I touch too much: the best Windows 8/RT tablets and convertibles roundup, with prices

I touch too much: the best Windows 8/RT tablets and convertibles roundup, with prices
Microsoft just got off stage, where it launched its newest Windows 8/RT operating system, demonstrating a lot of intriguing, or downright quirky hardware it can run on. It has been prepping the announcement for quite a while, rounding up manufacturing partners to come up with innovative devices that take advantage of the new, touch-oriented Modern UI interface, and the ARM processor support.

Not to leave anything to chance, it also created two computers of its own for the first time - the Surface RT/Pro tablets, which will be battling for the consumer's attention alongside pure slates and hybrid devices from Samsung, Asus, HP, Sony, Dell, LG, Lenovo, Acer and others.

If you feel a little confused keeping track of all the new Windows 8/RT gear hurled at you, you are not alone, that's why we wanted to round the most prominent up in the slideshow below for easier comparison - the list is by brand, in alphabetical order. 

The cheapest Win 8/RT slates start at $500 with ARM-based processors or Intel Atom, but if you want real Intel Ivy Bridge power, and/or innovative form factors, you'd have to splurge quite a bit more. Most will be available tomorrow, or in mid-November, with only some left for December. What's your favorite?

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23 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Great selection, very very exciting. I was really hoping the RTs would be priced lower. I thought that there was an Acer RT tablet (or similar introductory-cost brand) that comes in at $399.99 without a dock? Going to skip RT and go with Pro, not sure which one though. I like the form factor of the Dell XPS and the Asus Taichi (one with two touchscreens); the swivel one is neat but a tad bulky.

6. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Going with the Pro here... I like the Vaio Duo 11 and the Dell XPS Duo 12 form factor experimentation, but I like the Taichi best. Waiting for the 13 inch version, and I wish that at least comes with a 8 GB ram. And I'm very impressed with the variety and build qualities of ASUS devices of late. They seem to have one for every one, and then some more.

15. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Awesomeness man. I would pick between MS, Samsung, Asus or HP :)

22. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

2 things: 1. my f**king eye hurts form all this Microsoftness!!! And 2: 4 GIGS OF RAAAAAAMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

considering the ivy bridge ones at $800-$900. anything higher, no. lower - no. I'd rather consider the Nexus 10 or a phablet.

20. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

Gnote is really great superb battery life even if overclock @1,8 , 2gb ram and awesome screen you will used to it in 2 days, i know i did and it was so big before now even sgs3 is so cute and small

3. doody

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Does anyone know when the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro comes out? Been waiting to get this and their is no info at all. I've heard from one place it will be available on the Oct. 26th but their is no advertising nor pre-ordering? actually I found that amazon has pre-order, but seems fishy do to no info even from Samsung themselves.

5. kalamazoo

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

"Samsung's Windows 8 product line is available for pre-order now atwww.Samsung.com and will be available in stores October 26, 2012." that's from the press release...

9. doody

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

I don't see the pre-order on their page, they just try to send you to other stores like best buy, that is a store close to me and their webpage has nothing for the Ativ Pro.

4. Ueliton

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Dozens of choices... no customer was left behind! Very tough call!

7. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

No customer left behind, Except the budget minded ones. I would love to be able to get one of these for my wife who is in nursing school but $500+ (not including a keyboard) is not an affortable option in this economy for me.

10. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Thanks! I like your statement "...is not an affortable option in this economy for me." Operative words "for me". Because we know there are people who can afford this easily and may think the price is very reasonable for the product. That said, like you I would have liked it if the prices were a bit less, but I've been saving up since April to ensure I could afford one of these devices upon release for a holiday purchase.

16. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

This is what happens when big dogs come with a bang.

8. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

How's this for a form factor idea? Transparent OLED/LCD screen with black and transparent liquid crystal panels on either side. When the lid is up, back LC panel is opaque, front is transparent, when you close it, the image flips, back LC panel goes clear and the front LC panel goes opaque. And of course touch on both sides.

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

A lot of good ones, not a lot of good prices. Microsoft Surface all the way!

12. Gawain

Posts: 432; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

A lot of good choices. I was hoping to see an offering from Fujitsu. I have a high-end LifeBook and absolutely love it and would happily part with my money for another Fujitsu product.

13. DWillyEfect

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I cant decide between the $500 Surface RT, $500 Dell RT, or the Acer or ASUS $500 Windows 8 tablets.

14. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I'm going with the Acer or Asus Windows 8 tablets. I just can't give up my legacy programs yet. I want the Surface so bad though.

17. DWillyEfect

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

My thing is, I'm not sold on the Intel Atom processors. Seems like with Haswell around the corner, which is supposed to be really efficient and have better integrated graphics. As for the RT tablets, I like the keyboard dock for the Dell but I like the Nvidia Tegra 3 better than the Dell's Snapdragon S4.

18. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

So many choices!! It seems like the Ivy Bridge WIndows 8 Pro Tablet/PC is the way to go, I'm thinking I might go with the Acer W700 Ivy Bridge at $800 or go crazy with Sony VAIO Tap 20" at $880.

19. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Where is Asus Transformer Book???

21. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

good if PA can group which devices come with a simcard slot.... i mean windows ( 8 ) is now also a mobile OS, but surprisingly these hybrid devices dont come with one ?

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

wow folks the selection is mind blowing I dig the Lenovo 650 dollar win 8 ThinkPad tablet 2 or it's 600 dollar Lenovo win 8 Lynx. Lenovo formally bought IBM's Laptop and PC business These people have been known to make damn good business laptops so I trust they will work well especially the Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2

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