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64GB ViewSonic 10.1" ViewPad 10pi Wi-Fi-enabled Windows 7 Pro Tablet $292, or Windows 7 Ready Tablet (no Win 7 Installed) EXPIRED

Vicious421 88 February 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM in Computers (3)
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Promoted 02-02-2013 at 05:11 AM View Original Post
UPDATE: Coupon code has expired.
The 10.1" ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi Wi-Fi-enabled Tablet (Win 7 Pro installed) is now $299.99 + $8 S/H

Viewsonic.com offers 64GB ViewSonic 10.1" ViewPad 10pi Wi-Fi-enabled Tablet marked down significantly. Save an additional 5% with coupon code 2012REG. Shipping is $8. Thanks Vicious421& Akarin

Price after coupon code 2012REG
Specs:
  • Intel Atom 2670 1.5GHz (Oak Trail) CPU
  • 10.1" 1280x800 IPS Display
  • 2GB DDR2
  • 64GB SSD
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Back 3.2MP
  • WiFi N
  • Battery Life: up to 4 hours
  • Win 7 Pro (installed or ready)
Hands on review courtesy of Engadget


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I have been looking for the best deal on a Windows tablet and came across these guys on Viewsonic's factory store:

Viewsonic Viewpad 10pi Windows 7 Tablet - $299
http://www.viewsonic.com/us/table...-10pi.html

Viewsonic Viewpad 10pi Windows 7 Ready Tablet - $149
http://www.viewsonic.com/us/table...no-os.html

Viewsonic must be blowing these out, because the cheapest price I could find for the $299 version with Windows 7 pre-installed is $499.99 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-V...ewpad+10pi

I was able to buy that $39.99 Windows 8 upgrade special from Microsoft before it expired yesterday and was thinking about using that to do a clean install on the $149 version of this Viewsonic 10pi. That would give me a Windows 8 tablet for under $200.

What do you think? Does anyone know of a better deal out there on a Windows tablet?

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#31
I was thinking to pick a couple of these up as I have several unused Windows 7 keys laying around...but then, these two statements in the review made me run quickly in the opposite direction!

The Android 2.3 environment is nearly unusable and often freezes completely.

While the ViewPad 10pi attempts to be the jack of all trades, in reality it's just one big headache.

Run! Run! Run! Oh, in the opposite direction!

PS Like Gandolf said, "Fly you fools!"

Soar
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#32
I don't get it, I filled out all my info again and still no email. Maybe this is god's way of telling me to not waste my money on this. Oh well we shall see I guess.
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#33
Sounds like a fun toy, but I don't know what I would do with it. For it to be practical as a tablet, it'd need to run Windows 8. There will NEVER be Windows 8 drivers for the GMA600.
http://communities.intel.com/thread/29943
The Windows 7 drivers will work, not sure if there needs to be a lot of tweaking to get other drivers working or not.

I couldn't find any videos of this tablet running Windows 8. However, I did find a few videos of other Z670 tablets running it. Performance should be similar.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87LmiOj5J0
http://youtu.be/sUmcyWNDGiY

It can't play 720p videos, not in Windows 8 anyway. Probably playing any HD video is out of the question. Just a guess, but based on video performance, I'd say games won't be great on it either.
Two people who got the Dell ST last year weren't happy with it.
http://slickdeals.net/f/5563870-Dell-Latitude-ST-10-Tablet-1-5-GHz-Win7-2GB-DDR2-32GB-SSD-FS-199-reg-599?v=1&page=3 (last 2 posts)

Maybe it'd be better just to stick to Android for tablets. I don't know, I'm definitely itching for a new toy to play with. I'll sleep on it and see if it's still in stock when I get up at noon tomorrow.
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#34
Just ordered 2.

ViewPad 10pi V10PI_1BDFDUS6_03 2 $298.00
Subtotal $298.00
Shipping & Handling $11.80
Discount (2012REG) -$14.90
Recycle Fee $0.00
Grand Total $294.90
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#35
bought one, hope fully someone over at xda can turn this into 64GB jelly bean tablet
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#36
is it easy to upgrade to jellybean?
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#37
Anyone got free shipping code?
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Quote from AGA7d View Post :
is it easy to upgrade to jellybean?
Highly unlikely. Almost all roms come from a base operating system from the manufacturer. Thus if the manufacturer has only released 2.3 there is little chance there will be roms higher than that. The problem is finding drivers. There are of course exceptions like the htc inspire 4g which got ics because the htc one v is practically a hardware clone and had ics so developers ported the drivers.
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Quote from jack_d12 View Post :
Anyone got free shipping code?
I looked and couldn't find one. Best I could do was "2012REG" for 5% off, which covered shipping and then some.
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anyone know when this was released initially? if we know the date, maybe i can have an idea of max power and battery performance from it. thx.
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Quote from GnatGoSplat View Post :
Sounds like a fun toy, but I don't know what I would do with it. For it to be practical as a tablet, it'd need to run Windows 8. There will NEVER be Windows 8 drivers for the GMA600.
http://communities.intel.com/thread/29943
The Windows 7 drivers will work, not sure if there needs to be a lot of tweaking to get other drivers working or not.

I couldn't find any videos of this tablet running Windows 8. However, I did find a few videos of other Z670 tablets running it. Performance should be similar.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87LmiOj5J0
http://youtu.be/sUmcyWNDGiY

It can't play 720p videos, not in Windows 8 anyway. Probably playing any HD video is out of the question. Just a guess, but based on video performance, I'd say games won't be great on it either.
Two people who got the Dell ST last year weren't happy with it.
http://slickdeals.net/f/5563870-Dell-Latitude-ST-10-Tablet-1-5-GHz-Win7-2GB-DDR2-32GB-SSD-FS-199-reg-599?v=1&page=3 (last 2 posts)

Maybe it'd be better just to stick to Android for tablets. I don't know, I'm definitely itching for a new toy to play with. I'll sleep on it and see if it's still in stock when I get up at noon tomorrow.
I believe in the end your best bet is to stick with android for tablets. Windows 7 is a great operating system but much more suited to mouse and keyboard and 2.3 will seem prehistoric.
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Quote from 1stwinter View Post :
anyone know when this was released initially? if we know the date, maybe i can have an idea of max power and battery performance from it. thx.
Well I can tell you that when the manufacturer says max 4 hours of battery life the battery life is not going to be great. Performance should be very similar to all atom single cores because the architecture has not changed much since the introduction. In my experience a single core atom is pretty rough especially without a true gpu like the ion
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Quote from Vicious421 View Post :

Viewsonic must be blowing these out, because the cheapest price I could find for the $299 version with Windows 7 pre-installed is $499.99 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-V...ewpad+10pi
By the way OP, this one on Amazon is not the same model. My order confirmation email has the model number V10PI_1BDFDUS6_03.
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#44
Who builds a tablet with 2 cameras and no microphone? That's a huge drawback.

Quote from jamesbodden View Post :
I believe in the end your best bet is to stick with android for tablets. Windows 7 is a great operating system but much more suited to mouse and keyboard and 2.3 will seem prehistoric.
Windows 7 can function very well as a tablet OS, and has so for years now. Companies like Panasonic, Lenovo, and Fujitsu have written software that greatly enhances multi-touch and digitized pen use on their business and rugged tablets. I doubt we'll find similar quality software available from viewsonic.
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#45
Urgh, why am I tempted by this? With all the reviews and logical reasons telling me to back away, the tinkerer in me is doing happy dance about the potentials...


Fine, challenge accepted!
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