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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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Quote from muntu View Post :
I am glad they did. It will be back though, they realize that all the check4change refreshes are imposing on their servers.
Word. I have three tabs running c4c on their site just for ME. I'm sure there are hundreds hitting it.
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Quote from gaijin4life View Post :
Word. I have three tabs running c4c on their site just for ME. I'm sure there are hundreds hitting it.
I hope they are all Viewsonics...haha
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#933
Wow, I can't believe I read this whole thread.

I really, really wanted this tablet. The trolls around here keep asking why people are buying this, but for me, the answer is simple: I need x86. I'm a programmer, and as far as I'm concerned, ARM tablets are pretty much just smartphone internals in a tablet casing. They're great for playing games, checking your email, and video chatting with friends, but If I am going to buy a computer, I want it to run programs, not apps. This tablet, while far from perfect, provides the basic hardware foundation from which to do that.

Plus, I run Linux. I have been wanting an x86 tablet for a long time now so that I can put Slackware on it, and I missed the main rush on this deal by a couple of days. If I had known about it, I would have bought four of these things for all of my Linux friends.

But I missed it, so today I spent all day waiting for it to come back in stock. And I finally got one. I'm so excited! I wish I could have gotten more before the page got deleted, but hey, I'm not complaining.

Man, I hope it ships!
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any1 got 1 up for sale? pm me, thanks
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Sorry if this question has already been asked, but where are you guys getting windows 7 from?
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Quote from tatiana30241 View Post :
Wow, I can't believe I read this whole thread.

I really, really wanted this tablet. The trolls around here keep asking why people are buying this, but for me, the answer is simple: I need x86. I'm a programmer, and as far as I'm concerned, ARM tablets are pretty much just smartphone internals in a tablet casing. They're great for playing games, checking your email, and video chatting with friends, but If I am going to buy a computer, I want it to run programs, not apps. This tablet, while far from perfect, provides the basic hardware foundation from which to do that.

Plus, I run Linux. I have been wanting an x86 tablet for a long time now so that I can put Slackware on it, and I missed the main rush on this deal by a couple of days. If I had known about it, I would have bought four of these things for all of my Linux friends.

But I missed it, so today I spent all day waiting for it to come back in stock. And I finally got one. I'm so excited! I wish I could have gotten more before the page got deleted, but hey, I'm not complaining.

Man, I hope it ships!
Hopefully you'll be able to get Slackware to install on it. So far I am 0 for 3 on Linux distros (though all Ubuntu based). Most recognized the wireless, but none were stable. 12.10 saw 2 wireless network cards and kept disconnecting and reconnecting. 12.04 saw one card, but it was very unstable. Mythbuntu wasn't any better, so it wasn't just related to Unity.

I did run Android ICS from the x86 project on it and nothing works right, but it booted nicely and is really smooth until you try to do something, like connect to a wireless network or play a game.
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I finally found a kindred spirit in this forum Smilie I bought this tablet specifically for the exact same reasons that you mentioned - can't wait to load Eclipse!

Mine just shipped this afternoon (Bought it on 02/05). As soon as I get my hands on it (next week at the earliest), I'll be installing Linux on it. I'll be sure to post about my experiences here. Or, if you get yours first, I hope you do the same Smilie

Quote from tatiana30241 View Post :
Wow, I can't believe I read this whole thread.

I really, really wanted this tablet. The trolls around here keep asking why people are buying this, but for me, the answer is simple: I need x86. I'm a programmer, and as far as I'm concerned, ARM tablets are pretty much just smartphone internals in a tablet casing. They're great for playing games, checking your email, and video chatting with friends, but If I am going to buy a computer, I want it to run programs, not apps. This tablet, while far from perfect, provides the basic hardware foundation from which to do that.

Plus, I run Linux. I have been wanting an x86 tablet for a long time now so that I can put Slackware on it, and I missed the main rush on this deal by a couple of days. If I had known about it, I would have bought four of these things for all of my Linux friends.

But I missed it, so today I spent all day waiting for it to come back in stock. And I finally got one. I'm so excited! I wish I could have gotten more before the page got deleted, but hey, I'm not complaining.

Man, I hope it ships!
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#938
Here is the issue. I'm running windows 8 and so far so good.

One question.........

The on screen keyboard is way toooooo small! I have a feeling it has to do with the gma600 driver. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful.
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Quote from shah_vm View Post :
how can i make touch keyboard bigger? currently it is very tiny.

Have you been able to figure this out? I am having the same problem.
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Have you been able to figure this out? I am having the same problem.
nope so far no information.
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#941
dunno win8 - in win7, u can drag its corner

Quote from mainer View Post :
Here is the issue. I'm running windows 8 and so far so good.

One question.........

The on screen keyboard is way toooooo small! I have a feeling it has to do with the gma600 driver. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful.
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#942
it was a clear day yesterday, went outside to check GPS, still no signal from GPS - that's disappointing...
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Quote from AGA7d View Post :
it was a clear day yesterday, went outside to check GPS, still no signal from GPS - that's disappointing...
Mine is a champ, seems to lock in a few minutes from cold start indoors! The only issue I am a having is that finicky finicky bt/wifi combo. I can't seem to concurrently listen to music over bluetooth and browse the netz. This is under windows 7. Does anybody else have a similar problem? Other than that, this is going to serve as an E-Notebook and I am thoroughly pleased with it.
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Installed Win7 last night and everything was good, except wifi connection is unstable. I used al the drivers from orginal CD with the tablet. Anyone got the same situation? Sorry for asking this if I missed any discussion on the same issue.
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Installed Win7 last night and everything was good, except wifi connection is unstable. I used al the drivers from orginal CD with the tablet. Anyone got the same situation? Sorry for asking this if I missed any discussion on the same issue.
The driver in the wiki appears to be from windows update and is newer than the one on CD. It appears to be more stable than the factory one.
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