[DEAD] Friday only: 7-inch 4GB Orbo Jr Android tablet for $48

This daily deal expired…
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[DEAD] 10-inch 16GB iPad Air 2 for $400

This limited time offer ended…
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Three months of Netflix with red Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

It is 2015, and a new round of Samsung Galaxy Perks are up, decidedly more stingy than previous iterations. Unless you have bought the garnet-red 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3. This one, perhaps because of its redness (?), gets a free three month Netflix subscription, in addition to the common offers (Dropbox, etc). From this line at the Perks website, “Once redeemed, your new or existing account will receive a credit for the value of a 3-month subscription”, we can theorize that this offer is also good for existing Netflix members. More details at the Perks website. This round expires 3/31/15 (I don’t know if it will be renewed later).

[DEAD] Jan 11-17: free $25 Gift Card with select Kindle Fire and e-readers

This limited time offer expired…
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[DEAD] B&M: $60 off Kindle e-reader if purchased together with Fire HD 7

This weekly offer at Staples stores expired, but since many of their offers are of the recurring variety, it is possible that it may return at some point in the future…
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[DEAD] Starts Dec 21: 7-inch Nobis NB7022 S Android tablet for $30

This weekly special expired on 12/27/14 but some of the Staples offers are recurring, so it may return in a few weeks…
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10.1-inch 32GB HP Pavilion X2 Detachable for $200 [W8]

As of a 3/11/14 recheck, this sale is back on!

Windows goes on the attack once again, bringing fire and blood to the Chromebooks which perhaps rested a bit on their laurels.Right now, for just $200, you can get the 10.1-inch 32GB HP Pavilion X2 Detachable hybrid from Amazon.com. Or you can get the 64GB version for about $25 more. Limit three per customer.

It’s a tablet, it’s a laptop, and it is SSD powered, so no painful hard disk spinning. And it has a touchscreen. It is powered by the recent Intel Atom Z3736F Processor, with 2GB RAM, Intel HD graphics, 1280×800 resolution, and a battery life estimate of over 11.5 hours. You also get a one year subscription to Office 365.

For general purpose lightweight computer use, I am now starting to tilt towards Windows 8 2-in-1s over Chromebooks. Thanks to the Desktop persona, you can install most of your favorite Windows apps, and you can install as many browsers as you want. And that’s before you take it to the next level with Firefox Profiles.

Obviously, don’t expect these to run Photoshop or AutoCAD or heavy duty productivity software. But for email, browsers, social media, music, videos, they can be pretty, pretty, pretty good as Larry David likes to say. You still have the various frustrations of Windows, it still takes a million pointless clicks just to install a new version of an existing app, you still have to reboot every time Windows Update sneezes, and such.