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    Default ASUS Windows 8 tablet pricing revealed in leaked holiday roadmap

    Leaked information published today by ZDNet reveals that a trio of Asus touch-screen devices will cost anywhere from $599 to $1,299. According to ZDNet, this leaked slide, marked confidential, contains “Asus’ holiday roadmap", a trio of Windows 8 tablets on deck for the holidays, but the pricing is so high---$599 to $1,299 for a hybrid---that it's going to be nearly impossible to compete in the marketplace.

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    Default Re: ASUS Windows 8 tablet pricing revealed in leaked holiday roadmap

    I expect prices to be high initially for Windows 8 products. These high prices will probably last through the holiday season (depending on how well Windows 8 is received).
    The prices may lower in 2013. Every new product is expensive for a while after it is introduced. BTW, I believe that ASUS is a good brand.

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    Default Re: ASUS Windows 8 tablet pricing revealed in leaked holiday roadmap

    It was the opposite when Windows 7 was released, the market was literally flooded with inexpensive, low spec PC's, notebooks & netbooks. Though netbooks were a fad, a huge portion of their sales were through 2 year data contracts with AT&T & Verizon, where the user is "given" a netbook & sometimes the wireless modem itself.

    For $99/month, plus taxes, surcharges & other fees. These used to be truly unlimited plans, now they're capped.

    This market flooding of cheap Windows 7 computers played a huge part of it's success. Mainly because Vista didn't do that well, though the ones that did sell were for the most part, "Windows 7 Ready". Too, at the time, many families had the money to buy new computers then, through government stimulus packages. And there was the 3-user family upgrade pack at a low price, which has came & went a couple of times, this helped also.

    Unfortunately, given the current state of the economy, where many are having to cut corners in their budget wherever possible, these kind of prices aren't going to cut it. Normally, the majority of Windows users who move forward to the latest OS, buys a new computer. Windows 8 may for the first time in years, go against this trend. Most Windows 7 & Vista equipped computers can run Windows 8 easily, with HP being an exception. And at $40, if one wants to move forward & leave 7, Vista or XP behind, why not?

    My suggestion to HP owners is to buy a new computer or stick with Windows 7. And I speak not from hearsay, but as an HP owner. Had to go into the BIOS & change the HDD controller from ACHI to IDE for 8 RP to install & run, this is a speed penalty in itself, as well as a couple of modern HDD's features not working. NCQ for one, & at least one other SMART reporting error (or no show). Running in IDE mode also knocks out running a SSD, as the ACHI features are needed.

    I agree with Duffy's view that ASUS is a good brand. This brand of monitors does quite well, & they make other notable hardware (MB's), in addition to being a computer OEM. I haven't read many gripes about the brand as a whole.

    But these base prices in this economy, is not exactly what I'd call a holiday sale. Back in the 90's, these would fly like hotcakes. But those were the days when one could tell their employer to shove it, & have a job the next week, making more money. Times have changed. Many are now having to choose between food & medical care & continue to use what computer they have, fortunately many communities has free wi-fi, or many would have no Internet access.

    I'm all for futuristic devices, but these prices will only cause many to take a quick glance, shake their heads & walk off. In the past few years, computer buyers are used to lower, rather than higher, prices. Come a few months, around tax return season, expect these prices to drop, or the extras thrown in at the base price. Otherwise, a lot of them will simply gather dust until they're reduced to clearance (or overstock) prices.

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    Default Re: ASUS Windows 8 tablet pricing revealed in leaked holiday roadmap

    Nice tablets, but even if those prices drop 20% their too high. Asus does make good products, but their really aiming at the high end of the market. Way to much for me.

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    I'm expecting most of the OEM's of these tablets to be kind of high, at least until they begin to get their initial investment back. Then, once they're selling good (at lower prices), they will be profitable & affordable to consumers.

    I also recall this was the thinking towards the Chevy Volt (the path to profitability), at first, there was a lot of excitement over it, & it was suggested that sales would be backlogged for 4 to 5 years. The first year, that was so. Now, the model is on the verge of self-implosion. Too costly, too weak of an auto, & when it comes to push & shove, a married couple can each buy a decent economical gas powered car for less than the price of one Volt. The Volt is going the way of another car that started with the same first letter, the Vega, for those who've been around for a while.

    These are probably indeed nice tablets, I expect the MS Surface to be good also, the one advantage being no junk software installed. They can also be plugged to a HDMI monitor at home for easy viewing after using it for work or school. A perfect AIO type computer to meet most any need, like any other, it's up to the user to make sure that it meets their needs. My suggestion would be to get one with a discrete video card, a decent CPU (the i5 is a good balance) & make sure that it has all of the ports needed. For these prices, they ought to be loaded.

    It's going to take time for these to take hold, unless iPad users gets sick & tired of being spoon fed by Cook & his henchmen, & there's a revolt to get away from Apple computers. Many of these are already running Windows 7 & Office 2010 for their real work, once the rest is thought about for a minute, seems that they're toys, gadgets for music & movies, this same software already runs on Windows computers (iTunes).

    And there has been articles that suggests that some MacOS users are getting tired of the issues related to the OS (not the pricing). Most every time a new OS is released, something ends up being a problem. The last of which is severely shortened battery life, which will cause permanent & irreversible damage to the battery. And Apple batteries, just as everything else by the company, are expensive. There seems to be an issue with generic type ones, some, although a perfect fit, doesn't work right.

    Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Replacement Apple Macbook 13-Inch Battery, 5600mAh

    That is a nice output battery for the price & read the complaints. Having to reset whatever just to get a battery to work is uncalled for. I've not had these issues with generics for Dell or IBM notebooks, & these didn't have that kind of power output.

    It's my hope that some of these users will be drawn over to our side, as their pockets (in general) are deeper than that of the typical Windows user. Which is confirmed by looking at the Apple site, at the prices for attractive, but low spec computers. $1,200 + tax for a base model computer, consisting of 4GB RAM, an i3 CPU & 320GB HDD. No discrete video card for that price, either. One can buy 2 decent Windows computers for that kind of money, if bought from a reseller such as Newegg.

    In this sour economy, MS & it's OEM's will need all of the help it can get with moving these new tablets, & will no doubt, welcome new users to Windows to sell them. Windows users, over the past few years, have been accustomed to lower cost computers, even some of decent specs can be bought for $600 to $700 (monitor not included).

    Hopefully, these can get moving. Personally, I'd like to see the MS brand do well, as their accessories are as good or better than it's competitors. I've yet to have a MS branded product fail on me.

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