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Regular readers know I'm borderline insulted by Microsoft's Surface line (or at least the marketing for it), because how can a tablet replace your laptop if it doesn't come with a keyboard? Oh, wait, I can add a keyboard -- for how much?!
That's why I was hoping HP's Spectre x2 would make a bigger splash when it debuted back in January, because it offered a Surface-style computing experience with that all-important keyboard already included. It didn't, but I suspect that was because the $799.99 starting price wasn't quite attractive enough.
How's this for attractive: For a limited time and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the refurbished HP Spectre x2 for $429.99 shipped -- by far the lowest price I've seen. Not wild about the 90-day warranty? Daily Steals will set you up for two years for $35.99 or three for $49.99. You still come out way ahead of buying new.
The Spectre x2 not only has a cool name, it also delivers some pretty nice specs (a few of which, annoyingly, aren't listed -- but I found 'em for you): Intel Skylake Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 1,920x1,080-pixel touchscreen (spanning 12 inches).
There's good news and there's bad news: You get a USB-C port on either side, but connecting any legacy devices means using an included dongle/adapter.
Of particular interest, the x2 supports Verizon 4G LTE, so if you want mobile connectivity without using, say, your phone as a hotspot, you've got the option.
Oh, and the keyboard -- did I mention it's included? Use it when you need it, stow it when you want to go full tablet.
I'll turn you over to Dan Ackerman's Spectre x2 review so you can find out more. Personally, I think this is a steal indeed, especially as a back-to-school option. Plenty of power, great design, lots of versatility and a price tag that's roughly half what it was six months ago.
Bonus deal: To celebrate its 12th anniversary, EaseUS is giving away a bunch of software over the next few weeks -- starting with Partition Master Pro 10.8 (Windows). Scroll way down to find the giveaway and see what's coming next. If you're handy with graphics, you can also design a new EaseUS logo and get entered to win one of five $40 PayPal gift cards.