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Microsoft is offering students a free Xbox One with the purchase of a Surface Pro 4

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Jun 29, 2016
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  1. If you’re in the market for a new computer or other type of consumer electronic device, you’ll want to know that there are a few prime times to buy each year. Black Friday and the holiday buying season in general are great times to find deals but if you need something during the warmer months, the summer / back-to-school window is your best bet.

    Case in point is Microsoft’s latest offer. As of today, students that purchase a Surface Pro 4 in the US can walk away with a (nearly) free Xbox One as a bonus. Not bad, eh? Here’s everything you need to know.

    The offer runs through August 14 and is available through the education section of Microsoft’s online store. To build your bundle, you’ll first need to select either a Surface Pro 4 or a Surface Book configuration then choose between one of six Xbox One bundles – the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle, Rainbow Six Siege bundle, Tom Clancy’s The Division bundle, Quantum Break bundle, the Spring bundle or The Lego Movie bundle.

    You also get to select between your choice of Just Dance 2016, The Crew or Assassin’s Creed Unity. Last but not least, you get an additional Xbox One wireless controller and a $50 Microsoft Store gift code. The cheapest bundle gets you an entry-level Surface Pro 4 with everything else mentioned above for $878 with free shipping.

    A quick check of Microsoft’s standard store reveals a current price tag on the same Surface Pro 4 of $809.10 so you’re paying roughly an extra $70 more for the Xbox One, an extra game, an extra controller and a $50 Microsoft Store gift code. That's a pretty solid deal if you ask me.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    Yeah, Because college students need more distractions....
    Teko03 and wastedkill like this.
  3. petert

    petert TS Addict Posts: 200   +51

    Currently at my third Surface Pro 4 device ... not very happy. Had to change the previous two under warranty - for the first one, the battery died after February updates. The second one arrived already with screen issues. They cannot be fixed so each time I had to send the faulty device to their Germany warehouse (I live in UK) for replacement.
    Battery life is lower than every review out there will tell you - never got over the 4:30 hours mark. Plus all sorts of issues with sleep feature - sometimes it awakes by itself and start heating up and draining the battery inside my bag. Sometimes I cannot awake it from sleep without connecting the AC adapter even though the battery is fully charged. A very bad experience - I cannot recommend it.
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  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Do microsoft really think students have anywhere near $800 to burn.. Saudi Prince students maybe..
  5. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 396   +179

    Haven't had a single issue with mine since the stand by issues were resolved after the first couple of months following its release. I have a Core i5 / 8 GB 256GB SSD model. I have been running Insider Preview builds, so maybe this has contributed to the improved experience as well.
  6. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 396   +179

    Have you noticed the number of students who have $1,200+ Mac Books these days? Clearly these students exist....and Microsoft has taken notice. Plus parents are often funding these purchases --- I was at Best Buy shortly after the SP4 released and I was surprised at how many parents were coming in to purchase Surface 3's/Surface Pro 3's/Surface Pro 4's for their child who was heading off to college.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,269

    Why? Are they still battling to sell those XB contraptions. Seeing they can't sell them, they have to give them away.

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