The sub-$200 Windows 8.1 laptops are already here, thanks to this Acer E15 deal

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acer_aspire_e15Looking for a fairly basic Windows computing machine at a Chromebook-rivaling price point? In the market for the perfect back to school gift? Then why wait weeks, maybe months until HP and Asus go ahead and release the Stream and cryptic F205TA when the Acer Aspire E15 can be had at, wait for it, $199.

Full disclosure: this is a one-day-only promotion, after which the 15, yes, 15-inch notebook will go back selling at $250. Also, you aren’t technically dealing with a laptop offering the “full” experience of Windows 8.1, as the pre-loaded OS is the lower-cost Bing-supporting version, and the 1,366 x 768 pix res screen ain’t sensible to touch.

Very minor flaws, if you ask me, when you’re getting such a large machine with 4 GB of RAM under the hood, as well as a spacious 500 GB hard drive, USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectors, HDMI connectivity and Intel HD graphics.

Of course, the Intel Celeron N2830 processor is no powerhouse, and the minuscule 3-cell battery barely lasts four hours on a single charge. But at the end of the day, you can score a physical keyboard-toting, fully functional, fully productive Windows 8.1 laptop at a lower price than most tablets around. Even Windows RT-powered ones.

Via [Microsoft Store]

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