Windows 10: Best Value Opinions - Windows 10 Tablet/Laptop Sub $250

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  1. Posts : 3,542
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       14 Feb 2017 #11

    I got a 'cheapy' a few months ago, a Trio 10, 10" 2-in-1 that is both a Tablet and a Notebook/Netbook [Netbook has no Optical Disc Drive], $145 at local ShopKo. With a Bluetooth mouse it's pretty universal but I feel an 11" or 12" may have a larger keyboard. It accepts a MicroSDXC 64GB memory chip for additional storage. Only downside I've found so far is one has to use the 2.5Amp power supply/charger that comes with it, 2.0Amp isn't sufficient.
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  2.    14 Feb 2017 #12

    glennc said: View Post
    Any further thoughts on the Lenovo N22?
    Thanks again
    glennc
    Lenovo is a Chinese company though.
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       14 Feb 2017 #13

    Berton said: View Post
    I got a 'cheapy' a few months ago, a Trio 10, 10" 2-in-1 that is both a Tablet and a Notebook/Netbook [Netbook has no Optical Disc Drive], $145 at local ShopKo. With a Bluetooth mouse it's pretty universal but I feel an 11" or 12" may have a larger keyboard. It accepts a MicroSDXC 64GB memory chip for additional storage. Only downside I've found so far is one has to use the 2.5Amp power supply/charger that comes with it, 2.0Amp isn't sufficient.
    Hello Berton,
    Thanks for your reply and your review. The power supply issue seems like it could have been prevented. I'll give it a look at.
    Best,
    glennc
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  4. Posts : 137
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       14 Feb 2017 #14

    lx07 said: View Post
    Lenovo is a Chinese company though.
    Howdylx07,
    Yes, but as previously mentioned, they pretty much all are. Still looking, not much hope though.
    Thanks,
    glennc
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  5.    14 Feb 2017 #15

    Asus is Taiwanese. Not sure if that counts as China or not.
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  6. Posts : 3,542
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       14 Feb 2017 #16

    The Lenovo computers were "spun off" from IBM a few years ago just as the IBM Deskstar HDDs were spun off to Hitachi before that which now may be known as HGST.
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       18 Feb 2017 #17

    lx07 said: View Post
    Asus is Taiwanese. Not sure if that counts as China or not.
    Thanks Lxo7, I will have to investigate.
    Best Regards,
    glennc
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  8. Posts : 137
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       18 Feb 2017 #18

    Berton said: View Post
    The Lenovo computers were "spun off" from IBM a few years ago just as the IBM Deskstar HDDs were spun off to Hitachi before that which now may be known as HGST.

    Hey Berton,
    It is quite complicated IMHO!
    Best,
    glennc
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  9.    18 Feb 2017 #19

    @glennc, I got a second hand Lenovo X201 Thinkpad from ebay a couple of weeks ago.

    There are hundreds of these things around if you are interested. They are dumped by companies after the 4 year amortization period has ended and older ones are even cheaper.

    It was an i5, had 8GB RAM, a 240GB HD, a docking station with CD-W and even a mouse with batteries. For $100 (actually 100 but it is the same as 100 USD more or less). There was another 16 for the shipping.

    I then bought a (used) 840 EVO SSD and did a clean install of Windows 10 using the number on the back. Total price including shipping - about $180. It looked as if it had been in someone's cupboard for a decade and never used at all.

    It is infinitely better than the Asus Tablet I got for my sister-in law from the supermarket (which cost more).

    The only problem is it doesn't run DX11 but I don't think you'd buy a $200 tablet to run the latest AAA games anyway.

    Not saying you should but pre-owned is a pretty good option.
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  10. Posts : 137
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       18 Feb 2017 #20

    Hello lx07,
    Strange, but I guess I didn't hit enter as I thought I answered your interesting reply..... Sorry for the operator error. Thanks that sounds like a great deal!! Good luck. Not a gamer just looking for a Windows 10 upgrade to an android tablet. Keep me from having to run upstairs to get access better than my Windows phone. Actually I could probably use the exercise :-)!
    Best,
    glennc
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