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Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet PC – Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad Core) 2GB RAM 64GB SSD, Windows 8.1
  • Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad-Core 1.33Ghz)
  • 2GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage
  • 8" IPS WXGA Touchscreen Display (1280x800)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit), w/Office 2013 Home Student
  • Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad-Core 1.33Ghz)

Pros:

If you need a small, light, Windows PC, this is a small, light, Windows PC. The hardware is nice, and the battery life appears to be good.

Cons:

It's a Windows PC. BIOS update. Reboot. Another BIOS update. Reboot. Firmware update. Reboot. I must be up to around 30 reboots so far for various updates and settings changes.

It's also the most unstable Windows PC I've encountered for a while, with hangs quite common.

Windows 8.1 is still useless at scaling most applications, and given the small screen size, this makes many almost unusable, even with a keyboard and mouse.

Apps may scale better, but if all you want are apps, then the Windows app store is still lacking a number of common apps - Apple or Android remain much better bets.

The worst thing is the supplied Dell software. There's not too much crapware, and it is easily removed. The Dell software for updating and maintain the device is rubbish though. Most of it is non-scalable applications, and the auto update fails to find the latest updates. Manual updates launch the browser to Dell's web site where you get to download and install them yourself.

Anyone expecting an iPad or Android tablet like experience will be in for a rude surprise.

Other Thoughts:

I need a small, light, portable, Windows PC. A netbook used to be perfect for this, but mine has become overwhelmed by the ever increasing bloat of Windows software. This tablet is fast enough to cope for now (although limited to just 2GB) but the user experience is poor.

The lack of any kind of video port means you can't plug in a decent sized monitor, and the single USB 2 port means you're not going to be able to use a USB 3 video adapter either.

Once it is all set up, some of these problems may fade away, but right now, I'm not enjoying it much.

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  • Graham N.
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