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Pros: + A "larger" screen (i.e., not the normal 7-inch); it's funny how a 1/7 increase gives such a larger viewing area.
+ Higher resolultion; after all, the only reason anyone every bought a tablet was for the screen, and this is fairly high-resolution.
+ Unblemished Android; Dell hasn't given this version any bloatware or new GUI elements I can find.
+ Boatloads of RAM; at 2GB, absolutely great for this price-band.
Cons: - A weak audio-out signal means that you actually get worse audio by using external (battery-powered) speakers than the internal speaker.
- Root is unavailable; that this is an x86 system, and that the legal status of "rooting" tablets is really rather unfriendly at the moment, means that I wouldn't be able to find any convenient root-kits as for (say) a Motorola smartphone. Not that I looked, of course!
- No Flash; being an un-rooted Android device, it doesn't have Adobe Flash-player, which means that things like Amzn. Prm. Inst. Vid. are unavailable to me.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a thoroughly decent little tablet.
It's consistently been quite "snappy" -- a happy combination of 2GB of RAM and a dual-core x86 processor.
Coupled with Wireless-N Wifi adapter and a nicely-clear display, it makes watching Netflix &c. a breeze.
Pros: This build has the two things I wanted in a new mid-level machine:
- the i7-2600k Sandy Bridge CPU allows you (with adequate cooling upgrades) to overclock stably at least 1GHz past factory spec (3.4GHz), with "some users reporting stable operation past 5GHz"
- the AMD HD6800 series, while not the absolute top-of-the-line, represents a very solid GPU for everything that isn't Crysis 2 maxed-out. *Plus*, the Gigabyte motherboard offers an upgrade to CrossfireX, albeit one slightly hampered by the narrow second lane (4x instead of 16x).
Cons: The only point of frustration I've encountered with this machine is in upgrading to CrossfireX. I purchased and installed another HD6850; and after some misadventures with leftover driver (which AMD/ATI is notorious for), got the two working well -- but not completely.
The Catalyst Control Center doesn't let me enable CrossfireX, complaining that I need to "connect both bridge interconnects". This is somewhat disconcerting, as the HD6850 has only one bridge socket.
I suspect the reason behind the problem lies with the PSU; I'll be upgrading that soon.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a nice machine. Very airy (with the holey top), very cool, and very blue (what with the open panels and the LED-fan). The only thing I'd say against that lovely screen-door ceiling is that it has the potential to get pretty noisy; but that can be solved with some planning and creative fan control.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Stephen N.
Date Joined: 10/22/07
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