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Microsoft Sells Dell's Venue 8 Pro Tablet For $99
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RobertoD295
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RobertoD295,
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12/26/2013 | 5:54:37 AM
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rradina
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rradina,
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12/13/2013 | 8:25:10 PM
Re: Good deal at $99, otherwise...
Try a device with one of the latest Atoms before judging them.  Your credentials could be impressive depending on where and what you've been doing but if you express opinion without experience... well, let's not go there.

I don't know what Intel did but the graphics and CPU are impressive... it even impressed my 10 year old running Minecraft on it.  He's accustomed to an unlocked 2nd gen i-5 overclocked to 4.5Ghz with a 6xx series nVidia GTX.

It was very also very snappy running Eclipse, which by no means is easy on underpowered devices.  The key limiters are the 2GB of RAM and local disk performance.  The eMMC flask disk is considerably slower than my laptop's 500MB/s SSD and seems to be easily overwhelmed when running a development DB server.  The RAM is also single channel which limits bandwidth.

The Windows 8.1 experience index (it's still there if you know where to look), rates the device 4.1.  This sounds slow but the memory score is capped at 5.5 because the unit only has 2GB RAM.  The CPU sub-score is a respectable 6.3!  For comparison my 2nd gen core i-5 2.4Ghz laptop (single core turbo to ~3Ghz) is 7.0.

 
ricegf
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ricegf,
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12/13/2013 | 5:57:31 PM
Re: Good deal at $99, otherwise...
Actually, Intel's Atom is essentially a BayTrail Celeron - lower power, but actually slower than (say) the higher frequency Ivy Bridge Celerons. But we'll call it Atom-class if you insist, and it won't change my point. Anyone running high-end CAD applications on an Atom processor will not be productive. And no, with 30 years experience in corporate IT, I don't need your permission to offer my professional opinion on a blog! ;-)
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rradina,
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12/13/2013 | 5:06:05 PM
Re: Good deal at $99, otherwise...
Try a device with one of the latest Atom processors.  A Celeron it is not.

This is not necessarily directed at you but the misinformation in these comments is astonishing.

I have this device and if you don't have it, don't comment on what you think it is and is not.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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12/13/2013 | 2:51:03 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Thanks for responding-- and I'm glad you like your device! I hadn't heard about vouchers being handed out after stocks were depleted, though I know some U.S. Microsoft stores received additional inventory later in the day, which allowed them to extend the $199 deal.

Did anyone else have an experience like this?
anon2794336259
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12/13/2013 | 2:39:15 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
After the first 20, they actually had vouchers for the people that were left so they could get it later in the afternoon or the next day. I dunno if they gave them at 99, but at the very least they got it at 199. They promised everybody at the line would have their tablet that day or next day as the latest. Regarding the device, im truly happy with it. It has wonderful performance and now im looking for keyboard options. Games work well and emulators run perfectly. Wordament is fun too. I have small hands so using desktop mlde is very easy for me. I even cheked the BIOS out to tweak some settings. Its wonderful.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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12/13/2013 | 2:30:04 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm curious: After the $99 tablets had sold out, how many people went ahead and bought the device at $199? Did some of the people in line leave after the heaviest discounts were off the table?

And how are you liking the device? Among Windows mini-tablets (not necessarily tablets in general), it seems like one of the nicer options. Windows tablets rely on Office for a lot of their appeal-- but as I indicated in the article, I'm not sure how appealing people will find Office on such a small screen.
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12/13/2013 | 12:49:34 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Well I got 2 tablets that morning. But here in Puerto Rico not many people knew about the promotion. Still, the line was huge 2 hours before the store opened. I got there so early i was #13 in the line.
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12/10/2013 | 12:45:25 AM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Please count me as one who did not like the way it was handled.  This form of 'loss leader strategies' is much like the car advertisements where they publish a price for a brand of car, but that price only exists on a single car.  I am sure it works and is legal but it feels dirty to me.
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latuya2,
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12/10/2013 | 12:08:46 AM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
It was all completely b*******from Microsoft a big lie, they never put it on sale for $99 and if they did it was probably to the employees I didn't even sleep I was checking the whole time I'm very disappointed because that to me was false advertisement
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