Blackberry Playbook Heavily Discounted; Still Too Damn Expensive

By Mat Honan on at

Multiple retailers have started offering some steep discounts on the Blackberry Playbook. It's great news for you, but probably not so much for RIM. Oh, and it may not even be good news for you.

Boy Genius Report found that Staples, OfficeDepot, and BestBuy are all offering some pretty enormous discounts. (Up to $200 with mail ins.) Wal-Mart has also reportedly slashed prices the tablet, says BGR. It's kind of great news if you wand to buy a Playbook. (Hint: You probably don't want to buy a Playbook.)

While the $100 HP Touchpad firesale was a pretty great deal, at $300 (or even $250) a 16GB Blackberry Playbook is still too expensive. I mean, there's not even a native email client yet (despite promises one was coming in September). And because it's only a seven-incher, it doesn't even make a decent second screen. (Hint: You probably want something bigger.)

The Playbook has got plenty of promise, but at this point it's still a novelty that I'd have a hard time justifying spending even $250 on, especially given RIM's slow pace of updates and improvements. [BGR via CNET]