Microsoft Celebrates Pi Day With 31.4 Percent Discount On Popular Dell XPS 13 Notebook

Happy Pi Day, nerds and geeks! Don't worry, we mean that affectionately, otherwise we'd be throwing stones in glass houses. In case you weren't aware, today is March 14, or 3.14, the shortened version of Pi, which is the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter regardless of the size of the circle. Pi is also an irrational number, meaning it goes on forever in decimal form and never repeats itself. It's truly a wondrous, mind-blowing thing, and in celebration of Pi Day, Dell is offering 31.4 percent off select notebooks in the Microsoft Store.

Don't fault Dell for putting the decimal in the wrong position—a 31.4 percent discount is much more enticing than a measly 3.14 percent savings, don't you think? The discount translates into hundreds of dollars on some very nice laptops, including Dell's XPS 13 9350 Signature Edition, which you can partially configure to your liking.

Dell Pi Day Sale

The base model sports a non-touch 13.3-inch Full HD display powered by an Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM. It also has a 128GB solid state drive, 3-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C (w/ Thunderbolt) port, webcam, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

That's not a bad setup and normally it would sell for $999. However, the Pi Day discount shaves over $300 off the price, bringing the tally all the way down to $685.31.

Dell XPS 13

Dell's XPS line is pretty snazzy, both in power and styling. We recently reviewed a version of the XPS 13 that sports an upgraded 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200x1288) InfinityEdge touch display with twice the storage of the aforementioned model. It walked away with our Editor's Choice award, and that was considering its $1,399.99 price tag. That same configuration can be bought at the Microsoft Store today for $1,199. That doesn't quite add up to a 31.4 percent discount, but it's a tantalizing price nonetheless.

It's not just the XPS 13 that Dell is discounting. The Pi Day sale also applies to two of its Inspiron laptops. The first is the Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV Signature Edition 2-in-1 PC, an updated version of the model we reviewed last year. Normally priced at $999, it can now be had for $685.31, just like the entry-level XPS 13 configuration. It comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD 1080p touchscreen display, Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. What makes this a 2-in-1 is that the display can fold all the way back on itself so can use the system like a tablet.

Finally, there's the Inspiron 15 i5559 Signature Edition laptop. This one normally sells for $749 but is on sale for $513.81. It comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p touchscreen display, Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, and Intel's RealSense 3D camera.

All three options are Signature Edition laptops, meaning they've been "curated and meticulously configured by Microsoft" to be free of any bloatware. They also have Windows Defender enabled.