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Psst! Wanna Buy a Windows Tablet for Just $199?
Mashable ^ | 05/27/2014 | Pete Pachal

Posted on 05/27/2014 11:15:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

If you think Windows tablets are too darn expensive, Toshiba wants a word with you. The company's latest tablets, called Encore 2, run full Windows 8.1 and start at just $199.

For that price, you get an 8-inch tablet with 1,280 x 800 resolution and a quad-core processor. It's powered by a quad-core Atom chip with 1GB of RAM, and there's 32GB of storage, which you can augment with a microSD card. Battery life is rated at up to 10 hours, and Toshiba offers a 10-inch version with almost exactly the same specs for $269.

To hit those price points, Toshiba is preloading the tablets with Windows 8.1 With Bing. The new variant of Windows, which leaked in February, is Microsoft's latest move to enable Windows tablets to go toe-to-toe with cheap Android models — like the 7-inch $110 Excite Go tablet Toshiba also just announced.

To the consumer, Windows 8.1 With Bing isn't much different from Windows 8.1. In a blog post, Microsoft claims Bing will be the default search engine for Internet Explorer on those devices, but that's true of any Windows tablet. The OS is installed by the OEM; consumers won't be able to buy or download Windows 8.1 With Bing directly. More importantly, the tablets include a one-year subscription to Office 365. More importantly, the tablets include a one-year subscription to Office 365.

The inclusion of Office is important because it was previously the differentiator for Windows RT devices. It appears, now that support for Windows RT has all but disappeared, Microsoft has created a new way to package Office with Windows by offering this new flavor of Windows.

Toshiba's Encore 2 tablets are the first ones to run Windows 8.1 With Bing, but they certainly won't be the last. Look for several more models to appear over the next couple of weeks in the lead up to the big Computex trade show in Taiwan, which begins June 3.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: tablet; toshiba; windows

1 posted on 05/27/2014 11:15:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So 8 Gb free after Windows and a 1GB ram that is full all the time. It’s not a tablet; it’s a brick.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 11:18:14 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Could be interested - it’s mostly a toy, but what the heck. Interesting is that Microsoft still hasn’t released Touch Office for anything but the Mac. I’m wondering how this one will deal with that. Thanks for posting and BTT.


3 posted on 05/27/2014 11:21:32 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

1 GB RAM? So, I can’t really run FileMaker Pro or Adobe Creative Suite 4 on it. Heck I doubt I can run WordPerfect X6, Microsoft Excel 2013 and Waterfox at the same time. The previous poster who said “brick” was right.


4 posted on 05/27/2014 11:22:22 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

No thanks....It’s got that win 8 crap on it


5 posted on 05/27/2014 11:22:30 AM PDT by jrg
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To: rmlew

Can you wipe it and load Android or Linux?


6 posted on 05/27/2014 11:22:45 AM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: All

in before the mac snobs.

bottom line prices are dropping.


7 posted on 05/27/2014 11:22:55 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
bottom line prices are dropping.

Better yet when they fail to sell, the price will come down even more. Supply and Demand works with computers as well.

8 posted on 05/27/2014 11:32:02 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dell has a decent Windows tablet for $ 280 or so, I think. I like Android tablets, but I looked at the Windows tablets when making my choice.


9 posted on 05/27/2014 11:34:56 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t think they allowed advertising on FR........


10 posted on 05/27/2014 11:36:28 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: SeekAndFind

Great. Now if they offer a discount by subtracting the 129 dollars it costs for ‘doze 8.1 from the price, I might be interested. I would install the DSL distro or Puppy Linux on it at the very least and then run some benchmark tests and publish the results.


11 posted on 05/27/2014 11:38:04 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: SeekAndFind

My main question would be about built-in obsolescence, like iPads, which must be returned for a “new” iPad once the battery goes to crap.

I don’t appreciate ongoing implied contracts like that.


12 posted on 05/27/2014 11:44:20 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I won’t buy anything Toshiba. Why? Remember or maybe you don’t, Toshiba sold the USSR computer software that could be used to mill silent propellers for submarines. Back during Ronald Reagan admin.
Props that wouldn’t cavitate and make noise underway.
Made tracking Russian subs much harder.


13 posted on 05/27/2014 11:45:02 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Ted Grant

That’s what I wound up with. 2gb RAM and 64gb storage.

And Office Home / Student included (not 365).

MicroSD is working fine, too. Just using a 16gb for now.

$300 but the 2gb / 32gb was on sale for $199 for a little bit.


14 posted on 05/27/2014 11:50:11 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Vinnie

I’m not sure who the good guys or bad guys are anymore either in the geopolitical world or the tech world. Maybe there just aren’t any more good guys period.


15 posted on 05/27/2014 11:54:45 AM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: SeekAndFind

This isn’t designed to be a full-blown PC. This is designed to compete against the Kindle Fire HD (which my wife loves) that is a web surfing, facebook updating, app games playing toy.


16 posted on 05/27/2014 12:00:37 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: rmlew
Just a few days ago, MSFT announced the 'Surface Pro 3' tablet that is the prosumer version that anyone needing powerful specs would want to buy. BestBuy will sell it at their in-house 'Microsoft Store' for $1299.00 MSRP.

They claim they're reinventing the laptop with this tablet.

Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12" display, Windows 8.1 Pro, an Intel i5 processor, 8Gb RAM, and 256 Gb HDD. There's a slightly enhanced model for $1799.00 that doubles the drive space.

I'm unsure who in their right mind would choose to buy one of these Surface Pro 3s at that price point over a MacBook Air for almost $600 less for almost identical features, or a MacBook Pro against the high-end Surface Pro 3.

What you'd be getting is an i5-based Windows 8.1 pen/touch tablet that costs $1500.00+ and has less power/performance/features than a larger screen full featured Windows 8.1 budget laptop that costs half the price. And for the money you're shelling out for the high end Surface Pro 3, you can almost get the top of the line MacBook Pro.

Before anyone spends a plug nickel on the new Microsoft Surface tablet, they better go look and see what happened to the early adopters of last year's Surface RT tablet.

Seems that industry onlookers are dubious in the extreme.

17 posted on 05/27/2014 12:09:47 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid

$1200 buys you a very capable laptop.

I guess what this form-factor is selling is primarily light weight and secondly, depending on model and specs, battery life.

Personally, I’d rather tote the heavier laptop and pocket the savings, but I guess opinions vary...


18 posted on 05/27/2014 12:52:06 PM PDT by jaydee770
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To: rmlew

1gb RAM? Will that even run Windows 8.1?


19 posted on 05/27/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: steve86

probably true


20 posted on 05/27/2014 12:54:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Atom processor? No thanks, unless it drops to $19.99.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 1:53:18 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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