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The Dell Venue 8 Pro is a Windows tablet with an 8 inch screen, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s designed to be about the size of an iPad mini, but capable of running full Windows desktop apps — it even comes with Office 2013 Home & Student pre-laoded.
Dell’s little Windows tablet normally sells for $299 and up, but you can pick one up from the Microsoft Store for $199 today… while supplies last. The store even had very limited quantities available for $99 earlier today, but they sold out quickly.
Update: And not surprisingly, those supplies didn’t last. The Microsoft Store is sold out of the $199 tablets.
I’ve been testing a Venue 8 Pro for a few weeks, and while I’m not convinced it’s the most useful device if you’re looking for a notebook replacement, it’s a reasonably compact tablet with decent performance and acceptable battery life… if you treat the ability to run desktop apps as a bonus feature rather than the tablet’s primary purpose, it’s a pretty good device for $199.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet for $199 – Microsoft Store
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro 13″ convertible w/ultra HD display for $900 – Best Buy
- Lenovo ThinkPad Twist 12.5″ convertible tablet for $450 – Rakuten (w/MASTERPASS100 code, MasterPass checkout)
- Refurb Lenovo Yoga 11S 11.6″ Windows 8 convertible for $550 – Newegg
- LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet for $280 – Newegg
- Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 7″ Android 4.0 tablet for $80 – TigerDirect
- Refurb Hisense Sero 7 Lite Android tablet for $50 – Newegg
- Refurb Asus Transformer Pad tF300 10″ Android tablet for $180 – A4C (via eBay)
Amazon is also offering 20% off select Kindle devices today.
You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.
The MS store is out of a lot of things. What’s the deal? Now the other retailers are raising their prices because of the lack of supply.
i hope you employees of MS stores enjoy your new 99 dollar tablet cause your the only ones who got one at that price,,,MS isn’t helping their image by scamming the public !!!
Not true. I got one. I had to wait in line hours before but they gave more than 35 away at 99 bucks (at my store in Century City)
It’s a great tablet – even at more than $99.
Just checked for a buddy… these are long gone even @ the ‘second’ special price. Typical, more bait n switch from Redmond… //GH
$199 for the tablet? It’s over, folks. Now the store is using the bait and switch tactic on visitors.
That tactic was employed this morning at the store in Saint Louis as well. Disappointing behavior. It will actually have a negative impact on my buying behavior with the company. Had I know this, I would not have wasted my time making the meaningless/worthless drive to and fro.
What do you expect? It’s better than most deals people wait in line for a week before black Friday!
I probably expected enough stock to supply the first twenty people instead of an early switch to pushing (much) more expensive products that not one of us were in line for. For less than the first ten, there was no deal unless standing around for a known-to-staff premature stock-out and being told you should buy a Surface Pro 2 instead is a “deal” by your definition.
Dell is doing the same thing on their website. I was looking for the Venue Pro 11 for $499, but it’s not listed any longer. Instead, they have the higher priced model for $799.
They are guaranteed to have enough stock to supply the first 20 people. At the store I went to (in Los Angeles), they gave away 35 units at the $99 price point and sold ten units at 199. At the fashion valley store where my parent’s waited, after they ran out of units, they gave away dozens of vouchers to people who could buy it for 199 when it came back in stock.
Nope. Not where I was.
I’d have gone for it but for the lack of a micro-HDMI port. Miracast just isn’t an adequate solution.
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