Pendo ready with a budget $199 Windows 8 tablet

Microsoft isn’t keen to let Android dominate the budget tablet scape, and this year is planning to do something about it. Yes, cheap tablets are the new name of the Windows game, and that starts with a Windows 8 slate for $199 in Australia.

The first tablets to really bring the Windows 8 experience to a price point under $300 are here, with a value that even fetches a hundred below that mark.

It’s called the Pendo Pad 8, and it’s an 8 inch slate running Windows 8 that will be come with 16GB storage, microSD slot for expanding this, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth, miniHDMI, and a battery capable of delivering up to 8 hours battery life.

Intel’s “BayTrail” Atom runs on this machine, delivering a quad-core processor at 1.8GHz, and there are event 2 megapixel cameras on either side.

Of particular note is Microsoft Office, which is included as a one year subscription to Office 365, a product that normally costs a good $100 by itself.

We’re checking to see if Pendo will be releasing a tablet case with a keyboard to match, but so far, haven’t heard anything.

Curiously, the manual suggests a SIM slot is present, which if true will mean mobile data will be possible from the tablet itself without an external mobile hotspot present.

If anything, it’s an inexpensive entry point for families looking for a Windows computer for their kids, or even anyone else, which isn’t an uncommon place for Pendo to be, since it has Android tablets for sale in other Australian retailers for well under the $100 mark.

This tablet — the Pendo Pad 8 — will be available in Target stores across the country from September 25, with Pendo’s online store the other place where consumers can expect to find them.

 

  1. Picked one up the other day from the local Target. So far very happy. The screen is no retina display but it is easy on the eyes with good viewing angles and is readable at low brigtness. Its a 16gb flash onboard with 6 gigs available (came down a bit after I added a few programs) but I use googledrive and a 32gb micro sd for storage. I havent noticed any issues with just 1 gb of ram but for the sort of thing I’ll use this for (internet, ebooks, movies and music, light document creation) its not likely to tax the machine much. It comes with an office 365 subscription but I installed open office with no issues other than making the icons bigger for ease of use without a mouse. I use google movies and a chrome-cast to transmit movies to t.v with no issue. So far battery is a little over 8 hours given the use I put it through. Target also had a matching case with detachable bluetooth keyboard ($40) and the device comes with a screen protector pre installed (one tiny bubble. not complaining). The case hold the tablet snuggly and I would recommend being careful about taking it in and out as the grip is like a vice and you don’t want to pop the screen out. The keyboard is of O.K quality. Over all I paid $239 and its enough bang for my buck.

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