Windows 8.1 is the latest and greatest version of Microsoft’s cornerstone product. It’s notable for refining and building upon the ideas introduced in Windows 8. We’re also really excited because of the optimizations made in Windows 8.1 for tablet devices in the 7 to 8-inch range. Tablets like the Acer W3/W4 or Dell Venue 8 Pro. We’ve played with most of them, but we’re curious which one you own or plan to own.
Windows 8.1 works great across tablets, laptops, and desktops. However, it’s hard to ignore the mini-tablet market that seems to be really jiving with consumers right now. It’s a hot market with both the iPad Mini and Android-based tablets like the Nexus 7 proving as hits among users. Anyone interested in similar hardware running Windows have been sorely disappointed with a lack of options, but things are finally turning around.
Right now you can head to your favorite electronic retail store or online shop to pick up devices like the Acer W4, Lenovo Miix2, Toshiba Encore and Dell Venue 8 Pro. There also have been rumors of a “mini Surface” for quite some time. Those plans might finally materialize into a product in early 2014. Nokia too is rumored to have a device in the size range.
We’ve looked at most of the products that you can buy today and have walked away being most impressed with the Venue 8 Pro from Dell. (Don’t forget you can get that Dell tablet for $99 this Monday from the Microsoft Store!)
However, we want to know which device you own today or plan to own soon. Take our poll below and head to the comments to discuss why you chose that tablet.
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