Microsoft

April 3

Microsoft Store: 64GB Surface RT Tablet + Free Touch Cover (Only $299!)

Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Microsoft Store: 64GB Surface RT Tablet + Free Touch Cover (Only $299!)

Get a great tablet at a great price!

I’m here to defend Microsoft. Are you feeling okay, Shawn? Yeah, I’m okay. A little tired but I’m good. Why do you ask? Because you hate Microsoft, Shawn! Why would  you defend them? Well, it’s kind of like a punk rock teenager who hates the establishment cleaning himself up and getting a job at Starbucks while he gets his GED so he can go to college. It’s fine to rage and hate against something blindly but sooner or later (most) people grow up. I used to hate everything Microsoft did, now I’ve come to realize that it’s not all bad. I’ve grown up. That’s right, even me, a nerdy version of anti-establishment punks, can see that Microsoft Surface is a good product.

First off, it’s Microsoft. Most people use Microsoft Windows on their computers so most people are familiar with it. The Windows RT OS that runs on Surface tablets is very similar (almost identical, actually) to the the latest desktop version of the OS, Windows 8. If you’ve been using Windows 8, the tablet is going to be a pick-up-and-go product since you already know the UI. If you, like many people, have looked at Windows 8 and thought that it would really be better on a tablet, well, here’s the tablet with (essentially) Windows 8 on it.

On top of all that you’re getting a full sized 10″ tablet with 64GB of storage AND a free touch cover for only $299. That’s a steal. Listen, I’m no dummy. If you have a Macbook and an iPhone, you are probably sunk in to the Apple world too much to get this. If you’ve bought a new Android phone every year since the G1 came out and you use your stack of old Android tablets as a step stool, you probably aren’t going to switch now. Of maybe you are, maybe you want a change. I think the real market for this deal is the person with a flip phone and a Windows computer. Or the proverbial grandma who will never learn to use a computer but could really use it to talk to her grandkids in Russia. Or even the person who already has a Windows phone. I don’t see many around but some of those Nokia Windows phones are great.

Shipping on these is free.

(Expires: 14th April 2014)

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April 2

Microsoft Store Canada: Trade In Your Gaming Console For $100 Towards xBox One

Posted by on April 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Microsoft Store Canada: Trade In Your Gaming Console For $100 Towards xBox One

Want the new xBox One? Want $100 towards the purchase of one? Go into any Microsoft Store (sorry this is not available online for obvious reasons), bring in your older console and you’ll get $100 towards the purchase of the xBox One.

Bring in your PS3, xBox 360 S or xBox 360 E in good working condition and you’ll get $100 in Microsoft retail store credit. Your unit must be able to power on, be fully functional with no broken or missing components, the housing and display can’t be damaged, there can’t be any password protection and it has to include all original chargers and accessories.

You can try and wait for a sale or find a discount on the xBox One, as you can use your credit along with any sales. There is only one trade-in per person, so don’t go in with all your systems hoping to score yourself a free xBox One. I did notice online that the xBox One Play and Charge bundle was $45 off, so $145 off makes the total system only $499.99. In store prices may differ.

I am not really a gamer, besides the odd game of Highway Rollers on my WiiU with the kids, but I’ve heard really great things about xBox One. It doesn’t get much better than getting a credit and trying to get a sale at the same time.

(Expiry: 2nd June 2014)

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March 18

Microsoft Canada: 50% Off Surface Pro 128 GB – Now $499

Posted by on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Microsoft Canada: 50% Off Surface Pro 128 GB   Now $499

Microsoft Canada is offering the 128GB Surface Pro for only $499 which is $500 off the original retail price.

So, this tablet hasn’t sold for its original price for a while. Most places had priced it around $650 for the last few months and then it went on sale at both Best Buy and Future Shop for $499.99. However, you can’t buy it there because they are both SOLD OUT (that went quick). However, people seem to be ignoring the fact that Microsoft sells their own products and you can still buy the Surface Pro there for like 95 to 99 cents cheaper, and it is still in stock (for now).

What is so cool about this thing? It is a laptop in tablet form. Have you seen the ad with the awesome looking computer propped up on a kickstand and then they put it flat on the floor and draw on it? That is the Surface Pro. It combines the best of both worlds and changes the way you interact with your electronics. Here is what one enthusiastic reviewer said:

I’ve been using the surface pro for 2 weeks now without any problems. I am highly impressed with the design and capabilities of this tablet. This is a powerful machine and is unlike anything else on the market today. It’s great for gaming as well as productivity, I highly recommend the type cover to transform it into a true laptop and tablet or as I like to call it .. “Tabtop”. I love it, it’s simply amazing and wipes the floor with ipads!

This is going to sell out extremely soon if Best Buy and Future Shop are any indication. If you want one, don’t wait to buy it. If you are a student, you can save an extra 10% on the Surface.

Get free shipping on all orders.

(Expiry: 15th April 2014)

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February 24

Microsoft Store Canada: Pre-order xBox One + Titanfall + 1 Month xBox Live Gold For $499

Posted by on February 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Microsoft Store Canada: Pre order xBox One + Titanfall + 1 Month xBox Live Gold For $499

Get the xBox One, Titanfall and a month of xBox Live Gold for $499 from Microsoft!

The price of this item isn’t a sale, per se. The bundle’s regular price is $499. The deal here is that they are still selling the xBox One by itself for the same price. The game that comes with it, Titanfall, retails for $59.99.  If you were planning on getting this game along with an xBox One (I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t get this game) then you’re saving about $60. If you weren’t planning on getting it, well, I can’t help you. You’re broken.

You also get a month of xBox Live Gold, which you need in order to play Titanfall. Titanfall is a mix of a single player story mode game and an online game. Basically you are playing through story mode but the other people in your team are online, not computer controlled. And it has giant mechs. I love giant mechs.

Microsoft made a point of mentioning the Titanfall packaging. Not a special Titanfall skin over the console itself or the controller. No, no. The box. I don’t know why in the world they would mention that but some marketing goon thought it was important so I figured I’d mention it here too. Maybe it’ll sell more consoles. I dunno.

This is a pre-order so it doesn’t come out until 11th March 2014. Shipping is free and you don’t have to get it at Microsoft Store. Other places like Amazon Canada  have it available too.

(Expires: Unknown)

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February 18

Microsoft Store: Pre-Order Titanfall and Get a Free $10 xBox Gift Card

Posted by on February 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Microsoft Store: Pre Order Titanfall and Get a Free $10 xBox Gift Card

Get Titanfall from the Microsoft Store and get a free $10 xBox gift card!

I love mech games. MechWarrior, of course, is the big guns in the world of mech games but there are others like FrontMission and now Titanfall. Titanfall is interesting in that it is essentially an online-only FPS that plays like a single player campaign game. I don’t know how it is going to work in practice but people seem to dig the beta and if the videos on Titanfall’s YouTube Channel are any indication, it looks like they’ve managed it very well.

If you pre-order Titanfall from the Microsoft Store before March 9th, you will get a $10 xBox gift card. You can use it to get the inevitable DLC when it comes out or, if you aren’t up for the DLC thing, you can pick up an indy game or two with the $10. Or you can just hang on to it and pick up some other game another time.

The gift card and game are both digital so no shipping or waiting is required.

(Expires: 9th March 2014)

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December 24

Microsoft Canada: Boxing Day Sales

Posted by on December 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Microsoft Canada: Boxing Day Sales

Microsoft Canada has launched their Boxing Day sale this evening with deals on computers and electronics.

Some of the best deals they have are on laptops. Check out the Samsung ATIV Book 5 NP540U4E-K01US Ultrabook that was $899 and is now only $499. You save $400! This deal also includes a free $25 Windows Store App Card. The computer features a 14-inch (355.6-millimeter) HD touchscreen, Intel Core i5-3337U, 4 GB memory/500 GB HDD + 24 GB SSD, and up to 6.5 hours battery life. I like the combination of solid state drive and regular hard drive.

Another huge deal is this Dell Inspiron 15z Touchscreen Laptop that was $849 and is now only $399! It features a 396.24 mm HD touchscreen, Intel Core i5-3337U, 6 GB memory/500 GB HDD + 32 GB SSD, and up to 7 hours battery life. It also comes with a free $25 Windows Store App Card. Dell Canada has this laptop’s base model starting at $799.99 still. I told my husband about this deal and now he wants one. I really don’t think you can get a better laptop for this price!

There are tons more fantastic deals! You really need to check out this sale!

Get free shipping on all orders.

(Expiry: most deals end 2nd January 2014)

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December 20

Microsoft Canada Store: $200 Off 15″ HP ENVY TouchSmart + Free $25 Gift Card – Last Day Of 12 Days Of Deals

Posted by on December 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Microsoft Canada Store: $200 Off 15 HP ENVY TouchSmart + Free $25 Gift Card – Last Day Of 12 Days Of Deals

After 12 days of marvelous deals that all sold out within hours for the most part, Microsoft’s 12 Days Of Deals is coming to an end today with their final deal. Luckily, we have received advanced notice that today only, as of 10am EST, you will be able to save $200 off the 15″ HP Envy Touchsmart laptop and get it for just $699 instead of $899.

At its reduced price, this 15.6″ notebook is most certainly a steal considering its specs: Intel Core i7, 8GB memory, and 750GB hard drive. The fact that it boasts CoolSense is also worth mentioning, as its an HP technology that allows the laptop to stay cool even if you’re using it on your lap. With that being said, out of all the reviews I have read about this laptop, it is perhaps the one from PCWorld that sums it up the best:

When gaming is a priority, but cash flow is tight.

Both Trusted Reviews and LaptopMag.com also back up this claim, noting the impressiveness of the specs with regards to the price, which is even better today at Microsoft! With that being said, the only drawbacks are its lower than average battery life and slight heavier make but for anyone looking to game or to offer this cool laptop as a gift to a gamer, then these two factors shouldn’t even be an issue.

As I mentioned in a previous post on Microsoft’s 9th day of deals, you can expect fast and absolutely free shipping with no required minimum.

(Expiry: 20th December 2013)

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December 16

Microsoft Canada Store: $200 Off 13″ HP Pavilion X2 + Free $25 Gift Card – Day 9 of 12 Days Of Deals

Posted by on December 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Microsoft Canada Store: $200 Off 13 HP Pavilion X2 + Free $25 Gift Card   Day 9 of 12 Days Of Deals

The Microsoft Store’s 9th Day of Deals is bringing all of us $200 off the 13″ HP Pavilion X2 touchscreen laptop and you also get a free $25 Windows Store app gift card.

Regularly priced at $899.99, you can now get the HP Pavilion touchscreen laptop for $200 off at just $699.99. Though I had no luck finding this same exact laptop elsewhere, I did however find an 11″ HP Pavilion x2 notebook for $649.99 at Amazon.ca. Microsoft’s one on the other hand, features a slightly larger screen, Intel Core i5, 4GB memory, a 128GB SSD and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

Since Christmas is right around the corner already (next week!), this touchscreen laptop could actually make for a great gift idea, especially with its reduced priced. But hurry because there are high chances that it sells out quickly (Microsoft’s previous days of deals all sold out within a mere couple of hours). Alternatively, two other touchscreens have been reduced in price for the duration of the 12 Days of Deals as well: the Samsung ATIV Book 5 Ultrabook at $599 (reg. $899) and the 15.6″ HP Pavilion TouchSmart for $499 (reg. $699). Both of these also come with a bonus $25 Microsoft gift card.

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the Microsoft Store’s third day of deals, during which the Boombotix BB2+ bluetooth speaker was reduced by 50% off. It just so happened that I actually ordered it for friends of mine and surprisingly, I received it as fast as 24 hours later! Considering how we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, shipping that fast is actually much welcomed because personally, there are quite a few purchases I made from other online stores over a week ago that I have yet to receive. Plus, the Microsoft Store also ships all orders absolutely free with no required minimum.

(Expiry: 16th December 2013)

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December 11

Microsoft Canada Store: 50% Off Boombotix BB2+ Bluetooth Speaker – Just $29.99 – Day 3 of 12 Days Of Deals

Posted by on December 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Microsoft Canada Store: 50% Off Boombotix BB2+ Bluetooth Speaker   Just $29.99   Day 3 of 12 Days Of DealsBargainMoose’s No Minimum Monday event the day before yesterday also coincided with the launch of the Microsoft Store’s 12 Days of Deals and although the first two days of deals sold out incredibly fast, we received advanced notice of today’s deal so we’re putting this post up right now. The offer might not yet be live on site but we have been informed that they sell out very fast, so we’re making this post now to alert you to get it fast.

Built to withstand the abuse of just about any lifestyle, this incredibly loud little Boombotix speaker will officially be on sale for $29.99 instead of its regular price of $59.99 (50% off) as of 10am EST. It is also available in 3 colors: red, black or white.

In terms of price comparison, this is the only other Boombotix BB2+ I was able to find on the market right now. Amazon has an older version available, the Boombotix BB2 SPKR Gunmetal, and even then it’s priced as high as $103.64.

Though it might look like a techy and super complicated gadget, it actually can either be plugged in to just about any audio player or used via Bluetooth. Gone are the days of using super huge speakers to entertain guests with music during dinner parties as this little speaker will provide good sound at high volumes.

No worries if you miss this deal as there will be plenty more opportunities to save in the days to come, all the way until December 20th 2013.

And the best part? The Microsoft Store always ships orders absolutely free with no required minimum! I have to admit that I have already set an alarm in order to get two of these awesome little speakers: one for myself and one for friends. Will you be doing the same?

(Expiry: 11th December 2013)

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December 9

No Minimum Monday Electronics Roundup

Posted by on December 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM

No Minimum Monday Electronics Roundup

Today is No Minimum Monday as you may have heard and we have a number of electronics stores that are shipping for free for you today, including a number who are offering Bargainmoose exclusive promo codes.

Check out the following electronics stores where you can get free shipping today.

These electronics stores always ship for free:

These stores are offering Bargainmoose exclusive free shipping with no minimum today with promo codes:

AAR Tech - code FREEMOOSE - normally shipping is free on orders over $500!

Canon - code FREESHIPMOOSEnormally free ship on orders over $15 (Expired)

Lorex Technology - code MOOSE9 - shipping normally depends on what you get – estimate with the shipping calculator before entering the code to see what you’ll save

Go Satellite - code Bargainmoose  

Raw Nutrition - code MONDAYMOOSEshipping is normally free on orders over $99 (Expired)

123 Ink Cartridges - code fs2013mooseshipping normally free on $49+ (Expired)

Prime Cables - code fs2013moosenormally on orders over $49 (Expired)

iPhone Gala - code fs2013moose - normally on orders over $49 (Expired)

(Photo Credit: Michael J)

(Expiry: 9th December 2013)

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November 23

Microsoft Canada Store: Save $50 On Xbox One Complete Bundle

Posted by on November 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM


Microsoft Canada Store: Save $50 On Xbox One Complete Bundle

xBox One, Kinect, Controller, xBox Live, Microsoft Complete and two games for less than $700? Yes please!

This is a pure math deal. Normally the xBox One, Controller and Kinect cost $499.99. The games are $59.99 each. xBox Live is $59.99. A three year extended warranty through Microsoft Complete is $69.99. That’s $749.95 worth of xBox One goodies. You, dear reader, are getting it all for $699.95 because you came to BargainMoose around Black Friday. Pretty sweet deal just for showing up, eh? You get $50 off just for being here!

For the games, you can pick up two games from Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycoon. Out of those, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome are definitely the most interesting to me. I do like the ‘Tycoon’ games, though. I never played Zoo Tycoon, but I used to be totally into Roller Coaster Tycoon. That was an awesome game. Of course, your xBox Live subscription will come in handy to play online, and the extended warranty through Microsoft Complete will help when your xBox One “accidentally” gets broken seconds after you’re pwned by some 13 year old kid screaming racial slurs at you over comms.

All your gear will ship for free from Microsoft straight to you or to the gamer in your life as a Christmas Gift! Check the forums for more free shipping deals.

(Expires: Unknown)

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November 8

Future Shop Canada: Battlefield, Call of Duty Or Assassin’s Creed Games Free With Any PS3/xBox 360/Wii U Game Trade-In

Posted by on November 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Future Shop Canada: Battlefield, Call of Duty Or Assassins Creed Games Free With Any PS3/xBox 360/Wii U Game Trade In

Hold on to your butts, people, FutureShop is putting on a big one! This is straight up free video games just for trading in any PS3, xBox 360 or Wii U game. This deal is in-store only.

This seems like a lie doesn’t it? Well, I heard about it in the Financial Post and even their readers were saying that there is no way this is true, so much so that the Corporate Communications Manager of FutureShop tweeted to say that this is true. Crazy, am I right?

You aren’t getting junky games. You’re getting three of the biggest releases of the year with a simple trade-in. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghost or Battlefield 4: they cost nothing, you just need to go to the store and trade in any of your games. There is a limit of one per customer, per day. There are some other restrictions too, so read the whole post I linked you to up there. You better believe that my wife and I are going to be there Saturday and Sunday picking up copies of these. I don’t even want them, I just want to flip them on Kijiji for $40 later on. If I never sell them, I didn’t really lose anything.

The deal starts on the 9th and goes until the 11th. I guess this is also valid at Best Buy, but I haven’t been able to confirm.

(Expires: 11th November 2013)

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September 5

Microsoft Canada: Buy an Xbox 360 Game Now, Trade it in to Get the Xbox One Version for Only $10! (In Store)

Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Microsoft Canada: Buy an Xbox 360 Game Now, Trade it in to Get the Xbox One Version for Only $10! (In Store)

Don’t want to wait until November 22 to get that sweet, sweet game for Xbox One, but don’t want to waste money on games for the Xbox 360? Microsoft Canada has a solution.

First thing I want to point out is that this is only available if you can make it in to a physical Microsoft store, and there are not a lot of them. The few they do have are in big, populated areas, but I figured I’d put the deal up here anyway. I know a lot of people might be excluded from this deal, but a lot of people live in these cities too. There are two locations in Toronto, one in Vancouver and one in Burnaby. They are building one in the West Edmonton Mall and a second in Burnaby. If you can’t make it to one of these places, I’m sorry, you’re out of luck.

I think we can all agree (because gamers are notorious for agreeing on the internet) that Microsoft messed up the launch of the Xbox One. I’ve been watching E3 for a long time and I’ve never seen a crowd lose it over an announcement as much as they did over the PS4. At that moment, the xBone was born and Microsoft started backpedaling.

One of the things they are doing to dig out of the hole they have created for themselves is this deal. You buy an Xbox 360 game now and bring it in, with your receipt, to a physical Microsoft Store and trade it in for the Xbox One version for only $10. It’s an amazing deal and I hope someone at Playstation decides to do this too!

It’s only available on certain big title games. The games are:

  • Battlefield 4
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • NBA2K14
  • FIFA 14
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

These are all big name games that are going to be murder to wait for!

(Expires: Unknown)

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August 21

EBGames Canada: Get 30% More Value When You Trade Slim PS3/xBox/WiiU Towards PS4/xBox One

Posted by on August 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

EBGames Canada: Get 30% More Value When You Trade Slim PS3/xBox/WiiU Towards PS4/xBox One

Optimize your trade when you trade out your old console for a new pre-order at EB Games Canada.

Is your old console (or new in the case of the WiiU) collecting dust? I know if my PS3 wasn’t my (and perhaps more importantly, my son’s) Netflix machine I’d definitely be doing this. I almost wish I had bought an xBox 360 or WiiU just to be able to trade it in. I don’t buy a lot of games and, at this point, I’ve bought pretty much everything I’m going to, so if I traded it in, it wouldn’t be a big deal. I guess I do still need to pick up Assassin’s Creed 3, so I’d miss playing that. What I’m saying is that, at this point in the console’s life cycle, if you aren’t playing it a lot, it won’t hurt too much to give it up. The PS4 is coming out on November 15th and the xBox One has to be somewhere around there, so you aren’t going to have to wait long to get the next-gen gear.

I also suspect there are a lot of people out there who have a PS3, an xBox 360 and maybe even a WiiU. You could trade them all in for tons of credit, or just pick one or two. You can live with one console, right? Right. The value of your console depends on what you have with it. A bigger hard drive gets you more credit and each console has a different value. I also suspect, and I’m not 100% sure, that the value is different based on where you are. Whatever your old Slim PS3, Slim xBox 360 or WiiU is worth, you get an extra 30% on top of its value when you trade it in towards a PS4 or xBox One.

This deal is available in store only.

(Expires: 23rd August 2013)

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August 6

Microsoft Canada Store: Save $50 On The Jawbone Big Jambox ($250)

Posted by on August 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Microsoft Canada Store: Save $50 On The Jawbone Big Jambox ($250)

Get the Jambox’ bigger bother, the Big Jambox by Jawbone, for $250 from Microsoft.

I remember thinking the original Jambox was pretty cool when it came out a few years ago. Basically, it lets you hook up your bluetooth device to the Jambox to listen to your music. There are tons of products like this around, but this one had some amazing sound. It was great for tossing into a bag or suitcase because it was so small.

For some people, bigger is always better, and for them Jawbone has come out with the Big Jambox! The Big Jambox is, wait for it, like a Jambox but, hold on, Bigger! Jawbone, of course, is traditionally a bluetooth headset maker, so naturally they have included a microphone in the Jambox for phone calls and skype.

The Jambox is about $300 everywhere else, but curiously enough, the red Jambox is around $250 on Amazon Canada. Only the red, though. If you want the white or silver, you can get them for $249.99 ($50 off the original $299.99) from Microsoft. If you want the red, I guess you can choose between Microsoft and Amazon.

Shipping is free!

(Image Credit: Naoko Takano)

(Expires: Unknown)

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