Show of hands – how much should a Windows 8 tablet cost?

August 31, 2011

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  • Fantastic idea! I love this site!

    Jenny Wilkins August 31, 2011 4:04 pm Reply
  • are you serious? 0-99 $ , even windows 8 alone cost more than that .LOL
    windows 8 tablet is a complete device, and has the potential to replace pc for some people, unlike Ipad, I’m sure people will spend more to get one of those.
    microsoft should not allow windows 8 on low quality tablets.
    of course I want a product with a reasonable price, but when we talk about windows 8 tablet the reasonable price would be +250$. (and this is for the cheapest ones with the lowest spec)

    zulbia_bamie August 31, 2011 4:40 pm Reply
    • Make your vote count!

      Onuora Amobi August 31, 2011 4:42 pm Reply
    • 0-99 $ made me LOL too. Theres noway you will get a good quality Win 8 tablet for under $250. I’d definitely pay more because a Win 8 tablet, unlike all the other tablets toys, could actually completely replace my laptop.

      noclipmode September 1, 2011 5:29 pm Reply
  • it’ll be nice

    Lbuenaventura2002 August 31, 2011 4:41 pm Reply
  • I’d pay no more than $50 for one.

    Mnmus August 31, 2011 6:41 pm Reply
    • Seriously? Is that realistic in the least bit? If Microsoft wants to succeed at this – and they’ve got a good shot with Windows 8, based on what I’ve seen thus far – they need to intro a tablet at a cost less than the iPad. No doubt about that. However, I’d be perfectly comfortable – and would EXPECT to be – paying $300-$400 for one. We are talking about a full-blown OS and a touch-screen device. I think the prices in the above poll are unrealistic.

      Jason Heydasch August 31, 2011 7:05 pm Reply
      • Well, let’s see if everyone agrees with you. $300 is a lot of money for a mass market device.

        Onuora Amobi August 31, 2011 7:30 pm Reply
        • I agree with Jason, windows os + a touch screen tablet should be priced at atleast $300.

          Nikhil Ramrakhiani August 31, 2011 7:49 pm Reply
  • If you want a decently equipped tablet, it would have to be above $250.00. But of course, it depends on the guts of it. How big is the screen? Will it have a single, dual, or evan quad core processor? How much memory/storage will it have? What output ports will it have? You can’t really say what it should cost based on nothing but the operating system.

    BradWright August 31, 2011 8:25 pm Reply
  • I
    would not want one because I have no use for it. I like my PC and it does all
    that I need. I have internet and a fast PC. So what do I need with something
    like some IPAD? It would be some extra baggage to keep up with. I would also
    have to be looking all around myself watching to see who is going to make a
    break for it and steal it. There will be people out there that cannot afford
    one at any price and there will be those that even if they could afford one at
    any price they would not stop at taking yours. I am very satisfied with my
    Windows 7. It does a great job. So as to a price on one. Well count me out.

    Troy August 31, 2011 8:35 pm Reply
  • I think Microsoft should drop considerably the price of its Windows  else more and more people will turn to Mac.
    1-Mac OS cost much lesser than Wndows
    2-Mac OS dont crash like windows and vulnerable to viruses/ hackers
    3-Mac OS is more stylish
    the only problem with Mac OS is the lack of softwares supported, but this will change as developers and programmers are turning more to Mac Os as Apple stuffs are the TREND, FASHION and MUST HAVE for the past five years…
    With the world wide recession, either Microsoft cut their prices to peanuts else they will find themself bought by another company = Apple…or maybe not as too much of sinking Mobydick

    Genieplus August 31, 2011 8:36 pm Reply
    • 1 and 2 are wrong.3 is possible. also Microsoft is a software company not a hardware company like apple

      master320 August 31, 2011 11:30 pm Reply
    • 1: is wrong.
      2: is DEFINITELY wrong. Pretty much all hackers and even anti-virus companies say that OSX is less secure than Windows, and theres malware for OSX. And OSX does certainly crash, almost as much as iOS.
      And 3 is very debatable. I think the Metro UI on Win 8 looks way better and more modern than OSX or iOS which look dated in comparison.

      noclipmode September 1, 2011 5:34 pm Reply
    • Wrong, wrong, opinion, wrong, wrong, wrong.
      Apple is more expensive by far, they subsidize their OS cost with their hardware cost.
      Their OS is a cesspool of exploits and crappy coding.
      Opinion, meh.
      Software will never be supported because developers don’t want to develop for $1k for outdated hardware in a shiny box. If the recession got to the point where people preferred not paying for a decent OS, the logical step would be to a cheaper OS (Linux, BSD, etc…), not to a more expensive system.
      Now, based off of reading your post, I’m going to assume you’re a stereotypical apple fanboy, and that all of this post will go over your head, but I do want you to realize before you go off and write a snide response that I’m not claiming any OS is better than any other OS, just that your argument is flawed in many ways. No need to start an OS war here.

      Netham45 September 2, 2011 7:05 pm Reply
    • 1 i will give you a free linux iso cd 
      2 proper settings on windows make it stable for weeks, my boot is less than 40 seconds, my desktop station i plug up virus drives and clean them the vault is holding over 300 and my system is clean.BTW macs do get viruses,worms,and malware.Any system can be hacked if it is on line, do you have the tools to trace route your packets?i can VM all my ports and close all ports to windows hack me and might be looking into the mirror.
      3 stylish? my OS must run whatever programs the boss wants to have as well as speed to keep him off my butt. 
      lastly… sell me a copy of mac to run HP ProLiant DL360 G4p 1U  i can get one for under $200 win 7 for another $130 lets see your trendy, fashionable and stylish mac keep up with it on GOW. compete with apple? they out sell over 10 to 1 even ie has more users than safari.
      this is a forum to discuss windows 8.

      Bob E Bray November 18, 2011 7:18 pm Reply
  • It should cost the end-user, in a std. retail environment, $1 less than the competition.  If there is no direct competition, then its supply and demand should be balanced so that the companies bottom line is maximized.  This is how it works with capitalism.  I do not see how the price of a product could be determined through a survey directed towards an audience who may, or may not have any interest in a product.  Of course people want products as cheaply as they can get them.  The only way to answer your question is to monitor the actual sales/price of the tablet.  Otherwise, everyone will list the lowest possible price.

    Nick August 31, 2011 9:15 pm Reply
    • i didn’t say 1-99… i said 250+ because the more it costs; the better quality(hopefully)

      Noodler September 8, 2011 1:26 pm Reply
  • If windows 8 tablet has USB, SD card, HDMI, 3G and WI-FI and the ability to down load books at a good price.
    I would pay $650.

    Tam58 September 1, 2011 2:00 am Reply
    • the dell duo running win 7 is close to what you want and its cheaper than an ipad $550 now look for a sale price in the next month

      Bob E Bray November 18, 2011 6:50 pm Reply
  • should cost nomore than $100 dollars.
    we will find that later there are additional costs that will make it unbearable!!!!!!!!

    Vo September 1, 2011 10:21 am Reply
  • I would pay maybe between 200-250 dollars. I’d love cheaper, but its never gonna happen.

    Tobias September 1, 2011 5:13 pm Reply
  • Apple used to compete into business also for their definitely high prices… customers choose them giving a thought on the comparison “higher price -> higher quality”
    I think Microsoft should not underestimate this feature of the new tablet business. A too-cheap tablet would surely be interpreted as “crappy”

    Paul September 1, 2011 5:39 pm Reply
  • MS will not be manufacturing these tablets (we assume) and so whoever does make them will have to add the cost of the OS to hardware. I expect these will retail in the same vicinity as the late lamented HP Slate 500. $799 for the one I have. Fortunately I didn’t buy it but was given it by an IT purchasing mogul who found it useless for his company’s field personnel. They bought a couple of dozen iPads but only as “holding devices” until Win 8 tablets appear. Since they’ve always been HP users for laptops, etc. I wonder where they will go if HP completely divests itself from the PC market!

    krustybaguette September 1, 2011 8:44 pm Reply
  • Are you serious???? Windows 8 tablet ARM will probably start at around $400 dollars because of the hi-dpi display, and capacitive panel.  The x86/64 version will likely start at $600 to $1500 or more.  If it was a wacom digitizer it will start at 1K or more.  This is not a net book with a low res screen and puny processor, small doesn’t equal cheap it usually means more expensive.  There will still be net books if you are just looking for cheap.  Remember you get what you pay for.  Don’t expect much for less than $400.  Even android doesn’t sell for that little unless they are clearing inventory.

    evilsushi September 1, 2011 10:06 pm Reply
  • You need some more options. Anything less than around 200 or so is going to be compromising quality. Even the current-gen $500 Android tablets have major build issues, in my opinion. Not to mention Android is a steaming pile of shit…

    Netham45 September 2, 2011 6:58 pm Reply
  • i think it sjhud cost more than windows stationary os cuz of the function with touch !

    John Löfgren September 4, 2011 2:41 am Reply
  • There will be tradeoffs, as with anything. What I would want is a tablet that I’m allowed to decide what goes on it and what doesn’t. If it comes with an app I don’t want, I can remove it. If I want to install an app that hasn’t been approved by the Windows 8 App Store, I can take that risk.
    Why should anti-virus and anti-malware developers starve just because Windows is going mobile?

    McGehee September 5, 2011 4:39 pm Reply
  • The price should be as good as the quality. I am asuming the quality is over 250 bucks.

    Cang September 6, 2011 3:36 pm Reply
  • I would expect a beginner tablet to be $299,
    Moderate $399,
    Sleek/Business $499,
    Ultra/Hi-res/Gamer $599
    Then again, PCs cost a good deal less than Macs for equal specs, so maybe they will be cheaper after all? I feel they will do just fine even with equal pricing. It’s not so much that the iPad made by apple… but come on! No USB ports?
    I’m pretty sure that if the average user had the option to use a limited-functionality oversized iPod touch vs an actual PC for the same price, 99% would go with the PC. Then-again i’m not an average user..

    Tyler Roemhildt November 17, 2011 4:47 pm Reply

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