One of the complaints I often hear about Windows 8 tablet is that they cost too much money when compared with Android and iOS tablets. For instance when I reviewed the HP Envy X2 recently, I noted that it has a list price of $849.

But now you can pick one up for $525. That might be the best price for any Windows 8 tablet that comes with a keyboard dock, and it’s only $25 more than a current-generation iPad (without a keyboard and with significantly less built-in storage).

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Here’s how to snag an Envy X2 for $525. Add one to your cart at Staples.com, and then use the coupon code 70847 at checkout to bring the price down from $599.99 to $524.99. That coupon and sale will only be good for a limited time.

What you get for the money is a portable computer that can be used as either a tablet or a laptop. It has an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and runs Windows 8.

The Envy X2 has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, front-and-rear cameras, and two batteries: one in the tablet, and another in the keyboard dock. When using the computer in notebook mode, you should be able to get around 12 hours of battery life. The tablet alone can run for around 7 hours.

The tablet weighs about 1.5 pounds. Add the keyboard dock and you’ve got a notebook that weighs around 3 pounds.

As a Windows notebook, the HP Envy X2 isn’t exactly a top-tier performer. It’s not as fast as a model featuring an Intel Core i3 or even the latest AMD E-series processors. But it gets long battery life, feels as fast as a Windows RT tablet when running full-screen Windows 8 “Modern” style apps, and offers the added bonus of an option to run full desktop-style software.

At $849 it’s a tough tablet to recommend. At $525, it represents an interesting option for folks that like the idea of a tablet — but aren’t comfortable with the limitations of a mobile operating system like Android or iOS.

There may be far more mobile-friendly apps available for iPads or Android tablets at this point, but there are millions of desktop Windows apps which you can run on a device like the HP Envy X2… just as long as you don’t expect them to run at blazing fast speeds.

via ZDNet and SlickDeals

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10 replies on “HP Envy X2 on sale for $525 (Cheapest Windows 8 tablet w/keyboard?)”

  1. It would be awesome to see a Temash-based tablet in this form factor from HP. If they can add USB 3.0 and keep the price down in this $500-600 range, all the better. This would likely be an instant buy for me if performance and battery life live up to expectations..

  2. I am envying the price… good price point that one though. Hope others follow suit…

  3. I think i’ll wait for the HKC i5 tablet hopefully wal-mart gets a bunch of them…

  4. The better well sell it at that price, a widows 8 price cut is coming plus the arrival Of AMD’s TEMASH platform will herald further price reductions as well as double the performance of ATOM a the same power usage. Buyer beware as they say!

    1. AMD Temash won’t be capable of Connected Standby so it’s definitely not the same power usage as the Clover Trail Atom platform..

      1. You could have a point, but this is not confirmed as to whether it will have it or not. But we do know it Will have turbo dock feature and have power efficiency as a major goal…so it should be decent with battery life and blown clover tail out of the water on performance.

        1. I guess AMD Temash would be in between an Atom and a Core i in terms of performance and power consumption. I wonder how Temash based tablets/hybrids will be priced.

  5. HOw does this compare to Lenovo Lynx? Same chipset but I think Lynx comes with better RAM and SSD

    1. All Atom devices support the same hardware so the Lynx has the same RAM and eMMC for storage, not SSD.

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