So the Kindle Fire’s out, and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is due any day now, too. But if you’re in the mood for a cheap, yet awesome tablet this holiday season, it might just be worth it to brave the crowds and – GASP – venture out to Best Buy on Black Friday. A
shows that the older, but still viable Asus Eee Pad Transformer will be available for just $250 on that crappiest of days. That’s the same price as the Nook Tablet and just $50 more than the Fire.
Sure, the new, quad-core Eee Pad Transformer Prime is slated to arrive before Christmas, too, but that’ll set you back at least $500. And going by specs, the normal Eee Pad Transformer that we know and love(
d in our review
) stands up strong against the bookstore tablets, with a bigger display and better resolution and twice the storage and RAM of the Fire, at 16GB and 1GB, respectively. The Transformer also has a lot of nifty features that the bookstore tablets just can’t match, including a plethora of ports, Bluetooth support, an HD camera and more. The price doesn't include the cool, super-functional optional keyboard dock, though, and it's for a Best Buy Exclusive "X1" model -- which may not be quite as well equipped as the already-existing base Transformer.
But at $250 (down from the normal $400 MSRP), you could do a lot worse for, well, a lot more. But you’ll have to venture down to the old brick-and-mortar on Black Friday if you want to take advantage of the offer. Does it entice any of you?
(P.S. Don't worry -- Maximum PC is not turning into w00t.com. I just thought this was a cool deal to pass on.)