Students: buy a new PC, get an Xbox 360 free

By on May 22, 2012, 8:30 AM

Microsoft has renewed an academic promotion from last May that offers students the chance to bag a free Xbox 360 when purchasing a computer. Assuming you can prove your enrollment (enter an edu email address here, for instance), all you have to do is buy a "qualifying" laptop or desktop priced at $699 or more ($599 in Canada). In return, you'll receive a basic 4GB Xbox 360, which usually fetches about $200.

Participating retailers in the US include Best Buy, Dell, Fry's, HP, Microsoft Stores and Newegg, while Canadians can shop from Best Buy, Dell, Future Shop, Staples or The Source. Microsoft's store lists various eligible machines, including popular ultrabooks such as the Folio 13, as well as machines in virtually every other form factor. Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc recommends the XPS 13, which he recently purchased.

The deal kicked off this weekend and ends September 8. If you're interested in Windows 8 at all, you may want to wait a couple weeks before claiming your free Xbox. Microsoft is running a separate promo that offers a super cheap upgrade path to its latest operating system. If you purchase a Windows 7 PC after June 2, you'll be able to buy Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 -- a heck of a lot cheaper than retail pricing is likely to be, according to NPD analyst Stephen Baker.

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Guest said:

Yes, I'm sure students will definitely improve their study habits buy enticing them with a free xbox 360 when buying a laptop..

ramonsterns said:

Why would I want free faulty hardware with a poor library of games?


To sell and make a profit from it :P

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

I knew it would require atleast a $700 desktop.

Almost thought it was a deal there for a second.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

@ ramonsterns: Quit your bitchin. The new 360S console is quiet and reliable and the library of games for a 360 is very, very good.

Guest said:

It's not actually free. Dell, HP, and anyone else participating in the program just upped the price to cover the costs of the XBox360 package deal and claim it is "free". I checked with some sources today about this.

Sorry folks, no free lunches allowed, even though these companies are making money hand over fist.

gobbybobby said:

the new xbox 360s have a much much much much lower failure rate than the launch

if you get a NEW 360 today and it fails toy are very very unlucky (same with new PS3 systems)

Guest said:

Translation: "Please stop playing PC games! We don't make any middleman $$, we can't control all of the content, and we can't scam you for multiplayer!"

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