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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

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Promoted 02-02-2013 by brisar 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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Last Edited by rianmanu March 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Hands-on:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/1...-hands-on/:

"While the ViewPad 10pi attempts to be the jack of all trades, in reality it's just one big headache."
(review of preproduction unit by cynical engadget editor. Check out real reviews by users in the thread).

Use Coupon: 2012REG for 5% off (Akarin)

SSD can be swapped.
3G can be added.
Ram & Wifi is not removable.

MORE INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM SDERS:
- PDF on how to install Win7: http://www.viewsonic.com/document...nstall.pdf
+ Read this guide carefully to get Win7 working and how to dual boot Android and Win7 - especially Step 9 (should be able to dual boot Android and Win8 too)
+ Correction: the partition to install Windows is 8, not partition 6


- Installing Win7 from USB (works with win8 too)--> http://www.microsoftstore.com/sto...zwn022yhhx
- Win7 drivers from viewsonic.com.cn. --> http://www.viewsonic.com.cn/downloads/V10pi.rar (Use the disc that came with the tablet -- these drivers will cause you a big headache and waste time unnecessarily)
- Wifi drivers for Win7/8? --> http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/...ws-7.shtml
- Forced install win7 drivers on win8 --> http://laslow.net/2012/03/14/disa...windows-8/
-"Hack" to allow built-in wifi to work in Windows 8 - http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=57485974&postcount=755
- it is possible to intstall wifi card into 3G slot and not to use hack for the built-in wifi in Windows 8. Hack disables SD card reader.
- Upgrade Half-slim sata SSD --> http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/...m-sata-ssd
- Upgrade Android to 4.0 ICS? --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltadM2qRmoM
- User Guide --> http://www.mediafire.com/?bh1bi78c0g9sdcp
- Win 8 compatible nano wifi adapter such as FAR tenda W311M from fry's
- Most recent Chipset driver from Intel - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/D...9%09%09%09
- Most recent Video Driver from Intel - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/D...s&lang=eng
- Most recent audio driver from Realtek - http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloa...Down=false
- Video http://youtu.be/2bVBWqEtwfw

Installing Ubuntu:
- How to get Live CD to Work http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=57610156&postcount=1012

Installing Android Market
Follow these instructions to install Android Market on the Android 2.3 Install http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...p?t=827209
I just downloaded the G Tablet.zip on my PC. Unzip the contents and placed the folder in a USB stick. Install the APK's in the order specified in the link. Ran GMAIL to specify my account, then ran the Market. Angry birds does install and runs fine. (rianman

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Like every other front page deal. Add in idiots and alts for the Thumbup
Spending Saturday eve threadcrapping on a thread of the product you have no interest in.
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can install win7 from usb flash drive?
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Quote from werdwerdus View Post :
can install win7 from usb flash drive?
Easily:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/sto...vd_dwnTool

Download the tool, point it at a Windows 7 ISO


OR a slightly more involved version:

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to...ing-guide/
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Ha, so as one of the first buyers last night, I sort of thought this might hit FP. I also knew that the trolls would be falling all over themselves to declare that this tablet is overpriced. Pretty funny--and predictable--how productive the SD troll farm is, especially when processor speed is the focus. I wonder how many folks have tried to do real word processing on an android tablet or iPad. I love me my nexus 7, but give me windows with microsoft word, excel, and adobe pro when I need to be productive. It's not all angry birds all the time, kiddos.

This has sufficient RAM and processor for windows 7 (or 8) to run just fine with a few open productivity applications; an SSD with enough space for windows, productivity applications, and dropbox local storage; and several ports for connectivity. Would be pretty middling, but then add that it weighs 1.8lbs, has a multitouch screen resolution that is close to my 15" laptop, and comes with a one-year warranty for $150 shipped. At that price, the Android 2.x install is, effectively, a quaint bonus; it's a gee-whiz feature that people like me will probably never use.

For $150, I can afford this and still keep my Windows laptop, my nexus 7, and my Nexus 4 and have great uses for each. It's a no-brainer.
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Okay I had this tablet.
1st - Windows 8 should install with no problems... make sure you grab the drivers from the website and have it in the USB ready. (I said install... running it on Win 8 is a diff story)
2nd - Most of the default apps wont fit the screen. The resolution is just way too small for the default apps to even be able to use properly. They bleed out of screen. (There's a registry trick somewhere, I cant remember where I found it._
3rd - On the desktop mode, the browser works fine. (Not the IE app from start menu) The Windows Explorer works well too.
4th - There is NONE... again NO more android update for this... all you'll get is 2.3... even xda developers site has a really small community for it. (There are custom ones tho)
5th - I have tried to run Linux on this... but I only tried Ubuntu and it kinda crashed...
6th - Android part will suck... cuz there is NO ANDROID MARKET!!! (There is a way around it tho!!!)
(Upgrade from Android x86 to 4.0rc2 tegav2 version. Then install Buildroid to get Play store)
7th - Wifi will be a B*TCH!!! Sometimes it will work, sometimes it wont... I found a way around it by buying a USB Wireless adapter... mine was an old Linksys one. (Not sure which adapters will be supported)
8th - SSD is upgradable... though a lil tricky... there should be a guide in youtube.

I used this tablet daily... Battery life is 3-4 hours... worked well for me while I was still using it nursing school. Doesn't really get hot.
It was fine for surfing the net, and word processing and viewing power point presentations and stuff.
All in all, its an okay tablet. Its may take a few know hows and tweaks to get it to work great.
You guys who bought it won't really be able to mess with it yet if you want to wait till warranty is over. (I suggest you do)
After about 8 months of usage, I did a clean reboot... I REMOVED the partition and just had it run on Windows 8... cuz Android was pretty much a hassle

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Quote from Bagira View Post :
Special thanks to your post, LOL.
If you don't like it, why don't you move along and concentrate on the threads you have interest?
Haters will hate, I know.
I own 4 Android tablets and one Windows 8 laptop/tablet combo, Yoga, top of the line.
I also own several netbooks w/Atom.
They serve my purposes, one works as dedicated NAS server machine etc etc.

I wanna versatile device w/Windows - Android dual boot for my car.
This device fits perfectly into my reqs.

I am sure I can tweak it to perfection.

You don't like it, good for you. It is my money I am spending, remember?
Actually this all started when you said without qualification that this was a good performing tablet. Its not, at least at this price point. I'm sorry you overpaid for a product and then felt compelled to convince others to follow a bad decision.
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I feel sorry for anyone who actually bought this tablet...you can get a superior tegra 2 based tablet, clock it to 1.4ghz, and have twice the battery life and superior apps (Android), and a far faster, smoother, and easier to use interface
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Don't know if it is needed but just in case here is the link I used to get the WIN8 metro interface to work on my Acer Aspire One. It is done in a registry, so beware that you risk corrupting your system. http://liliputing.com/2011/09/how...tbook.html
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Last edited by RAGEo2 February 3, 2013 at 03:40 AM
#249
I was about to get this but I decided I didn't need another toy...I already have a Nook Color, a mk808 lapdock, an hp touchpad and a laptop.
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Frown order status is still pending
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Quote from oemleria View Post :
Ha, so as one of the first buyers last night, I sort of thought this might hit FP. I also knew that the trolls would be falling all over themselves to declare that this tablet is overpriced. Pretty funny--and predictable--how productive the SD troll farm is, especially when processor speed is the focus. I wonder how many folks have tried to do real word processing on an android tablet or iPad. I love me my nexus 7, but give me windows with microsoft word, excel, and adobe pro when I need to be productive. It's not all angry birds all the time, kiddos.

This has sufficient RAM and processor for windows 7 (or 8) to run just fine with a few open productivity applications; an SSD with enough space for windows, productivity applications, and dropbox local storage; and several ports for connectivity. Would be pretty middling, but then add that it weighs 1.8lbs, has a multitouch screen resolution that is close to my 15" laptop, and comes with a one-year warranty for $150 shipped. At that price, the Android 2.x install is, effectively, a quaint bonus; it's a gee-whiz feature that people like me will probably never use.

For $150, I can afford this and still keep my Windows laptop, my nexus 7, and my Nexus 4 and have great uses for each. It's a no-brainer.
Excellent summary.

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Actually this all started when you said without qualification that this was a good performing tablet. Its not, at least at this price point. I'm sorry you overpaid for a product and then felt compelled to convince others to follow a bad decision.
My qualification will beat your qualification with one hand tied to it's backhug
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How would this thing be as a simple media player, since it can run itunes natively?
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Okay I had this tablet.
1st - Windows 8 should install with no problems... make sure you grab the drivers from the website and have it in the USB ready. (I said install... running it on Win 8 is a diff story)
2nd - Most of the default apps wont fit the screen. The resolution is just way too small for the default apps to even be able to use properly. They bleed out of screen. (There's a registry trick somewhere, I cant remember where I found it._

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I don't get point #2. I have a laptop that has the same screen resolution (1280x800) that runs all the Win 8 apps properly. Are you saying that the win 8 driver for it has limited resolution?
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Okay I had this tablet.
1st - Windows 8 should install with no problems... make sure you grab the drivers from the website and have it in the USB ready. (I said install... running it on Win 8 is a diff story)
How about some words on how it runs?
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I also knew that the trolls would be falling all over themselves to declare that this tablet is overpriced.
Let me help you with something. Its not 'trolling' to tell people what the issues are with a product, so they can make a better decision.

In my opinion, it IS trolling to say something is better than it is, and convincing people to buy it on a basis of false premises. We do have a few of those here.

You have a particular niche requirement that this tablet fills, although for the life of me I cant imagine why you'd use an underpowered tablet at this price point when decent netbooks are available with much better performance. However I'd imagine that the vast majority of people who buy this as a general purpose tablet will be greatly disappointed. Just read the comments some actual owners have made in the thread...win8 problems, driver issues, wifi drops, screen resolution problems, etc. And its slow.

The "its good enough" argument only works when you can't do better for your money.

Viewsonic is dumping these for a reason, make sure you know what those reasons are before spending your money...wow...thats quite a troll... laugh out loud I guess I should make people feel better by telling them to blindly buy first and enjoy their remorse later?
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