Want an alternative to the $50 Fire? You have plenty of cheap choices

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Yahoo Kindle Korner mailing list, TeleRead commenter Barry Marks pointed to this $40 GameStop exclusive Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 tablet. Unfortunately, by the time I checked it out, it had already sold out online—not surprising, given that it’s normally $150 and has considerably better specs [...]

Asus VivoStick puts a desktop in your pocket

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

Computers have been getting smaller, but phones and tablets aren’t the only beneficiaries. ASUS has come up with a nifty little computer in the form factor of a stick you can carry in your pocket. It has 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a Bay Trail Atom processor, and two USB ports, making it [...]

Groupon offers 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $150

By Chris Meadows
December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you were disappointed when Google stopped selling the Nexus 7, this deal on Groupon might make you feel a little better. Groupon is offering a new, not-refurbished 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $149.99. That’s $50 less than Amazon’s price. That’s the generation 2 model, with a quad-core [...]

New Nexus 7 to be announced today, already for sale on Best Buy website

By Chris Meadows
July 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Here’s a price listing for you to watch over the next few days. Wal-Mart has the old Nexus 7 tablet on sale, refurbished, $150 for the 16-gig version. Why watch it? Because Google is highly expected to announce the new Nexus 7 today. In fact, Best Buy already has it up for pre-order at $229 for [...]

Deal Alert: Asus MeMo Pad 7 Tablet Goes For Just $100 Via Adorama ($50 Off)

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who said Android Jelly Bean tablets have to be pricey? Not us, not Asus, and certainly not Adorama, since the online retailer now sells the MeMo Pad 7 (aka ME172V) for just $99.95. That’s a whopping $50 off the slate’s list price, though in all honesty it’s just $10 or $20 less than what [...]

Transformer Prime makes Asus prime target for Hasbro lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Perhaps this isn’t directly about e-books, except insofar as a tablet can be used as an e-reader, but I was so amused to learn today that Hasbro is suing Asus over the name of its latest hybrid tablet/netbook device that I just had to share it. I’m not surprised. I can honestly say I had [...]

Quick Notes: Inexpensive tablets à gogo

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2011 // 2 Comments

With the Amazon Fire suddenly burning at the front of bargain-conscious consumers’ minds, other cheap tablet news has been coming out of the woodwork. Let’s look at some of it. Not sure how I missed noticing this. In a desperate effort to stem the tide of its stock slumping yesterday, Barnes [...]

IPad competitors reduced planned device build numbers after poor sales

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2011 // 2 Comments

Wednesday, Apple Insider reported on an investor report from J.P. Morgan, which indicated that tablet manufacturers competing with Apple’s iPad have reduced their future build plans for their devices after experiencing lackluster sales. J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moscowitz called the poor sales [...]

Sub-$200 Eee Note digital notepad coming soon

By Chris Meadows
February 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

The ASUS “Campus Life” blog reports that the Eee Note EA800 is about to hit shelves in North America at a list price of under $200 (which probably means “exactly $199.99”). The device is an 8” touchscreen 4GB e-ink “digital notepad” that comes with a stylus (or, as they call it, a [...]

Netbook news roundup: New models from Augen, Dell, Asus

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2010 // 1 Comment

Even though iPads and other tablets have largely usurped the limelight, netbooks are not going gently into that good night. And with good reason. The netbook is still a perfectly functional form factor for when you need a miniature alternative to a laptop, and could be great for e-reading if [...]

Augen and Google reach agreement on illicit Android apps

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

Yesterday we mentioned that Google had stated that the $150 Augen tablet and $100 smartbook included a number of unauthorized closed-source applications (Market, Gmail, etc.). Now Engadget reports that Augen has issued a press release stating the apps were installed on the devices for “testing [...]

Asus announces 8” e-reader priced ‘under $599’

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Our sister blog Gadgetell reports on a Digitimes story that Asus is planning to release an 8” 64-greyscale e-paper reader at “under $599”. (E-Reader Info and Engadget also have coverage.) When I saw this story, I had to glance at my new wristwatch, which helpfully provides a display for the [...]

$99 Augen netbook not a good deal compared to’s $130 Eee refurbs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2010 // 1 Comment

Following up to my post about Augen devices last night, I just called the Kmart in Branson and spoke to them, and what they had in stock was the e-book reader, and one remaining unit of an Augen netbook different from the one Engadget found. Engadget’s find was an Android “smartbook” with a [...]

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