Been considering a slate-style purchase? Well, today may be the time to make the leap. While Microsoft's Surface Pro (no, not the deuce) gets a massive discount, and may very well be the most attractive tablet/hybrid buy of the week, we've nabbed a few other options too. Take a look at the other side of the break for discounts on the rest of the lot.
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Microsoft Surface Pro
Regular Price: $900
Engadget Score: 75
Buy: Best Buy
It's not the Surface Pro 2 that was announced last fall, but it's still a stellar deal at $400 off of the regular price, and the device still isn't a year old. If you'll recall from our review, we were high on the 128GB version with its solid performance despite abysmal battery life of just under four hours. To see how this model stacks up with the current-gen models, take a gander at our comparison tool.
Regular Price: $250
Engadget Score: 73
2013's Kobo Arc mustered a better effort than the disappointing Vox, but it still wasn't enough to compete with the 7-inch Android slate elite. However, with a 50 percent discount, this now-$112 16GB option may be worth a look for e-reading and tablet-style media consumption. Add the Arc (64GB version pictured) to the compare tool to pit it against the rest of the top-rated Android devices.
Nexus 7 (2012)
Regular Price: $249
Engadget Score: 88
Once heralded as the best $200 tablet you can buy, the 32GB version of the original ASUS Nexus 7 is now priced well below the 16GB current-gen model. This 2012 version sports better battery life than the newer slate and you'll still get a bite of KitKat, too. Take a look at how the two Nexus tablets compare right here.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Regular Price: $269
Engadget Score: 74
If you don't mind those pesky special offers and 16GB of storage, our price drop tool alerted us to Amazon cutting the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 by $40 earlier this week. Willing to hold out for a bigger discount? Add one to your "Want" list and you'll get the next price drop alert when we do.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system Android (Jelly Bean [4.3])
- Screen size 7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Camera (integrated) 5 megapixels
- Dimensions 7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 in
- Weight 10.23 oz
- Released 2013-07-26