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dell xps 10 tablet

Tablets have been a huge industry over the past couple years, but the two names that come to mind in that industry are just Apple and Android. Sure, the Android is comprised of a lot of different manufacturers and the even-more-confusing branched-off versions like Kindle and Nook, but in the end those are two big contenders.

Microsoft has been itching to get a piece of that pie for a long time and with the launch of Windows 8 in fall of 2012, they are finally poised to make that attempt. While the merits of a touch-optimized interface for a traditional PC are questionable, Microsoft is putting full effort into the mobile tablet market (e.g. tablets that don’t run a full version of Windows).

While Microsoft has taken things into their own hands with their Surface RT tablets, their partners are pushing forward as well and coming up with some competitive Windows RT-based options. Dell’s XPS 10 is one of the more recent models, built around a 10-inch HD screen powered by a Qualcomm dual-core processor and lasting up to 10 hours on a single charge. It has all the usual features we’ve come to expect from a tablet, but of course it runs Windows RT so it can’t run Windows legacy software.

Helping the XPS 10 stand out of the crowd, besides the price available in today’s deal, are features like its optional keyboard dock. The dock gives you a 92% full-size keyboard, touchpad, two USB ports, and HDMI video output along with a battery that expands your total runtime to a massive 18 hours. Unlike other standalone keyboard docks, this one is designed specifically for the XPS 10 and can close up in a clamshell like a traditional laptop. It runs an extra $180, but is well worth the extra cost for the right user.

High-end, quality tablets these days will run you at least $500 and Dell is pushing hard to get their name into that crowded marketplace. The XPS 10 with 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD, of course) normally runs $499, but for a limited time you can snag it with $100 instant savings, making for a great value on a premium tablet.

  • Dell XPS 10 32GB Dual-core Windows RT Tablet for $399.99 + free shipping (reg. $499.99)

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