May 9, 2010 10:54 am

From Us With Love

Summer is just around the corner and we’ve worked with our partners to bring you some great deals on Windows 7 PCs just in time for graduation. Today brings three more, which makes four ways you can currently save some money (the Windows Anytime Upgrade offer from April is still going strong – see below). So keep reading for details on the machines that will amp up all those summer road trips, beach-side days and long nights on European trains you’ve got planned.

Behind door #1 we have a Sony VAIO E series laptop loaded with Windows 7 Professional and a free Blu-ray disc drive upgrade starting at $799.99.  Plus, Sony will also give you a $90 credit towards the purchase of movies.  The VAIO E series has a 15.5” screen that makes it easy to watch TV and movies, it weighs less than 6 pounds and you can get it in an array of colors so you stand out from the crowd. Ben will have a full PC review of the VAIO E series up shortly. 

With Windows 7 Professional you get all the media features in Windows 7 Home Premium plus Windows XP Mode so you can still run any programs that are only compatible with Windows XP. Windows 7 Professional also comes with automatic backups to your home network so your movies will always be there – even if you leave your new VAIO on a train in Vienna.  This deal is only available to U.S. residents through May 29, 2010, so if you’re sold go to Sony Style to see the fine print and buy one.

Also available: get $50 off when you purchase a Windows 7 notebook and a Windows 7 netbook from Amazon.com.  If you want to power through your homework with your PC and stay connected all day then a Notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium + a Windows 7 netbook is a great choice. This deal is only available to U.S. residents through May 29, 2010 and there’s an array of PCs to choose from – including Dell, HP, Gateway and ASUS– so go to Amazon and see which set-up is right for you.

Last but not least, we have a limited-time offer only available through the Microsoft Store.  You can grab a Dell Studio XPS 13 with Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft Office 2007 Home & Student (with a free upgrade to Office 2010 Home & Student once it’s available) and free shipping for a special price of $989. This is a great deal, so don’t wait too long.  I use an older (~2.5 years) XPS for my home machine and I love it (FYI, I upgraded last year to Windows 7 from Windows Vista with no issues). This offer is available to US residents until June 25th or while supplies last— head over to the Microsoft Store to check out the specifics and buy.

If none of these work for you don’t forget that some of our retail partners are still offering a Windows Anytime Upgrade with the purchase of a new PC at a special low price. Brandon did a great post with all the specifics back in April, but in short get:

· Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium ERP $49.99 (normally $79.99); or

· Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional ERP $79.99 (normally $89.99).

The Windows Anytime Upgrade offer ends (in the U.S.) on July 3, 2010 and details vary by retailer and region, so check with them to see which PCs they are offering as part of the deal.

Keep checking this blog and www.windows.com for updates on future deals—summer is just getting started.