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Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet PC – Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad Core) 2GB RAM 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is an update.

Cons: Nothing new to add.

Other Thoughts: The GPS - it does NOT have one after all. I didn't realize that the device was using Bing to determine location based on wifi hotspots. I just wanted to correct my previous review.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet PC – Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad Core) 2GB RAM 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Wow - Good Office - Such Fast - Much Windows - Do Want. 11/09/2013

This review is from: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet PC – Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad Core) 2GB RAM 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1

Pros: The tablet was packed well, with minimal documentation in an attractive box. It also arrived fully charged, so it was ready to go out of the box. After the initial setup, I let Windows install a few updates, which included a driver (you need to select it as it is an option update) before I headed to the Dell website to grab the latest UEFI/BIOS/firmware update.
The tablet ships with no bloatware beyond a few Dell utilities - there was 10.9GB of free space on the OS partition out of the box I believe. There is not even one of those trial anti-virus programs, since Windows 8/8.1 have anti-virus built into the OS.
This machine uses an x86 copy of Windows 8.1, not RT. Can you say Photoshop CC?
It also has a full copy of Office 2013 Home and Student onboard, you just need to put in the product key, which is included in the box in a plastic envelope.
The screen's brightness is controlled with an ambient light sensor, which extends the battery life. This can be disabled in PC Settings if you think it's too dim.
The speaker, wow, I was really blown away by it - it is loud, and has a very good dynamic range, reproducing bass very well for a tablet - keep in mind that it is not Hi-Fi, but it's still a step above many other portable devices.
The headphone jack is actually a headset jack, which means you can use a headset with a mic on the cord if you like to use those, just like the Nexus 7 or an iPhone.
The screen's DPI is acceptable, only a really picky person would take issue with it. Coloring is great too.
The GPU on the CPU does fine with running the UI without a hitch, and the games I've played also run just fine. The GPU and CPU power is comparable to a Tegra 4 or other current high end ARM chips (mind you, this is late 2013), but since it is x86, you have far more flexibility with what software you choose to install. You're not going to be playing Skyrim on this, but an older title like Oblivion, Bioshock, or FO3 might run alright if you insist on using "real" desktop games on this.
The Micro SDXC slot is easy to access, and the cover over the slot is very secure.
Connected Standby, which allows Windows to receive updates like Android and iOS for apps and communications, is enabled on this tablet (and almost every other current tablet), which is nice to have since you'll be leaving this powered on all the time just like any Android/iOS device.
Over all, I am extremely pleased with this purchase and everyone who has seen it is amazed by the low price, considering that Office is on board. The performance is great, the battery life is superb, and the quality of the cameras is acceptable for a tablet - when I was Skyping, a friend was amazed by the quality of the front facing camera.

Cons: This tablet uses a Baytrail Z3740D, which means the DDR3 RAM is only running in single channel mode, not dual channel - The "D" at the end of any Baytrail Atom CPU indicates that, so if you'd like a little more speed for memory operations, and likely a little less battery life, get another tablet with a non "D" Baytrail chip.
There is only one speaker, but as I said, it sounds great and can get very loud.
The Windows button\Start button is on the top of the device, not on the bezel - I don't find this to be an issue though, but some people might. Just keep in mind that you can wipe in from the right to bring up the Charms, which includes a Start button.
Navigating the Desktop by touch can be tricky, but the Dell stylus made for this tablet can fix that. I just use my fingers however and manage alright.
By default, the onboard keyboard clicks as you type - this can be changed in PC Settings.
There is no flash on the rear camera.

Other Thoughts: Update the BIOS/UEFI from the Dell website - I imagine it has several bug fixes.
Dell offers a Targus case that is like a Ballistic Case or an Otterbox Commuter, with a silicon core and a hard shell - The model # is THD116US (just search the web for it, it's on Dell's site, but hard to locate) - it's $50 and has an inbuilt screen protector and a kickstand - I will be investing in it to protect my tablet.
We have been waiting for a couple years for 128GB SDXC cards to drop - I suspect we will be seeing them debut soon, and they will make these low storage devices more viable.
Skydrive is built in, so if you use it to sync photos and other large files between your devices, you might want to consider formatting your SDXC card as NTFS so you can move you SkyDrive folder to it to keep space cleared off on the main storage. Just long tap the SkyDrive icon in the File Explorer, select Properties, and then go to the "Location" tab and point it elsewhere.
Many websites incorrectly state that there is no GPS in this tablet - I assure you however, there is a GPS.

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PLANAR PXL2760MW Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: See other thoughts.

Cons: There's still dead pixels, the touch controls are a bit sluggish.

Other Thoughts: After I wrote my previous review, I decided it would be less hassle to just keep the monitor since there is not a FedEx or UPS drop off for such a large package in my area, and after some more usage, some the the stuck pixels have cured, but there's still a few dead pixels in the display. I would give it 3 eggs, but I offer 4 to balance my previous posted review.
If you are looking at this monitor, I would not outright recommend it, but I do suggest weighing the pros and cons. If you can manage to RMA it if yours arrives minus a few pixels, and are willing to calibrate the gamma and color (Windows Vista, 7 and 8.x have this tool, just hit start and type in "Calibrate display color" and it'll pop up [under "Settings" on the Start Screen on 8.x] and hit enter), this could be the display for you. Planar is really a great company, they make a lot of enterprise class displays, I just had the misfortune of a bad product experience and an utter lack of means to return it.

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Date Joined: 02/24/08

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