Tablet Tuesday: Get a 10-inch Acer Iconia for $199.99

That's the same price as a certain tablet with a 7-inch screen. This one's a refurb, but it's also a powerhouse. While supplies last!

A 10-inch tablet for under $200? Hard to pass up!
A 10-inch tablet for under $200? Hard to pass up! Acer

Cheap things come to those who wait. It was just a few weeks ago that I wrote about this very tablet, which was selling for a then-attractive price of $239.99

Now, while supplies last, Acer (via eBay) is offering the refurbished Iconia A500-10S08u 10.1-inch Android tablet for $199.99 shipped. That's an awful lot of tablet for less than 200 bucks.

And it makes me ask: What's the best screen size for a tablet? I mean, your two Benjamins can also buy you a 7-inch Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet. The playing field has rarely been more level.

I own both sizes, and I'd say it's about a 70/30 split; mostly I reach for the smaller screen. I like it better for reading books, blogs, magazines, and news. But I will say that for Web browsing and certain games, I definitely prefer a bigger tablet.

Anyway, the feature-packed A500 comes with 8GB of storage (easily expandable via dirt-cheap microSD cards), dual cameras, Bluetooth, GPS, and Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). Apparently an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update started rolling out last month.

About a year ago, when it was brand new and selling for nearly twice the price, CNET rated the A500 3.5 stars. Check the comments from the last time I wrote about it ; lots of people used the word "love" to describe theirs.

Acer backs the A500 with a 90-day warranty. If I wasn't on tablet overload already, I'd grab one of these in a heartbeat.

Bonus deal: In the market for a big monitor? For a limited time, TigerDirect has the AOC 2436V 24-inch LCD monitor for $129.99 shipped. It's a full 1080p display with VGA and DVI inputs, a 5ms response time, a USB port, and a three-year (!) warranty. Check the user ratings; they're through the roof.

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