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Windows 8 Hardware Pricing

I am generally pleased with PC pricing. Windows netbooks start around $200 and functioning laptops come in at about a hundred bucks more.

But the first wave of Windows 8 devices breaks that pattern. The price leader so far is a $500 unit from Acer which doesn't have a keyboard. And it is the keyboard that turns the tablet into an actual computer (and, in my view, gives them an edge over the iPad).

Another tablet getting hyped is a $1,100 unit from Lenovo. Not terribly aggressive.

My guess (or hope) is the newest machines are premium first efforts and the large PC OEM base will do what they've done elsewhere and drive prices down. Six months from now I expect a bevy of affordable Win 8 machines. What do you expect? Share at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/15/2012 at 1:19 PM


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