Back to School Deals

Well, it’s time to send the kids back to school. It used to be so simple to buy back-to-school supplies. Buy a few blank notepads, a couple packs of pencils, and maybe a calculator and you were set to go. These days, it’s a little more complicated. The advent of technology has made life simpler for the ones in school and more difficult for those who send them there, like you and me. Of course, the young ones are going to try and convince you that a new Xbox or PS3 is going to help their grades. (Mom tip: it’s not). So what is out there that will both help your kids realize that you’re concerned about both their educational, as well as entertainment needs?

Well, we asked our friends at, who personally go through and find the best deals from a variety of different retailers, where to find some of the best back to school deals. Using our Nerd powers of perception, we whittled the list down to a few that we can recommend for you this school season.

First, a laptop is a great idea for any student, provided you think they have the discretion to own one. We’ll leave that up to you, but if you think a laptop is right for your student, there are a number of options. On the higher end of the price spectrum, there’s the Lenovo ThinkPad X230. It’s got a small screen, which is great for transporting to and from school. But it’s also got some serious power with a dual-core processor, four gigabytes of RAM, and plenty of hard drive space. And it runs Windows 7, so you won’t need to worry about upgrading it soon. Plus, Lenovo’s ThinkPads are renowned for their durability. Don’t try dropping them on the floor, but they can withstand a lot of abuse, which tends to happen with portable computers at school. With the coupon code on the site, it comes to be $735.20 with free shipping.

If that price tag runs a little high for you, or if you trust your child not to bruise their electronics, there’s the IdeaPad Z740, which you can find a link to here: It runs $579 with the coupon code applied. It has similar specifications to the ThinkPad, but without the legendary durability. They’ll last just as long software-wise however. It just comes down to how well you know your student will take care of their computer.

The other option that’s becoming increasingly popular is to get a tablet. They’re much lighter than laptops, and while they don’t have a physical keyboard, kids these days are so used to typing with their thumbs that it shouldn’t be a problem. Techbargains has some options for those as well, including the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to talk to any of our friendly Nerds! Shopping for school doesn’t have to be confusing.

About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at