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

4 out of 5 eggs best tablet at its price range and size. 02/15/2014

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

Pros: Size (which to some people may end up as a con, but if you're in this page you are probably looking for a small tablet anyways)

FULL, yes FULL Windows version!
Battery Life

Cons: for the size of this tablet and price and features, none.

Other Thoughts: I got this off a local office supply store along w/ company discount and special price and got it down to 180bucks after tax which is great! (even if you pay 290bucks this thing is still great)

One thing that attracted me the most about this tablet is that this little thing is basically a full computer in a 8" form factor.. full windows version (32bit) not some windows RT bull.

I am able to install the major programs I run on my PC, I am even able to play PS1 emulators at 25-30FPS (which actually plays smooth) and ran 3Dmark Ice Storm and got 15.9k pts on it (average FPS on Graphics test is 70FPS while Physics test is 52FPS) Which is pretty darn good for a tablet this size and this price.

Sure the screen for a full desktop tablet is small, you are gonna need a stylus (the pointed one) to be precise with your touch, or buy a bluetooth keyboard w/ touch pad for mouse if you want or a bluetooth mouse?

I've seen youtube reviews on this and some even showed them using a Xbox controller on it which i think is pretty good.

Speakers are loud, surprisingly loud and I like it. Camera is so-so but passable, but if you are looking at this tablet the camera is probably is your least thing you're looking forward to use anyways, its the full windows feature that is what this tablet is all about.

Altho if you are buying this at full price, go for the 64Gb version instead, trust me you are gonna end up buying a micro SD card for the 32Gb since out of the box I believe if I remember it right the tablet only have 9Gb space left, since that 32Gb is being used to install the OS in it too and other updates and such.

64Gb version should give you around 41Gb free space out of the box (in my estimation) and that should be enough for productivity suites.

Saw people on youtube installed Photoshop and Lightroom on this one, I am surprised it even runs them.

The only downfall is the RAM in terms of performance, I wish it was 4GB ram and wish it was dual channel. heck even if this thing got an extra 1GB of ram (making it total of 3) would things a little more snappier. Loading big programs as Photoshop takes time for them to actually start loading up due to the RAM limitations, but the time it takes to load those big programs are tolerable. Office,Outlook, Word and such are no brainer for this tablet, I think it's actually meant for those things. just buy a bluetooth keyboard to make things easier and a good stylus and you're all set.

In the end, My advice is to go for the 64Gb version,this 32Gb will have barely enough space for a few programs. unless you already have a 64Gb micro SD laying around. then this may be you're choice.

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 10Phase design (I believe its 8+2Digital power phase)
Great overclocking due to its great power phase for its size

Cons: The riser power phase gets in the way at times, specially if you're building in a small case.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard is probably the best overclocking motherboard out of the mini-itx motherboards out there, some mini-ITX mobo's only got 4 Power Phase, while this packs 10 Power phase, altho the riser Power Phase design do get in a way a little bit.

Fan control is pretty good, placing of the slots is ok, it just sucks that everytime I need to unplug off the mobo I need to remove my GPU but that's my case problem not the mobo.

ASUS VN279QL Black 27
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: great display
Nice viewing angles
Came with a lot of cables that you may need

Cons: Not really a con but I wish this were a 1440p monitor considering the full price of it at the time of this review is 300bucks, or atleast I wish it was 120Hz refresh rate.

Other Thoughts: I bought mine as "open box" from newegg, note that on open box items some things may not be in the package that you will be receiving.
However I got lucky and the only thing that is actually missing is the mounting screws that you need to mount the stand on the monitor and that the other stuff like cables and the monitor itself are actually untouched with no sign of it even being removed in its original covers.

The screws I found with some research over google the size of the screws needed is M4-.7 x 16mm screws which are available at home depot for $.64/3pcs.

Another thing, I've found similar problems being encountered by users with Asus monitors is when you connect thru HDMI-DVI (HDMI on the monitor to DVI to your video card) people get a display that is not being shown on the entire monitor's screen, and it appears theres a black border on the edges instead of the display being used to its full size.

This is actually rather a simple problem as I encountered this problem with myself, I am using an AMD video card (R9 290X) and the way to make the display use all of the screen is when you go to the Catalyst center, on the left panel click on "My digital display" and then under that you click on the "Scaling options (Digital panel)" and on the overscan slider go you can adjust there the display to match your screen size. This applies for users who is having problems with their display not using the full size of their screen that are using AMD video cards. for Nvidia users I believe there is a similar options in their drivers.


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Display Name: Karl R.

Date Joined: 08/08/13

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