Deal alert: Get $100 off the 16GB HP TouchPad from 5-7 August

HP will be holding a special fire sale on the 16GB TouchPad webOS device this weekend so get those credit cards out and ready.

I played with a webOS-powered HP TouchPad at Best Buy for a while and was not too impressed with it. HP has now released a major update for it and from what I hear it is what they should have launched it with. I picked up one through a Twitter friend, Amanda from Mobile Unwrapped, who bought a new 16GB one on Craigslist for just $325 and at that price I couldn't pass it up. Well, it turns out if you are interested in a deal on the 16GB model you can pick one up for just $399.99, visit the HP promo page, as detailed over at PreCentral.net.

A price of $399.99 is what HP and others need to consider to compete with the iPad and get people at least to consider their device and give it a try. HP officially knocked the launch price down $50 this week and this 3-day weekend special knocks it down another $50. I also understand there is a Staples $100 tablet offer floating around where you could get $100 off the 16GB or 32GB model. Anyone planning to pick up a TouchPad now at these lowered prices? Stay tuned for my thoughts on the TouchPad next week.

UPDATE: You can also pick up a new 16GB HP TouchPad for $379.99 plus $5 shipping at Woot.com today, Friday, 5 August. Seems HP is making a major push to get these into people's hands now that the firmware update is available.

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