Start the school year strong with the right student tech essentials like the amazing MSI gaming computer we are giving away in this contest. It’s no secret that tech can simplify your life, but it can also help you achieve your goals—including academic success. From staying productive to relaxing with one of your favourite PC games, read on to learn about 5 tech must-haves for school. Additionally, learn about Best Buy Canada’s new Student Squad program, and enter for a chance to win an MSI Pulse GL76 gaming laptop.

MSI gaming laptops are a student’s dream

Everyone knows that a laptop is essential for any student going back to school. Even better if it’s a powerful device that can handle both work and play like the MSI Pulse GL76. This gaming laptop keeps you going where everyday laptops might struggle. Equipped with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, it packs all the power you need to multitask, run graphically demanding software, and stay productive. It also features Wi-Fi 6 for smooth streaming, as well as 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD to quickly boot up when class starts and provide plenty of storage for your assignments, photos, videos, or games. 

When you’re ready to play, the 17.3-inch screen with 1920×1080 resolution and 144Hz 3ms refresh rate will dazzle you with a vibrant visual experience you can match with the customizable RGB backlit keyboard. What’s more? MSI’s Cooler Boost 5 technology will keep the system cool so you can game on and focus on your gameplay. Read more about what it’s like to play on the MSI Pulse GL76 in Marcus Wong’s review on the blog. 

5 student tech essentials for back to school 

There are many tech devices that can help you make the most of the school year—whether to boost your productivity, customize your space, or fuel your passions in your free time. Here are 5 technologies I handpicked to give you inspiration for this back to school season:

  1. Laptop: Laptops are as multi-purpose and essential as they come. You can bring it to class to take notes, write assignments at home, connect with your classmates online, or watch a movie at night. You pick! 
  2. Headphones: With hybrid classes, it’s important to have a good pair of headphones that will allow you to focus on your class. If you’re easily bothered by background noise, look for a pair featuring noise cancellation to tune out distractions. 
  3. Smart lights: Your space should inspire you to do your best work and stay motivated. Create the perfect environment with smart lights that will set the mood for your study sessions.
  4. Fitness tracker: Taking breaks is a key component of a productive study routine. A fitness tracker can help remind you to step away from your screen and stay active throughout the day.
  5. Video game console: Student life is all about balance. Relax and unwind at night with your favourite games to recharge your batteries for the next day. 

Chances are you’ve already used some of these, like a laptop or headphones, but tech keeps evolving to improve your experience. You can learn about the newest tech and how it can benefit you by reading our blog or following social media. In fact, Best Buy is looking for students to help everyone learn about new tech as members of our newest program: Student Squad.

Student squad ambassador program at Best Buy Canada

Become a Student Squad ambassador

You likely know a student who loves new tech and enjoys telling others about it (perhaps this describes you!). That’s precisely who Best Buy Canada is looking for. Student Squad ambassadors will be sent amazing devices to use and to share with the world on social media. The best part is that ambassadors will get to keep the tech they are sent, and can receive commission as an affiliate marketer. Sound interesting? You can learn more about this program and enter this contest at the same time. Here’s how: 

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in a few different ways.

  1. In a comment below, tell us what activity you would mostly use the MSI Pulse GL76 for (gaming, school, etc.) and what you love most about this laptop.
  2. Read the Student Squad announcement article and in a comment below that article, tell us who you know would make a great Student Squad ambassador (first name only) and why you think they are perfect for the program (only about five students will be selected from all applicants). 
  3. For up to two (2) additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel (one entry per channel!) sharing with your friends and followers one of your back to school tech essentials; include the hashtag #BestBuyMSIContest, so we can find your post, and include a picture of the blog contest like that shown here. Then return here and tell us in a comment below on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, etc.), but the post must be public so we can verify it is there.

What you can win

At the end of this contest we’ll randomly select one winner from all eligible entries. The winner will win the MSI Pulse GL76 gaming laptop that Marcus Wong reviewed on the blog.

This contest runs from June 30th to July 22nd.

Remember you can enter up to four times as described above. Make sure to also share this contest with any student in your life so they can enter for a chance to win this powerful laptop too and learn more about Best Buy Canada’s Student Squad program, should they be interested in becoming an ambassador.

Win MSI Pulse GL76 Rules and Regulations

Good luck!

Céline is an editor at Best Buy Canada where she writes about tech for the blog. When she isn't behind a keyboard, she's usually reading or exploring the great outdoors. You can also find her at where she shares travel stories.


  1. I am very happy to announce the winner(s) of this MSI Pulse GL76 gaming laptop:

    Kimberly R – Toronto, ON

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  2. I would use this computer for movies and the occasional game. I like the speed of the processor.

  3. Gaming, video editing, streaming, content creating, you name it.

    School can work too when I have to use special software for rendering images .

    What I love? In addition to all the high specs? It’s sleek, light, colourful, and well…it’s MSI

  4. This contest is now closed. We will draw the winners soon in accordance with the rules. Return to the blog often to read great articles, learn about the latest technology, and to enter more contests. You never know when we’ll be doing another amazing giveaway!

  5. I will use the MSI Pulse GL76 for gaming and for school. And I love that it has the power for multitasking and the 17.3-inch screen.

  6. I’d have a new go with python and c# programming. I’m going back to school after dropping out of college 10 years ago!

    Good luck everyone!

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