RIM slashes PlayBook prices to $299

If you missed out on the previous PlayBook sales, you’ll be happy to know that you can now get any of the BlackBerry PlayBook models for a cool $299. That’s right folks, it’s dealing days at Research In Motion and everything must go.

The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models will all now cost about $300 and that’s not a bad deal for a tablet that we like. Sure, it’s ridiculous that a tablet doesn’t have a native e-mail and calendar client – especially for something with the BlackBerry brand name – but it’s still a well-designed device and the app ecosystem is slowly getting better.

If you do wind up buying the BlackBerry tablet, I’d suggest getting the one with the most storage because you’ll get the most bang for your buck and you never know when that extra space could come in handy – I bet it will be in limited supply though. Also, if you buy one, be sure check out our top 10 PlayBook apps lists.

What does this mean about the future of the PlayBook? Well, RIM has already taken a large loss for the disappointing sales, so it’s clear that it’s just trying to burn through inventory. I’m not really expecting a sequel in 2012 either, as the company needs to focus on its BlackBerry 10 lineup of phones. The price cut is temporary (through Feb. 4) and you can view it at RIM’s online store. If it runs out of stock in the higher-capacity models, I’ve noticed that Amazon has the 16 GB one for about $250.

[Via LA Times]

  • I got the 16GB for $199 in November. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a great value at that price.

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