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MacMall's eBay store has slashed $70 from the A500's price tag

It's been a while since we've post a daily deals thread on DailyTech, but this one is almost too go to let slip by. Judging by the feedback from our various tablet-centric articles on this site, many readers appeared to be enamored with Honeycomb-based tablets.

The Eee Pad Transformer hit a new "low" with an MSRP of $399 for the 16GB model. Today, MacMall is offering the Acer Iconia Tab A500 for $379 with free shipping through its eBay store. For those keeping score, the tablet has a regular MSRP of $449. 

However, keep in mind the Iconia Tab A500 weighs in at 1.7 pounds which makes it 0.4 pounds heavier than the iPad 2 and 0.3 pounds heavier than the aforementioned Eee Pad Transformer. The Iconia Tab A500 is also larger dimensionally than the lackluster Motorola Xoom

For full specs on the Iconia Tab A500, check out this page.

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Had it...
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/13/2011 3:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
Took it back, wasn't impressed with the build quality.

RE: Had it...
By Flunk on 6/13/2011 3:41:25 PM , Rating: 1
It's half the price of an iPad 2, you can't expect to get the same attention to detail.

RE: Had it...
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/13/2011 3:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
Half the price? How do you figure? And yes, I can expect, when I can squeeze the corner and feel it push together, that's a little crappy.

RE: Had it...
By cjohnson2136 on 6/13/2011 3:45:57 PM , Rating: 4
Well then I consider the iPad2 to be a poor build quality cause I can do that to the iPad im holding right now.

RE: Had it...
By omnicronx on 6/13/2011 5:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
You can 'expect' whatever you would like, it does not make it feasible.

Like it or not, the iPad is competitively priced for the components within, especially compared to pretty much all other marked up Apple products.

Notice how not a single manufacturer has released a competing product with similar build quality for the SAME price, let alone $100+ less? The 10" Galaxy Tab will most likely be the first, and its still priced exactly the same.. (which is not surprising considering it probably shares many similar components)

There is nothing wrong with these lower priced tablets, but their are of lower build quality, any way you want to put it..

I can't believe I'm saying this considering Apple is involved.. but in this case, you surely do get what you pay for..

RE: Had it...
By FaceMaster on 6/13/2011 6:03:11 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, I've been impressed by how thin they've managed to make their pads, and yet still add to the feature list. I'm getting sick and tired of people laughing at how the profile doesn't matter and stuff like that. Apple is good at what they do and love them or hate them, you can't deny that their tablets have really helped to make tablets in general mainstream.

RE: Had it...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/11, Rating: -1
RE: Had it...
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/13/2011 9:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
Ass? Jerk? Rightttttttt. I just said I wasn't impressed with build quality. And that's your problem if "my" post "wasted" your time. I was making my opinion known considering I had one but I apologize for wasting your sweet precious time


RE: Had it...
By SurreDeth on 6/14/2011 10:12:32 AM , Rating: 2
How long could it actually take you to read one sentence?

RE: Had it...
By nikon133 on 6/14/2011 12:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he's a slow reader...

But it definitely took much longer to read his much more pointless brag. Figure that out...

RE: Had it...
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/14/2011 2:31:11 PM , Rating: 1
Also, I paid 459, which is the normal price, and that is not cheap in anyway, maybe it is to you since it's not Apple.

Make it $349
By quiksilvr on 6/13/2011 3:52:44 PM , Rating: 5
I'd rather pay $20 for the Asus, which is:
1) Lighter
2) Higher quality
3) Much better IPS screen
4) Amazing keyboard/touchpad add-on with USB ports and epic battery

RE: Make it $349
By geekman1024 on 6/14/2011 1:24:40 AM , Rating: 1
Really?I can has the Asus for $20?

What the dush!?!? Full Spec Link points to TPB
By XZerg on 6/14/2011 11:03:41 AM , Rating: 2

really? you are sending us to the TPB to download some torrent to view specs? You couldn't find a better site that posted the specs, not even acer website?

By JKflipflop98 on 6/15/2011 4:51:23 AM , Rating: 2
LOL it's a link to the OSX 10.4 "Lion" development preview.

WTF guys?

By Sazar on 6/15/2011 8:38:24 AM , Rating: 2
It seems like Brandon just outted himself with his Torrent link from Pirate Bay.

Seriously though, I am pretty sure that pointing to torrents for dl's of dev builds of an OS is pretty much a no-no for journo's especially when it is not related in any way to the discussion at hand.

i got their W500 one
By kattanna on 6/13/2011 3:45:08 PM , Rating: 3
i have their windows based tablet, which runs on an AMD fusion CPU/GPU chip. works really well.

RE: i got their W500 one
By Shadowmaster625 on 6/13/2011 5:00:54 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah I dont know why anyone would pay a bunch of money to have to deal with yet another buggy os. I'm just starting to get the kinks worked out of win7.

And i guess it is only $100 more at

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Whare are the specs?
By kitonne on 6/13/2011 4:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
Went to their store front, and could not find ANY real specs - only a couple of flash images with no details :(

What USB devices is it guaranteed to work with? Max memory card for the SD slot (if it has any SD slots)? Does it work with Android store? What is in the box? Rated battery life? Included software (if any, above and beyond the base OS)? OS version as shipped? Links to owner's manual and FAQ / support web site? Warranty terms? Power rating / recharge time? Is the power brick US only or is it international (100-240V, 50/60Hz)? Full inventory of ports? Resolution and sensitivity of included cameras?

The Pirate Bay?
By geekman1024 on 6/14/2011 3:41:29 AM , Rating: 2
Why is the link in the last paragraph ("For full specs on the Iconia Tab A500, check out this page .")point me to a torrent download at The Pirate Bay??

Link to Anandtech review
By darkhawk1980 on 6/14/2011 6:51:36 AM , Rating: 2

Since so many people have been asking for a proper link, here's one to Anandtech with specs and other information.

Personally, it's a decent price, but the A500 loses out big time to the Asus Transformer. I'd go for one of those, if you can find one in stock somewhere.

Good Deal
By virthddman on 6/16/2011 8:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
This looks like a good deal - not as nice as the iPad - but for the money, I think is a good value - depends on your use and needs.

When mentioning mobile device security, I think users should try the newly-released 2X MobileDeviceManager (; I'd recommend all customers...

Iconia Tab Forums
By babyfacemagee on 7/9/2011 11:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
Make the most of your Iconia Tab. Join the

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