HP’s TouchPad will drop to $399.99 this weekend

Aren’t price wars grand? Amid heated competition in the tablet market, HP is trying to sweeten the pot and draw users to its TouchPad slate. As TechCrunch reports, HP recently slapped a $50 "instant rebate" on the device, and this weekend, the company plans to cut the tablet’s price by another $50. That will bring the 16GB model down to just $399.99—but only until August 7.

At $400, the TouchPad will be on par with Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer, and it ought to be somewhat more enticing than the $499 iPad 2. Too bad the TouchPad is thicker and heavier than either competing device—and runs an operating system without the kind of extensive app repertoire that’s become the norm. A decent number of reviewers seem to have largely panned the TouchPad, too. Engadget complained, "Holding this in one hand and either an iPad 2 or a Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the other leaves you wondering why you’d ever be compelled to buy the HP when you could have the thinner, lighter alternative for the same money."

Come to think of it, I guess it’s not too surprising HP is taking a chainsaw to the TouchPad’s price tag just over one month after the device’s debut. Here’s hoping we’ll see a more permanent price cut after the weekend.

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    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    windows 8 is the one to buy.

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Meego is the one to buy

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        why? cause it can’t do anything but surf the web?

    • End User
    • 8 years ago

    Customers are not just buying a tablet, they are buying into an ecosystem. Apple has the best ecosystem. Apple has the strongest sales and support infrastructure (330+ brick and mortar stores) and the most content (TV shows, movies, music, apps). At this point in time the only option available to Apple’s competitors is to beat Apple on price.

      • alexsabree
      • 8 years ago

      Ahem, Google doesn’t have an ecosystem?

        • End User
        • 8 years ago

        Sure they do. Where did I say they did not?

          • alexsabree
          • 8 years ago

          “Apple has the best ecosystem.” and “the only option available to Apple’s competitors is to beat Apple on price.” … When I read this I immediately thought of Google’s Android.

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            “When I read this I immediately thought of Google’s Android”

            What I wrote applied to tablets running Android 3.x.

    • trackerben
    • 8 years ago

    Android is almost as device-centric as the current iOS yet needs more work and less edginess. Some people have a need to brew and admin challenging mobiles, most people don’t. Problem is that although iOS is mature and competent as a seamlessly pervasive model, it needs a refresh towards a a more cloud-centric experience.

    WebOS is already there and HP’s implementation is close enough. Since mobiles as a concept are headed WebOS’s way, I might as well give it a shot. Just waiting for comments on newer firmware before committing.

      • jpostel
      • 8 years ago

      The newer release fixed a bunch of the release issues (lag on some apps, videos showing up in the music app and not in the videos app, etc.).

      I’m liking it very much and although the hardware can be improved, WebOS is still the best fit for my needs (mostly work, some play).

      • End User
      • 8 years ago

      “Problem is that although iOS is mature and competent as a seamlessly pervasive model, it needs a refresh towards a a more cloud-centric experience. ”

      iOS 5 [url<]http://goo.gl/O1IEN[/url<] and iCloud [url<]http://goo.gl/XoupP[/url<] should improve the situation.

    • Corrado
    • 8 years ago

    Looks like they realized what the entire tech world already knew. Unless its an iPad, you can’t charge the same as an iPad costs until you have a market presence.

    • Thresher
    • 8 years ago

    For the most part, they are all pricing their pads at the same levels as the iPad. Apple is a luxury brand. Sure, a fairly affordable luxury item, but it commands a premium because of the brand and reputation. HP, Acer, Dell, etc. do not carry the same cache and they shouldn’t be expecting to be able to sell their products at the same price points. Add to that the lack of apps for any of the competing platforms and it’s not hard to understand why competitors aren’t taking off. The only pad I’ve seen that was up to snuff was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it still suffers from a lack of apps.

    This is not to say that these competitors aren’t nice, but to price them at the same levels is just stupid. I think Toshiba was smart at coming in at lower price points. Asus too. I guess HP is starting to understand this.

    • maxxcool
    • 8 years ago

    Untill i can run straight up Android on it, or win8… not interested. HP OS makes clowns sad and kittens die..

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t care about the clowns but stop killing the kittens!

    • dashbarron
    • 8 years ago

    The tablet war is just starting and I’m already sick of it. There’s so many tablets emerging with a broad range of specs it’s impossible to keep track of it all unless you collect the information in a spreadsheet–then you’re stuck wondering you should wait for the next version of the Transformer or iPad because you know the second you buy a tablet a newer version is coming out.

    I can’t wait for the day when the bloodbath is over and we have a handful of companies all making a sound line of tablets and it just choosing between preferences.

      • Decelerate
      • 8 years ago

      I recon that you don’t play EVE Online.. 😛

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