So what’s the deal? Computer bargains you’ll love


With access to a computer practically a necessity in college, it can be difficult to decide what kind of product to purchase. Even if you already have an electronic device, it may be time to upgrade to something more practical for a college student when your computer is constantly failing.

Some software can cost well over one thousand dollars. At the Bellevue College Bookstore, several different types of Adobe and Microsoft software are available for BC students, faculty and staff at discounted rates. For example, purchasing the complete Microsoft Office software could burden your wallet for about $150 for up to three PCs, compared to the $50 discount for students for the same programs plus more. One of the programs in the student edition of software is known as OneNote, which is designed to function as a virtual notebook for students to organize their notes and any schoolwork.

Right now, Microsoft is offering a popular deal that would entitle any student who purchases a select new Windows 7 PC to receive a free Xbox. Microsoft is a firm believer in “giving students everything they need for a successful new school year.” The Xbox 360 not only has gaming capabilities but also options such as streaming videos and music. At Microsoft stores, they are offering the Microsoft phone challenge. They will attempt to prove that their phone is faster and more useful than your smart phone. In the event you lose, you will receive a $25 gift card to the store! Take the challenge, and if you lose, use the gift card to buy a video game for your free Xbox.

On the other hand, Apple has education pricing for students with discounts ranging from $50-$200 for select computers. It even offers customizable options for perspective customers who desire anything from more memory to a larger hard drive. What really appeals to students is Apple’s $100 gift card giveaway for customers who buy a Mac now until Sept. 21. The gift card can be used to purchase anything from the App store. On the other hand, students are also eligible for a $50 gift card with the purchase of a new iPad.

An iPad may be useful for college students not only because it has that much-advertised Retina display, but it also contains many applications for students all on one device. Its Wi-Fi capability enables it to connect wirelessly to printers and offer Internet searches for reports.

The Mac, on the other hand, has “the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.” Its programs are designed for the user to create and view professional pieces of work and will even allow you to open Microsoft Office files.

Being a student will also make you eligible to sign up with a membership program known as Amazon Student. By being a member, receive free two-day shipping and great discounts and promotions. There are also smart phone applications for Amazon Student so that members can constantly be involved and enjoy convenient online shopping.

You are also eligible to sign up with the HP Academy, which is an online website offering exclusive discounts to its members simply for being a student. Enjoy live assistance and a PC match for your major.

If you are not interested in purchasing any new electronics anytime soon, embrace being a college student and enjoy discounts at places such as AMC and Regal Theaters, Subway, Urban Outfitters, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen and more depending on locations. Just ask an associate about available discounts with a student ID, even if it is not advertised.

Enjoy being a college student and all of the awesome deals you can benefit from, especially when it comes to getting that expensive piece of equipment you are constantly writing papers with!