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Probably won't be any good but I just got through ordering one these tablets (actually there's a used one for $88 so I went with that one). Maybe it's just the novelty of a sub-$100 real-live-windows device but some how I couldn't resist.

Of course, I may have pulled teh trigger too soon since I have learned it does not have an HDMI port. See if it had HDMI I could have (theoretically) Velcro'd it to the back of the TV and set it boot directly into Steam "big picture mode" then paired it up with a bluetooth gamepad. Likely a really large "HDMI stick" from which I could play about any gamepad-compatible PC game. Charges over USB too. I mean theoretically, since I have no idea if this latest Atom system-on-a-chip actually works with Steam home streaming. I think it would have been really cool if that all worked that way. Maybe another year...

So, anybody have an opinion on such cheap devices? Or what else I could do with it?

Here's some information on it at Amazon.

I should note I have no idea why it's (at the time of this writing) so much on Amazon. Every place else I found it was at most $100. Unless there's some difference between the "signature" one and non-signature I'm missing?
 
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I just got one of these little guys and I personally love it, the battery is a little lame, but aside from that I think the pricing is a complete steal. It's 1Gb of RAM is quite the hold back in terms of gaming however it is a speedy little guy that boots within seconds. It will surprise you with what games it can play, there is a Youtube channel "https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC727bMcbkPR42uslmMMjxWA/videos" which gives you a rough idea of what games it can play, and truth be told It seems to do great for a tablet style machine. The build quality is also great and has a nice heavy feel to it. At the minute mine's struggling to charge so I might be getting a replacement from PC world, but I do love it!
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Why do people still buy these, when we have smartphones that do a better job at basically everything minus the 7" screen size???? confused.gif


I just recently bought a Moto G 2nd gen unlocked for $180 shipped, and I see nothing appealing to this bargain bin special that would make me insta-buy this on impulse.
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Well for one decent Smartphone's are generally more expensive, and I cant remember the last smartphone that ran Windows 8.1 tongue.gif
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Why do people still buy these, when we have smartphones that do a better job at basically everything minus the 7" screen size???? confused.gif


I just recently bought a Moto G 2nd gen unlocked for $180 shipped, and I see nothing appealing to this bargain bin special that would make me insta-buy this on impulse.

Its just a great deal because you get a full windows 8.1 which can surprisingly run quite a few of the older games very smoothly.
You can convert to hdmi woth a usb adapter, and you can attach usb hubs to make it a fully functional computer. I use mine to play fallout 1 and 2 and some minecraft.
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There are 10" Win 8.1 tablets that are great as entry level ultra portable laptops. They have very limited space due to either 32 or 64GB storage but with a nicely sized USB and SD card you're looking at something that is good enough for light office use and gaming.
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Much better tablet for the money:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/440932/winbook_tw802_tablet_-_black

Dont mind the 119.99 price tag, these regularly go on sale for 99.99. You get a full sized USB port so you can connect things like wireless keyboards all the while being able to charge and hook it to a TV via the micro HDMI port. Ive had mine for 6 months and recently updated to windows 10 on it, works just as fast as my laptop does. Used as a HTPC these things are absurd value, and its a tablet on top of that : )
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Much better tablet for the money:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/440932/winbook_tw802_tablet_-_black

Dont mind the 119.99 price tag, these regularly go on sale for 99.99. You get a full sized USB port so you can connect things like wireless keyboards all the while being able to charge and hook it to a TV via the micro HDMI port. Ive had mine for 6 months and recently updated to windows 10 on it, works just as fast as my laptop does. Used as a HTPC these things are absurd value, and its a tablet on top of that : )

Not sure why this thread was ressurected, but anyway I bought that winbook at some point as well. I think it was even that model. But some how I managed to lose (I mean it's some place in my house, just not sure where). Anyway not sure it's really that much better than the stream outside of USB ports and how an SD card can be added. I'll put 10 on it as soon as I find it rolleyes.gif
 
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