Aug 29, 2013
If you’ve been following my blogs you know I am a big fan of the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. No, I am not a paid shill for them and I don’t own their stock. I just really like this iPad-sized Windows 8 Pro tablet. Well, I just noticed on Lenovo’s website that the prices are way down on these things right now. For example, one with a cellular card is as low as $599—six months ago that cost over $900. Here is the current Lenovo website price list:
Just a few weeks ago I was touting the price a newer Lenovo tablet (with no pen and fewer features, but I just liked its low price), but these prices are now comparable.
Lenovo’s website is really confusing though, so if you are about to order one, I’d call to make sure you know what you are getting. There is no easy way to determine what the price differences mean on these (other than the broadband). For example, supposedly all models listed here come with the digitizer and pen, which doesn’t seem right for the one on the far left. And that one on the left supposedly comes with Office software, and the more expensive one to its right does not (with no other differences). So call. Also, I hear a lot of complaints from people ordering directly from Lenovo on how slowly they ship. I see similar prices on Amazon, so that may be the way to go.
Watch Out, New Models Coming
And finally, think about whether to do this if you tend to kick yourself when a newer model comes out shortly after you buy a computer, because I suspect that near end of year or early next, Lenovo will update these with the newer Atom Bay Trail processor, a much faster CPU.