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Dell Venue 8 Pro 64 GB Tablet (Windows 8.1) Reviews

Dell Venue 8 Pro 64 GB Tablet (Windows 8.1)

Dell Venue 8 Pro 64 GB Tablet (Windows 8.1)

  • Intel Atom Z3740D Processor (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 64 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory
  • 8-Inch Display

Take the full power of Windows 8.1 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, Office Home and Student 2013, dual cameras and an optional keyboard.Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet: Your ultimate productivity companion.Take the full power of Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, and dual cameras.

Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touchMemory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHzStorage (hard drive): 64GB eMMCColor: BlackDell P/N: BELL8-1818BLK

Big-picture productivity in a compact tablet.Crystal-clear touch screen:Witness impeccable detail on the 8″ HD 800p display

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3 Responses to “Dell Venue 8 Pro 64 GB Tablet (Windows 8.1) Reviews”

  1. George Kramer says:
    245 of 252 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This Wonderful tablet is also the perfect companion PC, November 11, 2013
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    Its a 8″ tablet weighing less than the iPad mini but runs Full Windows 8.1, how cool is that? This is what I have been wanting for a long long time – a tablet that lets me consume content, and when I don’t have access to a regular PC, it will let me do some actual work! And full Windows means – you can run any windows application, get multiple user profiles and the whole shebang!

    Ordered from Amazon for $252.65 on Nov. 3rd and got it Nov 5th – Amazon Prime rocks!

    Comes in a slim plastic body that actually feels and looks quite good, has the spiraled textured back which provides an excellent grip. 1 micro-SD card slot and 1 micro-USB port. No Sim Card slot. A mono but adequate speaker – if you want stereo you will have to plug in a headphone/external/Bluetooth speaker. In the box you will get a charger and a USB/micro-USB Cable – that’s it.

    Cold booting to Windows takes about 10 seconds. updated the BIOS – took about 8 minutes. Ran Windows updates – about 200MB. Installed some apps – Evernote touch, dropbox, kindle… watched YouTube, Hulu, amazon prime and Netflix, read some PDFs – I have to say the metro PDF viewer really shines in tablet form factor. Next Morning, I decided it was a keeper and ordered an OTG Cable, Micro-SD Card and the Stylus from Dell. I haven’t run any intensive applications on it, but the maximum I was able to push it was up to 89% memory use. I was little concerned about the 2GB memory and the eMMC storage. But after I ran passmark PC performance test, it appeared this thing was performing on par with the low end 65W TDP CPU s – like a core 2 duo or a mobile core i3 even, and this is only a 5W CPU, I have to say, hats off to Intel! Way better than the Eee PCs – with which we mostly associate the Atom CPU s. you can see a screenshot of my passmark results. Crystal Diskmark revealed pretty impressive disk performance – I only hope that it will last past the warranty period. Next I wanted to see how it performed compared to other “tablets” on the market. So, I ran geekbench 3, and here are the results and some comparison -

    Geekbench 3 Results -

    Device Single Core Multi Core
    Dell Venue Pro 8 789 2525
    Asus Nexus 7 622 1891
    iPad mini 262 498
    iPad 4th Gen 784 1427
    Galaxy Note 10.1 392 1073
    Amazon Kindle Fire 337 614
    Acer Iconia W3 437 1106

    Needless to say, This little beauty performs exceptionally well.

    Before I knew it, my OTG cable and micro-SD cards were here. The micro-USB port is used to charge the battery and also works as a USB host with a USB OTG cable. It does not function as mtp. Downside to this dual purpose port is that you can’t charge and connect to peripherals simultaneously. could not successfully power a regular portable USB drive or slim DVD drive, But it detects an USB keyboard just fine and you can get to the BIOS. One other thing i tried was a generic USB Ethernet adapter and it worked! You can boot from a Retail Windows 8.1 USB Stick, but that’s as far as you will be able to go, Dell hasn’t made available the touch screen drivers.

    After getting the cable, I moved the recovery partition to a thumb drive (you need a minimum of 8GB), deleted the recovery partition, and ran disk cleanup – at this point I had a total of 17.5GB out of 27.9GB free – plus the 32GB on the micro-SD card, I think i will survive. pretty much anything video, audio, pdf etc all opens and runs just fine from the sd card.
    A lot of people have complained about the automatic display settings, but it was a bit too bright for my taste when i turned the auto brightness off. Ran the Windows battery report, since i have used it for a few days now. It appears it got almost 10 hours of full use, you can see the screenshot of that report.

    Dell really screwed up the shipping for my stylus, delayed it twice. I am not an artist, nor have ever used any active stylus extensively. This appeared to work reasonably well for me in One Note and Windows Journal, with some occasional slipping of the pen or a bit of a too much sensitivity. This is one thing I am not too thrilled about in general about the touch screen of this device – its just a bit too much touchy at times, a single key touch will get 2,3 letters and sometime the zooming in/out and scrolling tends to slip too. I don’t know what kind of glass they are using, its not listed in Corning Gorilla Glass site.

    After almost a week of using this tablet, I am beginning to wonder why Microsoft had to take almost a Billion dollars write off on the Surface RT? Windows 8 is actually a pretty good OS, the Metro UI is much better than anything out there – IMHO, including IOS (I own a 1st & 3rd gen iPad) and of Course Android. I think they should have kept the RT limited to just Metro, and for the Desktop part, they could have put in an option to selectively turn on the touch friendly Metro UI only if the PC…

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  2. Ken says:
    145 of 151 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally… a tablet for both content consumption and content creation, November 11, 2013
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    Ken

    This review is from: Dell Venue 8 Pro 64 GB Tablet (Windows 8.1) (Personal Computers)

    I have the 64GB version, which I actually bought off the Dell web site instead of Amazon. It did take a while to arrive (about 3 weeks), but this review isn’t about Dell’s marketplace. :)

    I’ve had the Venue Pro 8 for a few days now and have gotten in a decent amount of both play time and work time. I want to preface this, by saying that I’ve been through the following tablets over the past couple of years – 1st gen iPad, 3rd gen iPad, iPad mini, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Samsung Galaxy tab, Surface RT, and Asus VivoTab RT. Up until I bought the Venue Pro 8, I was using the Surface RT as my primary tablet. My kids play their games on the iPads, and I honestly haven’t touched them for several months, except to install updates.

    The thing that has always frustrated me about tablets is that they are great for consumption of content – books, videos, games, but awful for getting actual work done. And for a guy that works 60+ hour weeks and spends 4 months out of the year travelling, it sucks trying to do work on tablets. The Venue Pro 8, however, is the full version of Windows 8. I have the full version of Microsoft Office 2013 on here, Visio and Project (which are critical to my job), as well as other apps that I use, such as Mindjet MindManager, and MineCraft :) This tablet is literally a full PC in a tablet’s body. The battery life is compares to other tablets. I’m tracking around 10 hours of use so far. It’s turns on and off as quickly as any other tablet.

    Last night, I was watching TV with the Dell Venue Pro 8 on the couch next to me, and during the commercials, I picked it up to check up on a couple of blogs and play a couple levels of some casual games. This morning, I turned on my Bluetooth Microsoft Wedge Keyboard and Wedge Mouse, and went out to Starbucks to work for the morning. My laptop stayed in my bag, and I only used the Venue Pro 8 – checking email, working on a Word doc, taking a conference call on Lync, etc. Yes, the screen is a little small for working on it non-stop, but the resolution is very good and you can compensate for the screen size by adjusting the font sizes in Windows. I haven’t had any issues working from the tablet for lengthy periods of time.

    I two have two issues, though. The first is the pen. I bought the pen and case combo from Dell, and the pen holder is situated along the right side of the case, when it’s being held vertically. Because of this, the pen is close enough to the screen that it deactivates the touch input. This is really annoying, so I stopped carrying the pen in the case. Instead, I put the pen in my pocket. Then the other day, I took it out of my pocket to use it, and I noticed that the tip of the pen had broken off. That was a bit frustrating since the pen was $35.

    The second issue is with the case. It’s a pretty nice case, but it’s bulky and the tablet is tough to get out of it once it’s in. When I’m using the case, it feels like the tablet is bulky and thick. When I take it out, it feels slim and light, so I prefer to use it out of the case. So my recommendation is that if you buy this tablet, don’t spend the money on the case and stylus – instead take the money and buy a Wedge Keyboard and Mouse – it makes it a lot more usable.

    The last thing I’ll say is that I saw a video on YouTube of a guy who hooked up the Venue Pro 8 up to a couple of monitors to use it like a PC. I haven’t done that yet, but I did buy a Male B to Female A USB cable in order to do this. Once that arrives, I’m going to plug this into my USB docking station and try running this tablet as my primary PC.

    Overall, this is the best tablet I’ve used to date. It really makes Windows shine and makes me more of a believer in the Microsoft vision -

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  3. Amazon Lover says:
    113 of 123 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dell Venue 8 Pro vs Lenovo Miix 8, November 29, 2013
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    Amazon Lover (spakelum, Mars) –

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    This review is from: Dell Venue 8 Pro 64 GB Tablet (Windows 8.1) (Personal Computers)

    I’m going to post this review under both the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 8 as I believe some people may find the comparison helpful.

    I will cut to the chase and say that I have decided to keep the Venue 8 Pro and return the Lenovo Miix 8. I rated both of the devices a 5 because they are both very similar and I didn’t feel it was fair to dock the Lenovo just because I preferred the Dell. If I could have rated the Lenovo 4.75, I would have.

    Here is what I like and dislike about both devices:

    1. Screen on the Dell is better than the Lenovo in my opinion. For example, in the Kindle App for Windows 8, after changing the settings to white text on black background, you get a truly “black” background on the Dell whereas it is more of a gray on the Lenovo. Also, the colors just seem to be more accurate on the Dell. The Lenovo offers a brighter screen but the Dell is plenty bright for me. I was also able to dim the backlight on the Dell more than the Lenovo which was helpful to me for nighttime reading. These are not major issues but it was something I noticed after comparing side by side.

    2. I have grown to prefer the build materials and quality of the Dell more than the Lenovo. The Lenovo is thinner and lighter which I thought was something that was important to me, but the Dell is much more comfortable to hold. This is mainly because the Dell is made from some sort of rubberized plastic material that is very “grippy”. It just feels comfortable to hold. The Lenovo on the other hand is made from some sort of slick plastic and it always felt like I was going to drop it. Also, the Lenovo made a faint “creaking” and “crackling” sound whenever I held it.

    3. I originally didn’t like Dell’s placement of the start button on top of the device, and this was one of the reasons that I purchased the Lenovo. After using them both, I have grown to prefer Dell’s implementation since I don’t ever power off the device. The Start button acts as my “on” button and I have grown accustomed to the placement. I thought I would prefer the Lenovo with its capacitive button, but I find myself having to hit the button at least twice to activate it which is very frustrating. I realize it must be very difficult to design a capacitive button with just the right level of sensitivity, but if Surface and many Android tablets can pull it off, so should Lenovo. Hopefully both companies will figure out a way to engineer a hard button on the front like on the iPad.

    4. I thought I would prefer having the GPS that the Lenovo offers, but since there aren’t currently any good GPS apps for Windows 8 touch devices, I didn’t find much use for it. I tried it with Streets and Trips and the program would not recognize the GPS sensor.

    5. I get slightly better sound quality from the headphone jack of the Dell than I do with the Lenovo. It’s just a minor difference and probably just a matter of personal preference, but it is something that is important to me.

    6. Actual user performance on both devices was about equal for me, even though the Lenovo apparently offers a slightly better processor.

    7. The Lenovo offers a cheaper case and stylus than the Dell. I have found the Lenovo case and stylus for as low as twenty dollars here on Amazon.

    8. I was able to pick up the Dell unit for twenty five dollars less than the Lenovo and see a lot of deals on the 32 gb version of the Dell. Something to consider.

    9. Battery life seems to be similar on both but I can’t say I have performed any scientific tests to verify.

    Here is a list of tablets that I currently own and used as reference points in deciding whether or not to keep the Dell:

    1. iPad 2. I no longer have any need for this device and find it to be too limited for its size and weight. I have handed this down to my wife and kids. The kids get a LOT of mileage out of it playing various learning and leisure games. My wife mainly reads books and plays candy crush on it.

    2. Kindle Fire HD 8.9. I ONLY use this device because of the text to speech feature and only when I need to read something technical and/or boring for work. I tried to “upgrade” to the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and later learned that Amazon crippled this amazing feature (you have to buy the audio book now) so I ended up returning the HDX. I may upgrade again if Amazon ever brings this functionality back.

    3. ThinkPad Tablet 2. This is my go to device for customer meetings as it is very convenient for taking notes with the screen size and dock-able stylus. That said, the device is a little slow for my taste so I’m really looking forward to the new version early next year.

    4. Nexus 7 (1st gen). Too slow and battery life sucks. Pretty much collects dust now but I do use it occasionally as a controller for my Sonos system.

    5. Surface 2. Love this device with the Type Cover 2…

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