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Dell slashes the price of its Windows RT tablet to $300

Ian Paul | May 16, 2013
Despite paltry overall sales, Dell defends Windows RT

Dell, following in the footsteps of many other PC retailers, just slashed the price of its only Windows RT tablet to a jaw-droppingly low $300.

For a limited timethough we'll see if that holds trueyou can snag the 32GB Dell XPS 10 for a full $150 cheaper than its original $450 asking price. If you're willing to spend a little bit more you can get the XPS 10 with a laptop dock for $350, or an LTE model for just $500--a whopping $280 reduction off the original price.

Windows 8's struggling baby brother
Dell's RT bargain basement sale is just the latest in a long line of Windows RT price drops to try and get ARM-based devices off store shelves. As PC industry analyst Patrick Moorhead recently told us, PCs are like produce: the longer they sit on store shelves, the less desirable they become.

And there's every indication Windows RT is starting to smell a bit ripe. In early April, Windows RT price drops were so widespread that they suggested the OS had failed to gain any traction. Not long after, the market research firm IDC reported that only 200,000 Windows RT tablets were shipped between January and March.

Computer manufacturers are also backing away from RT. Samsung took the RT-powered ATIV Tab off store shelves in Europe and didn't even bother to release the device in the U.S. Lenovo says businesses don't want it, and Acer says it's waiting for the Windows 8.1 release before making a decision about producing a Windows RT tablet.

On the software side, the Windows Store selection continues to be meh-tastic. That's especially bad news for Windows RT owners as the Windows Store is the only place you can get apps for those devices. Windows co-chief Tami Reller recently said you shouldn't expect an RT-flavored version of Apple's iTunes anytime soon, meaning millions of iTunes users can't pick up an RT tablet to watch their purchased movies or TV shows. Microsoft expects the Windows Store all the other major iOS app titles to be in the Windows Store by the fall, however.

For its part, Microsoft doesn't plan to stop producing Windows RT, but a course correction may be in order given the lackluster reception to the OS so far.

Should you buy?
RT or no RT, the big question is: Should you snap up Dell's bargain while it's still available?

 

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