Cheapskate regulars know my feelings about Windows: bloated, buggy, overpriced, outdated piece of...
Whoops, sorry, I forgot: family blog. Anyway, for all my complaining about Windows, the reality is that it gets the job done for most folks -- and you can forgive a lot when staring at a deal like this.
Today only, and while supplies last, DailySteals has the refurbished Asus VivoTab RT 10.1-inch tablet for $139, shipped. Let me repeat that: a 10...inch...Windows tablet...for $139.
What's not immediately clear is whether the VivoTab comes with a keyboard. In most configurations it does, and many of the listing page photos show one -- but it's not mentioned anywhere in the description. I've reached out to DailySteals for clarification and will update the post once I get it. For now, I'm assuming there's no keyboard.
Update: There's no keyboard.
And that's OK, because even without one, this is a 10-inch Windows tablet for $139. And let's check the rest of the specs: 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of solid-state storage, a microSD slot for adding more, dual cameras (including an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash), Bluetooth 4.0 and even NFC. (Full specs here.)
The 10.1-inch touchscreen runs at 1,366x768 -- more than sufficient for this size. (Anyone who says you need 1080p or higher on a 10-inch display is just plain silly.) That's an IPS+ display, by the way, which is "noticeably brighter than the Surface," according to.
Like other Windows RT tablets, this one comes with Office 2013. Also like other Windows RT tablets, it can't run Windows 8 software; only Windows apps. That leaves out programs like Google Chrome and iTunes.
Remember, though, this isn't meant to take the place of your desktop or laptop. It's a tablet in much the same way the iPad is a tablet -- except it's priced at $139. And you can use it for Netflix, Evernote, Web browsing, email and all that other tablet-y stuff. At this price, I find it easy to overlook the handful of things Windows RT can't do. Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: Hey, don't forget, today is your AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones for $159, shipped. List price: $200. (Just to clarify, there are a couple different TMA-1 models out there; this one includes the three-button in-line remote with microphone.) Check out (five stars, Editors' Choice award), which called the TMA-1 "ideal for traveling DJs who need tough headphones with an up-front, bass-slamming sound profile.". Of course, if you want to hedge your bets, consider buying a sweet set outright. For a limited time, StackSocial has the
Bonus deal No. 2: Mea culpa: The MacBook Air deal I shared the other day wasn't fabulous. In fact, I made a few mistakes in describing it, for which I apologize profusely. Here's a much better configuration that's just $100 more: For a limited time (possibly very limited), Newegg Flash has the refurbished MacBook Air MC969LL/A for $599, shipped. Specs include an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and an 11.6-inch screen. It comes with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.