Is it time to purchase a Windows tablet? If you are a procrastinator like me you haven’t even started shopping. One of the most popular gifts to give and receive is a Windows tablet. There are so many to chose from. You can buy tablets from Dell, Asus, Microsoft, and many others. Many prices have fallen and retailers are slashing prices because of the new tablets are set to come out first quarter of 2014. So now would be the time to pick up a Windows tablet for you or someone on your shopping list
Below is a list of ten Windoes tablets under $500. Most of the tablets are under $400. A Windows 8 tablet in the mid $300 price range is a good deal. Retailers have found out that the $300 range is the sweet spot for what consumers want to pay.
10 Windows 8 Tablets for Under $500
Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet: Your ultimate productivity companion.
Take the full power of Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, and dual cameras.
Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touchMemory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHzStorage (hard drive): 64GB eMMCColor: BlackDell P/N: BELL8-1818BLK
Big-picture productivity in a compact tablet.
Crystal-clear touch screen:Witness impeccable detail on the 8″ HD 800p display and navigate with a tap, slide, swipe or pinch on the multi-touch screen. Share HD thrills with wide viewing angles that allow multiple viewers to see HD content in stunning detail, simultaneously.
Front and rear cameras: Take great photos and shoot video with the 1.2 MP front-facing lens or video chat with the 5 MP rear-facing camera.
Room to grow: Easily expand your storage capacity with card-reader support for MicroSD, SDHC and SDXC.
Complete performance, in the palm of your hand
Compact yet powerful:Whatever you’re creating, the Dell Venue 8 Pro helps you build it quickly with an ultrafast Intel® Atom™ .
Windows mobility, productivity and collaboration: Take the full functionality of Windows 8.1 with you wherever you go. Whether you’re on the road or on vacation, Dell Venue 8 Pro gives you complete access to Office Home & Student 2013.
Windows 8 apps: There’s an app for everything you do, from managing contacts and email to sharing photos, managing projects and staying connected. Your Dell Venue 8 Pro gives you quick access to everything in the Windows Store and easy access to the apps you already have on your Windows 8 PC.
All-day battery life: Watch back-to-back movies or spend your day at the office without a cord with up to 10 hours of battery life.
Dual-band WiFi:Establish fast, reliable connections to WiFi hotspots around town, on campus or at home.
Bluetooth connectivity: Simplify connections to a compatible mouse, external keyboard or other accessories with the speed and convenience of Bluetooth. Or sync up some compatible Bluetooth speakers for great sound without the wires.
Wireless display technology: Stream HD videos, photos or presentations from your Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet to your compatible TV through Miracast wireless technology. Miracast’s secure, direct connection eliminates the need to connect to a local WiFi signal.
ASUS and You. Incredible Together
ASUS VivoTabTM Smart ME400C
Tablet Productivity Redefined
The ASUS VivoTabTM Smart ME400C gives you everything you need from a PC with the portability and convenience of a 10 inch tablet. With its incredibility thin and lightweight design measuring only 0.4 inches and weighing 1.3 pounds, your world is connected with a simple touch. Now bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, staying productive on the go has never been easier. (Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 software needs to be downloaded; activation card included with tablet).
Features-At-A-Glance Now bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 ($139 Value)3 10.1″ WXGA IPS Panel with 178-degree ultra-wide viewing angle – capacitive touch panel and multi-touch functionality. 64GB flash storage with 2GB of system memory for smooth computing Crystal clear f/2.2 aperture 8MP Rear Camera with LED Flash and back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 2MP Front Camera with LED Indicator for high quality video chatting ASUS SonicMaster Technology delivers more powerful sounds and richer bass to provide the best audio experience Includes 32GB of complimentary cloud storage for 36 months and 8GB free lifetime storage2
Microsoft Office Included
With Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 bundled3, the ASUS VivoTabTM Smart now gives you productivity on a tablet like never before. Whether using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote; Office Web Apps will ensure your documents are always synced and ready to view or edit on any device wherever you may be.(Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 software needs to be downloaded; activation card included with tablet)
Featuring an Intel® AtomTM Z2760 processor, the ASUS VivoTabTM Smart packs major processing power into a sleek and lightweight design. Combined with the fast and fluid feel of Windows 8 and up to 8.5 hours of battery life1, you’ll find an increase in productivity, games are more responsive, apps open faster, and system wake times are nearly instantaneous.
The ASUS VivoTabTM Smart is also NFC ready for convenient and intuitive peer to peer data and content sharing. Simply link and pair up with various NFC-enabled devices and peripherals to read or share information.
Stunning Visuals and Sound
Don’t be surprised if “Stunning” is the first word that comes to mind when you experience the ASUS VivoTabTM Smart. Featuring a 10.1″ WXGA IPS panel, the VivoTabTM Smart presents excellent vivid graphic images with a 50% better and more accurate color range in a 178-degree wide viewing angle.
The VivoTabTM Smart also features exclusive ASUS SonicMasterTM technology, so expect sounds from a quiet whisper to a rock anthem come to life in clarity never before heard on a tablet thanks to premium speaker design and placement. Whatever the soundtrack to your life is, play it loud and clear with the ASUS VivoTabTM Smart!
Designed for Touch
The ultimate blend of form and function, the ASUS VivoTabTM Smart is super thin and lightweight making it incredibly versatile and highly mobile. Featuring multi-touch control and an innovative Windows 8 interface, your tweets, photos, videos, and entertainment are always at your fingertips. Tap, swipe, pinch-zoom, and rotate to your hearts-and hand’s content.
Best in-class Camera
Featuring an f/2.2 aperture 8MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera with LED indicator, the VivoTabTM Smart lets you “touch to focus” for capturing images with an outstanding wider field of view that are brighter and more clear. The tablet is also equipped with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor providing color enhancement for vivid colors and sharper images.
Experience ASUS WebStorage
Access to all your favorite files is always just a short click away with ASUS WebStorage. Conveniently sync and share your online data anytime, anywhere with 32GB of complimentary cloud storage for 36 months and 8GB free lifetime storage2.
Specifications Operating System: Windows 8 (64 bit) Display: 10.1″ HD (1366×768), 350 nits, IPS with Soda Lime glass Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 (1.8GHz) Saltwell Dual-core Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth: 4.0 Storage: 64B + ASUS cloud WebStorage (8GB for life + additional 32GB for 3 years) Camera: Front 2.0MP, Rear 8.0MP Speakers: Stereo speaker with ASUS SonicMaster Technology Card Reader: 1x Micro SD Reader
Battery: Polymer 25W/h (up to 8.5 Hours1) Dimensions: 10.67″ x 6.97″ x .51″ (W x D x H) Weight: 1.3 lbs Color: Black Input/ Output: 1 x Microphone in + Headphone Out Jack 1 x Micro USB port 1 x Micro HDMI port
What’s in the Box ASUS VivoTabTM Smart ME400C Tablet AC Adapter & Power Plug User Manual Warranty Card Clean Cloth
Protect your VivoTabTM Smart ME400CC with official ASUS Accessories (sold separately)
ASUS TransSleeve Vivo and Keyboard Magnetic hinge attaches the Transleeve to the VivoTab Smart for grip and protection, while magnets hold the metal keyboard touchpad onto the Transleeve Precision slim metal keyboard touchpad with shortcut keys built just for the VivoTab Smart Convenient micro-USB charging, 450mAh Polymer, Bluethooth 3.0 Durable polyurethane lined with microfiber Transleeve, Metal keyboard touchpad
ASUS TransSleeve VivoTabTM Smart Cover Magnetic hinge attaches to the VivoTabTM Smart for grip and protection Dual positioning allows for convenient movie-watching and typing Durable polyurethane on the outside lined with microfiber on the inside Colorful choices in four colors to match your ASUS VivoTabTM Smart to your lifestyle
ASUS Screen Protector VivoTabTM Smart Cover Includes two squeegees and one cleaning cloth Guards against scratches and anti-glare Fingerprints and bubble resistant
ASUS- Top 3 Global Consumer Notebook Brand
As the world’s top three consumer notebook brand and maker of the world’s best-selling motherboards, ASUS prides itself by making products that always “START with PEOPLE.” With a persistent approach to innovation, ASUS goes beyond satisfying current consumer needs to surpass expectations and spark the imaginations of people everywhere. ASUS designs and manufactures a diverse range of products as part of our relentless search for incredible, including motherboards, graphics cards, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, networking devices, servers, smartphones and tablets. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and recently received the recognition for the 2013 PC Magazine Reader’s Choice Award.
Enjoy the convenience of a tablet with the power of a laptop using the ATIV Tab 3 from Samsung. This Windows 8 tablet features an amazingly super thin and light design and an Intel processor–simply use the built-in keyboard to create Word documents or PowerPoint presentations or to perform other traditional computing tasks. The S Pen lets you draw or take handwritten notes, and the 5-finger multi-touch screen offers advanced controls.
The SuperBright screen delivers exceptional color and clarity. View larger.
The included S Pen lets you to draw or take handwritten notes on the tablet. View larger.
Convertible Design to Consume or Create Content
Samsung’s ATIV Tab 3 combines the convenience of a tablet computer with the power of a traditional laptop. As a tablet, you can use it to browse the Web, watch videos, flip through photos, and much more. With the included Bluetooth keyboard and a full copy of Microsoft Office 2013, you can use the tablet like a laptop for ZSDAFX text-heavy documents or other files. The keyboard also serves as a protective cover and stand.
SuperBright Screen for a Clear View
View photos, videos, websites, and more with exceptional color and clarity with the SuperBright screen. This screen provides 400 nits of brightness–two times brighter than a typical 200 nit computer screen–and is also anti-reflective, so you can see the screen clearly even if you’re outdoors in the sunshine.
Draw or Write Using the S Pen
The S Pen, included with the ATIV Tab 3, allows you to draw or take handwritten notes on the tablet–just like you would with a pencil and a notebook. Made by Wacom, the S Pen offers 1024-level pressure sensitivity for exceptional accuracy.
Advanced Note-Taking with S Note 2.0
Using the S Pen and Samsung’s S Note 2.0 software, you can easily take notes, draw, and make updates. The program offers a choice of templates, and its various input modes (typing, writing, and handwriting recognition) make it the most advanced and intuitive note-taking application to support the S Pen.
Share Files Between Your Tablet and Smartphone
Included with this tablet is Samsung’s SideSync software, which automatically syncs files with your smartphone when you dock it and allows you to copy and paste files from the phone to the tablet or vice versa. A Virtual Phone feature lets you actually view the phone screen on your tablet in a variety of sizes while you’re using the phone’s functions.
E-Books, Games, and More at Samsung Apps
Samsung Apps marketplace offers a variety of applications specially designed for use on your Samsung smart device. Choose from a range of apps, including entertainment, productivity, finance, travel, education, and physical training apps, along with e-books, games, and mapping and navigation applications. You can also keep children entertained and learning interactively with apps designed for specific age ranges.
The Tab 3 comes installed with Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit), has a 10.1-inch display, and contains an Intel Atom processor and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator graphics card. It comes equipped with a Bluetooth keyboard and offers 2 GB of system memory and 64 GB of storage and can operate for up to 7 hours on a single battery charge. The product measures 0.31 by 10.13 by 6.51 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 1.28 pounds.
What’s in the Box
Samsung ATIV Tab 3 tablet computer, Bluetooth keyboard and cover, AC adapter, S Pen, and Samsung SideSync and S Note 2.0 software.
ATIV Tab 3
At a Glance:Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit) operating systemIntel processor delivers fast laptop-like performanceS Pen and S Note for drawing or take handwritten notesIncluded keyboard adds even more PC functionalitySideSync software syncs and shares files with your smartphone
Everything a tablet should be.
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Built from the ground up for Windows 8.1, the Encore is a simple yet powerful tablet that accelerates everything you do. It features a gorgeous 8-inch multi-touch display and comes equipped with app-enhancing features like dual microphones and high-resolution cameras. From web browsing and video chatting to entertainment and office work, the Encore is poised to deliver a next-gen Windows tablet experience every time you use it.
HD TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY
The responsive 8-inch diagonal IPS, multi-touch, 1280×800 HD display is ideal for couch-surfing, as well as games, entertainment and productivity on the go.
Make the most of the apps you love with the Quad-Core Intel Atom processor. Get powerful performance, stunning visuals and InstantGo technology–which awakens your tablet the moment you need it, keeping your apps, data and Live Tiles up to date.
BUILT FOR WINDOWS 8.1
Synchronize, personalize and share your Windows compatible PC or laptop content with your Encore™ tablet for a more seamless experience. And multi-user ID support lets you share your tablet with the whole family.
MAKE THE MOST OF SKYPE
The Encore features Skype optimized dual-array microphones with beam-forming technology for noise reduction and greater sound clarity. And get started with 30 days of free unlimited world calling.*
HD CAMERA AND WEBCAM
Capture incredible photos and full HD videos with a high-resolution 8MP camera, plus 2MP HD webcam for video calls and chats.
ULTRAFAST WI-FI AND WEB BROWSING
Enjoy speedy 802.11n Wi-Fi and full-screen web browsing with the all-new Internet Explorer 11. Specifically designed to take full advantage of your tablet’s smaller touchscreen, Internet Explorer 11 allows you to surf websites, stream video and read text more easily than ever.
GET GOING RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
The Encore comes with a full version of Office Home Student 2013 for all your productivity needs. Access your Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel files anytime–all for free! ($139 value.)
XBOX ENTERTAINMENT TO GO
Turn your Encore tablet into a second screen for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One entertainment system with Xbox SmartGlass. Check out the latest HD Movies, TV Shows and games, plus enjoy a free 6-month pass to stream Xbox Music!
Save and enjoy the music, videos, photos and apps you love with 32GB of internal storage. Plus, use a microSD slot to double your storage capacity.
PLENTY OF PORTS FOR SYNCING
Sync, share and store your content easily with built-in Micro USB 2.0, microSD and Micro HDMI ports.
Lenovo Miix 2 – 8” Tablet
The 8” Miix 2 is a Windows tablet that uniquely combines an 8” HD wide-view display with powerful, Intel quad core processing and Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition, making it perfect for light productive tasks and Web browsing. And at just .31” thin and well under 1 lb, it’s the ideal travel companion.
Windows Tablet with Powerful Quad Core Processor
With Windows 8.1, you can do it all simpler and easier. And with the quad core power of Intel, you’ll get outstanding performance not typically found on a tablet.
8” HD (1280×800) Display With IPS Technology
The vibrant 8″ wide-view display uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) for vivid colors and nearly 180-degree viewing angles.
Five-Finger Multitouch Technology
Seamlessly integrate with Windows 8 and enjoy more precise control.
Thin and Light Design
At .31” thin, it’s as thin as a standard pencil plus it has a textured rear cover for a better grip. And at only .77 lbs, it’s lightweight for carrying anywhere.
The 2MP front camera and up-to-8MP rear camera will help you enjoy web conferences or online video chats like you’re really there.
Stay Productive with Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition
Create, work, plan and share more easily with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Edition. Featuring Word 2013, Excel 2013, Powerpoint 2013 and OneNote 2013.
Veriface Face Recognition Software
Your face is your password. The integrated webcam uses stored images of your face to allow you to login quickly and easily, and the program supports multiple users, allowing you to authorize access for the entire family.
With 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, you’ll be able to connect to the internet most anywhere you go.
Lenovo Cloud Storage
Protect your important files and data, while also making access to information and file-sharing quick and convenient. Automatically back-up and synchronize data across your home, while enabling access from multiple devices. Data is encrypted on transfer for an extra level of security.
Dell XPS 10 Tablet: Play hard, work smarter.
Introducing the 10.1″ XPS™ 10 multi–touch tablet with Windows RT.
Explore new dimensions with touch.Now you can swipe and tap to interact with your favorite apps and games. The 10.1″ multi–touch display is designed to maximize your Windows® 8 experience.
Designed with you in mind.The XPS™ 10 tablet is light, slender and crafted with resilient materials so it’s ready to go wherever you go.
Featuring Office Home & Student 2013 RT.
Experience Windows® RT on the XPS 10 with apps for work and play. Get familiar with Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2013 RT and see how your favorite productivity suite has been optimized for touch.
Dock and do more.
When you connect your XPS 10 tablet to the optional Mobile Keyboard Dock, you get an additional built–in battery, full keyboard and touchpad capabilities and USB and HDMI ports.
Audio–visual excellence to go.Get the most from your Skype calls, movies, music and games with the XPS™ 10 tablet’s front and rear cameras, HD display and enhanced audio features.
Portable power and speed.
Multitask, watch movies and boot up in seconds with a dual–core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor and eMMC storage.
Designed to work wherever you are.
XPS 10 comes installed with drivers for most printers, mice and monitors, so it’s ready to work in almost any environment. Plus, its built–in security features ensure your system, files and personal information stay safe wherever you connect.
XPS 10 (XPS10-2727BLK)
at a glance…
Processor: Dell XPS 10 Tablet with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 1.5GHz DC processor and 32GB Flash StorageDisplay:
10.1″ High Definition (1366×768) IPS with Gorilla GlassOperating system: Windows RT [Win 8 edition for ARM]Memory (RAM):
2GB LP-DDR2Storage (hard drive):
32GB eMMcOptical drive:
No Optical DriveAudio:
Stereo SpeakersPreinstalled software:
Microsoft® Defender (included with Win 8 OS),
Microsoft® Office Home & Student 2013 RT