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Windows 8 PC and tablet pre-orders begin

Windows 8 PC sales start Friday with major online retailers taking pre-orders for Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

By Ian Paul, PC World
October 12, 2012 02:15 PM ET

PC World - Windows 8 PC sales start Friday with major online retailers including Best Buy, Dell, Staples, Tiger Direct, and yes, the Home Shopping Network taking pre-orders for Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Some retailers are promising free shipping and delivery on October 26, also known as Windows 8 launch day. It's not clear if Microsoft is allowing select partners to offer Windows 8 PCs on Friday or if all computer resellers will start to roll out Windows 8 pre-orders in the coming days. Major online store fronts such as Amazon and Walmart were not yet offering Windows 8 devices at the time of this writing.

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If you want to be one of the first on your block with a PC built for Windows 8, here's a quick look at some of the highlights offered online.

Best Buy

If you pre-order a Windows 8 PC from Best Buy before noon Central/1 Eastern on Wednesday, October 24, Best Buy will give you free shipping on your offer and deliver your item on October 26. You can order items such as the Hewlett-Packard Envy h8-1414 desktop PC for $700 with 3.5GHz AMD FX processor, 10GB DDR3 RAM, 1 TB hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 7450 graphics with 1GB dedicated memory, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD drive, and 2 x USB 3.0. HP in late September announced several new Windows 8 PCs including the upcoming HP Envy Phoenix h9 desktop.

You can also pick-up the recently announced Acer M5-581T Ultrabook available exclusively at Best Buy. The laptop features a 15.6-inch screen with 1366-by-768 resolution, 1.7GHz Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, 6GB RAM, 520GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 2 x USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, HDMI out, and 64-bit Windows 8. The Ultrabook weighs 5.1 pounds and is priced at $600. Best Buy was not yet selling the M5-481PT, a 14-inch Ultrabook featuring a 10-point multi-touch display.

Best Buy is also offering the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 for $1,000 featuring a 13.3-inch screen with 1600-by-900 resolution, 1.7 GHz Intel Ivy Bride Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, one each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and 64-bit Windows 8.

You can also get Windows 8 devices from Asus, Dell, Gateway HP, Toshiba, Samsung, and Sony at Best Buy.

Staples

If you pre-order a Windows 8 PC or tablet with Staplesbefore October 25, the office supplies chain will deliver your new device between October 26 and October 31. Staples is not promising free shipping or guaranteed October 26 delivery. But anyone who orders a Windows 8 PC from Staples priced at $699 and above will receive free data transfer service from their old computer.

You can get your hands on the Asus Vivo Tab TF600 for $600 featuring a 10.1-inch IPS display with 1280-by-800 resolution, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 1.3GHz processor, 32GB storage, 2GB RAM, Webcam, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, SDHC card reader, and Windows RT. The TF600 weights 1.1 pounds and is 0.3-inches deep. You can also pre-order the Vivo Tab's keyboard dock for $170.

Ultrabook fans can pre-order the $850 HP Envy Ultrabook 4-1130us featuring a 14-inch display, 1.7GHz Core i5, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI out, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. HP's Envy Ultrabook weighs 3.86 pounds and measure 0.78-inches thick.

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