Halo Spartan is hitting campus to remind students there's still time to take advantage of the special offer - buy a Windows 7 PC over $ 699 and receive a Xbox 360 (Get a free Xbox 360 4GB console with the purchase of a Windows 7 PC $699 or more, at participating retailers in the US and Canada from 5/23-9/3 or while supplies last. Verification of student status required. See participating retailers for full details.)
High school and college students can buy any kind of PC (selection of eligible PC's will vary by participating retailer), like HP Pavilion DM4, Dell Inspiron 14r, Samsung Series 9. You can also use the PC Scout, an interactive app that helps you find a perfect match.
Check out this video to see what happens when a Spartan goes on a college welcome tour:
"The students in the United States can take advantage of this deal by providing their .edu email address when purchasing a new PC online through one of participating retailers including Dell.com, HP.com, Amazon.com or Microsoft Store," revealed Kristina Libby.
"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 any Microsoft Store retail location. Check out windows.com/freexbox or your chosen retailer for additional specifics they may have in place."
Here're some killer PCs:
Toshiba Portege R835 is fast, powerful and secure. The built-in webcam and microphone let you chat face-to-face, videoconference and more. Though light on weight (just over 3 pounds), it's heavy on performance -- the R835 is loaded with a second-generation Intel Core processor that delivers up to 8 hours of battery life and outstanding graphics, a 640 GB hard drive, and 4 GB of RAM. It's durable, stylish, light and powerful. Starting from $799.99.
Sony VAIO SB Series looks great, performs great, and won't empty your bank account. It's crafted in black or white aluminum and has premium features like USB 3.0, a backlit keyboard, and switchable graphics. And, with the optional super-slim "sheet" battery, the VAIO SB can stay powered up for over 15 hours. This Windows 7 PC ships with Intel Core i5, 500GB Hard Drive, AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 4GB RAM, and a 13.3" LED Backlit LCD display. Starting at $899.
Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one delivers full HD entertainment in an expansive LED backlit 24-inch touchscreen LCD display. Plus, its touchable area expands beyond the screen to the sleek black glass bezel of the display. Featuring second-generation Intel Core processor power, available NVIDIA graphics with plenty of VRAM, up to 8 GB of memory, a built-in Blu-ray drive and HDMI input, this Windows 7 PC also ships with Microsoft Office Starter 2010. Starting from $999.
Samsung 900X, this Windows 7 PC is upgradable to Windows 7 Professional and ships with Microsoft Office Starter 2010. It features a brilliant 13.3-inch LED display and a dramatic, arching duralumin enclosure, powered by an Intel i5 processor, a 128 GB solid-state drive and 4 GB of RAM. Price starts at $1,699.
Lenovo ThinkPad X120e- Small, light and equipped with handy peripherals, the ThinkPad X120e is also super-efficient. This new 64-bit Windows Professional PC is the first ThinkPad to introduce the AMD Fusion platform, which combines both a central processing unit and a graphic processor on a single chip. It gives you up to 6.6 hours of battery life with a 6-cell battery, 4 GB of memory, choice of HDD or SSD storage drives, and HDMI for high-definition external displays. Starting from $399.99.
Lenovo IdeaPad U260 looks like a leather-bound book but opens up to reveal a great PC. This machine is ultra-light (weighing less than 3 pounds) and has all the power you need to be productive. With Windows 7, an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics, this PC is sleek and stylish. Starting from $999.99.
HP Z800 Workstation delivers on speed and expandability. This Windows 7 PC provides power from a workstation that optimizes the way the processor, memory, graphics, OS and software technology work together. It ships with up to two NVIDIA Tesla C1060 compute processors boasting 240 processor cores per GPU and a 192 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 Registered SDRAM. Starting from $1813.
HP TouchSmart 610z all-in-one takes multitouch fun to a whole new level. Use it upright like a normal PC, or "recline" and use touch to browse the Web or play games. This Windows 7 PC ships with Intel Core i5, a 750 GB hard drive, an ATI MXM30 Viper graphics card, 8 GB of RAM and a multitouch display. Starting from $899.99.
HP Pavilion dv6 comes with software that lets you start playing right out of the box. This Windows 7 PC ships with Intel Core i5, up to 4 GB of RAM and 640 GB of storage, and Intel HD Graphics with up to 1696 MB total graphics memory. Starting from $599.00.
Dell XPS 17 3D PC extends XPS quality to also offer 3-D experiences with full 1080p HD resolution. In addition, active shutter technology, incredible audio capabilities and NVIDIA 3D Vision combine to elevate your entertainment experience. This PC ships with Windows 7 Home Premium and wireless active shutter glasses and is customizable with the Dell Design Studio that enables you to choose a pattern, color and images to set yourself apart.
Dell Precision T7500 is the flagship workstation of the new Dell Precision line. This completely customizable Windows 7 PC ships with an Intel Xeon processor, support for dual high-end ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards, up to 192 GB of fully buffered DIMM memory, and up to 7.5 TB of local storage with optional RAID.