Samsung series 7 slate with Win 8 works very well. We got it loaded with everything we got in the help desk and runs very smooth. If you could find this slate even at $799, grab it. Been watching a few used/refurbs and so far they're just too expensive. If you could wait a bit, Acer's W700 model should also be available. I wanted the $999 model of this series that has equivalent specs with Sam Series 7 slate.
thanks for the info. i think the only reason to get a refurb is if it has a warranty. if you buy a refirb on ebay I don't think the warranty would apply to you(the second owner).
heres a refirb on tiger direct, says it has 3 year warranty for $800 after rebate:
$800 is over my budget though. If you hunt on ebay, and refresh often, you can get the 128gb for $650 used.