The best Amazon Prime Day deals for college students in 2022

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Yes, we know it’s still summer, but now it’s time to get ready to go back to school. That’s especially true if you’re starting college in a few months — you don’t want to put off preparing until the last minute. Luckily it’s Prime Day and a whole host of discounted items are perfect for students heading back to the classroom. Whether it’s a laptop or just things to make dorm life a little easier, we recommend getting them now to save you the headaches later. Here’s a list of the best back-to-school tech deals we’ve spotted so far.

Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15
Razer Blade 15

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Razer’s slim Blade 15 is usually quite expensive, but luckily this particular version is $200 less, so it’s only $1,900. It features the 11th Gen 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 144Hz 1080p display. It’s thin and compact so it won’t break your back carrying it from class to class, and it’s powerful enough to use as a slot machine. The custom RGB backlight colors on the keyboard are pretty cool too.

Buy Razer Blade 15 on Amazon – $1,900

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Microsoft Surface Pro 8

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This particular configuration of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 has also dropped in price to $1,188, which is 26 percent off list price. It runs on Intel’s Evo Platform Core i7, 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. We recommended the Surface Pro 8 as an option for those who want to occasionally use their laptops as tablets. It has a thin profile with minimal bezels, and the 120Hz display makes scrolling long documents seem much faster.

Buy Surface Pro 8 at Amazon – $1,188

Soundance laptop stand

Soundance laptop stand
Soundance laptop stand

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The Soundance laptop stand is currently $24, which is 41 percent off its list price. However, you can save an additional 10 percent by redeeming the on-page coupon, which brings it down to just under $30. A stand like this helps elevate your laptop to eye level, which promotes good posture. It also has a detachable design so you can disassemble it and carry it in your bag if you like.

Buy the Soundance laptop stand at Amazon – $24

Anker USB-C to Lightning 6ft Powerline Cable

Anchor powerline
Anchor power line

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Anker’s dual pack of USB-C to Lightning powerline cables has dropped to just $20, which is 35 percent off the original price. It’s MFI-certified to work with all Apple devices, and it supports fast charging, which is great news when you need to top up your almost-dead battery in a hurry. Also, Anker’s cables tend to last much longer than the standard Apple cable that comes in the box. According to Anker, the Powerline lasts an average of 12 times longer, with a lifespan of 12,000 bends.

Buy USB-C to Lightning cable on Amazon – $20

Chromecast with Google TV

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The Chromecast with Google TV is currently only $40. It’s the best option if you’re a heavy Google user or really want to cast from your phone to your TV. We gave it a score of 86 for its handy remote control, good Google Assistant integration, and 4K streaming chops with Dolby Vision and Atmos support.

Buy Chromecast with Google TV at Amazon – $40

Roku stream bar

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The Roku Streambar just dropped to $90. It’s both a solid streaming device and a soundbar, making it a good option for those who don’t have a lot of space to spare. We gave it a score of 86 for its solid audio quality, support for Dolby Audio, and built-in 4K streaming technology. The more advanced Streambar Pro is also available for $150.

Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon – $90 Buy Sterambar Pro at Amazon – $150

Belkin MagSafe 2-in-1 Wireless Charger

Belkin MagSafe 2-in-1
Belkin MagSafe 2-in-1

Belkin

Need to charge your iPhone and AirPods at the same time? Then consider Belkin’s MagSafe 2-in-1 Wireless Charger, which is just $75 today, 25 percent off the normal price. It only works with MagSafe-compatible iPhones, i.e. the iPhone 12 and later. We like it because it can be fast charged at up to 15 watts and you can rotate the phone to either portrait or landscape mode.

Buy the Belkin 2-in-1 Charger at Amazon – $75

Sony WH-CH710N Headphones

Sony WH-CH710N Headphones

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Sony’s excellent WH-CH710N noise-cancelling headphones are just $68 today, which is 55 percent off the original price. Noise-cancelling headphones are very useful for any student who needs silence to focus on their work. The WH-CH710N offers a lot of soundproofing performance thanks to the dual noise sensor technology. It also has an ambient sound toggle in case you want to hear what’s going on around you. A bonus: it has an excellent battery life of 35 hours, which is more than enough to get through multiple study sessions.

Buy WH-CH710N at Amazon – $68

Jabra Elite 45h headphones

Jabra Elite 45 hrs
Jabra Elite 45 hrs

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If you don’t need noise-cancelling, consider Jabra’s Elite 45h, which is just $50 for Prime Day (that’s half the $100 retail price). They sound great and pair with most TVs or laptops via Bluetooth. It lasts up to 50 hours on a charge and is convenient to use at home or on campus.

Buy Jabra Elite 45h on Amazon – $50

Amazon Echo Dot

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Echo Dot 4th Gen

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As with many Amazon products, the Echo Dot is discounted for Prime Day. It’s currently a very tempting $20, which is 60 percent of the list price. We think it’s a great device for students as it doesn’t take up much space on their desks. They can use it to play music from Spotify or Apple Music and of course they can ask Alexa to do all sorts of things like check the weather, find out the day’s appointments and set a reminder for deadlines.

Buy Echo Dot on Amazon – $20

Cosori gooseneck kettle

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COSORI kettle

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Whether it’s for coffee, tea, or instant ramen, you’ll love having a kettle in your dorm room. This model from Cosori is very good and costs just $60 on Prime Day, which is 16 percent off the usual price. It has variable temperature presets so you can get the water just as hot as you want, which is great for matching the brew to different types of tea. It’s also great for infusing coffee, as the gooseneck spout allows for a more accurate, smoother pour.

Buy a Cosori kettle from Amazon – $60

Linenspa shredded foam pillow

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linen fun

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Linenspa’s oversized reading pillow is 20 percent off today, just $32. We recommend it as it helps change your sitting position so you’re not always sitting in your desk chair and is much more comfortable than lounging on piled bed pillows. The shredded memory foam offers good postural support, which in turn is super helpful when reading, gaming or just watching TV. We especially like the handle as it makes it easier to carry around the room.

Buy the Linenspa Pillow on Amazon – $32

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