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Onkyo Windows 7 Tablet Costs $1129

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Dynamism is importing three Windows 7 tablets from Japan with heavy price tags.

Japanese manufacturer Onkyo is offering three Windows 7 tablets here in the States thanks to importer Dynamism. The prices are considerably high, costing consumers a meaty $779 for the TW117A4, $979 for the TW217A5, and a surprising $1129 for the TW317A5. At those prices, Windows 7-based notebooks may be a better option.

"A long-time authority on audio equipment, Onkyo is edging their way into the portable PC market with a variety of unique designs, and their latest creations are no different," Dynamism said. "The new TW Series, their first foray into the slate tablet form factor, looks to be a crowd pleaser. With 3 different configurations to fit almost any budget and hardware requirement, there is a tablet to suit almost anyone’s needs."

Despite the price tags, the system specs for all three aren't too shabby. The TW117A4 includes an Intel Atom N450 CPU @ 1.66 GHz, Intel 3150 GMA graphics, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD, a 1.3MP webcam, a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen @ 1024 x 600, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

For $200 more, consumers can import the Onkyo TW217A5 featuring an Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz, Intel 500 GMA graphics, and a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen @ 1024 x 600. Other features include 1 GB or RAM, a 32 GB SSD, HDMI output, a front and read-facing 1.3MP webcam, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

As for the $1129 model, Onkyo's TW317A5 has Intel's Atom N450 CPU @ 1.66 GHz, Intel 3150 GMA graphics, 1 GB of RAM, and a 11.6-inch capacitive touchscreen @ 1366 x 768. It also provides a 32 GB SSD, HDMI output, a 1.3MP webcam, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

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    yyk71200 , October 20, 2010 10:25 PM
    NOTE TO STEVE JOBS: You really need to play catch on and release a $2,000 version of IPad. You cannot allow the most expensive tablet on the market to be a non-apple product.
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    tonyn84 , October 20, 2010 9:55 PM
    i'm sorry, but $700+ for anything with an atom chip in it is horrible
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    User69 , October 20, 2010 10:56 PM
    Don't worry ipad 4 will be $2,000 and have a new feature, cut & paste!
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    JasonAkkerman , October 20, 2010 9:27 PM
    I love Onkyo audio equipment.

    /TX-NR906
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    endif , October 20, 2010 9:35 PM
    I would much rather have this than a tablet with a proprietary OS that can only run basic apps. Win 7 will make the tablet a much more flexible tool.

    Being able to control your media center from your couch will be much easier.
    The ability to RDP into any machine in my house while sitting on the john.
    Hook up a USB controller and jam out some SNES games before bed.
    Sit out in my car and work on my resume in office 2010 during my lunch break.
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    dark_lord69 , October 20, 2010 9:40 PM
    Why am I not surprised that it's overpriced?
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    webbwbb , October 20, 2010 9:53 PM
    So it is a basic netbook in a less useable form factor which sells for 4 times as much as it's competitors? Wow it must be magical! Will there be a website about a lawyer who used one for some strange reason during a trial?
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    tonyn84 , October 20, 2010 9:55 PM
    i'm sorry, but $700+ for anything with an atom chip in it is horrible
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    smeker , October 20, 2010 10:08 PM
    Destined to fail.
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    Khimera2000 , October 20, 2010 10:21 PM
    tonyn84i'm sorry, but $700+ for anything with an atom chip in it is horrible

    Agree. at least bump up the video so people can take advantage of GPGPU processing.
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    jacobdrj , October 20, 2010 10:22 PM
    Wow, I am a PC guy, who currently owns a HP tablet, and I have to say, the price vs. specs on this thing seems terrible...
  • 19 Hide
    yyk71200 , October 20, 2010 10:25 PM
    NOTE TO STEVE JOBS: You really need to play catch on and release a $2,000 version of IPad. You cannot allow the most expensive tablet on the market to be a non-apple product.
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    Usersname , October 20, 2010 10:36 PM
    And the ugly parade begins...
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    Usersname , October 20, 2010 10:36 PM
    And the ugly parade begins...
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    User69 , October 20, 2010 10:56 PM
    Don't worry ipad 4 will be $2,000 and have a new feature, cut & paste!
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    matt87_50 , October 20, 2010 11:20 PM
    JasonAkkermanI love Onkyo audio equipment./TX-NR906


    lol yeah. love my 806. ironically, THEY were really good value...

    I expect these tablets to be loaded with fully sick sub woofers?


    also, its hardly fair to bash Apple over pricing in an article telling us how this competition is much MORE expensive than their ipad.

    yes, next to your own, OEM custom rigs, macs are expensive, but the ipad seems reasonably priced. if you can find a use for it...
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    erraticfocus , October 21, 2010 12:12 AM
    those prices will come down, they always do...
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    osxsier , October 21, 2010 12:37 AM
    I guess Steve is right about some of these tablets...dead on arrival :-|
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    Travis Beane , October 21, 2010 12:39 AM
    Nice, but how about a ULV C2D and 2GB RAM for that price? 1GB is just fine for Win7, but 2-3GB is the sweet spot. :) 
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    Anonymous , October 21, 2010 12:46 AM
    Ridiculous pricing!
    They could sell them for a third the price,and still make profit!
    It's not a corei processor nor does it have a very large capacity battery.
    You pay for the 32GB SSD, they would have done better in equipping it with a slower 16GB MLC SSD, and cut the price of the device by 50%.

    Even then it would be too expensive. Apple's ipad is cheaper than this!
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    dEAne , October 21, 2010 2:17 AM
    They should give more than that, coz it is too expensive.
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    dimar , October 21, 2010 2:38 AM
    Specs are too low. NO thanks.
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