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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 08/05/2011

HP slashes TouchPad price for the weekend

The TouchPad runs on webOS, has a 9.7-inch screen and touts easy multitasking among open apps. (AP)
The HP TouchPad has only been on the market for a month, but the company is already offering a crazy deal on it: For this weekend only, you can buy a TouchPad and get a $100 rebate.

That brings the base price of the 16GB tablet down to $399, or $499 for the 32GB model. Earlier this week, HP knocked $50 off the price of the tablet on a special promotion ending Sept. 10. This latest price cut knocks the tablet price below the iPad 2 — at least, it does if you act fast.

The TouchPad has gotten mixed reviews since its release, with many praising its Palm-based WebOS software, but panning its heavy, curvy form. The TouchPad also has no SDCard, so while it would be a good device for businesses, you’ll have to make do with the internal memory.

The tablet does have an easy and intuitive approach toward multi-tasking that makes it worth looking into, though the WebOS app ecosystem leaves much to be desired.

The price cut should be a good incentive for those who’ve been sitting on the fence about the TouchPad. The rebate is instant — meaning no paperwork — and can be found online or at Staples stores. And if you’re looking for an even bigger discount, you can get the TouchPad for just $379.99 from, the one-deal-per-day shopping site.

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