Beginning in June and running through September, many of the biggest names in tech run special "back to school" promotions in order to garner a good reputation among college students aid them on their usually modest budgets.

Microsoft kicked things off a couple of weeks back by offering a free Xbox 360 with a student purchase of a Windows PC or laptop, and now it’s Sony’s turn to take center stage, offering students looking to purchase a new computer extra incentive to pick from its VAIO range by offering a series of promotional offers.

Those compliant with the terms (i.e., are an actual student), can have themselves either a free 160GB PlayStation 3, a free Wi-Fi model of the PlayStation Vita, a $200 voucher towards PlayStation gear if you happen to own either (or both) of the aforementioned, or, if you’re not much of a PlayStation fan, you can have an 8% discount on your VAIO purchase.

Free PS Vita PS3

It’s certainly not too shabby a deal, although neither console comes with any games, so ultimately, you’re going to be spending more than you intended. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure any student with a laptop in mind before (re)starting college will be interested by the promotional offer, and of those available, I’d probably opt for the Vita out of sheer intrigue; (plus there’s no way on earth I would purchase one from my own pocket).

One point worth considering before going crazy at the Sony checkout, however, is that Windows 8 PCs aren’t too far on the horizon, and while it will be very cheap to upgrade once Windows 7’s Metro-enabled successor finally lands, holding off for a Windows 8 PC may not be the worst idea in the world.

Then again, this deal would have been long gone by then, so if you’re a student, and feel like ruining your chances of success by bringing a games console into your dorm, then simply head over to this link, select your laptop, and pick your promotional package.

Free PS Gear

As always, you cannot use the promotion in conjunction with any other running deals, and is only relevant to custom S, T, Z and L Series VAIO PCs along with a select batch of ready-to-ship models (see link for specifics).

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