The short of it is students who buy a Windows 7 PC from HP can get a 4GB Xbox 360 for free. The devil is in the details.
Students must either call HP’s Sales Center to make the order for the computer (1-800-230-5752) or sign up online at www.shopping.hp.com/go/microsoftoffers.
The purchasing student must be signed up with an HP Academy account before making the purchase to qualify. To get signed up, the student must provide a valid .edu email address or Student ID/Academic Student Body card. The student must also be either enrolled in a secondary school (i.e. high school) or enrolled in or accepted to a post-secondary school institution (e.g. College or University). The HP sales staff can do this with the student before making the order.
The purchase price of the PC must be at least $690 (according to HP) or $699 (according to Microsoft) – there were not details explaining the $9 disparity. However, the Microsoft site does defer to the participating retailer, so if HP makes the deal, it should be valid.
The qualifying price is after rebates are taken into account, and excludes sales tax and shipping. The list of qualifying PCs can be found at (www.shopping.hp.com/go/microsoftoffers). All qualifying PCs come with Windows 7 included; that is not optional.
The offer is only valid in the US and through September 3rd, 2011 or while supplies last – it hasn’t been rescinded yet, so there will likely be enough supplies to last through September 3rd.
The Xbox 360 must be part of the PC order and a $199.99 discount is to be applied to the order to offset the cost of the gaming console. The customer will still need to pay shipping and sales tax for the Xbox 360, the PC, and any other items purchased.