Maybe a Deal, Maybe Not – You Decide (Or Wait Three Weeks For the Asus T200)
Bill Quick

ASUS T100TA Transformer Book 10.1″ Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop and Tablet with Windows 8.1 and 32GB SSD (Manufacturer Refurbished) Deal of the Day | Groupon

$279.99
One of the DP regulars just notified me of this deal.  Couple of thoughts:
 
First off, the ad is misleading.  It claims that the base price for this model is $399.  That’s a lie.  The 32GB version has always been MSRP’d at $349.  Second, this is a refurbished model.  Sometimes that’s okay, sometimes not.  You have to make your own decision on that.  Third, I’m just not a big fan of Groupon “deals.”
 
Just so you know, I don’t make any money off Groupon sales.
 
Then there is this to consider:  From everything I’m hearing, Asus will announce a refresh of this model with a faster processor and possibly more memory, while at the same time rolling out the Asus T200, an 11.6″ screen model with a faster processor and possibly more memory as well as other improvements, which will also include Microsoft office in the price.  This new unit may also start at $349-$399.  Rumor has it that the new models will be rolled out at the gigantic Taiwanese computer show, Computex, the first week in June of this year (although we may see a leaked “announcement” a few days before that.
 
This new model is already being reported in the foreign language computer press in fairly strong detail – you have to chase it down via search of some kind, then run the pages through a
translator.
 
UPDATE:  Here’s a recent English-language report I just found:
 

 

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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