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Are Windows 8 tablets an expensive bag of fail?

We all know that Microsoft, and its partners are going to be pushing Windows 8 heavily for tablets. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far have some interesting features, but are also saddled with expensive prices. Bob O'Donnell, an analyst from the research firm IDC, thinks that Windows 8 tablets are simply too expensive. 
O'Donnell doesn't believe the traditional PC pricing on Windows 8 tablets bodes well for the new hybrid devices. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far from Acer and Lenovo that are able to convert between tablet and laptop use come in at a price between $499 and $1099 depending on options.

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 starts at $1,099
"The problem is these things are priced way too high. Look at the history of tablet products priced above the iPad. Not pretty," O'Donnell told CNET.
Computer manufacturers are hoping that consumers will see the value in Windows 8 tablets that are promising better productivity thanks to keyboards and the Windows operating system that tablets such as the iPad can't offer.
The analyst believes that the Microsoft Surface tablet won't undercut the pricing of Apple’s iPad. O'Donnell says that he expects the RT version of the Surface tablet to sell for $599 and the Intel-powered version to sell for $999.

Source: CNET

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MSRP Prices...
By RGrizzzz on 10/11/2012 9:39:48 AM , Rating: 3
Realize these are MSRP prices. PC products actually get discounted, unlike Apple products.

RE: MSRP Prices...
By xti on 10/11/2012 9:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think the RT's are going to struggle against the iPads.

the pro/intel powered ones though that let you run x86 is a whole different ballgame, i actually dont mind the $1k price if it lets me run most exe's today and say run an MMO.

RE: MSRP Prices...
By Dribble on 10/11/2012 10:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
It's worth a bit extra, but not that much as legacy apps won't run well on a tablet (designed for mouse/keyboard) and new windows 8 apps (e.g. office) are mostly available on the cheap ARM tablets anyway.

For $1k I'd get a laptop and an ARM tablet. Imo even $400 is a tough sell for a tablet since it's not an ipad and the google nexus is all most tablet users need and it's only $250.

RE: MSRP Prices...
By xti on 10/11/2012 10:50:09 AM , Rating: 2
agree on the mouse keyboard part - accessories practicality will be the end result but how much different can a kb and mouse get.

i guess there just is a niche market of people who have wanted the portability of an true iPad-like tablet...that runs x86.

RE: MSRP Prices...
By Mint on 10/12/2012 8:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
Win RT is just a me too product by MS to emphasize that the iPad is a step down from Win8 tablets. It's not going to sell well, and its advantages over x86 are minimal and fleeting.

We hit <$300 with netbooks a year or two ago. Yeah, tablets have a better quality screen, but beyond that they should actually cost less, and component costs continue to drop as usual. Win8 tablet makers are clinging to a high-margin fantasy that they have brand power over their competitors, and nobody will undercut each other on price. That's why MSRP is so high.

RE: MSRP Prices...
By agent2099 on 10/11/2012 10:29:55 AM , Rating: 2
I hasn't really been the case with tablets from Asus or acer, they have stayed at or very near MSRP.

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