With the new $50 Fire tablet setting a new standard for price vs performance, Windows 8 tablets are making another push to scrape the bottom of the barrel. The tablets haven't gotten any cheaper than they were last year, and the specs haven't improved at all, but you can once again find a Windows 8 tablet for $60.
An email from Microcenter graced my inbox this morning. The electronics retailer has the WinBook TW700 tablet on sale this week in-store for $60 (quantities limited).
This is a 7" tablet with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, the same as on the Fire HD 7, HD 8, and HD 10. With 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and an Intel Z3735G CPU, TW700 would make a great Android tablet, but as it is this tablet just barely meets Microsoft's minimum standards for running Windows 8, and it probably won't meet your expectations for performance.
While the reviews for the TW700 on Amazon aren't bad, my interests in a cheap Windows tablet are tempered by Chris Meadows' experiences with the $80 HP Stream 7 earlier this year.
He was nicer about it than I would be, but even Chris had trouble with the tablet. He didn't think Windows 8 is truly a mobile OS, and he also had problems with the software configurations.
But this tablet does run Windows 8, so if you can stomach the low performance then you have the option of installing just about any Windows reading app.
Let's just hope those apps work well on such a small touchscreen, though.