Apple on occasion will give students heading back to school a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac. That's swell and everything (at least until you dance with the digital devil known as iTunes), but let's be real. Would you rather have a Mac and an iPod touch, or a Windows PC and Xbox 360 console? We'll take the latter, thank you very much, especially when you can buy one and get the other for free. Say what?
Microsoft announced in a blog post today that when students purchase a Windows 7 PC over $699, they will receive a free Xbox 360 4GB console. That's a pretty sweet deal, even though the console doesn't come with a hard drive. Think about it, when your roommate's cussing out iTunes on his overpriced Mac, you'll be kicking back streaming Netflix on your Xbox 360 and using the rest of your grant money for the essentials, like alcohol and shopping carts full of Jell-o packets to fill the inflatable pool (that still happens in college, right?).
"If you have a .edu email address you can purchase your new PC through one of our participating retailers including Dell.com, HP.com or Microsoft Store," Microsoft says. "If you don't have a .edu address or prefer to walk into a store, touch the PCs and test their features, bring your Student ID into Best Buy or any Microsoft Store retail location Check with your chosen retailer for additional specifics they may have in place."
Microsoft says you can buy any PC your want, though the software giant sucks up to a couple of its partners by recommending HP's Pavillion DM4 and Samsung's Series 9.
The offer is open to U.S. residents (and coming soon to France and Canada), though there's a bit of a question as to when it begins. At one point in the blog, Microsoft says the promotion starts May 22, "so you'll have to wait a few days until you can rush into the store." But in the fine print, Microsoft says the offer runs from May 23 to September 9 or while supplies last.