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Acer delays Windows RT offerings, fears Surface

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    Acer delays Windows RT offerings, fears Surface


    Shelving what it described as an "aggressive" product schedule, Acer is delaying the launch of its Windows RT offerings until Q2 of 2013. This news comes for Acer President Jim Wong who cites Microsoft's Surface tablet as the reason, in this interview conducted by Reuters. "Because of Surface... we are much more cautious," claims Wong.
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    I find this inexcusable on Acer's behalf. Seriously right now, Microsoft built a tablet far superior and looks and feels great. It also doesn't have crapware that would be associated with Acer PCs. And, it's just the neatest looking Windows tablet out there by FAR. All this for the price of 500 dollars. I once read that it doesn't cost too much to build the Surface RT and Microsoft is making money off of it.

    If Acer actually has to go back to the drawing board for such a simple tablet running Windows RT, with low powered and low cost ARM hardware, they're drunk and need to go home.
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    I've seen the ASUS RT tablets advertised in fliers for the 599 that article mentions. The exact same tablet with Android on it is only 399 dollars. 200 dollars more just to get Windows RT on the same hardware? That's nuts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I find this inexcusable on Acer's behalf. Seriously right now, Microsoft built a tablet far superior and looks and feels great. It also doesn't have crapware that would be associated with Acer PCs. And, it's just the neatest looking Windows tablet out there by FAR. All this for the price of 500 dollars. I once read that it doesn't cost too much to build the Surface RT and Microsoft is making money off of it.

    If Acer actually has to go back to the drawing board for such a simple tablet running Windows RT, with low powered and low cost ARM hardware, they're drunk and need to go home.
    I wonder what the OEM Windows RT install fee is? Last I heard it was around 80, though that is just a rumor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I find this inexcusable on Acer's behalf. Seriously right now, Microsoft built a tablet far superior and looks and feels great. It also doesn't have crapware that would be associated with Acer PCs. And, it's just the neatest looking Windows tablet out there by FAR. All this for the price of 500 dollars. I once read that it doesn't cost too much to build the Surface RT and Microsoft is making money off of it.

    If Acer actually has to go back to the drawing board for such a simple tablet running Windows RT, with low powered and low cost ARM hardware, they're drunk and need to go home.
    Really...LOL

    90% of consumers don't have a clue about the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8...

    MS putting out a Windows RT tablet BEFORE a Windows 8 Pro tablet is going to be a disaster for them...

    Anyone buying a Windows RT tablet will just assume it's ready to take home and do some work
    like they do on their laptop/desktop....isn't going to happen....

    read this before you hammer Acer and others...they have seen what alraedy is happening to
    early buyers (can you say refunds because it's not what they expect) and will wait IMO..

    Are Microsoft Store employees misleading customers about Windows RT?
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    You can actually get a Windows RT tablet and do some work, if a majority of your work entails Office, which for many consumers and typical people and students, that mostly it. Heck, that's the prime reason why one would by Windows RT tablets: Office.

    I do find it strange though that the RT tablets are priced high, like with the ASUS Vivo RT tablet. It's basically the Transformer but with Windows RT on it and costs about 200 more. I read that the keyboard dock is free if you buy the tablet until December 31st from ASUS. I call BS on the pricing structure on Windows tablet PCs altogether. I think it's because the OEMs are trying to make the argument that their tablets are the best of both a PC and a tablet, in a nice feature rich package. To buy a decent tablet (ipad) and a decent laptop (one that is about 600 dollars), it would cost less to buy a Windows 8 tablet PC. You have two in one. Honestly it's decent argument to make, but gee. 800 for an Atom powered tablet? Methinks not. But a 1,000 for an i5 powered tablet? Maybe?
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    Lol, the Surface, you can't even use it on the road as it as no HSPA, a $ 300 Nexus 7 have one and a GPS too.
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    Between their constant whining and cheap feeling products, who cares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    You can actually get a Windows RT tablet and do some work, if a majority of your work entails Office, which for many consumers and typical people and students, that mostly it. Heck, that's the prime reason why one would by Windows RT tablets: Office.

    I do find it strange though that the RT tablets are priced high, like with the ASUS Vivo RT tablet. It's basically the Transformer but with Windows RT on it and costs about 200 more. I read that the keyboard dock is free if you buy the tablet until December 31st from ASUS. I call BS on the pricing structure on Windows tablet PCs altogether. I think it's because the OEMs are trying to make the argument that their tablets are the best of both a PC and a tablet, in a nice feature rich package. To buy a decent tablet (ipad) and a decent laptop (one that is about 600 dollars), it would cost less to buy a Windows 8 tablet PC. You have two in one. Honestly it's decent argument to make, but gee. 800 for an Atom powered tablet? Methinks not. But a 1,000 for an i5 powered tablet? Maybe?
    you can get an ARM tablet with Android to do all that for under $300...so why would you get Windows RT
    @$500+ for it.......
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    I couldn't imagine trying to use a surface tablet as a computer replacement. Do you people not have lots of data, run vms, play games, use multiple monitors, have mechanical keyboards that are awesome to type on, connect to nice speaker systems, rip music and movies, and run multiple apps together on the screen at the same time? Guess not, if you feel a tablet could be a 2 in 1 best bet.
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