This year, things are a bit rough. Everyone is trying to figure out how they can manage their school and work life in one piece. Last year, the tough part was finding decent laptops because everyone quickly dived into studying or working at home – this isn’t always easy when you only have so many devices!
Luckily for us, Costco members take advantage of some great back-to-school deals, including 90 day free returns with a second warranty period included (with the purchase of our laptop).
Your choice of a laptop is dependent on two major factors. Budget and purpose. For those needing something simple like web browsing, research, YouTube, and simple notes, a Chromebook is a great option for typically great prices.
Those needing more demanding processing work might opt for the newer models with Touchscreen capability, large hard drive space, and beefier components.
Let’s review some of the options Costco has and see if any suits your needs.
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Best Back to School Laptops at Costco
Budget Friendly Laptops Under $500
Windows OS Laptops
At $499, this is a pretty standard Laptop. Features include up to 9 hours of battery life, a 14″ 1080p screen, wifi 5, windows 10 s mode, and an 11th gen intel core i3, fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, dual array microphone, and 720p webcam for zoom meetings and HP Fast charge technology for quick and convenient charging in a crunch.
This Samsung Galaxy Book Go is for those that want easy synchronicity between their galaxy devices. This is the Samsung budget option in the Galaxy lineup. This utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor with a 1080p screen. It also includes a Microsoft 365 personal subscription for 1 year. The storage option is limited but expandable via external storage. Comes with a 720p webcam, Bluetooth 5.1, and wifi ac capable.
Costco’s most affordable entry on their website is the Acer Spin 2 in 1 11.6″ touchscreen Chromebook. Components are lightweight, but functionality is high. They include a sleeve and wireless mouse as well.
It does feature a 720p webcam, small but expandable 64GB storage, wireless ac, and is available for warehouse pick up only. However, it’s often on sale so keep an eye on this one if your budget is tight.
Standard laptop with a touchscreen capable 1080p screen with a nice nano edge display with minimal bezel. Aluminum chassis with light memory and storage options. You can always invest in cloud storage or external storage options.
You can bend the screen hinge at 180 ° to lay flat. 2 USB C ports, WIFI AC, and a MicroSD slot. Available for Warehouse Pickup only.
One of the most popular Chromebook options at Costco. This HP 14″ Chromebook bundle includes a bonus sleeve and wireless mouse.
The 1080p IPS non-touchscreen makes watching videos or taking notes in various lighting conditions easy to see. WiFi 5 and 2 USB c ports, with a Micro-SD card slot for expanding storage beyond the 64GB. Battery life can last up to 11 hours, making this a great choice for class and work. Available to ship online or grab in-store.
Similar to the Acer Spin 2-in-1, this Lenovo Flex 3 has an 11.6″ touchscreen with a resolution of 1366×768. Features include the standard 720p webcam, WiFi AC capable, Bluetooth 5.0, 2 USB c ports with a MicroSD card slot for expanding storage further.
This is one of my favorite budget options available at Costco. This HP 12″ x360 has a 2-in-1 design with a beautiful touchscreen micro-edge HD+ 1366×912 display, a white keyboard, 2 super speed USB c ports, WiFi AC, and Bluetooth 5.0.
There is an integrated 720p webcam with a dual array microphone. Battery life is up to 13 hours—available online or in-store for less.
Best Laptops Over $500
This is a great mid-grade laptop for those looking for a lot of screen space while still budget-friendly. This HP 17″ Touchscreen laptop has the newer Ryzen CPU, a 1600×900 display, a full-size keyboard, WiFi AC, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 720p webcam with dual-array microphones. I like the lift hinge design that slightly elevates the laptop for more comfortable typing. Available online or pick up in-store.
Lenovo has been one to keep an eye on with their pricing and features. The keyboards are often top-tier typing experiences, and the displays are generally excellent. This is a 15″ Touchscreen 1080p Laptop with a 300 nit display for optimal brightness. The keyboard is backlit. The chassis is abyss blue, and there’s a 720p webcam with a privacy shutter. WiFi AC and Bluetooth 5.0 are built-in. Features the newer Ryzen 7 or Intel i5 CPUs.
This laptop is super thin and has a really nice 15″ IPS display. Comes with the newer 11th gen intel i5 processor, 16GB of memory, and 512 GB of storage. Includes WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, and a backlit keyboard. It also features the new Intel Iris Xe Graphics chip for heavier graphical tasks. Available online or in-store. The battery life can go up to 21 hours. Ports aplenty with 1usb c, 3 USB a, 1 thunderbolt 3, 1 HDMI, headphone, Ethernet, and MicroSD card slot.
The new Macbooks feature the M1 Chip that sports an 8 core CPU and 8 core GPU. This model includes 256GB of storage plus 8GB of unified ram to back up the M1 Chip. The beautiful and coveted 13″ 500 nits retina display and 20-hour battery life is a treat to use for long periods of time.
Backlit magic keyboard with the touch bar and touch id feature. Includes WiFi 6, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Face time HD Camera, and triple array microphone for clear audio capture.
I hope you find something that perfectly meets your needs and gives you the additional benefits of Costco’s services. Don’t forget to stock up on other Back-to-School staples as well.