The best student discounts: save at Apple, Best Buy, J.Crew and dozens of other national retailers

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Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…

9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,599 ($200 off)

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Amazon offers the Apple 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (model MGX92LL/A) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB for $1,599 with free shipping, which is $200 off list. B&H also has it for the same price and only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for buyers in NY. However, Amazon offers Prime benefits and charges sales tax at purchase for a limited number of states, so be sure to weigh both options when making your purchase.

This is Apple’s top of the line standard configuration 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

If you’re looking for an Air, then head to this post to save $199 on a current generation 13-inch model.

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WaterField Designs has a spot for all of your tech in its new Made in America Bolt Briefcase

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WaterField Designs, purveyors of high-quality bags and accessories made in San Francisco, has released its latest addition to its popular line of its the commuter solutions. Designed specifically for “techies and travelers”, the made-by-hand Bolt Briefcase puts the focus on quick access to the most important items in your bag, while keeping your valuables secure.

Owner Gary Waterfield describes the new Bolt as so:

When designing the Bolt, we started with a list of what we travel with and how much protection and accessibility we need for each item. For example, my wallet and smartphone—high accessibility items—are safely stowed, but easily accessed from front magnet-closing pockets, while my laptop sits securely inside its padded main-compartment laptop sleeve.

This new bag features two “easy-access” compartments for the gear that needs to be pulled out regularly, a waterproof compartment, a padded sleeve area for laptops and a slot to slide over suitcase handles. It is available in two sizes, 13 and 17-inch and is available in a variety of colors. Starting at $249 for the small model, and $30 more for the larger rendition, the Bolt Briefcase is set to ship on January 20th.

Full PR below:

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Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,699 (Reg. $1,999)

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Update (12/17 10am): B&H also has the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display 2.8GHz/16GB/512GB for $2,399 shipped, which is a savings of $300 off the regular price.

B&H offers the newest version Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (model MGXA2LL/A) for $1,699 with free shipping. That’s $300 below Apple’s asking price and to top it off, B&H only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for a few states.

This laptop is a powerhouse. It features a 2880 by 1800 Retina display, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a quad-core 4th generation Crystalwell 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor.

Use your savings to cover the cost of AppleCare.

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MacMall’s Black Friday sale features savings of up to 86% on the largest selection of Macs, iPads, more

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Update (11/26 2:00pm): MacMall’s Black Friday 60 Hour Sale is now live.

Update (11/26 2:00am): We have added the entire MacMall Black Friday ad.

MacMall is a shopping mecca for Apple fans looking to save some money. With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up, there’s no doubt many of you have been waiting to get a peek at MacMall’s Black Friday plans. Well, we’ve finally got our hands on them and we can’t wait to share them with you.

MacMall offers deals on by far the largest selection of Apple products we’ve seen from any retailer this holiday season. Stores like Best Buy only stock standard configuration Macs, but MacMall carries high-end and custom configuration models. Also, keep in mind that MacMall only charges tax at the time of purchase for buyers in nine states (CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, NC, NY, TN, and WI).

That being said, here are all of the deals that MacMall is planning to kick off tomorrow, Wednesday 26th at 12:01 PM PST: Read more

Review: Omaker MOMI Ultra Portable Metallic Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Pink or Blue: $16 (Orig. $80)

616U90NfcFL._SL1500_Amazon is offering the Omaker Ultra Portable Metallic Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Pink or Blue for only $15.99 Prime shipped when you use the coupon code: VBM26USJ at checkout. That’s a $64 savings off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen for the speaker.

Omaker sent us a review unit this week and it works darn well for a $16 speaker.
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Their words:

It has a metallic finish with simple design. It features Bluetooth 3.0+EDR and it’s “unique and compact ostrich egg fashion appearance slips easily into your bag for use on the go.” It’s high definition and surprising fullness realized through a 4W driver and bass port – outclassing other similar-sized portable speakers. Built-in big capacity Polymer Lithium Batteries allow for a playback time of up to 8 hours.

Ours:

Is it going to give something like Logitech’s Boom line a run for its money?  No, not at all. But it is pretty nice and a nice accessory for a mobile device. It pairs easily and it actually says in broken english “MOMI IS WAITING FOR YOUR CONNECTION” and then confirms your connection. Then when you lose connection, more broken English.

It sounds a little bit better than the speakers on a MacBook Pro and yet it can fit in your pocket and make speakerphone calls very nicely though we heard an echo in our testing).  It has lasted over 5 hours in our brief testing.

It received 4.6/5 stars and great reviews from Amazon customers. We’re in agreement. If you need a speaker and have $16 to spend, then go for it! Read more

Save 30% on an AppleCare Protection Plan for your 13 or 15-inch MacBook

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Even the biggest critics of warrantees generally agree that AppleCare for Macs is a worthwhile investment if you have the room in your budget. In fact, it consistently pummels competition in Consumer Reports’ yearly tech support survey.

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AppleCare for Macs extends the original 1-year hardware and 90-day phone support to 3-years. This is extremely valuable for Mac owners since these beautiful laptops are nearly impossible to repair for the average consumer and out-of-pocket repairs are extremely costly from Apple. Unfortunately, it does not cover accidental damage to your Mac, but one repair instance is likely to pay for the upfront cost of the plan.

Unlike iPhone and iPad AppleCare Protection Plans, it can be added to any Mac within 1-year of purchase. Each standalone AppleCare box will include a code that you can register online to your Mac’s serial number.

Here’s where to save 30% on AppleCare for 13 and 15-inch MacBooks, which is less than Apple’s .edu pricing: Read more

Best Buy Black Friday: iPad Air $450, up to $200 off Mac laptops, 15% off iTunes, Apple TV $85, much more

Best-Buy-Black-Friday-Apple-deals-9to5toysWe finally have Best Buy’s Black Friday ad. The heavyweight in holiday savings has posted its complete 23-page ad featuring steep savings across all tech product categories. Best Buy is offering the most noteworthy Apple deals compared to other ad leaks thus far. Cruise over to Best Buy to view the ad in its entirety. Our top pick are as follows:

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Refurb Macbook Pro’s: 13″ Intel Core 2 Duo $650, 17″ Intel Quad-Core $1499

0906mbp13_3qToday we’re seeing two Macbook Pro’s with great price reductions. The first, available at Tanga.com, is the 13.3″ (MC374LL/A) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 that is Apple Certified Refurbished for $649.99. It features an LED-backlit glass display as well as a glass trackpad that doesn’t include a button (for larger tracking area). Also it has Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and is pre-loaded with iLife ’11, iWorks ’09, and Microsoft Office 2011. All of the units for sale have been refurbished by Apple authorized technicians.

The Next Macbook on sale is from DailySteals.com. It is a 17” Intel Quad-Core i7  for only $1499. It comes with a SuperDrive, Thunderbolt Port, 4GB RAM, 750GB HD & OS X Snow Leopard and it also comes with a 1 Year Apple Warranty. Already installed is the iLife ’09 suite that includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand.

Both the Macbook Pro’s listed here are available at these prices for today only:

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Logitech announces Ultrathin multi-touch Bluetooth mice made to match your MacBook & Ultrabook

Logitech has announced a new line of Ultrathin, bluetooth enabled touch mice today. The ultra portable mouse will come in two different models, one in black focused on Windows Ultrabook users and the other in white, designed to match your Macbook perfectly.

Both models come with the same specs, boasting full multi-touch gesture control and Logitech’s Easy Switch technology that allows the mouse to be connected to multiple devices at once. They feature a a slick looking brushed metallic body, a “feather-light” design at 70g and a 85 mm x 59mm x 18 mm footprint.

“Whether it’s a computer, tablet, smartphone or touch-navigation device, people are looking for thin, modern design that works fluidly,” said Charlotte Johs, Logitech global vice president of brand development. “We created the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse to give people an ultraportable mouse that complements today’s MacBook and Ultrabook computers.”

The new black Ultrathin T630 will launch next month and the white T631 for Mac will be available in November across the US and Europe. Logitech has put a $70 suggested retail price on the new ultra portable mice. For more information head over to Logitech’s new official Ultrathin Touch Mouse support page. Gallery below: Read more

Up to 83% off Incase Apple Mac/iPhone/iPad accessories (Bags, Cases, Sleeves, more)

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Tanga is slashing up to 83% off a variety of Incase Apple accessories. Including laptop cases/sleeves, cables, headphones, and more. These are not all discontinued or surplus stock, some items are still available on the official Incase website. Deal ends in just over 3 days. Save an additional 10% with coupon code SDJULY10.

Incase direct is offering an additional 30% off sale items with coupon code INCWHS713.

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MacBook Air 11.6″ 1.3GHz i5 Haswell, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac WiFi $949 (Reg. $999) + More Apple notebook deals

apple-macbookair-haswell-deal-amazonAmazon is offering the June 2013 Apple 11.6″ MacBook Air (MD711LL/A) with 128GB SSD for just $949 with free shipping. That is a total savings of $50 off the retail price of $999 and the first significant discount we’ve seen. This MacBook Air features the brand new Intel i5 Haswell processor which enables it to achieve up to 9 hours of battery life, 802.11ac wireless connectivity, and dual audio microphones for improved audio clarity.

Reviewers across the internet are singing praises of the new MacBook Air.  Our own 9to5Mac reviewed the 13 inch version and declared:

Apple has a truly wonderful computer in the 2013 Macbook Air.

Pickup an ever so slightly discounted new Apple Time Capsule or Airport Extreme to get the most out of your new Mac’s 802.11ac WiFi.  Even if you don’t normally buy AppleCare on your Macs, it may make sense for the new Air since its ‘repairability‘ score isn’t too promising for at-home servicing.

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Other Apple notebook deals available:apple-macbookpro-retina-deal-amazon

-MacBook Air 11.6″ 1.3GHz i5 Haswell processor, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac WiFi6″ Air $1,149 (Reg. $1,199)

-MacBook Pro 13″ (MD101LL/A) 500GB, 4GB RAM, 2.5GHz i5 $999 (Reg. $1,199)

-Retina MacBook Pro (MD212LL/A) 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor $1,399 (Reg. $1,499)

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