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Tablet ownership is hurtling towards ubiquity as prices come down out of the stratosphere, and we're ready to prove that just about anyone can afford one of these devices. We've rounded up the week's best tablet deals, all of which cost less than $200. Grab a Lenovo Miix 2 at a $39 price low, get the cheapest Microsoft Surface RT tablet ever, or score a 7" Android tablet for just $25.
Is It Worth It?: A great small tablet choice for Windows aficionados, the Lenovo Miix 2 packs a lot of performance into its 0.8-lb. shell. Laptop Mag called it "the best entry yet in the still-young market of smaller Windows 8 tablets," although the reviewer said you'll want to look elsewhere if you're planning to use it as a PC replacement. (Check out the Surface RT below, for example.) Coupon code "MHWSALE20" drops this great little tab down to just $192, which is $39 under the best price we could find elsewhere, an all-time price low, and enough to earn an Editors' Choice recommendation from us.
The Lenovo Miix 2 features an Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz quad-core processor, a 8" 1280x800 multi-touch LCD, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2-megapixel front camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1 32-bit.
Is It Worth It?: Don't balk at the "used" tag on this Microsoft Surface RT deal, or you'll be missing out on the lowest price we've ever seen for this 64GB laptop replacement. Coupon code "14103692" drops it to just $180, saving you an Editors' Choice $149 off the price of a new one. While the Surface RT may not be the best choice for those looking for a purely media-driven tablet, Engadget called it "an impeccably engineered tablet upon which you can do some serious work, a device that doesn't look, feel or act like a toy."
The Surface RT features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 10.6" 1366x768 multitouch LCD, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and front and rear 720p cameras. Note that no warranty information is provided. Also, this tablet may lack accessories and/or have cosmetic blemishes.
Is It Worth It?: Amazon Prime members who are sad about the April 17 Prime price hike but want to stay with the service can take full advantage of their membership with one of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets. And the Kindle Fire HDX is the best one you can buy, according to CNET: "Armed with a powerful processor and Amazon's exhaustive content library, the Kindle Fire HDX delivers incredible value for its price, especially for Amazon Prime members." The extra value for Prime members comes in the form of perks like the Kindle Lending Library and Prime Instant Video streaming. Right now, you can get this latest-gen tablet for the Editors' Choice price of $170, a $29 price low.
The Kindlfe Fire HDX boasts a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a 1920x1200 multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth, a front-facing 720p camera, and Fire 3.0 OS (Mojito).
Is It Worth It?: How far have tablet prices come down? Feast your eyes on the refurbished Coby Kyros, which is the cheapest 7" Android tablet we've ever seen without rebate hassles. At just $25, it's also $75 under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit. While this Editors' Choice tablet's resistive touchscreen might be a little annoying to consumers who are more used to capacitive screens (which don't require as much effort to interact with), this is one heck of deal for the very casual user.
The Coby Kyros sports a 7" resistive touchscreen LCD, 802.11g wireless, 4GB internal memory, a microSD card slot, USB, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Note: A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who provides it.
Is It Worth It?: If the tablet above is a little too barebones for your taste, step up to this HP 7" Android tablet, available in White for just $99 from Walmart. That's a $20 low on this Android tablet, which includes all the features you'd expect from an entry-level tab, like access to the Google Play store, an accelerometer, and up to five hours of run time on a single charge.
Other features include an Intel Atom Z2460 1.6GHz processor, a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 8GB of internal memory, a front-facing webcam, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).