Refurbished TouchPads land on Woot, asking $169.99 for 16GB and $219.99 for 32GB
If you have missed one of the multitude of chances to pick up an HP TouchPad, here's one more: HP has put a batch of refurbished TouchPads up on deal-a-day site Woot, though you might find yourself taken aback by the price: they want $169.99 for a 16GB TouchPad and $219.99 for the 32GB version. That's for used-but-HP-refurbished TouchPads, not new, and not part of a bundle.
For comparison's sake, when the TouchPad fire sale first kicked off, HP was unloading brand new versions of the tablet for $99.99 for the 16GB and $149.99 for 32GB. Are we more than a little dismayed that HP and Woot are asking significantly more for used merchandise than they were for new merchandise just a few months ago? Yes, we certainly are. But at least each comes with a 90-day HP warranty, and it's still significantly lower than the launch price of $499.99 and $599.99.
Are the TouchPads a good deal at this price and condition? Well, that’s up to you to decide, but it’s practically the only way you’re going to get a ten-inch tablet priced below $200. In fact, they’re still practically the only tablets you can get for under $200, regardless of price – the only others being the e-reader-purposed Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Color (we’re ignoring on-contract cellular-enable tablets for purposes of the exercise, considering that you’ll pay much more over the long-term). They’re also the only webOS tablets you can purchase, but what kind of future they have to look forward to is still uncertain, though at least looking up. So is a $170 refurbished TouchPad the tablet for you? If you don’t already own a tablet and you’re looking for one on the cheap – go ahead and take the plunge, but it’s going to be around today only.