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Super Cheap Windows Devices Emerge At IFA

Asus, Acer, and Toshiba announce some of the most affordable Windows devices ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with prices as low as $120. Is the user experience up to snuff?
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Asus's EeeBook X205
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MichaelH880
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9/5/2014 | 12:56:46 PM
I am in
Been waiting for Windows Tablet prices to drop to replace my Andoid hacked, HP TOuchpad ;)

 

What I really want it for is media consumption (i.e. kindle, and web browsing) and a Note pad (I am obsessed witn MS OneNote) that syncs well with  my OneDrive. 

 

In all fairlness I should disclose I use a windowas laptop AND a Windows 8 phone,  so I am prob not the hardest sell ;)

 

I also think for MS anything that gets WIndows 8 in the hands of users to get them used (and no longer hating) the new interface a bit, will help them in all future sales.  THey have to start to reverse the Windows 8 bad press.

 
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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9/5/2014 | 9:19:32 AM
Re: Windows tablets are now cheaper than iPods (and iPads too, but that that's less surprising)
I agree, but at this point price, we are talking about consumer sales. It would be a bit naive to think you could do any large amount real productive work on one of these. They aren't desktop replacements - they are mostly for media consumptions, even if they throw in Office 365 for a year. Maybe some quick edits here and there, but that's about it.

I was thinking however, for companies that have a lot of online documentation, something like this would be easy to purchase and distribute (think Word docs, spreadsheets, PDFs, drawings, etc).
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/4/2014 | 6:15:17 PM
Re: Windows tablets are now cheaper than iPods (and iPads too, but that that's less surprising)
"It could provide an upsell for Microsoft to sell acutally PCs that are complementary – maybe that is the whole point anyways."

That's an interesting thought, and one that I think some of the OEMs will pursue.
danielcawrey
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9/4/2014 | 5:36:17 PM
Re: Windows tablets are now cheaper than iPods (and iPads too, but that that's less surprising)
I think that the small screens on these devices mean they will be limited to things like apps. 

No one is going to want to use these products for legacy desktop applications – or at the very least it will be a challenge to do so. It could provide an upsell for Microsoft to sell acutally PCs that are complementary – maybe that is the whole point anyways. 
mak63
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mak63,
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9/4/2014 | 3:59:10 PM
Re: Windows tablets are now cheaper than iPods (and iPads too, but that that's less surprising)
Tempting?

Indeed. I will most lilely get the Encore Mini Tablet as soon as next week, well if it lasts that long.

I read that the price could go down to $99 once the retails stores have it. Any word of truth on that?

Although the Iconia with the keyboard on-the-go looks like a bargain too.

 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/3/2014 | 6:34:15 PM
Windows tablets are now cheaper than iPods (and iPads too, but that that's less surprising)
You can now buy a Windows tablet from a major manufacturer that costs less than an iPod Nano. What do you say, readers? Tempting?
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