Microsoft is making a huge push with some of its Windows 8.1 tablets, both in its online and physical stores, so it might be the best time to get yourself a brand spanking new Windows 8.1 tablet soon. Starting the 24th of this month, the prices of select Windows 8.1 tablets have been slashed, making the devices more affordable.

CNET reports that all the Windows tablets that are discounted have Intel’s quad-core Z3740 “Bay Trail” Atom processor. Interested? Here are the Windows 8.1 tablets that you can choose from:

  • Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32GB) is now only at $229 – original price at $299; Get it here.
  • Lenovo Miix 2 8 Touchscreen Tablet (32GB) is now only at $249 – original price at $299; Get it here.
  • Toshiba Encore WT8-A32M Touchscreen Tablet is now only at $249 – original price at $329; Get it here.
  • Samsung ATIV Tab 3 XE300TZC-K01US Tablet is now only at $499 – original price at $699.99; Get it here.

With these prices, Windows 8.1 tablets are suddenly looking really interesting, aren’t they?

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Comparing the marked down prices of these tablets with the prices of other tablets such as the Nexus 7 (2013 is at $229), Microsoft tablets are suddenly put int he position of a level playing field – somewhat. Additionally, Microsoft has not kept it a secret that they want to take on a larger role in the tablet market, and while they have had their fair share of flak, these prices just might give them a fighting chance in the months and years to come.

On another note, if you want to make sure that you Windows tablet is safe from theft or accidental damage, you might want to check out Microsoft Complete. This is Microsoft’s version of extended warranty, and for any of the devices above, you just need to add $99. This includes:

  • Extended warranty and accidental damage coverage for two years; this includes drops and spills!
  • Unlimited software support and training from Answer Desk
  • Personal training and data recovery

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