Recently I've noticed a bunch of cheap tabs using Intel Atom processors running Windows 8/8.1. The specs generally aren't great, with the best generally being 2GB RAM/32GB SSD, with no chance of upgrading either, USB only through an OTG adapter, etc., but DealExtreme has an 8.0" Ainol tablet with those specs for $172; FastCardTech has a near-identical Teclast tablet for only $160 (plus a 9.7" iPad-style one, with an alleged 2048*1536 resolution, at the cost of an extra $75 and having to manually install Windows over the default Android), with the added bonus of not having "Ainol" stamped on the device. I think we can all agree that by the terms of even cheap laptops, those specs kind of blow. But in terms of sub-$175 machines? I remember getting excited over a dual-core 1.3Ghz 12" Windows 7 machine with the same amount of RAM a few years back, and I managed to scrape playable framerates on TF2, LoL, and a handful of PS2 games with it. Consider that these are running a quad-core 1.33-1.83 Ghz processor, with Intel HD graphics over the 4500MHD that laptop had? Get me a keyboard case and 64GB SD card, tell me I can milk 4-6 hours out of the battery, and you've sold me a new daily use machine - web browsing, music, and note-taking or basic coding is pretty much all I'm using my 13" university-provided laptop for, and built-in Bluetooth is convenient for small rounds of lightweight gaming with a PS3 controller when I've got an hour or two of downtime between classes. The only thing really stopping me from buying one right now is a lack of cash, honestly. Sure, there're some flaws - no expandable HDD or memory, no full-size USB without a hub, and I'm sure in most cases there's some ridiculous bootloader locking that'll prevent installation of Android, Linux-based systems, or pretty much anything that isn't Windows, but it definitely gives me some hope that the future of mobile computing isn't doomed to be as watered-down of an experience as Android and iOS generally seem to be.