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Dell offers free Xbox 360 with PC/laptop purchase

Dell is bundling a free Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console with a range of laptops and desktops including the Inspiron 15R and the Inspiron 660 which can be purchased from £529 and £549 respectively.

The console on offer is a 4GB Xbox 360 model which costs as little as £149 from UK retailers. The offer was first rolled out in the US and Canada back in May 2012 by Microsoft for a number of partners and retailers (rather than just for Dell) and coincides with the lucrative back-to-school period.

The Dell Inspiron 15R is not actually a bad offer given that it comes with an Intel Core i5-3210M (a dual-core Ivy Bridge-based processor clocked at up to 3.1GHz with 3MB cache), 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000 video, a DVD writer, a 15.4in 1,366 x 768 pixels, a 15-month subscription to McAfee Security Center, 24-month Cloud-based storage via DataSafe, Bluetooth 4.0 and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Note that you can pay get Windows 8 Pro upgrade (available from 26 October) for only £14.99 when purchased with a new computer.

As for the Inspiron 660, it features a more powerful i5-2320 processor, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 (worth around £90), a dedicated Nvidia GT 620 1GB graphics card, an 18.5in 1,366 x 768 resolution, 6GB RAM, a 2TB hard disk drive (but no speakers), all for £629.

Sources: Inspiron 660, Inspiron 15R

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