There was a time a hundred bucks might get you a decent computer accessory like a high end mouse, or speakers, but a full-fledged computer? Unheard of until now.
Recent price breakthroughs in Intel-based tablets and special offers from Microsoft have produced a slew of great tablet deals at $100-$200 for full-fledged Windows 8.1 tablets in the 7- to 8-inch display range.
There are some interesting advantages to these new tablets for businesses and enterprises looking to mobilize their workforce beyond just the low price, though that’s a significant benefit. For example, not only is say a Toshiba Encore Mini WT7 Signature Edition tablet a steal at [...]
The tablets, with starting prices from $299 to $350, include Dell's Venue 8 Pro, Toshiba's Encore and Asustek's Transformer Book T100.
These new Windows 8.1 tablets are lighter and thinner than the initial batch of Windows 8 tablets that started shipping last year.
Coming a bit later are more expensive and more powerful tablets like the Surface Pro 2 based on Intel's fourth-generation Core processors code-named Haswell that will be positioned more as true notebook replacements.
The new tablets are called the Excite Pure, Excite Pro and Excite Write and share the same core design – a 10-inch screen, a plastic chassis and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
There are bigger differences when it comes to the price and other specs, however. The $299 Excite Pure is Toshiba's attempt at a budget Android tablet and has Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-chip, a 1280 x 800 resolution display (with Gorilla Glass 1) and 16GB of storage.
The premium Excite Pro tablet is due to arrive next month for $499, but boasts some impressive specs, including the Tegra 4 chip, 32GB of storage, an 8MB rear camera, Harman Kardon sound and a 2560 [...]
The tablet is to launch in Q2 with a 11.6-inch Full HD anti-glare screen, the “latest Intel Core processor” and an SSD drive which – as well as being less susceptible to damage – is promoted as being “perfect for those long-haul business trips”.
Indeed, Toshiba hasn’t exactly been shy in playing up the device’s business features.
The model boasts Intel anti-theft software, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM v1.2), and a handy digitizer pen on certain models. There’s a useful collection of inputs for USB 3.0, HDMI and an SD card, while an optional docking cradle could allow users to connect to a bigger display. [...]