Microsoft

February 21

ASUS EeeBook Signature Edition Laptop Only $199 @ Microsoft Canada! ($179 For Edu)

Posted by on February 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM

ASUS EeeBook Signature Edition Laptop Only $199 @ Microsoft Canada! ($179 For Edu)

Anyone in the market for a low-priced portable computer? The ASUS EeeBook X205TA-US01-BL Signature Edition Laptop has been reduced in price, at the Canadian online Microsoft store. While I don’t have the true “was” price, you can pick up this budget lappie just now for only $199 with free shipping!

Here’s a quick list of some of the important parts of the specification:

  • 6” HD display
  • 2GB memory/32GB eMMC
  • Micro SD / Micro HDMI
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Up to 12 hours battery life

According to a customer service rep at Microsoft, this is a permanent price drop to this lower level. So, while there may not be any urgency in ordering one as the deal isn’t set to expire as such, they may only have limited stocks available at any one time. If you are interested in buying, I’d do it sooner rather than later.

Now, this is a budget model of a laptop and it won’t run the latest games or multi-task with seamless workings. It’s a good little machine for some basic tasks, school work, internet browsing, etc. If you want a more powerful computer, you’ll pay a lot more for that privilege. But all in all, it’s a great little machine for the budget-concious.

Education Discount

For the Canadian Microsoft store, all people in education or military service can actually get an extra 10% discount. If you qualify and want to avail of this offer, then people in educational establishments can just go here to place your order.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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February 20

Canadian Freebies: Free 100GB OneDrive Storage for Dropbox Users

Posted by on February 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Canadian Freebies: Free 100GB OneDrive Storage for Dropbox Users

There is a new promotion from Microsoft for the first 10 million people to take advantage of it. DropBox users will receive 100 GB of additional OneDrive storage for free. While the promotion says this is open to US residents, it also appears to work for Canadian residents as well.

This is the simplest of deals. Just enter your Microsoft account user name and password. Then let the OneDrive app access your info. Save the file to Dropbox and then sign on DropBox for verification as this promotion is only for those with Dropbox.

Canadian Freebies: Free 100GB OneDrive Storage for Dropbox Users

 

Once you save the document to DropBox (requires sign in), then your promotional 100GB of space will be applied. You will see the following screen when you have successfully scored the offer from Microsoft:

Canadian Freebies: Free 100GB OneDrive Storage for Dropbox Users

Now, the one step that ‘sounds scary’ is letting OneDrive access your information. This permission allows OneDrive to sign you in automatically when you sign into your Microsoft account. OneDrive will also be able to add or remove extra storage, which it needs to do to apply this promotion. Other than those basics, OneDrive will also be able to see all the email addresses associated with your Microsoft account, view your profile information, and view your contact list. Most apps require that info these days.

Your bonus 100 GB of space will last for one-year. In your account, you will see the expiry date for your bonus OneDrive space.

Now, if you do not want to pay for the 100 GB of space after the promotion has ended, you will want to migrate those extra documents to another storage solution. There is also rumour that this will be an ongoing promotion around this time of year – in one form or another. Last year there was a deal just like this for 100 GB of space so it looks to be two years running so far.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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February 18

Microsoft Store: Up to 49% Off Nokia Lumia Accessory Bundles – Now $45 & Free Shipping

Posted by on February 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Microsoft Store: Up to 49% Off Nokia Lumia Accessory Bundles   Now $45 & Free Shipping

If you scored a sale Nokia Lumia approximately a month ago, then you will want to purchase the Nokia Lumia Accessory Value Bundle for up to 49% off regular price. Choose an accessories pack for four different Nokia Lumia models. All orders receive free shipping.

Each bundle includes a case or cover, and a Portable Universal USB Charger. The first accessory keeps your Lumia protected from drops, spills, and those every day events that challenge the longevity of our electronics. The second accessory keeps your Lumia alive longer.

There are four different bundles, and each has a different potential savings:

  • Nokia Lumia 520 Accessory Value Bundle - Save up to $38
  • Nokia Lumia 635 Accessory Value Bundle – Save up to $43
  • Nokia Lumia 830 Accessory Value Bundle – Save up to $41
  • Nokia Lumia 1020 Accessory Value Bundle – Save up to $38

I like highest potential savings, so I chose the bundle for the 635 to try out. When you go to customize your bundle, the cases (and covers) will be presented first and then, under those, you can choose your battery pack. I chose the following two items:

Microsoft Store: Up to 49% Off Nokia Lumia Accessory Bundles   Now $45 & Free Shipping

That combination (and a few other colour choices for the portable power bank) will give you the maximum discount of $43 off for this bundle. Now, the Microsoft Portable Power DC-21 currently retails for $49, so you would be foolish to buy the battery pack separately. Even if you do not need the case, it is $4 cheaper to buy the external power charger in the bundle than by itself. You could always give the case away if you do not need it. However, this deal is best when you need and will use both items.

The Microsoft Portable Power is a slim, portable 6000 mAh battery. The average phone can expect to receive two full charges off this sweet little device. I love the colour choices for the battery pack as well – orange, green, or white. There is also a different black battery charger you can choose from, but this one is worth more.

Overall, I think this is a sweetheart of a deal for anyone who owns one of these four models of Nokia Lumia devices. I hope some of our Moosers can take advantage of the savings and pick up needed accessories for their Lumia.

(Expiry: 15th March 2015)

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February 14

The Microsoft Store: HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet With Office 365 | $188 Value Now $99 & Free $25 Gift Card!

Posted by on February 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The Microsoft Store: HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet With Office 365 | $188 Value Now $99 & Free $25 Gift Card!

*** BUMP – this item has now dropped to only $99 from the Microsoft Store PLUS You get a FREE $25 windows store gift card to spend! ***

Hey there, my fellow deal hunters! Today’s deal at the Microsoft Store is for the popular HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet with Office 365. This bundle is a $188 value, but until November 23rd you can buy this for just $119 but right now, you can pick it up for only $99, as well as a free $25 windows store gift card! You’ll also get free shipping with your order! This is a great tablet to have, and would make a wonderful gift – especially since it comes with 1 year of Office 365, so it would be wonderful for students!

The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet with Office 365 has some appealing features, including a 7-inch HD touch screen, 1GB of memory, 32GB of storage, and much more that you can learn about by clicking here. What makes this a great tablet to have is the fact that it has some great battery life – it can last up to 8 hours without a charge! You can check out all of the features of this HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet by clicking on the link above.

I personally think that a Windows tablet at this price would be a fantastic present! It’s only $119 $99, you’ll get free shipping, and as I mentioned previously, you’ll also get 1 year of Office 365 with it (a $69 value). You can work on assignments using Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, watch videos online, keep up with the latest news by browsing the web, check your emails, and even keep up with your social media profiles, like Facebook or Twitter. You can also download a wide variety of free apps!

If you wanted to buy this HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet from Amazon’s American website, it would cost you $99.99 US (plus shipping and import fees). I’ve included a brief review of this Windows tablet from a satisfied Amazon customer below:

Really impressed with how well made and quick it is. The kids love it. The camera isn’t the best but don’t expect that will matter to most users.

Elsewhere in Canada, this tablet is currently priced at $119 from Walmart, Best Buy and Future Shop too.

I hope you all have a great day today, my fellow deal hunters!

(Expiry: Unknown)

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February 1

Microsoft Canada: $60 Off Xbox One with Evolve Pre-Order

Posted by on February 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Microsoft Canada: $60 Off Xbox One with Evolve Pre Order

Pre-Order the game Evolve for $69.99, and receive $60 off the Xbox One Console of your choice from Microsoft Canada.

Add both the console of your choice and the Evolve game to your cart for the discount to apply. This is a rather interesting deal as the Evolve game is $69.99, so you are essentially paying only $10 for a brand new Xbox game – if you want to look at it that way. The qualifying consoles are:

Now, this is only a deal if you are planning to get this game anyway. I price checked the game against Amazon, and they have it on pre-order for $69 so it is not like this game is selling for a lot cheaper elsewhere. The title will be released on the 10th of February 2015.

I do not know much about the game, but here is a synopsis from Amazon:

The creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, bring you Evolve, the next generation of multiplayer shooters where four hunters face-off against a single, player-controlled monster. Stalk your prey, execute your attack and prove you are the apex predator in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches.

This game is all about having fun with your friends. Grab three friends to go kill the big bad predator before it kills you. Choose a hunting style that best suits your personality, be it Trapper, Support, Assault, or Medic. There are different modes where even the flora and fauna are evil – you need to use them for your advantage or they will kill you.

Receive free shipping on all orders at the Microsoft Store Canada.

(Expiry: 16th February 2015)

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January 22

Microsoft Store: Bonus $10 Xbox Gift Card with Select Game Pre-Orders

Posted by on January 22, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Microsoft Store: Bonus $10 Xbox Gift Card with Select Game Pre Orders

Enjoy a bonus $10 Xbox Gift Card with the pre-order of select Xbox games at the Microsoft Store.

If you are planning to pre-order any games, you might as well get a nice little bonus with them since you will be paying full price for the game. Eligible titles for the bonus $10 gift card start at $49.99 and go up to $259.99.

For $49.99, you can pre-purchase Rugby 2015 for Xbox One. The title will not be released until the 24th of February, so you have approximately one month to wait. Be the pro-player you never had the figure for when you grab this game full of breathtaking kicks, tackles, and passes. The bonus $10 Xbox gift card does not hurt either.

Perhaps the most anticipated title of the New Year, Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One is available for pre-order. Flop down $69.99 and get a bonus $10 Xbox Gift Card digital code with your purchase. Unfortunately, you will have to wait a while on this one; it is not scheduled for release until the end of December! If you follow the Halo franchise, then you know just how amazing this video game title has been in the past. The new version brings an all-new Arena multiplayer mode and new campaigns to keep you awake for days on end.

I think I need to play my current Final Fantasy game before my hubby will let me purchase another one. However, if you already came out of your locked bedroom covered in Cheetos dust, then pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD at Microsoft. The game retails for $69.99 and will not be released until the end of 2015.

For pre-orders, you are required to give your credit card information and authorization but you will not be charged until the game is shipped. However, your bank may charge you a small reversible card-checking fee – but that should disappear within a few days. This way, your pre-order is a win-win situation as you can always cancel the order if you find it cheaper elsewhere.

There is a limit of one $10 gift card per qualifying Xbox One or Xbox 360 game title purchased for up to three game titles per person. Thus, this promotion can give you up to $30 in Xbox gift cards with your pre-orders. Shipping is free on all orders with Microsoft Canada.

(Expiry: 30th June 2016)

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January 20

Microsoft Store: $200 Off Nokia Lumia 1020 – Now $349

Posted by on January 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Microsoft Store: $200 Off Nokia Lumia 1020   Now $349

The Microsoft Store is offering an unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 for $200 off its retail price. Originally $549, the phone is now on sale for $349 with no contract.

This phone comes with two colour options: black or yellow. The black is already out of stock, but could be restocked as this deal goes into February. While the yellow is a bit flamboyant in terms of colour, that has its benefits. First, it will be a lot harder to misplace your phone. In addition, if you do misplace your phone, it will be easier to find a bright yellow device than a black phone.

The Nokia Lumia has a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen with the phone being slightly larger. The 41-megapixel camera will take good quality selfies and pictures of your cat while the 32 GB storage will handle all the apps you can load on it (along with a good supply of pictures). The phone is Windows 8.1 ready. That means it comes with Windows 8 and you need to run the update when you receive the phone.

Reviews are mostly positive, with a few negative and mediocre thrown in for a good mix. One reviewer said:

love this. wanted an alternative to android that performed well. got it in this beauty. the photos are amazing and the item is not as complex and fast as a lot of other phones, but it delivers reliable and beautiful service to windows users.

Some people have experienced issues with the battery. Several reviewers say that the phone can eat through 70% of its battery on days of heavy use. That appears to be the primary complaint from the few people who were very dissatisfied with the phone. However, most reviewers actually love the phone. 19/28 reviews are for a full 5/5 stars and even with the negative reviews, the phone still averages a 4.1/5 star rating.

While yellow might not be my first choice for a phone – oh wait, it would match my car! – this is still a very good deal on an unlocked phone with no contract. Take this phone to your favourite carrier and feel free to move carriers when you see a better deal. That is what I do with my phone.

Receive free shipping on all orders at Microsoft Canada.

(Expiry: 13th February 2015)

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January 9

Future Shop: $79 Off Microsoft Office 365 Personal & McAfee 2015 LiveSafe – $70

Posted by on January 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Future Shop: $79 Off Microsoft Office 365 Personal & McAfee 2015 LiveSafe   $70

Oh did I find a fantastic deal for you my dear Moosers! Upgrade both your Microsoft Office and your anti-virus at the same time with this bundle deal from Future Shop Canada. When you purchase Microsoft Office 365 Personal and McAfee 2015 LiveSafe together, save $79 off the original retail value of $149.99. Purchase this software bundle for just $69.99.

No one else has these two items bundled together (except Best Buy) so for price comparing I had to look at the two software packages seperatly. First, McAfee 2015 LiveSafe retails for the following at other retailers:

  • $79.99 @ McAfee Canada
  • $79.99 @ Amazon Canada
  • $79.99 @ Staples Canada
  • $79.99 @ Best Buy & Future Shop (when sold individually)

In addition, retailers sell Microsoft Office 365 Personal for the following:

  • $69 @ Microsoft Store Canada
  • $69 @ Amazon Canada
  • $69 @ Staples Canada
  • $69 @ Best Buy & Future Shop (when sold individually)

Essentially, you are paying for Microsoft Office 365 Personal and receiving the deluxe anti-virus software for only 99 cents more. This is a fantastic deal as both programs come fully loaded with everything you would ever need.

McAfee 2015 LiveSafe protects your computer from viruses, malware, hackers, and identity thieves. The software package blocks spam and dangerous email that could harm your computer or harbour viruses. McAfee offers unlimited protection for all the devices that you own – tablets and phones are included. There is also a SafeKey Password Manager to keep all your valuable information safe. This is McAfee’s best anti-virus software as it includes everything their other software packages have and more.

Microsoft Office 365 Personal gives you all Microsoft Office has to offer for one PC (or Mac), one tablet (including iPad), and one smart phone. If you own a PC, you will receive Office 2013 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. If you own a Mac, the versions are from a few years ago but your subscription entitles you to the new versions when they are released. Mac users will enjoy Office 2011 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Download OneNote for Mac from the Mac App Store. The software for your tablet and phone also depends upon what operating system you have.

Both of these software packages are a one-year subscription, as per usual. I am running 2010 software on my PC right now, and I must say this deal makes it tempting to upgrade.

Receive free shipping as this package costs greater than $25.

(Expiry: 15th January 2015)

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December 30

$200 Off Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA 15″ Laptop @ Microsoft Store Canada – Now $300 Was $500 & Free Shipping

Posted by on December 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM

$200 Off Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA 15 Laptop @ Microsoft Store Canada   Now $300 Was $500 & Free ShippingRight now, you can get the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500LA signature edition laptop for just $299 at the Microsoft Store, instead of its original price of $499 ($200 in savings). This laptop has been popping in and out of stock every since the Microsoft Store’s Boxing Week Sale began, so here’s your chance to get it but be quick about it!

The 15.6″ ASUS Transformer book flip laptop features the folllowing noteworthy specs:

  • HD touch screen
  • Intel Core i3
  • 4GB memory
  • 500 hard drive
  • up to 5 hour battery life

What sets this laptop apart from the rest is that it’s a “book flip”, which means that you can flip the screen whichever you want, anywhere from 0 to 360 degrees. You can use it as a regular lapotp or you can push the screen the other way to essentially flip the laptop on itself and use it as a tablet.

If I didn’t already have a tablet and a laptop, I would definitely get it just for this feature alone because not only is the screen large enough to fit most needs, but it’s nice to have the convenience of basically having two gadgets in one (as it acts as both a tablet and a laptop).

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about it on the Microsoft Store’s site:

Going to start by saying that if you can catch this computer on sale, that it really is an amazing deal and bang for your buck […] I use my laptop for streaming video/music, iTunes, browsing, and running Office 365. I noticed no performance issues or slowdowns. The speaker quality on the laptop is fantastic at this price point, and I got about 7 hours of battery on my first charge cycle, better than I expected considering Microsoft said up to 5 hours. Touchscreen is also very responsive and noticed no issues. 

The Microsoft Store always offers free shipping, so apart from taxes, you won’t have to pay any additional fees. I ordered from the Microsoft Store not too long ago and I have to admit that I was very surprised when the mailman rang my doorbell with my order as soon as two days later.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 25

Free Wedge Touch Mouse with Office 365 Home Subscription @ Microsoft.ca ($50 Value)

Posted by on December 25, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Free Wedge Touch Mouse with Office 365 Home Subscription @ Microsoft.ca ($50 Value)

Purchase a 1-year subscription for Office 365 and receive a wedge touch mouse, valued at $49.99, free of charge. A year of Office 365 Home will cost just $99 in comparison to the $10 monthly rate.

This offer is only available when you purchase a one-year auto-renewal subscription. It is not valid with the monthly home subscription or the personal subscription. There is a difference between the home and the personal versions: Home is for five PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Tablets. With the personal version, you only receive one copy for your desktop and one for your tablet.

Each user will receive one TB of space on OneDrive. You also receive 60 minutes of of Skype calls per month to over 60 countries included in the subscription. For one-year, you will be able to talk for 720 minutes free to almost any country in the world.

The following applications are included in Microsoft Office 365 Home:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • Skype

Now, I am on a Windows based computer and hate it. I do not hate the computer; I actually hate the software so much it hurts. However, Apple does not make decent gaming computers so I am stuck. I would personally dump Outlook the second you get it – I find it horribly infuriating. The only nice thing about it is the organization and synchronization between your devices.

Now, despite my hate for Windows, I do like several features. Excel is still one of the best spreadsheet programs around. If you have not learned how to use a spreadsheet program yet, please take a half hour and go over the basics. You will save yourself a lot of time and effort. I also am rather fond of OneNote. I practically store everything that I need to remember in there. I like the coloured tabs. OneNote also has an auto-backup system somewhere because I accidentally deleted everything and managed to restore it all.

While many people underestimate Skype, it is a fantastic program for chatting and video conferencing. I love the 60 free minutes per month included in this deal, as I have relatives overseas.

Now, to get the mouse you need to click through to buy. The mouse will be on the next screen and you need to check the box beside it to add it to your cart. Make sure both items are in your cart before checking out. The Wedge Touch Mouse is a funky little mouse that connects to your device via Bluetooth. It supports multi-touch control and swipe functions.

Receive free shipping on your order.

(Expiry: 31st January 2015)

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December 21

Refurbished Xbox One w/ Kinect & 3 Games only $349 @ Microsoft

Posted by on December 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Refurbished Xbox One w/ Kinect & 3 Games only $349 @ Microsoft

Microsoft Canada has a very good deal on a Refurbished Xbox One with Kinect and two games. Get the bundle for just $349, valued at $399.99 and get a bonus game with it!

You are getting a lot in this bundle:

  • Xbox One
  • Kinect Sensor
  • Xbox One wireless controller
  • Xbox One chat headset
  • Game – Dance Central Spotlight (download)
  • Game – Ryse: Son of Rome (download)

On top of that, you get to choose a third game free with your bundle purchase. This game has a retail value between $39.99 and $69.99 depending on the game you choose. Here are your highest value options:

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One ($69.99)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for Xbox One (English or French) ($69.99)
  • Destiny for Xbox One (English or French) ($69.99)
  • Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One ($64.99)
  • Forza Horizon 2 Day One for Xbox One ($64.99)
  • Titanfall for Xbox One ($59.99)

There are other options, but these are the ones I would recommend as they have the highest retail value.

Now, we have seen Xbox Ones around this price before but they never included the Kinect, which retails separately for around $160 (on Amazon). I was just looking around at any Xbox One bundles that had the Kinect included, and they tended to retail well above this price. Amazon Canada has the Assassins Creed Bundle and the Forza Bundle with Kinect for $499 each. The same goes for Walmart and Future Shop. Any bundle with the Kinect included retails for around $500 and does not include an extra game (only two games, not three).

Yes, this is a refurbished console and that may turn some people off. However, I think that refurbished is better as the bugs have already been worked out of the system. I have been buying refurbished products for years and rarely have a problem with them. I consider the money saved worth the price of not buying something ‘absolutely new.’

The refurbished console comes with a 90-day warranty and their might be minor cosmetic imperfections. If you are dying for the Xbox One and cannot afford the $500 price tag, then this is a viable alternative. Receive free shipping on all orders at Microsoft Canada.

(Expiry: 5th January 2015)

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December 21

Dell 28″ Ultra HD Monitor Just $299 (Save $200) @ Microsoft Canada (HOT!)

Posted by on December 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor Just $299 (Save $200) @ Microsoft Canada (HOT!)

**BUMP** This deal is back on for an early Boxing Day sale so rather than re-blog it, I am just going to bump up this post.

Microsoft has a sweet deal on this large Dell 28″ Ultra HD monitor. Originally $499, the monitor is now on sale for just $299 so you save $200 and receive free shipping on your purchase.

Details my lovelies! This huge monitor features a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution for crystal clear images of incredible quality. It will look like those flowers on your wallpaper are actually growing. This is considered a 4K monitor as it has four-times the resolution of a regular full HD. The non-glare LED panel makes this a fantastic unit for watching movies.

The P2815Q Dell monitor has all the ports you need to connect external devices. Enjoy an ample four USB 3.0 ports, three DisplayPorts, and an HDMI port.

This will make a great work monitor, movie-watching monitor, or a great monitor for your business. However, the monitor has too low a refresh rate to be great for gamers. This monitor’s refresh rate is 30hz, whereas gamers will want a monitor with 60hz for long periods of gaming. Eyestrain can become a real problem with lower refresh rates.

This is the P2815Q model from Dell so I price compared it there and anywhere else I could find it. At Dell, they have the original price of this monitor $100 higher than the original listed price at the Microsoft Store. The monitor is listed at Dell to retail for $599.99 and is now on sale for $399.99. I find that Dell is guilty of this a lot, boosting the original retail value so it makes their sales look more impressive. Personally, I am not impressed.

While this monitor is not available on Amazon Canada anymore, I did find some very useful reviews like this one:

Pixels! Pixels! Pixels! This has much more real-estate than my U3014 (2560×1600) which was almost double the price. As a programmer and someone who works with large documents, this is a unique capability for a bargain price.
Can be landscape or portrait. This monitor can display documents with 4K pixels top-to-bottom. Many of the large format monitors do not support this mode of operation.

I think it is cool that you can use the monitor in portrait position; I have never had a monitor that could do that. Hey Moosers, what would you use this monitor for?

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 20

Skullcandy Ink’d 2 Only $9.99 & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Canada

Posted by on December 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Skullcandy Inkd 2 Only $9.99 & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Canada

Are you looking for an inexpensive set of ear-buds? Pick up the Skullcandy Ink’d 2 Earbuds with Inline Mic for just $9.99 with free shipping. These earbuds originally retailed for $24.99 so you save $15.

This is the second edition of the Skullcandy Ink’d ear phones that make a stylish and affordable pair of buds to just throw in your pocket or in your backpack. I price compared with other companies, as they are a popular sale item. Here is what you will pay at other retailers:

  • $14.99 @ Future Shop Canada
  • $14.99 @ The Source Canada
  • $19.99 @ Sport Chek Canada

This deal is better at Microsoft for two reasons. First, the ear buds are $5 cheaper, which saves you an extra 33%. In addition, Microsoft is the only one out of all these stores that offers free shipping with no minimum so you do not need to buy anything else.

The little earbuds have 11 mm drivers for huge sound in a small frame. They come with two extra sets of gel tips for a comfortable fit. An inline mic lets you control your music from the cord and accept incoming calls.

Choose from black, black/red, or pink/black. Purple/black is already out of stock. Looking at all the websites, this set of earbuds is rated very well by owners. This reviewer said:

I am very impressed with these headphones, I was skeptical at first, but the sound quality is great. Excellent response. Good base. You can hear the whole frequency spectrum, which is surprising for headphones at this price. I got them on 50% sale, I wish I had ordered more.

For $10, I do not think you can go wrong with these. Now, if you need something a bit more over the ear, I recommend purchasing the Coloud Boom Nokia Headphones for just $14.99, originally $35.99. You can get them in red, yellow, black, or cyan right now. They are a good basic set of headphones and I like that they do not feature any heavy amount of branding on them. Sure, I like my brands but I do not like to be a walking billboard.

Unfortunately, these will not be delivered in time for Christmas but they still are a good deal and very inexpensive for anyone needing a new headset.

(Expiry: 5th January 2015)

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December 12

Microsoft 12 Days of Deals: Jawbone Mini Jambox $69- (Save $61) (Expired)

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Microsoft 12 Days of Deals: Jawbone Mini Jambox $69  (Save $61) (Expired)

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals are on right now and they are throwing out one big deal per day. Today’s deal is the Jawbone Mini Jambox for just $69 with free shipping, originally $129.99.

Here are the price comparisons from other retailers that I found:

  • $140 @ Chapters Indigo Canada
  • $139.99 @ The Source Canada
  • $129.99 @ Amazon Canada

While this speaker is not available at all of the usual electronic retailers, wherever it is available the price is substantially higher. I am talking the retail price at Microsoft and above that!

There are several colour options for you to choose from. Purchase the purple snowflake, graphite hex, or the blue diamond. Three other colours are already out of stock so you know this deal is selling quickly.

Now, this device is small enough to fit in your pocket and pretty light too. However, it packs incredible sound and has a decent length battery for listening time. The mini Jambox also works with any device with a headphone jack or audio line out if you do not have a Bluetooth enabled phone or MP3 player. The Bluetooth reception is good for about 10 meters or 33 feet. Are you curious about the sound quality? Here is what Microsoft has to say:

MINI JAMBOX has two front-facing proprietary drivers to direct sound, two active drivers (stereo pair), and a passive bass radiator producing amazingly clear, high-quality sound for its compact, portable size.

That sounds pretty impressive. I would love to get my hands on the purple snowflake design as it looks beautiful and it could be my truly portable external speaker. Sure, my Sony SRS-X5 is incredible, but it is not something I would stick in my purse and take to the beach or the cabin. The speaker is far too heavy and I would be concerned about it getting damage. The Mini Jambox is a portable little monster you will be glad to have in your hands.

There are three sizes of Jamboxes – with the mini being the smallest. In the future, you could always get one of the bigger models to match your smaller speaker.

(Expiry: 12th December 2014)

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December 10

Microsoft Canada: Free Game & $50 Off Xbox One Bundles (ACTIVE AGAIN)

Posted by on December 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Microsoft Canada: Free Game & $50 Off Xbox One Bundles (ACTIVE AGAIN)

(BUMP – Microsoft have this back in stock for today only in their 12 days of deal!)

Microsoft is offering $50 off and a free game of your choice with Xbox One bundles right now. With your order you will also receive free shipping.

Now, the $50 off bundle price is not much of a deal on its own. Sure, it beats the price of many of the bundles on Walmart.ca right now. However, the $50 off brings these bundles at Microsoft down to the price of the bundles at Amazon Canada. For example, the Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed Bundle is on sale for $449.99 (was $499.99) at Microsoft and it costs the same at Amazon Canada.
Where the deal actually lies is in the free game. This is an offer none of the other stores has and the games are valued up to $69.99. Choose from:

  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One ($39.99)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One ($69.99)
  • Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One ($64.99)
  • Forza Horizon 2 Day One for Xbox One ($64.99)
  • Destiny for Xbox One ($69.99)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for Xbox One ($69.99)
  • Titanfall for Xbox One ($59.99)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One ($49.99)

You might think these are just the retail prices and that the games are going for much lower by now, but they are not. I checked out Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Amazon – it is still priced at $69. The other big boy, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, currently costs $68.66 on Amazon. If you are trying to maximize your value, then purchase one of those two games.

The free game is what makes this deal superior to other retailers even if they have nearly the same price. You can receive a free game, which you are bound to buy anyway, that is worth $70. That is a pretty sweet bonus and is roughly equivalent to a 15 to 20% bonus value on your bundle depending upon which bundle you purchase.

These bundles are selling out quickly as one just sold out while I was writing this deal up, so buy now. Then tell us which free game you picked!

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