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10 Windows Tablets, Laptops Under $200: Holiday Steals

Gadget shoppers can choose from an array of sub-$200 Windows 8.1 tablets and laptops -- offering more power than you'd guess.
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Acer Aspire E-11, $199This laptop offers a familiar clamshell design in a fairly portable and affordable package. Its 11.6-inch, 1366-pixel-by-768-pixel screen doesn't support touch, and its battery life is rated at a short five hours. But with a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, a 32-GB solid state drive for internal storage, USB ports, and a relatively light weight of 2.84 pounds, the Aspire E-11 could be a good laptop for budget minders.

Acer Aspire E-11, $199
This laptop offers a familiar clamshell design in a fairly portable and affordable package. Its 11.6-inch, 1366-pixel-by-768-pixel screen doesn't support touch, and its battery life is rated at a short five hours. But with a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, a 32-GB solid state drive for internal storage, USB ports, and a relatively light weight of 2.84 pounds, the Aspire E-11 could be a good laptop for budget minders.

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PaulS681
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11/28/2014 | 6:46:16 PM
Re: tablets
These tablets look very appealing at that price but I'm with everyone else on the Black friday shopping.

I don't care if theyy were giving them away free, I'm not spending my time fighting through crowds. It's not worth it to me.
PaulS681
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11/28/2014 | 6:41:20 PM
Re: Beware ...
@Lorna... Nice post... The old saying about you get what you pay for is true, although I don't think anyone is expecting to pay for a virus.

The other thing to point out is those tablets look to be droid based. Maybe a good reason to look at windows.
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11/27/2014 | 4:25:04 PM
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I agree. I'd definitely like to check these great new devices out, but I don't think I'd be too popular doing a search and reconnaissance mission, taking up space and asking 1,000,000 questions on the busiest day of the year. Imagine the frustration of a commission-based salesperson, answering all my arcane questions about a $99 device, when (s)he could be selling 50-inch flat screens to customers with cash burning holes in their pockets.
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11/27/2014 | 2:03:59 AM
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@Lorna that was an interesting analysis on inexpensive tablets. I have found that they were all android based and not one with MS OS on it. I think android is facing the same what MS use to face in PC because they are more popular in that industry and hence more malwares get attracted to them.
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11/27/2014 | 1:46:18 AM
Re: Exploit the moment
@Michael this move can also be to set the base for their upcoming windows 10. They would like to have more and more users to be converted to touch windows instead of asking them to move straight from older models to latest touch screen. Windows 8 has successfully given a flavor of what is coming next and I would take it as a release which purpose was to keep MS in competition with other touch screen OS.
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11/26/2014 | 10:49:45 PM
Re: Beware ...
Would it be accurate to assume these holiday steals that you are referring to are applied in the store and not online?
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11/26/2014 | 1:34:35 PM
Re: Beware ...
Thanks for the article Michael, I was looking forward for some Windows bargains. The Asus X205TA @ $99 seems like the best bargain here.
I follow the link that Lorna posted, and I downloaded the Bluebox Trust app to check my phone, I've got a score of 3.0 "Suspicious". Well, kinda did that myself.
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/26/2014 | 12:58:06 PM
Re: Exploit the moment
Good point Michael, Microsoft's overarching strategy depends on touch functionality -- building up the app store, getting app developers on board, getting consumers interested in Windows Phones. Slinging cheap non-touch Windows 8.1 laptops won't do much.
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11/26/2014 | 12:56:35 PM
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I agree with you Michael. These new line of Microsoft devices are really tempting.  They offer laptops with features that satisfy the need of a basic computer users..  I'm really impress with their line of laptops, they are cheaper and more powerful than the first laptop I bought.  This thanksgiving I will be spending time with my family not at the stores. 
Michael Endler
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11/26/2014 | 12:28:52 PM
Re: Exploit the moment
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft's budget craze helps it to invest readers in its touch UI. A lot of these cheap notebooks are non-touch. Windows 8.1's market share has been way up over the last six weeks, as these cheap devices have begun to hit the market, but some surveys indicate that a lot of the purchases are non-tiouch. Microsoft needs more users, and it seems to be achieving that goal. But it also needs people to invest in its new app model and UI, and it's not as clear if there's any headway there.
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