Microsoft

May 23

$30 Off Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna + Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner For Xbox One BUNDLE – Now Just $100 @ Microsoft Store

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 10:05 PM

$30 Off Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna + Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner For Xbox One BUNDLE   Now Just $100 @ Microsoft Store

This morning, Anna blogged about a deal on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop at the Microsoft Store, which you can get for just $449 and potentially even $404, but looking around, I also spotted another great deal. This one’s a bundle: you can currently save $30 if you get both the Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV antenna and the Hauppauge digital TV turner for Xbox One as a bundle. Instead of a usual combined price of $129.99, you can get both of these products together for just $99.98. Shipping is free as always.

So what’s all the fuss about these two products? Basically, after plugging the TV tuner into an Xbox One, you will be able to access broadcast networks in your area free of charge. We’ve seen many similar services pop up recently and get popular but the great part about this one is that you only pay for it once as there are no subscription fees.

Now I can’t decide if these products are a ploy to get more users to buy the Xbox One or if it truly is just a convenience factor. Having to switch inputs between gaming, TV and whatever else is annoying so these products eliminate that aspect. That’s annoyance I can easily overlook but my monthly cable bill is one that I most certainly would prefer to eliminate, so if I had an Xbox One, I would definitely be tempted to try this TV system.

On their own, the TV tuner costs $59.99 and the antenna goes for $69.99, but what’s interesting is that I actually found a white version of this antenna priced at $110.99 at Amazon! On Hauppauge‘s official site, the TV tuner is $79 USD, so as you can see, even without the current promotion, these two products are significantly cheaper at the Microsoft Store and the free shipping offer definitely further sweetens the deal.

Keep in mind that it would seem that both of these products are essential in making your Xbox One work as a TV. What’s cooler though is that you will be able to pause live TV up to 30 minutes, browse channels with the help of the Kinect voice controls and even watch TV while playing a game with a split screen.

(Expiry: 21st June 2015)

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May 23

Save $150 on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition Laptop: Now $449 (or $404?) & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Save $150 on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition Laptop: Now $449 (or $404?) & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store

In the past, the deals at the Microsoft store never really seemed to grab me. But over the last 6 months or so, I’ve noticed that they’ve really been pushing out some good deals – beating the prices of the competition, not to mention the free shipping with every item. And just now, there’s a rather nice deal on an entry-level laptop, it’s the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop. You’re getting a saving of $150, bringing it down to only $449 for this budget laptop.

And as far as I know, you can get an extra 10% off the price if you are a student. If you shop through Microsoft’s education store here, you should be able to get this item for only $404. I cannot confirm this as I’m not a student myself and cannot log in to see that particular price. If you are a student and taking advantage of this deal, let us know in the comments below if it works.

A really brief specification of this laptop is as follows:

  • 6-inch (396.24-millimeter) HD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i5-5200U
  • 8GB memory/1TB HDD

Now, I know a bit about computers; knowledge which is all gleaned by a geeky sort of osmosis from current and past partners. From what I can see, the above laptop isn’t immensely powerful and it’s not going to run the latest games or amazing 3D modelling software with ease. However, it’s a basic model for simple home use. If you want a new laptop for doing a bit of office work, browsing the internet, maybe watching movies on Netflix, then this is just the ticket.

It has that 1TB hard drive which they say is “loads of storage.” In my opinion, it’s not loads. But this doesn’t have to affect us nowadays with being able to store anything in the cloud, on the likes of Dropbox. I have thousands of digital photos and home videos on my computer which take up a lot of space… but I also have cloud storage subscriptions and external hard drives, so a small hard drive isn’t terrible, these days.

This Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop also comes with a 5-in-1 card reader built-in. I find these incredibly handy to have on such a device. I can just slot the SD card from my digital SLR straight in and copy and paste photos with ease.

As for a price comparison, it’s really difficult to do easily because of the slightly differing specifications across the board – so we can’t compare like-for-like. The Dell Inspiron range actually starts at $600 on the Dell site itself, or this one at Best Buy which is $549.99 (though it’s a fairly different processor, a bit slower).

(Expires: 25th May 2015)

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May 17

NCIX Canada: Microsoft Wireless Mobile 1850 Mouse Was $25 | Now $9 + FS On $25

Posted by on May 17, 2015 at 8:41 PM

NCIX Canada: Microsoft Wireless Mobile 1850 Mouse Was $25 | Now $9 + FS On $25

Tired of playing cat and mouse with your laptop touch pad? Snag this Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 in red for just $8.99 before the price goes back up to $24.99. The price will go back to normal on the 18th of May, which is tomorrow. We even have an exclusive coupon code to get you free shipping when you spend $25 or more instead of getting free shipping when you spend $50 at NCIX.com.

I really do need to invest in a mouse for my laptop. It would make maneuvering through my different pages and programs so much easier and quicker. However, I have a very frugal mind (naturally). I just couldn’t picture spending more than $10 on a little plastic device. My second problem, is that I live for quality. So finding a quality mouse for under $10 has proven to be very difficult. Not anymore! Right now NCIX Canada has the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 in Red for just $8.99. This spiffy little mouse was originally priced at $24.99 and has quite a few excellent features.

Other colours are available for similar prices as well, if you have a preference over red.

Take a look at the prices on this mouse at other Canadian retailers:

There is a “savings code” to get the discount on this Microsoft Wireless Mouse, but I actually found that the discount was automatically applied. Either way, the savings code is 105337-1382 to redeem your $16 discount. This code is only valid through May 18th, so snag the offer quickly. This Microsoft wireless mouse has a Plug-And-Go Nano Transceiver, so it is wireless. The optical mouse will require one AA Alkaline Battery, which is included. Microsoft designed this mouse with life-on-the-go in mind. It is compact and wireless, making travelling with this mouse quite convenient. I find myself using my computer in coffee shops and other public places, so a mouse built for travel is ideal for me. I find cords to be quite annoying, but on the other hand you don’t have to replace batteries with a USB cord mouse.

NCIX.com offers free shipping on orders over $50, but we have an exclusive coupon code to get you free shipping when you spend $25 or more. Just enter the code MOOSE at the check out process to apply this promotion. I am sure it won’t be hard to find something else to add to your cart at NCIX.com. You can see even more NCIX Canada coupon codes in our Bargainmoose forum.

(Expiry: 18th May 2015)

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May 17

Microsoft Store: $80 Off Jawbone BIG Jambox – Now Just $220 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on May 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Microsoft Store: $80 Off Jawbone BIG Jambox   Now Just $220 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Until tomorrow, you can save $80 on the Jawbone BIG Jambox and get it for just $219.99 instead of $299.99. Shipping is free as well.

Having good-quality speaker is absolutely imperative when entertaining and with summer nearly upon us, if you don’t already have some, then this is definitely a pretty awesome deal. Not only is Jawbone known for its quality sound but it’s also a worthy price drop as at Amazon, the graphite version of this Jambox is actually currently $435.82 and the red dot is from $270.

It’s available in either a red dot colour (pictured above) or graphite hex (more of a black/grey undertone).

I’m actually very tempted to get this speaker myself as having just bought a BBQ last month, I have been eyeing a patio set and would love to listen to music while sipping an iced coffee outside. The battery is actually supposed to last up to 15 hours, so it could be used all day and then recharged every night.

What’s also really cool about this speaker is that it has a built-in microphone, which means that you can enjoy hands-free calling and even video chats. According to the description, you can even use it to Skype! However, do keep in mind that either a smart phone, tablet or any other device that can host a call, like Skype, is needed for this feature. In fact, the built-in microphone is marketed as being “360-degree omnidirectional” and with noise cancellation, which means that no matter where you are in the room, the other person should be able to hear you loud and clear.

Speaking of devices, you can even download the Jawbone app on either the AppStore or Google PlayStore for easy access to all of your saved music. Through the app, you can also easily update the Jawbone Jambox.

In terms of reviews, the Jawbone BIG Jambox has a 5/5 star rating with two reviews on the Microsoft Store’s website.

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(Expiry: 18th May 2015)

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May 1

Microsoft Canada: Beats Mixr Headphones Was $280 | Now $169 & Free Shipping

Posted by on May 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Microsoft Canada: Beats Mixr Headphones Was $280 | Now $169 & Free Shipping

My, do I have a deal for you. Microsoft Canada has discounted these gorgeous Beats Mixr Headphones from $279.99 down to $169 with free shipping.

The price of headphones often fluctuates wildly – though some brands are more stable than others are. I did a thorough price comparison to make sure you are receiving the best deal possible on this set of headphones by Beats by Dr. Dre. Here is what other online retailers are selling this headset (in various colours) for:

  • $279.94 @ Walmart Canada now
  • $279.99 + shipping @ Newegg.ca
  • $279.99 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $279.99 @ NCIX.com
  • $223.96 @ Chapters Indigo Canada
  • $263.14 @ Amazon Canada now
  • $279.95 @ Apple Canada

Chapters Canada is the next cheapest but Microsoft Canada still beats them by a landslide.

This headset is designed for high volume and loads of bass. If you like to feel that bass vibrating up your spine and pounding in your chest… then check out this headset.

The headset comes with a 3.5mm coiled DJ audio cable, 1/4-inch (6.35-millimeter) audio adapter, in-line control and mic cable, a cleaning cloth, and a carrying case. Choose from blue, light blue, yellow, or green.

Now, the headset itself has 40mm drivers for excellent sound quality. The ear cups are meant to rest on your ears. They are made of leatherette material and rotate 270 degrees. These DJ style professional grade headphones weigh in at about 210 g. These headphones are ultra-light and ultra-flexible so they are ultra-durable. Evidently, this headset came about when David Guetta challenged Beats by Dr. Dre to make the perfect set of excellent ear cups.

As Microsoft Canada did not have any reviews, I pulled one off Apple Canada:

I have tried the entire beats line of headphones these are by far my favorite. the have the highest volume threshold and dont drown out most of the music with excessive bass while balancing out the mids and highs with amazing clarity. Extremely well made, not plastic like most of the beats.

This is not the only reviewer to say these are his favourite out of all the other Beats. Many others are saying the same thing. Now, I figure that most of these reviewers bought this headset at full price – this is on Apple’s website (which is not known for its sales). I figure if this headset is getting such solid praise at $110 more than Microsoft Canada’s price, then this must be a good deal on a solid pair of headphones.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 26

Microsoft Canada: MSI Leopard (i7, 8GB, 1TB) Gaming Laptop Only $809

Posted by on April 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Microsoft Canada: MSI Leopard (i7, 8GB, 1TB) Gaming Laptop Only $809

Microsoft Canada is selling the gorgeous MSI GP60 Leopard-665 Signature Edition Gaming Laptop on sale from $899 down to $809.10 with free shipping with educational discount.

Now, I discovered something interesting at the Microsoft Store. You just need to pick a province and an institution. You do not actually need to supply your student ID, so almost anyone could – if they wanted – take advantage of this deal. You just need to click ‘educational store’, put in your province and your institution, and it will give you the discounted price.

Microsoft Canada: MSI Leopard (i7, 8GB, 1TB) Gaming Laptop Only $809

Now, you may think that 10% off a laptop is not that big. However, I chose this laptop for a special reason. I was looking for the least expensive laptop with an i7 processor. I was personally looking for myself and for a friend of mine who wants speed. I told him about this laptop and he said “but I don’t game” and I said, “it doesn’t really matter – gaming laptops are built for speed.” The MSI GP60 Leopard-665 Signature Edition Gaming Laptop is one of the cheapest laptops I can find with in i7 processor and good stats.

The laptop’s stats are as follows:

  • 15.6-inch (396.24-millimeter) Full HD display
  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ
  • 8GB memory/1TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics

Now, I price compared this laptop with NCIX.com where I found the same model but different stats. The MSI GP60 Leopard laptop with i5-4210H processor, 8GB RAM, and 750GB hard drive costs $949.99. So, you are paying $140 more for a slower processor and a smaller hard drive.

Now, I also found the one that matches the stats sold by the Microsoft Store. The MSI GP60 Leopard i7 4700HQ, 8GB, 1TB, with the same graphics card costs $1099.99. While they advertise a mail-in-rebate that drops the price to $1039.99, this laptop is still $230 more expensive at NCIX.com than it is at Microsoft Canada.

I also checked out prices on Amazon Canada. The same configuration with a slightly better graphics card costs $1099.00 at Amazon Canada. There is a secondary marketplace seller that is selling the same stats and graphic card MSI laptop for $1091.16.

Essentially, this is a very good price for this laptop. Even comparing with base i7 models, you can rarely find a laptop with an i7 processor for under $800. There are a few, but they generally have very small hard drives (half the size), half the RAM, and a normal graphics card.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 14

Microsoft Canada: 50% Off Windows Phone Cases & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Microsoft Canada: 50% Off Windows Phone Cases & Free Shipping

Head over to Microsoft Canada in order to save 50% on all Windows phone cases. Your order, however much or little it may be, will also qualify for free shipping.

These phone cases fit various models of the Nokia Lumia as it runs the Windows operating system. All cases are 50% off, so you can pick up a new case or your first case on sale.

First, let us talk about my favourite case. The MiniDots Case for Nokia Lumia 635 is on sale from $24 down to $12. Talk about adorable – this case has a white background with multi-colour dots on it. You will find that one of the dots is not truly a dot… but rather a mischievous little monkey come to have fun.

Next, the SPECK Nokia Lumia 1020 Candyshell looks pretty awesome. At first glance, the case looks like some one-eyed alien (related to the eight-ball) wrapped around your phone. Sideways, it looks like the face of a camera. However you see this case, the design rocks and the colour combinations are fierce. Choose between black/white and yellow/black. Originally $34.95, the case is on sale for $17.47. The same case is $38.99 at Mobile Fun Canada.

One reviewer said:

I have owned this for almost three months and it has been a great shell so far. The rubber grips on the back are starting to pull away from the plastic a bit from brushing on my pockets, but overall, it looks great on the phone and offers good protection.

My third favourite case takes us back to the Nokia Lumia 635. I enjoy the pattern on this Bella Lace Case for Nokia Lumia 635. You see, I have a bit of an obsession with lacy underthings. A case like this looks like a gorgeous lace bodysuit or a pair of lace stockings: fabulous. It is very feminine and chic! Originally $24, this case is now on sale for $12.

These are very good prices for nice cell phone cases. You can pick the durability level and the design that suits your lifestyle. This deal is made even better with Microsoft’s free shipping policy. Even on a $12 cell phone case, you will get it shipped to your house free of charge. It is hard to get better than that.

(Expiry: 28th April 2015)

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April 9

Microsoft Canada: Xbox One Just Dance 2015 Was $45 | Now $25 & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 9, 2015 at 8:19 PM

Microsoft Canada: Xbox One Just Dance 2015 Was $45 | Now $25 & Free Shipping

We haven’t seen a deal like this on Just Dance 2015 since the short term deal we blogged for Cyber Monday! Just Dance 2015 for the Xbox One is on sale from $44.99 down to $24.99 with free shipping.

Price comparisons ensue! This game would cost you a lot more money if you were to buy it at any other retailer right now. Just Dance 2015 retails for:

  • $47.95 @ Amazon Canada
  • $49.99 @ Shop.ca
  • $49.99 @ Staples Canada
  • $49.99 @ Toys R Us Canada
  • $49.99 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $49.99 @ The Source Canada

As you can see, none of the other traditional game retailers have this game on sale – and most certainly not for this price. In fact, Microsoft’s regular price is even cheaper than all the other sellers right now. EB Games is missing from this list, but their server is down (as of this post) so I could not compare.

There are some bonuses with the 2015 edition of the game you know and love. Just Dance now includes phone and tablet support for the game. You can download a free app on your smart phone or tablet that will let you play the game on the go!

Reviews for this title are mixed. most people thing they did not add enough to this new version of the game to make it worth buying. Others appreciate the attention paid to community, but hate how the game is not compatible with DLC. However, if you are new to the game or bought an Xbox One and need a few more games to play, this might just be a great pick. As one reviewer says:

So if you can set your cynicism aside and gather your three least inhibited friends (and maybe some of their kids or younger siblings), Just Dance 2015 can be one of the most fun games you’ll play this year.

I have wanted to try a game like this for ages. I love dancing – in the privacy of my own home – and think this would be a great way to burn off a few calories. As another reviewer on Metacritic said:

Just be forewarned—it took less than twenty minutes as a casual player to build up a sweat, so make sure you plan your wardrobe and company accordingly.

That sounds like an excellent way to burn off a few Easter chocolates, and maybe an entire Easter bunny over a weekend.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 8

Microsoft Canada: Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones Were $450 | Now $230 & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 8, 2015 at 6:01 PM

 

Microsoft Canada: Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones Were $450 | Now $230 & Free Shipping

Oh my god – I just had a heart attack! The coveted (by me)Parrot Zik by Starck Wireless Headphones are on sale from $449.99 down to $229.99 with free shipping from Microsoft Canada.

I have wanted these headphones since they first came out. Not only do they look absolutely gorgeous in their black frame. The Parrot Zik are unlike anything else you have ever used. The earpiece is touch controlled. Slide your finger up or down on the right earpiece to raise or lower the volume. You can also slide your finger side to side to skip to the next track.

there is also a proximity locator built into the headset. The Parrot can tell when you take the headset off and it automatically pauses your music. This is a pretty cool feature as I sometimes forget to pause my music and then when I put my headset back on –  am several tracks down the list and have used up additional battery power playing music I was not listening to.

For true audiophiles, you can change the acoustics and sound space using Parrot’s Audio Suite app from your smart phone or tablet.

Now, I assume the Parrot Zik is discounted deeply because the Parrot Zik 2.0 version was just released. This new version also makes it awfully hard to find the older version to price compare. However, I did find it at a few places:

  • $328.38 @ Amazon Canada (marketplace)
  • $329.99 + $11.99 shipping @ Newegg Canada
  • $429.99 + shipping @ NCIX.com

The cheapest price I could find on any website in Canada was $277.69 plus shipping. However, I did not know that website all too well to know if it was credible. Even so, Microsoft Canada is selling the Parrot Zik for less. In fact, the cheapest price i have ever seen before was this deal on a refurbished set for $240 that I blogged about before. Microsoft’s price is officially the cheapest I have ever seen this headset.

The new Parrot Zik 2.0 headsets retail for $429.99 so I highly recommend the first version of this headset to save a bundle of money. They are not only aesthetically beautiful, but have great sound quality as well. One reviewer said:

These headphones have far surpassed my expectations. The sound quality is absolutely fantastic. Crisp clear sound in every range. It appears that the manufacturer spared no expense in the construction of these and the materials to build them. I am very impressed by the comfort of these as well. Several times I have forgotten that I was wearing them! If you enjoy and appreciate your music as much as I do I highly recommend these. You’ll be as impressed as I am. I guarantee it.

I think I need to find room for $230 plus tax in my budget – I need to own a pair of these headphones!

(Expiry: unknown)

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April 8

Microsoft Canada: Wireless Mobile Mouse Was $16 | Now $10 & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 8, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Microsoft Canada: Wireless Mobile Mouse Was $16 | Now $10 & Free Shipping

Need a cheap mouse to throw in your backpack, take to school, or use at work? Pick up the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 on sale from $15.95 down to $9.99 with free shipping.

I really like this deal. Mice tend to last me a few years before the laser starts jumping or something breaks. Thus, I do not want to spend much money on a new mouse when it only lasts a few years. This mouse deal is hot, in my books, because the mouse is only $10, it comes with free shipping, and you get to choose from a bunch of colours!

Are you tired of black mice? I know that I am. Pick out your new mouse from a variety of colours:

  • Black
  • Wool Blue
  • Light Orchid
  • Flame Red
  • Purple

I am not a big fan of pink but the Light Orchid is a really nice colour! I would choose either it or the purple.

Now, I price compared this mouse with several other retailers. The same Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 costs:

  • $15.95 + shipping @ Amazon Canada
  • $12.99 + shipping @ NCIX.com
  • $12.99 + $7.34 shipping @ Newegg Canada

Already Microsoft gives you the bonus advantage of free shipping, so it would be rather hard to beat this deal. Honestly, at $10 I might just get two! I can save one for when the other breaks down or I could give it as a gift to one of my not so technologically inclined friends who are always breaking theirs. Do not throw your mouse at the wall when you miss out on a good deal!

This mouse is a fantastic basic unit. It connects to your computer or tablet via USB. When the small USB receiver is not in use, just store it right inside the mouse so you do not lose it. The mouse is made for right or left-handed people – so feel free to switch hands when fatigue sets in. The mouse also has a scroll wheel for easy navigation.

Pick up this mouse my dear little Moosers! I would be buying this if I had not just ordered a mouse for $16 less than a week ago. This is a better deal I must say!

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 31

Microsoft Canada: Jabra Solemate Mini Bluetooth Speaker Was $100 | Now $60 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 31, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Microsoft Canada: Jabra Solemate Mini Bluetooth Speaker Was $100 | Now $60 & Free Shipping

Microsoft Canada has discounted the lovely little Jabra Solemate Mini Bluetooth Speaker from $99.99 down to $59.99 with free shipping.

I could not find this speaker at many Canadian retailers, but I did find it at a few. Here is what you would pay at the competition for this mighty little speaker:

  • $69.99 @ Dell Canada
  • $78.92 @ Amazon Canada
  • $87.99 + $7.60 shipping @ Newegg Canada now
  • $99.98 @ Best Buy Canada

All the Jabra mini speakers I found at other retailers are in red (and one yellow one) – Microsoft Canada appears to be the only one in Canada to sell the black speaker. I think the black speaker looks the best and I would certainly choose it over the red.

Why do you need the Jabra? Well, this is your do it all sort of speaker. The mini device is small enough to go anywhere and yet packs big sound with two powerful speakers. Eight hours of play time will give you a good charge while you are out seeing the world or relaxing in a hotel room or outside having a BBQ. The Jabra Solemate is dust and splash resistant. That does not mean you can drop it in the pool (do not do that) but it can withstand the usual pumps and scrapes of travelling. This is possible because the speaker has an all-over rubber coating for protection.

The mini Jabra connects to any device via Bluetooth or NFC if you have it. You can control the speaker from your phone even when you are sitting across the room. Just hook up your iPhone or android for endless music on the go. I think this is a sweet little speaker with a lot of promise.

While there are many wireless speakers produced these days, my travel speaker must always be able to withstand a little rough treatment. That is why I really like the rubber coating on this one. If you accidentally drop the speaker, or it gets shoved into your backpack with a leaky water bottle… there is a much better chance this speaker will survive and live to blare music another day.

As with all orders at Microsoft Canada, the speaker receives free shipping to your home.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 28

Microsoft Canada: $15 off Fitbit Charge & Free $25 Gift Card (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Microsoft Canada: $15 off Fitbit Charge & Free $25 Gift Card (EXPIRED)

Microsoft Canada is offering a free $25 eGift card with the purchase of the Fitbit Charge in small or large. The Fitbit Charge retails for $149 but is now on sale for $134.10 with free shipping. The $25 gift card is a nice gift back to yourself.

I price compared the Fitbit Charge with other popular retailers to see if there was a sale on the device anywhere. Here is what I found:

  • $149.99 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $149.95 @ Walmart Canada
  • $149.95 @ Chapters Indigo Canada
  • $149.99 @ Future Shop Canada (small slate @ $139.99)

Microsoft Canada’s deal is by far the best. Their price is better than anywhere else and no one else is offering a free gift card with purchase. Microsoft’s offer is available on both the black small and the black large Fitbit Charge.

Like many other fitness devices, the Fitbit Charge shows you:

  • Steps taken
  • Distance traveled
  • Calories burned
  • Stairs climbed
  • Active minutes

In fact, the stairs climbed feature generally only appears in the higher end fitness devices. I read a review for a lower end model that was missing the ability to read incline so steps up stairs and steps on a flat surface were rated as the same calories burned. As we all know, activity that is more strenuous burns more calories so stairs climbed and steps walked are not equivalent. One reviewer at Walmart said:

I bought this about a month ago and have only charged it once! I wear everyday all day…..tracking my steps…..! I never thought I could burned so many calories just walking.

Now, you may just think this is a glorified pedometer. However, Fitbit Charge communicates with an app on your phone to improve your fitness levels. As Fitness Charge is already talking to your phone, the OLED display will give you caller ID when you receive calls. How cool is that?

At night, the Fitbit Charge tracks your sleep. Wake up to a silent, vibrating alarm instead of that horribly loud blare of the iPhone alarm. I think this is my favourite feature of all – a silent alarm for easier mornings. I am not inclined to be a morning person so silence IS bliss.

The Fitbit Charge will last a long time on just one charge. That means less time on the charger and more time on your wrist (or ankle). The sale expiry is unknown.

(Gift Card expiry: 1st April 2015)

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March 22

Microsoft Store: HP Stream 7 Was $119 | Now $99 + Free $25 Gift Card, Screen Protector & Tablet Case

Posted by on March 22, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Microsoft Store: HP Stream 7 Was $119 | Now $99 + Free $25 Gift Card, Screen Protector & Tablet Case

The Microsoft Store has one doozy of a deal, if you need a new tablet. The HP Stream 7 was $119 and is now only $99. On top of that, you will receive a free $25 gift card, a free screen protector, and a free case. Not only that, Office 365 Personal is included with the tablet. This tablet and all accessories will also receive free shipping.

If I did not just spend a fortune on shoes this last week, I would be buying this tablet. I seriously cannot think of a better deal on a brand name tablet right now.

Let is just consider this offer for a second in terms of savings.

VALUE:

  • Tablet – $119
  • Free Case – $30
  • Screen protector – $10
  • Gift Card – $25
  • Office 365 Personal – $69

This bundle has a total value of $253! When you pay only $99 for the entire thing, you are essentially saving $154 over what each item would normally cost if you had to pay for them individually. You can now see why this is such a hot deal.

Microsoft Store: HP Stream 7 Was $119 | Now $99 + Free $25 Gift Card, Screen Protector & Tablet Case

This tablet has a 7-inch (177.8-millimeter) HD touchscreen with an Intel Atom Z3735G processor. While there is only 1 GB of internal memory, you can easily expand that up to 32 GB with an external memory card. The HP tablets provide up to eight hours of battery life, and maybe longer, depending on what you use them for.

This reviewer sums up what many people think:

Best affordable tablet you can buy. This is much better than anything with android on it for the same price.. I cannot believe how much better these devices have become over the last two years.

While there may be a few dissenters, the overwhelming number of reviews are positive on Microsoft for a solid 4.1/5 star rating with over 300 reviews. In fact, 213 of those reviews are for a complete 5/5 star rating.

The odd commenter mentioned issues with the Wi-Fi, but others said that it must be their home Wi-Fi network having problems because this machine connects with no problem.

The reviewers also stressed having reasonable expectations. At this price, the tablet is not going to perform the same as a $600 tablet. You need to have reasonable expectations. What you do get is a good performing tablet with pretty good speed and a boatload of accessories for $100.

I am stoked about this deal and I hope you are too. If you buy one, please let me know!

(Expiry: 25th March 2015)

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March 21

NEW HP Stream Mini PC Only $179 & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store! (Free $25 Windows Gift Card, Free 2 Years OneDrive) (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

NEW HP Stream Mini PC Only $179 & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store! (Free $25 Windows Gift Card, Free 2 Years OneDrive) (EXPIRED)

When we write deals here on Bargainmoose, we always try to price compare with similar stores in Canada to make sure you are getting the best bargain. But in this case – I cannot! This deal is for the HP Stream Mini 200-010 Signature Edition Desktop and the Microsoft Store is the online retailer to sell this item online in Canada. You can buy this cute little mini PC for only $179 with free shipping. Read on and I will tell you why this is a deal…

This is a fairly new item and it is not for sale anywhere else online in Canada. If you’re buying this item from the US, you’re looking at paying at least $179US (plus Canadian shipping, duties, taxes) for it. So with the weak Canadian dollar, it actually works out to be an excellent deal to buy it for $179CA with free shipping from the Canadian Microsoft Store. It’s rare to see Canadian prices matched with US prices on electronics like this, so that’s what makes this a deal worth writing home about.

Free $25 Windows Store Gift Card

On top of that, you will also get a free Windows store gift card worth $25. This is really handy too, meaning you can buy a few apps (etc) if you need to.

What Is It!?

The HP Stream Mini 200-010 Signature Edition Desktop is a cute little PC. Ten years ago, it would have been incredibly hard to imagine that a computer could be sized and styled like this! While it’s a small device, it obviously isn’t hugely powerful. Here’s a brief idea of the spec:

  • Intel Celeron 2957U Processor
  • 2GB memory
  • 32GB SSD

Please note that this price is just for the PC, there’s no monitor included.

Free OneDrive – 2TB (?), 2 Years

Along with this item, you will also get a free two year subscription to OneDrive, the cloud storage system. This gives you 2TB of online storage to use. Regular users only get 15GB for free when signing up. I am not entirely sure of the value of this service, but looking online just now – it would actually cost $168 for 2 years for a 1TB service on OneDrive! Getting two years for free for 2TB, is excellent.

NEW HP Stream Mini PC Only $179 & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store! (Free $25 Windows Gift Card, Free 2 Years OneDrive) (EXPIRED)

UPDATE – upon reading the comments below, Jack pointed out that he thinks it’s only 200GB – this is stated elsewhere on the page. But as you can see from the screenshot above, it states 2TB of OneDrive – there’s an error somewhere on the Microsoft end.

Extra 10% Educational Discount

If you are a student or work at a university, it’s also possible to get the extra 10% educational discount on this item, bringing it down to around $161. If you don’t see this applied at checkout when logged in through your account with the educational discount, then just give their customer services a call and they will arrange it for you. There have been reports that this didn’t work as it is too new a product, but also successful reports of the educational discount being applied on this item, so give it a try if you are eligible.

My partner works in a university so I recently took advantage of the educational discount from the Microsoft Store myself. We ordered a new Microsoft Surface Pro and nabbed the 10% discount when doing so.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 19

Microsoft Store: Monster Outlets Global Adapter Was $25 | Now $10 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 19, 2015 at 11:53 PM

Microsoft Store: Monster Outlets Global Adapter Was $25 | Now $10 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

When travelling abroad, the most important thing to own is a global adapter. If you find yourself in a country with a different outlet than Canada, the global adapter will be your best friend. Originally $24.95, Microsoft Canada has discounted the Monster Outlets To Go 200 Global Adapter to $9.97 with free shipping.

The Monster Outlets Global Adapter features adjustable prongs that let you connect to any type AC outlet. This little device has your back covered in over 150 countries. I actually travelled to England a few years ago to discover that I had brought the wrong adapter. That trip taught me the value of a global adapter over a single adapter – you will never accidentally bring the wrong prong.

Once you plug the device in, there are two global outlets for you to connect any type of device. It does not matter what kind of plug your device has, as each outlet plug has all the right holes. One of the outlets is on top of the device (two-prong) and the other outlet is on the front of the device (two or three-prong). The two prong works well for personal electronics like cell phones and tablet. The three-prong is necessary for charging larger electronics like laptops.

The retractable plug on the back folds in so the To Go 200 is ultra-portable. This sweet little adapter also includes a USB port so you can charge your external speaker, smart phone, MP3 player, and more directly from the wall. I could not find this sweet little device many places, but I did find it at Amazon Canada for $31.82. That is over three-times the price of the one currently on clearance at Microsoft Canada. Most places I found this device in the USA charged $20 or more.

I am super jealous of this little unit. I have a universal adapter that only has one ‘input’ outlet and does not have the USB feature whatsoever. It also has individual pieces for each different AC Outlet. They all stick together neatly, but it is still a pain to take them apart and figure out which one to use.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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