has earned an impressive average rating of 4.6 stars from more than 650 reviews. The 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook has an Intel i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. Shoppers call it a “fantastic product” and even “better value for money.”
$800 at Best Buy Canada
The 17.3-inch Lenovo portable laptop has received near-perfect reviews from Best Buy Canada customers, with an average rating of 4.7 stars out of more than 130 reviews. Reviewers say the versatile computer “does everything you want.”
$1,300 at Best Buy Canada
This best-selling 13.4-inch laptop is engineered with a 2.4GHz Intel Core processor and 8GB of RAM. Loved by Best Buy customers, users say the Dell laptop is “extremely fast” and “much better than expected.”
$1,500 at Best Buy Canada
Stay on the ball and entertain from anywhere with this Acer Nitro 15.6-inch gaming laptop. With an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and 8GB of RAM, the “Amazon’s Choice” computer has received more than 1,800 five-star reviews from customers.
$1150 at Amazon