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Suggestions for a sub $500 Windows 8 Tablet

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    Suggestions for a sub $500 Windows 8 Tablet


    Hello,

    So my company is going to be attending a trade show in February and we want to give away 2 tablets as prizes. We were considering using an iPad, but not all of our software will run on an iPad. The software is designed mostly for Windows, so it will run on any Windows based tablet.

    Excluding any Windows RT devices, what are you guys using in the $250 to $500 price range? Thanks in advance.

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    i have used this one seems nice. Dell Venue 11 pro
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    I'm looking at the Asus Transformerbook, it's $359, includes Office 2013 Home and Student, it comes with a keyboard, has 64GB of storage, USB 3.0 and the BayTrail quad core Atom CPU. I only wish it had more than 1366x768 resolution.

    Amazon.com : ASUS Transformer Book 10.1" T100TA-C1-RD(S) Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, 64GB (RED) : Computers & Accessories

    We have a Venue 11 Pro at work which we got as a gift from a vendor for listening to a spiel. I don't know if we got a dud or not, but it sucks. Compared to our Surface Pro 1, it's slow, it locks up a ton and the fan is almost always running and making quite a bit of noise. We have the Core i5 version of the Dell Venue.
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    i only tried it a couple times was not mine. i did not have anything to compare too. so might not be the best one out their.

    my girlfriend has an asus transformer. its pretty good only thing i dont like about it is the keyboard has a plug that get plugged into tablet. the price has drop conciderably on 1 year that she had it.
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    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Recently bought Dell Venue 8 Pro for my sister, it's good for the kind of minimal work she's doing like presentations, browsing, watching movies, music. I think it also include MS office student & home 2013.
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    I've got an Asus Transformer Book T100TAM that I am playing with right now. It's 2GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, keyboard, USB 3.0, quad core baytrail, etc. Came with 8.1, ran Windows Update, needed 70 updates. Took over an hour. Runs the OS ok, but updates were painful.
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    N. Calif
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    I had a Dell Venue 8 Pro and liked it very much. I've never used a Venue 11 but based on my experience with the Venue 8 Pro I would tend to think the one you got was a dud. I ended up getting a Surface Pro 3 which is why I no longer have the Venue 8.

    Since it's something you plan to give away it probably doesn't matter but I generally recommend for people to avoid the Win tablets with 32GB of storage. After the OS, a recovery partition and the installed software, there is usually only about 12GB of free space.
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    Mine was 64gb of storage.
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    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I had a Dell Venue 8 Pro and liked it very much.

    ...I generally recommend for people to avoid the Win tablets with 32GB of storage. After the OS, a recovery partition and the installed software, there is usually only about 12GB of free space.
    Strollin , just a doubt, Can't you make OEM Recovery USB or microSD after getting the tab & remove the recovery partition afterwards? Or is creating recovery media impossible?
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    You can certainly do that, my point is that a 32G from the factory has very little free space.
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