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The best Android and Windows tablet Cyber Monday 2014 deals

The specials may not be as plentiful as on Black Friday, but here are a half-dozen sales if you're looking for a tablet that's not an iPad.
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By Sean Portnoy, Contributor on
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If you didn't take advantage of the Black Friday tablet deals we posted last week, don't despair. A number of the same tablets on sale this weekend crop up again in Cyber Monday specials. We've also added a couple of new ones, as the Samsung Galaxy tablets tend to receive the same discount no matter which retailer is selling them (including Samsung itself). If any late-breaking deals come up during Cyber Monday, we'll update the gallery with fresh information.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3/Surface

The deals continue on Microsoft's tablets, both the cheaper Surface 2 and the newer, more potent Surface Pro 3. The best special probably comes from eBay, which is putting the base Surface Pro 3 (Intel Core i3 processor, 64GB of storage) on sale for $699.99, $200 less than the regular price (though Microsoft is currently taking $100 off). The deal went live late last night, so it may no longer be available. If that's the case other Surface 3 deals include the aforementioned discount via Microsoft, which means its prices match the ones that Staples is advertising at its stores ($899 for the 128GB version, $1,199 for 256GB, and $1,399 for a Core i7 edition with 256GB). There's a similar situation with the Surface 2, which Microsoft is continuing to sell at a starting price of $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for 64GB -- and that Best Buy and Staples are respectively selling for the same prices.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD/HDX

Amazon has two of its Kindle Fire tablets on special right now -- $20 off the 7-inch HDX (now $179) and $30 off the HD 7 (now $109), but one other retailer is offering a discount on another one. Toys "R" Us, of all places, will be knocking $30 from the price of the most expensive Amazon tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. While Amazon is currently selling it for $379, you can grab it from the toy retailer for $349.99 instead. Note that the Kindle Fire HD 6, which was being sold seemingly everywhere for $79, has returned to its regular $99 price tag.

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Toshiba Excite Go

You won't get the Excite Go for as little as the $59.99 that hhgregg was selling it for as a Black Friday doorbuster, but you can still obtain it for pretty much less than any other name-brand Android tablet on Cyber Monday. That's because Office Depot/OfficeMax still has it on sale for $79.99 throughout this week. Even though it's only a 7-inch slate, its price is still excellent considering it includes an Intel Atom Z3735G processor and the latest flavor of Android (4.4 KitKat), whereas cheaper models from no-name vendors feature low-end CPUs and older versions of the operating system. 

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Dell Venue 7/8

While Dell emphasized its Windows tablets a little more on Black Friday, its Cyber Monday deal is for the Android version of the Venue 8. The $229.99 price doesn't look like much considering the tablet starts at $199.99, but it becomes more of a value when you see that Dell throws in a Dell Cast wireless adapter to allow you to stream what's playing on the Venue onto your TV. Since that usually costs $79, you're really getting the Venue 8 and the Dell Cast for a $50 discount from the regular price, though only $20 off the bundled price the company is already promoting.

If you'd prefer to spend a lot less for a Dell Android tablet, even if it's a little smaller and comes with older hardware, Adorama has a Venue 7 for $99.99. The latest model includes an Intel Atom Z3460 processor, but Adorama's version includes the Z2560, though it does have twice the RAM (2GB) of the newest edition and the same 16GB of storage and 1,280x800-resolution display. 

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Asus MemoPad 7

In addition to the Dell deal mentioned on the previous page, Adorama is featuring special offers on two different configurations of this Asus 7-inch Android tablet. One is an older model (ME170CX-A1) that, not surprisingly, is being sold for the dirt cheap price of $79. It comes with an Atom Z2520 processor and Android 4.3 Jellybean. B&H Photo is selling the same model for $79.99, while Kohl's is offering a similar one (the ME700C-A1-BK) for the $79.99 as well. The other is newer, has superior specs, and costs more, though is still quite reasonable at $109. The CPU is upgraded to a quad-core Atom Z3745, the screen's resolution is improved from 1,024x600 to 1,280x800, and Android 4.4 KitKat is installed.

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Nextbook 8/Insignia 8 Flex

The $99 Windows 8.1 tablet is one of the big tech trends this holiday shopping season, so it's no surprise there are a pair available at major retailers for Cyber Monday. Walmart continues selling the Nextbook 8 at that price, throwing in a 16GB microSD card to sweeten the deal. Best Buy counters with its in-house brand, the Insignia, and its 8-inch Flex tablet. Each comes with a 1,280x800-resolution screen, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and Intel Atom quad-core processor, though the Nextbook is 99 cents cheaper than the Insignia and with the included memory card, it's a slightly (very slightly) better deal.

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