Microsoft Cuts Prices on Select Windows 8 Tablets and Convertibles

Windows 8 devices haven't been able to reinvigorate a slumping PC market to this point, but if Microsoft keeps slashing prices, perhaps things will change. If you pop your head into the Microsoft Store online, you'll discover several recently discounted tablets and convertibles, including one that's been marked down $400.

Which one? Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T tablet/notebook hybrid with AT&T 4G LTE. The 11.6-inch Windows 8 convertible wields a touchscreen panel with a surprisingly affordable $499 price tag, down significantly from $899. It also has an Intel Atom Z2760 processor clocked at 1.80GHz, 2GB of LPDDR2-800MHz memory, 64GB solid state drive, microSD card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a few other odds and ends.

HP Envy X2

If that doesn't tickle your fancy, there are several other models with reduced price tags, including the following:
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: $999 (down from $1,200)
  • Asus Taichi 21-UH51 Touchscreen Ultrabook: $1,199 (down from $1,299)
  • HP Envy X2 11-G012NR Touchscreen Ultrabook: $599 (down from $849)
  • Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: $799 (down from $1,149)

Like the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T highlighted above, the HP Envy system stands out as a particularly good buy at its reduced price. It's essentially a premium Ultrabook for a fistful of mainstream dollars.

See any deals of interest?