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.
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.