Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous.
In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:
December 5: Intel Day — Save Up to $1,000 on select Intel PCs starting at $199.
In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $50 on a JBL Flip 2, now only $19.99.
The words “up to” allow for a lot of wiggle room, so check the before and after prices closely. The JBL Flip 2 price is a bargain, though.
December 6: Save $100 on Lenovo Ideapad 110, now only $199.
In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on the FitBit Blaze.
A big “meh” on this day. The Lenovo is a low end device and Fitbit? Seriously, who cares, wearables are dead.
December 7: Save 50% on select Xbox One games for $19.99.
In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with purchase of a 12-month subscription with Groove Music
“Select” probably means poor sellers. I seriously doubt a game like “Gears of War 4” will be among them, but you may find a gem in the bunch. And the $50 gift card comes after a $100 subscription to Groove, although I’ve read Groove is actually pretty good. Better than Tidal, anyway.
December 8: Save $250 on Surface Core M Devices, now $649.
In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of a 12-month subscription with Xbox Live Gold.
The Core M Surface computers are not that bad, and it’s a significant discount. The in-store gift card isn’t much of a deal.
December 9: Save up to 70% on select Windows tablets, starting at $49.
In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $120 on a Lumia 650, now only $79.
Only give these gifts to someone you don’t like. Those select Windows tablets are going to be very low end, and a Lumia is the technical equivalent of a fruit cake.
December 10: Save up to $250 on the Windows Premium Collection, starting at $499.
In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on Office 365 Home.
This is too vague. The Premium Collection is sizable and they don’t say which devices are a part of it. And why no specifics on the in-store deal?
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SOURCE: Computer World