There used to be a time, not long ago, when the words “affordable” and “Windows tablets” had no place in the same sentence. Unless the sentence was “God, Windows tablets are so not affordable!”. But no more.
Nowadays, you can score a beautiful and spacious 10-incher with above average performance numbers, vibrant display, solid battery life and plenty of storage space for as little as 350 bucks. And best of all, you get “full” Windows 8, not the downsized, meager RT experience. Check that, full Windows 8.1, as in the latest, greatest version of Microsoft’s operating system.
I give you the HP Omni 10, formally introduced a couple of months back and available today via Office Depot. Emphasis on today, as the retailer may have jumped the gun and be forced to pull the plug before long, with inventory likely running low.
But fret not, as Amazon, Microsoft and HP should all kick shipping into gear by the end of the month and thus year. Only they charge $50 north of Office Depot, bringing the grand total to a still darn lucrative $400.
Now, what does the Omni 10 offer exactly? A lot. A 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution screen (so Full HD and then some), quad-core Intel Atom Z3770 (aka Bay Trail) SoC, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB built-in storage, microSD suport, micro HDMI and micro USB connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 8 MP/2 MP cameras. Oh, and a battery life of roughly 8.5 hours in day-to-day use. Basically, an ensemble that would have cost $600 or more six months ago.
What do you know, it appears you can teach an old dog new tricks.