If you’re a student looking for a laptop that won’t break the bank, then this Acer laptop deal from Best Buy could be for you.
Fortunately, Best Buy offers a great selection suitable for anyone in education. The retailer is Acer Aspire 3 laptop for $299.99 (opens in a new tab) – that’s a saving of $230 off the RRP of $529.99. It even includes a Norton 360 Deluxe three-device plan to protect it, and two other devices, from malware—a $44.99 value.
The best student laptops have to be great for taking notes, video calls, multitasking, and running all kinds of apps and the Acer Aspire 3 can do all that handily, while looking pretty stylish too.
The Acer Aspire 3 comes with Windows 11 pre-installed, which means it’s running Microsoft’s latest operating system right out of the box. It’s also packing Acer’s Precision Touchpad for more precise touchpad control than you’ll find on many Windows laptops.
8GB of memory might not be much, but it’s enough to flick through emails, shop or browse online, and get through administrative work – although users have reported upgrading the RAM with great results. When it comes to storage, the 256GB SSD inside allows super-fast performance throughout.
The 17.3-inch screen is huge, and although it doesn’t have the highest resolution at 1600×900, it’s still HD. There’s a camera in the top bezel, too.
There is an HDMI port for connecting to an external display, and multiple USB ports for connecting peripherals. Wi-Fi 5 is fast, too, and the placement of the internal antenna maximizes signal in any area.
By purchasing a 15-month Microsoft 365 personal subscription with the laptop, you can save another $17.50 off the software (normally $87.49). That provides access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more, including OneDrive for cloud storage.
User reviews are very positive, with a customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars (opens in a new tab) on the Best Buy store page. Many noted the huge display, as well as the ability to upgrade the RAM after purchase. Some were disappointed with the quality of the built-in webcam, however, and suggested an external option if you’re going to be making a lot of calls.