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The back-to-school season has a different feel now than in the pre-pandemic days. Today, hybrid learning is a given for many students, and having a reliable computer is table stakes for even grade schoolers, not just high school and college students.

Besides a laptop, Chromebook or tablet, students are likely to need gear for virtual meetings, some fun stuff to blow off a little steam and shockingly, some might even need a printer. Try as we might, the need to print out papers or documents hasn’t completely gone away yet.

The expert picks below are a great way to get started on your back-to-school shopping.


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Best laptop to get you through four years of college
Apple MacBook Air

Now available in both 13-inch and 15-inch versions, the MacBook Air remains one of the most universally useful computers anyone can buy. They’re especially popular with students, who appreciate the ease of use of MacOS, the slim, sleek design, and the fact that a solidly built MacBook can get you through several years of school.

Note that this is still a hefty investment, at $1,099 for the current 13-inch version and $1,299 for the new 15-inch version.

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