Microsoft Store quickly sells out of Asus Windows 8.1 notebook at $199

One of the big selling points of many Chromebooks is that they have super low prices, as low as $199. Today, Microsoft proved there is a demand for Windows 8.1 notebook that are priced at that level with a one-day sale of an Asus laptop on the Microsoft Store site.

The company used its official Windows blog Monday to promote the sale of the notebook, the 11.6 inch  ASUS X200-MA with a touchscreen. The sale began at 12 am Pacific time today, but in a few hours all three models (black, white and blue) were sold out on the Microsoft Store page.

The good news? If you live near a Microsoft Store retail location, there's still a chance you can get the same notebook for the same price, as the one day sale extends to the physical stores as well.

Today's online sellout shows that consumers don't have a problem with buying a Windows 8.1 notebook. It just needs to reach that sweet spot in pricing before they jump in. It's a lesson that Microsoft and its OEM partners might want to take to heart if they don't want to lose market share to Google and its Chromebooks.

Source: Microsoft Store | Image via Asus

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I have one of these, swapped the HD with an SSD and loaded Win 8.1 Pro and it runs like a dream. 7 second boot ups are nice!

Getting a little tired of the MS "deals" that disappear within an hour online. They also had the Sony 20" touch tap, AND the Samsung 23" AIO on "sale" and out of stock for well over two months without removing them from the website. This type of thing needs to stop. If your going to make promises, deliver in quantity. Otherwise it breeds mistrust. Please.

Order_66 said,
A great price at $199, slap an SSD in it and install windows 7 and it's a great deal.

If people liked throwing money away I guess

This was such a great deal that I was going to buy one... even though I don't really need one! Fortunately for my wallet, they were sold out early. lol

I had one of the Asus/Windows 8 tablets, briefly. I had to return it. Very poor screen control.

The first Asus tablet I bought, the touch screen was defective.

The one and only question is, how easy is to upgrade the hard drive (The HDD would be out the door the moment it came in the door) . Unless I know that I wouldn't touch that thing with a 15 foot poll.

warwagon said,
The one and only question is, how easy is to upgrade the hard drive (The HDD would be out the door the moment it came in the door) . Unless I know that I wouldn't touch that thing with a 15 foot poll.

Confused, would you want an SSD instead?

siah1214 said,

Confused, would you want an SSD instead?

I would like to be able to easily upgrade / replace the HDD with an SSD, yes. Although looking online I can find no information on how easy or not so easy it is.

warwagon said,
The one and only question is, how easy is to upgrade the hard drive (The HDD would be out the door the moment it came in the door) . Unless I know that I wouldn't touch that thing with a 15 foot poll.

I sell these at work, if I remember correctly I think its a removal of the whole back panel rather than a small panel just for the hard drive.

Hope that helps :).

siah1214 said,

Confused, would you want an SSD instead?

That's the logical conclusion, having recently switched to ssd on both PC and laptop I know I would hate using a crappy 5400rpm 2.5" hdd again, I'm not saying it should come with ssd as the cost prohibits it but I'd definitely swap asap.

este said,
500gb not enough? Its not the best but it isn't terrible either.

Never said 500GB isn't good enough, I would just never use an HDD for my OS ever again.

warwagon said,

Never said 500GB isn't good enough, I would just never use an HDD for my OS ever again.

Just replace the HDD with SSD then. Nothing is wrong with current specs. It's great for travel, view it from couch, etc. I use SSD on desktop. I don't care if laptop has a HDD or SSD in the laptop. I am not going to use heavy apps on it.

Because of the moving around of the laptop / vibrations SSD's should definitely be in laptops just for that reason alone. Plus they run cooler, and give you better battery life.

warwagon said,

Never said 500GB isn't good enough, I would just never use an HDD for my OS ever again.


oh I see, didn't know you meant it that way. yea I agree.

este said,

oh I see, didn't know you meant it that way. yea I agree.

Plus I never even said anything about hard drives in the 1st post. All of the hard drive talk was in the 2nd post. I separated the 2 posts so when and if I got likes I would know which part i was saying that they liked.

warwagon said,
Because of the moving around of the laptop / vibrations SSD's should definitely be in laptops just for that reason alone. Plus they run cooler, and give you better battery life.

We know cost is the reason; however, the 'vibrations' are not an issue with modern HDD. Virtually any HD shipped in a laptop in the last 10 years has accelerometers or impact sensors that disengage the head safely.

Never had problem with HDs myself. I have dropped, and seen dropped, running laptops and never damaged the HD. Also, good laptops HD caddy will be insulated/paded as well.