Among the very few tablets released with Windows 10 pre-installed, the new Dell Venue 8 Pro might just be the most compelling purchase for power users, as it retains the iconic design of its predecessors and upgrades literally every possible feature while keeping the price relatively low.
The compact display jumps from HD to Full HD, or rather WUXGA resolution, i.e. 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, to produce a stellar 283 ppi count. Under the hood, one of the zippiest Intel Atom processors to date, the 2.24 GHz quad-core x5-Z8500, runs the hardware show, chaperoned by a hefty 4GB RAM for silky smooth multitasking.
Then you have a generous 64 gigs of internal storage space as standard, expandable by up to 128GB via microSD, as well as USB Type C connectivity. Granted, the 5 and 2MP cameras are perhaps not great, but who uses their tab to snap photos anyway?
Instead, you want it to blend some of a smartphone’s portability with as much of a laptop’s productivity, and of course, Windows 10 Home or Pro takes care of the latter. Starting at $400 and $450 respectively in the US, with deliveries from the manufacturer currently slated for 11 – 14 business days.
Worth the wait? Well, Dell “neglects” to state numbers when talking the refreshed Venue 8 Pro’s “excellent battery life” on the product page, but at 377 grams and 9.45 mm thick, the 8-incher had better last a while, and offer phenomenal bang for buck overall.