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Pros: As per previous review - lightweight, speedy, upgradable, etc.
Cons: See other thoughts:
- Buggy BIOS (some settings are available that shouldn't be)
- Incorrect image loaded at factory
- Tablet suffers from intermittent 3 to 5 second freezes/pauses during use
Other Thoughts: The Venue 11 Pro isn't quite ready for prime time, especially in a business environment - according to the Dell user forums, they're BIOS and firmware teams are working on the issues, but so far no fixes have been issued.
Currently, the Venue 11 Pro has a buggy BIOS - on the model for sale here on Newegg, there are options in the BIOS (for example, Intel Rapid Start and Intel Smart Connect) that should not be visible as they're only available on the i5-4300y vPro processor. Also, by default the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is not accessible at boot and has the potential to brick the tablet - this is a BIOS defect and Dell has a knowledge base article detailing the issue (article ID 635018). Beyond the above mentioned problems, these tablets ship from the factory with an incorrect drive image (for example, the Intel Rapid Start software is installed and there is an 8GB partition on the SSD dedicated to the feature even though it does not work on this particular model).
Once Dell works out the kinks, I believe this tablet will be up to snuff, but until then it's probably best to play it safe and wait - especially if you intend to deploy this in a business environment.
Pros: - Lightweight at 1.75lbs (without charger), this is only 5oz more than an @ppl3 !P@d 3
- Incredible battery life - 7 to 8 hours
- Full version of Windows 8.1, runs all desktop software
- Full HD (1920x1080) 10.8" screen provides excellent color rendition and deep blacks
- Very responsive touch screen
- Speedy performance from the i5 processor
- 4GB of RAM (not 2GB as description states)
- Strong 802.11n performance on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz channels
- The 128GB SanDisk SSD & Dell Wireless card are both easily accessible under the back panel, great for future upgrades should the need arise
- Battery is removable, super easy to swap for a spare or replace when the time comes
- Charger: AC plug/blade connector can be detached from the charger and any standard 3 pin laptop cord can be used
- Cooling vents, Power & Volume Button placement are all logical in landscape mode
- The Windows 8.1 thumb touch keyboard is a welcome addition
- The full size USB 3.0 port is very helpful, provides easy connection for flash drives and external HDDs
- Very little bloatware pre-installed
- Slightly rubberized back panel provides something to grip onto
Cons: - Some elements in desktop mode are a bit small for touch usage (even at the default 150%/larger desktop scaling). I've only had the tablet for nearly a week and I don't feel this is a deal breaker given the portability/size trade off compared to a laptop.
- Charger: My only complaint on the charger is the AC plug/blades don't have the ability to fold flat, it's a bit of a nuisance if you have a small travel bag to have them sticking out all the time.
- While Windows 8.1 is improved in many respects (in particular the touch keyboard options), it still falls short on being customizable (i.e. without resorting to the accessibility options for the on-screen keyboard, there are no options to enable Home, End, Page Up or Page Down). Microsoft expects you to accomplish this with "flicks" which in my opinion requires extra effort via touch.
Other Thoughts: - I have to say to anyone who's been criticizing Windows tablets: give them a try - you'll be pleasantly surprised! App selection may be somewhat weak, but will only get better over time. Besides, you can't beat FULL desktop software access as compared to other tablet offerings.
- I ordered the desktop docking station and keyboard/additional battery accessories, can't wait to try them out. From everything I've seen in retail channels, this solution truly provides 3-in-one functionality (tablet, laptop and desktop).
- I upgraded the OS to Win 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center immediately and enabled BitLocker encryption for the whole C:\ drive as I have sensitive information the tablet. The encryption process ran very quickly on the SSD. The only caveat I encountered is the Intel Rapid Start feature must be turned off in order to encrypt the whole drive - definitely not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of. The tablet is still super speedy in terms of boot and wake from sleep times.
This review is from: Microsoft Office 365 Home - 5 Devices, 1 Year Subscription (Product Key Card)
Pros: Office 2013 (part of the Office 365 suite) is a worthy upgrade from any previous version. This subscription package allows for 5 installs (desktop, tablet and phone are qualified for installation) and provides all the goodies (Access, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and Word). Installation is easy and fast over a high speed connection. Software is always up to date with latest versions.
Cons: Could take some time to install over a slower internet connection.
Other Thoughts: If you've been purchasing full retail licenses for Office in the past and you have multiple computers, this is truly cost saving in the long run. The subscription allows multiple computers to remain up to date on the latest versions of Office with no hassle.READ FULL REVIEW