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Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Convertible Tablet Review

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 01/01/2015

New generation. Are desktops and laptops becoming obsolete? Who still needs stationary PCs or classic laptops when the little Windows tablet offers enough computing power, interfaces, input devices, and storage?

Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140) with travel keyboard: Will the Broadwell tablet make a subnotebook superfluous?
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140) with travel keyboard: Will the Broadwell tablet make a subnotebook superfluous?

Manufacturers have been launching Windows tablets and convertibles in the PC market for several years now. Ever since the upsurge of low-priced tablets and smartphones, Windows-based systems have been on a downturn. Former Windows users now do most of their communication and online tasks with a tablet or phone, and put buying a PC system on the back burner. This did put the Windows World under pressure; the devices had to become more attractive.

It was not enough to simply force Windows onto a tablet. There were not enough interfaces, the performance was too low, the storage capacity was tight, and there was no decent keyboard when one was needed. The latter is especially important for business customers. We have had quite a few devices on our desk that could keep up with the performance of laptops owing to Haswell chips. However, waste heat was still an issue, and too short battery runtimes have also often been a problem. The last point now seems resolved with the economical Broadwell Core M chips: Fanless tablets with a long battery life and good performance are on the shelves.

Dell uses the sophisticated Broadwell mobile technology for its Venue 11 Pro 7140. It claims to satisfy all requirements placed on a small, portable Windows PC as a handy 10.8-inch tablet with a weight of 720 grams (~1.59 lb). The package comprised of a tablet PC keyboard, mobile version (188 Euros; ~$225 including VAT), and Dell's Venue 11 Pro (772 Euros; ~$926) has its price (960 Euros; ~$1152). In this test we will examine whether it is justified.

The top-of-the-range competitors (tablets with keyboard, 10 to 12 inches) in the business sector are Toshiba's Portégé Z10t, HP's Pro X2 410 G1, and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix would also be a rival, but the 11.6-inch device costs a whole 500 Euros (~$600) more.

·         Toshiba Portégé Z10t-A2111 (11.6 inches, Haswell, starts at 770 Euros; ~$924)

·         HP Pro X2 410 G1 (11.6 inches, Haswell, starts at 850 Euros; ~$1020)

·         Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (12 inches, Haswell, starts at 950 Euros; ~$1140)

·         HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 (11.6 inches, Haswell)

.         Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 3G (11.6 inches, Haswell, 1450 Euros; ~$1740)

Case

To each his own: We tested the Venue 11 Pro (7140) as a convertible
To each his own: We tested the Venue 11 Pro (7140) as a convertible

The tablet unit is made of a hard plastic bezel, and the back features a rubberized plate. It can be removed for maintenance, which is a big advantage of Dell's Venue line. For this, the screw under the SD slot flap has to be removed first. The back can then be lifted off carefully with a putty knife.

The tablet's weight of 720 grams (~1.59 lb) is not more than that of the other competitors. The somewhat larger Microsoft weighs 810 grams (~1.79 lb). Our Venue 11 Pro weighs 1.4 kilograms (~3 lb) together with the travel dock including a second battery (683 grams; ~1.5 lb). The Portégé Z10t-A2111 (1.4 kilograms; ~3 lb) weighs just as much, and HP's Pro X2 410 G1 (1.6 kg; ~3.5 lb) is the heaviest.

The rigidity is quite good; the tablet can only be warped with some force using both hands. The quality makes a coherent, strong impression in the hand. Only the fingerprints on the glossy touchscreen annoyed us. Only the Z10t has a fingerprint-smudge-free zone with its anti-glare coating.

Although the same high-quality material is used for the tablet PC keyboard, it cannot quite keep up with the tablet's rigidity. The input device makes a solid impression on the desk, but not too much force should be used when typing on it. The keyboard yields slightly in the middle due to the cavity under the dock. The construction creaks and makes snapping sounds when warped with both hands. It is made of a base tray (rubberized, very slip-proof) and an aluminum upper side. The latter has been crinkled and polished on the edges for good looks.

The hinge has a tight fit on the chassis and functions as a stand that tilts the keys slightly. The tablet fits so firmly in its mount that we needed both hands for opening it. Unlike Toshiba, Dell does not rely on a U-shape socket, but on an open-back solution. The massive hinge and metal hooks prevent the tablet from rocking, which is not a matter of course for this docking design. The user can release the tablet from the keyboard by pressing a mechanical button. Fast docking without looking is possible.

Connectivity

Sides: battery, SSD, 4G modem, and Wi-Fi module can be replaced.
Sides: battery, SSD, 4G modem, and Wi-Fi module can be replaced.

The list of ports is exhausted with micro-HDMI and a full-sized USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 port allows connecting universal docking solutions like those that Dell also has in its program.

Left: combo headphone/microphone, volume, reset opening, speaker, micro-USB 2.0 for charger, micro-HDMI, USB 3.0
Left: combo headphone/microphone, volume, reset opening, speaker, micro-USB 2.0 for charger, micro-HDMI, USB 3.0
Right: chassis lock (Dell), speaker, micro-SD, screw for back plate fixing, power button, charging LED
Right: chassis lock (Dell), speaker, micro-SD, screw for back plate fixing, power button, charging LED
Lower edge: docking connector, 2 openings for keyboard dock lock
Lower edge: docking connector, 2 openings for keyboard dock lock

Communication

Intel's Wireless-AC 7265 dual-band adapter that includes Bluetooth 4.0 has a very good range. The Venue 11 Pro still displayed a signal strength of 2 bars beyond our 40 meter (~131 ft) mark, and opened Notebookcheck.com with a reduced speed. Only one in every ten review sample achieves this high range in the case of the tester, and beyond his property. Our review sample is not equipped with a 3G modem, as Dell does not offer this option. There is an empty M.2 slot for inserting another device, but there are no antennas.

Security

The Venue 11 Pro is equipped with a TPM module and Intel's Anti-Theft Protection. Services like "Keep Your Hard Drive" can be selected during the ordering process. The owner can keep the SSD in case of a defect within the warranty period, and Dell installs a new one anyway (when warranty service is selected).

Accessories

Dell has plenty of accessories exclusively made for the Venue 11 in its program. The tablet PC keyboard, mobile version (with battery), that is part of this test is among them. There is also a slim alternative without a battery (tablet PC keyboard), the Tablet Folio (robust protection case, see image gallery), and the tablet docking station (170 Euros; ~$204 including VAT). The latter adds four USB 3.0 ports, and allows connecting two monitors. It also features an Ethernet port. Dell Cast is a USB flash drive that transmits the Venue 11 Pro's screen content (or even another Venue 7/8) to a TV, projector or a laptop. Finally, there is also the Active Stylus that might enable an even more precise input on the touchscreen.

Warranty

Only a one-year warranty is included as standard (collect and return). This is common among business models; the clients buy additional support services when required. For example, the three-year ProSupport and Next Business Day On-Site service is offered for an exclusive 124 Euros (~$149). There are also additional packages like the Accidental Damage Protection (75 Euros; ~$90, one year), which is basically just what the name says. Here, replacement parts are shipped or the device is sent to a repair center. Replacement of stolen parts is also included in this package.

How cute! The little power supply weighs 133 grams.
How cute! The little power supply weighs 133 grams.
The 24 watt PSU charges via micro-USB.
The 24 watt PSU charges via micro-USB.
Quick start guide
Quick start guide

Cameras and Microphone

2 megapixels at the front, 8 megapixels on the rear. How do both cameras perform? The 8-megapixel primary camera does its job quite well, with balanced colors and homogeneous focus. The focus only fails in closeups at a distance of less than 50 centimeters (~20 inches); the background is in focus. On the other hand, the front-facing camera could not impress us. Daylight pictures are grainy and the colors are distorted. However, it might suffice for Skype chats.

Recordings with the stereo microphone are affected by a consistent noise that sounds like a subtle rustling. However, the voice is recorded with an almost consistent volume no matter whether from a distance of 30 centimeters (~12 inches) or two meters (~6.5 ft).

Rear: 8 MP webcam, 3264 x 1836 pixels
Natural-looking colors and good focus
Closeups fail.
No image noise - good job, Dell.
Front: 2 MP module, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Faded, unnatural colors
Reference: Canon EOS 1100D
Reference: Canon EOS 1100D

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard's keys are absolutely flat, but feel dull due to a light rubber coating. Thus, the fingers will find a rather unusual non-slip surface on the keys. We liked the large gaps between the keys and the standard layout with CRTL in the lower left, DEL in the upper right, and the separated arrow keys. Special keys in the first row supplement the keyboard with search, settings or screen switching. The secondary assignment mapped on the F-keys is labeled in blue.

The keys have a homogeneously firm surface that only yield when undue pressure is applied. The stroke is soft, firm, and quiet. It is absolutely possible to type on the input device in a noise-sensitive environment. The drop is relatively short and the pressure point is slightly spongy, which leads to a poor feedback for the hands. This is certainly a question of accommodation. It is nevertheless a fact that mechanical laptop keyboards, such as in the ThinkPads or Latitudes, play in a completely different league. The ThinkPad Helix sets the standard for a first-rate keyboard in the tightest of spaces. Some other competitors are also slightly better. Personal preferences will deviate at this point, and only trying out the keyboard will help here.

Touchpad

The ClickPad is slightly wider than usual, but has a soft feel and a very short drop. It has a firm stroke, clear pressure point, and the click noise is somewhere in the middle. It can be easily used  as a mouse replacement.

Touchscreen

The 10-finger multi-touchscreen accepts inputs responsively up to its outer edges. Like most touchscreens, the accuracy when using a finger is very good. Even small icons on the Full HD screen are almost always hit.

Mobile tablet keyboard with 20 Wh secondary battery
Mobile tablet keyboard with 20 Wh secondary battery
ClickPad with short drop but clear pressure point
ClickPad with short drop but clear pressure point

Display

The 10.8-inch IPS screen (model: Dell P/N 6FR8F) with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels corresponds to what we expect in this price range. Both the ThinkPad Helix (11.6-inches) and the Portégé Z10t (non-glare) are on par, but not so the HP's Pro X2 410 G1  (1366x768 pixels; HD). Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has the highest resolution with 2160x1440 pixels. However, the resolution will usually be rather secondary in the business sector, especially since the resolution of the 10.8-inch device is very fine, even without a 3K screen. It has a pixel density of 204 ppi; the Surface Pro 3 has 216 ppi.

Criteria, such as the high brightness that is also available in battery mode when the user does not disable the ambient light sensor, are more important. The competitors also offer a very good brightness. We find differences mostly in the contrast where we measured 965:1. Both the ThinkPad Helix and Surface Pro 3 achieve a similar rate. HP's Pro X2 410 G1 and Portégé Z10t-A2111 clearly undercut this.

344
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 386 cd/m² Average: 356.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 386 cd/m²
Contrast: 965:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.71 | 1.01-23.34 Ø6.8
ΔE Greyscale 5.4 | 0.79-16.8 Ø7
Gamma: 2.33
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
1920x1080 IPS glare
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
1920x1080 IPS glare
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
2160x1440 IPS glare
HP Pro X2 410 G1
1366x768 IPS glare
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
1920x1080 IPS matt
Screen
12%
-2%
-10%
-48%
Brightness357371
4%
338
-5%
362
1%
315
-12%
Brightness Distribution8489
6%
91
8%
79
-6%
70
-17%
Black Level *0.40.41
-3%
0.33
17%
0.67
-68%
0.511
-28%
Contrast965949
-2%
1077
12%
567
-41%
648
-33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *3.713.12
16%
4.72
-27%
4.17
-12%
14.29
-285%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *5.42.79
48%
6.53
-21%
2.35
56%
3.03
44%
Gamma *2.332.172.351.96
CCT66666707
1%
6883
3%
6525
-2%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)59.3744

* ... smaller is better

We could not determine the review sample's color space. The profiling software did not function, and thus we could not calibrate the screen. The spectrophotometer determined a low DeltaE of five in the Venue 11 Pro's state of delivery. The competitors are also capable of this; all are equipped with a high-quality IPS screen.

CalMAN: Grayscale - low DeltaE
CalMAN: Grayscale - low DeltaE
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps - no bluish cast
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps - no bluish cast
CalMAN: ColorChecker - almost ideal DeltaE
CalMAN: ColorChecker - almost ideal DeltaE

The ambient light sensor beside the front-facing webcam automatically adapts the screen's brightness according to the light conditions. We disabled it for the battery runtime tests by turning off the energy saving functions of Intel's HD Graphics. We achieved a brightness of 150 cd/m², which we use for our measurements, by dimming the brightness six levels via the keyboard.

Reflections get annoying outdoors (max. brightness, ambient light sensor: off).
Reflections get annoying outdoors (max. brightness, ambient light sensor: off).
The high brightness in battery mode is not of much use then, either.
The high brightness in battery mode is not of much use then, either.

The insensitivity for slanted viewing angles is one of the assets of an IPS screen. The content remains legible and does not show signs of color deviations or excessively decreasing contrasts, even when looking at the screen from an almost right-angled view. The competitors are similarly strong here.

Viewing angles: Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140) 1920 x 1080 pixels, IPS
Viewing angles: Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140) 1920 x 1080 pixels, IPS

Performance

Intel's Core M-5Y10a (800 MHz) belongs to the new Broadwell architecture for high-performance Windows tablets. Its strength is the high per-MHz performance with a very low power consumption compared with the Haswell precursors. The TDP is 4.5 Watts; the comparable Core i5-4202Y forerunner still had 11.5 Watts. The integrated HD Graphics 5300 (100 to 800 MHz) now replaces the HD 4200. Data is stored on an M.2 module in the form of a Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G. The user has 75 GB available; as usual, some part of the storage is reserved for the recovery partition.

System info: CPU-Z CPU
System info: CPU-Z Cache
System info: CPU-Z Mainboard
System info: CPU-Z Memory
System info: GPU-Z HD Graphics 5300
HWinfo: Summary
System information: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140

Processor

Cinebench R15 Single @2.0 GHz stable
Cinebench R15 Single @2.0 GHz stable
Cinebench R15 Multi start @2.0 GHz
Cinebench R15 Multi start @2.0 GHz
Cinebench R15 Multi end @1.7-1.8 GHz stable
Cinebench R15 Multi end @1.7-1.8 GHz stable

Big performance differences between the Haswell Y and Core M are expected since the main goal of the Core M is energy efficiency. Nevertheless, the Cinebench scores show a processor superior to the i5-4202Y, which sometimes even manages to come close to an i7-4610Y (1.7 GHz). The latter is roughly on par in Cinebench R15 Multi.

The Venue makes use of the Turbo range of 800 to 2000 MHz when calculating on all cores only at the beginning. The clock quickly drops to 1.7 - 1.8 GHz in permanent load. A single core can, however, calculate stably with 2.0 GHz. This is also the reason for the very good CPU scores of this Core M. HP's Envy x2 15-c000ng based on the same Broadwell SoC proves that this is not the rule. It is a 15.6-inch tablet with a considerably higher passive cooling. 

Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
190 Points ∼12%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
169 Points ∼11% -11%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
192 Points ∼12% +1%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
250 Points ∼16% +32%
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
167 Points ∼11% -12%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
83 Points ∼46%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
72 Points ∼40% -13%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
107 Points ∼59% +29%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
110 Points ∼60% +33%
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
63 Points ∼35% -24%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
2.01 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
2.38 Points ∼14% +18%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
1.82 Points ∼10% -9%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2.15 Points ∼12% +7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
2.77 Points ∼16% +38%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
2.67 Points ∼15% +33%
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
1.8 Points ∼10% -10%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
0.94 Points ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
1.06 Points ∼49% +13%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
0.48 Points ∼22% -49%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
1.24 Points ∼57% +32%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
1.12 Points ∼52% +19%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
1.25 Points ∼58% +33%
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
0.95 Points ∼44% +1%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3131
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.01 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.06 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
83 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
190 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
22.86 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

Will the good computing performance be continued in application performance? PCMark 7 and 8 record very good scores that again come close to a Core i7-4619Y system (Portégé Z10t). Even the EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 with a normal Haswell ULV is almost outstripped. The Revolve's Computation score is much lower than that of the Venue 11. The i5-3317U that calculates 20% faster in the ThinkPad Helix seems more realistic, although it does not reap in a higher overall PCMark 7 score.

PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
2480 Points ∼44%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2282 Points ∼40% -8%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
2394 Points ∼42% -3%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
3291 Points ∼54%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
3441 Points ∼56% +5%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
3711 Points ∼61% +13%
Storage Score (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
4841 Points ∼95%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
4939 Points ∼97% +2%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
4927 Points ∼97% +2%
PCMark 7
Score (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
4135 Points ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
4669 Points ∼59% +13%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
4095 Points ∼52% -1%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
4973 Points ∼63% +20%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
5066 Points ∼64% +23%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
4131 Points ∼52% 0%
Productivity (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
1913 Points ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
2210 Points ∼20% +16%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
3344 Points ∼31% +75%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2455 Points ∼23% +28%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
2500 Points ∼23% +31%
Creativity (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
7755 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
3241 Points ∼25% -58%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
7560 Points ∼59% -3%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
3564 Points ∼28% -54%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
7503 Points ∼59% -3%
Computation (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
11986 Points ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
14545 Points ∼51% +21%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
10851 Points ∼38% -9%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
17586 Points ∼62% +47%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
9390 Points ∼33% -22%
System Storage (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
5011 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
5167 Points ∼72% +3%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
5204 Points ∼73% +4%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
5313 Points ∼74% +6%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
5331 Points ∼75% +6%
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
PCMark 7
-1%
13%
9%
23%
2%
Score41354669
13%
4095
-1%
4973
20%
5066
23%
4131
0%
Productivity19132210
16%
3344
75%
2455
28%
2500
31%
Creativity77553241
-58%
7560
-3%
3564
-54%
7503
-3%
Computation1198614545
21%
10851
-9%
17586
47%
9390
-22%
System Storage50115167
3%
5204
4%
5313
6%
5331
6%
PCMark 8
-0%
4%
Home Score Accelerated v224802282
-8%
2394
-3%
Work Score Accelerated v232913441
5%
3711
13%
Storage Score48414939
2%
4927
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / -1%
13% / 13%
5% / 6%
23% / 23%
3% / 3%
PCMark 7 Score
4135 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2480 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3291 points
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Storage Devices

The Sandisk X110 M.2 with a gross capacity of 128 GB has already delivered an impressive storage score in the above System scores. However, they are not the greatest sequential read and write rates in detail, regardless of whether large or the smallest blocks (e.g. 4 K read/write) are being read or written. This becomes clear in a total score of 648 points in AS SSD, which is 9 to 57% less than Intel's SSD 525, Samsung's PM851 or Hynix' HFS128G3MNM. HP's Pro X2 410 G1, also with a Sandisk X110 (mSATA), achieved better rates.

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
Sandisk X110 M.2
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Intel SSD 525 Series
HP Pro X2 410 G1
Sandisk X110
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
Samsung PM851 Series
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Hynix HFS128G3MNM
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
25%
60%
68%
61%
Read Seq395.6447
13%
499.3
26%
521.6
32%
501.2
27%
Write Seq221.9260.2
17%
426.3
92%
263.2
19%
324
46%
Read 512209.1362.1
73%
286.3
37%
423.8
103%
357.8
71%
Write 512153.5253.8
65%
371
142%
263.5
72%
324.6
111%
Read 4k22.918.54
-19%
30.78
34%
36.08
58%
20.81
-9%
Write 4k35.2942.34
20%
70.45
100%
93.61
165%
76.2
116%
Read 4k QD32256.4222.6
-13%
313.2
22%
390.9
52%
345
35%
Write 4k QD32156.1219.4
41%
202.4
30%
228.1
46%
294.4
89%
AS SSD
-0%
66%
54%
Seq Read405.38466.37
15%
512.09
26%
493.72
22%
Seq Write134.69249.2
85%
250.33
86%
303.05
125%
4K Read19.317.81
-8%
32.51
68%
22
14%
4K Write33.2237.3
12%
84.39
154%
73.65
122%
4K-64 Read241.96221.42
-8%
371.47
54%
358.34
48%
4K-64 Write152.48217.14
42%
220.87
45%
215.04
41%
Access Time Read *0.160.193
-21%
0.071
56%
0.087
46%
Access Time Write *0.1040.276
-165%
0.039
62%
0.075
28%
Score Read302286
-5%
455
51%
430
42%
Score Write199279
40%
330
66%
319
60%
Score Total648706
9%
1016
57%
965
49%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
13% / 10%
60% / 60%
67% / 67%
58% / 57%

* ... smaller is better

Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
Sequential Read: 395.6 MB/s
Sequential Write: 221.9 MB/s
512K Read: 209.1 MB/s
512K Write: 153.5 MB/s
4K Read: 22.9 MB/s
4K Write: 35.29 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 256.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 156.1 MB/s

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics 5300 (100 - 800 MHz) can clock even slower while idling than its HD 4200 precursor. Its scores in the 3D benchmarks are approximately 10 - 15% better than with the HD, for example in the Z10t. The IGP moves on an overall very low level, which a Haswell HD 4400 (Surface Pro 3Revolve 810) can just outperform (~20%).

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
38912 Points ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
22125 Points ∼12% -43%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
32971 Points ∼18% -15%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
29229 Points ∼16% -25%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
31564 Points ∼17% -19%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
45841 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
21894 Points ∼3% -52%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
36738 Points ∼5% -20%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
34130 Points ∼5% -26%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
3484 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
2697 Points ∼8% -23%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
3754 Points ∼12% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
4146 Points ∼13% +19%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
3730 Points ∼11% +7%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
4498 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
2871 Points ∼2% -36%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
4734 Points ∼3% +5%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
4264 Points ∼3% -5%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
883 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
604 Points ∼3% -32%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
784 Points ∼4% -11%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
877 Points ∼4% -1%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
744 Points ∼4% -16%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
795 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
527 Points ∼2% -34%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
691 Points ∼2% -13%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
791 Points ∼3% -1%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
667 Points ∼2% -16%
1280x720 Performance Physics (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
2605 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
2837 Points ∼21% +9%
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
2811 Points ∼21% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
2635 Points ∼20% +1%
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
3163 Points ∼24% +21%

Legend

 
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Intel Core M-5Y10a, Intel HD Graphics 5300, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
 
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Intel Core i5-3317U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
 
HP Pro X2 410 G1 Intel Core i5-4202Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
 
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111 Intel Core i7-4610Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
 
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i5-4300U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
 
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 Intel Core i5-4300U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
3DMark 11 Performance
883 points
3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Standard Score
38912 points
3DMark (2013) Cloud Gate Standard Score
3484 points
3DMark (2013) Fire Strike Standard Score
466 points
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Gaming Performance

Apart from browser games and those from the Windows Store, gaming is rather limited to older games like Risen Part 1 from 2009. However, even this game is at most playable in medium details, which means 1024x768 pixels. Performance is about 16 to 60% over an HD 4200. The HD 5300 produces 5 to 25% more frames.

Risen
800x600 all off/low AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
60 fps ∼32%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
37.5 fps ∼20% -37%
Toshiba Satellite U50t-A-100
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
48.4 fps ∼26% -19%
1024x768 all on/med AF:2x (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
22.7 fps ∼14%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
19.5 fps ∼12% -14%
Toshiba Satellite U50t-A-100
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
18.4 fps ∼11% -19%
Sleeping Dogs - 1024x768 Low Preset AA:Normal (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
21.3 fps ∼11%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
30.4 fps ∼16% +43%
Fujitsu Lifebook U574
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
20.2 fps ∼11% -5%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - 1280x720 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
16.65 fps ∼6%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
15.12 fps ∼6% -9%
Fujitsu Lifebook U574
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
21.4 fps ∼8% +29%
low med. high ultra
Risen (2009) 6022.716fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 21.314.17.1fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 16.659.275fps

Emissions

System Noise

Owing to the very low TDP, the OEMs can design Intel's Core M systems without a fan because passive cooling is possible with little effort. Our screenshots of the opened Venue 11 Pro show a massive copper plate over the SoC. HP's Pro X2 410 G1 Haswell system was also fanless, unlike the Portégé Z10tSurface Pro 3, and ThinkPad Helix. The first two in particular produced high noise during load (41 and 44 dB(A)). Although the ThinkPad Helix was very quiet, it reached temperatures of up to 67 degrees Celsius.

Temperature

The advantage of Broadwell SoCs becomes most evident in waste heat. Active cooling was normally used for Haswell, which produced noise, but usually kept the temperatures very low (Z10t). However, low temperatures are also possible without a fan in Haswell systems with well-solved thermals, e.g. HP's Pro X2 410 G1. Our Venue 11 Pro ranges in the middle. It did not reach extreme temperatures even in the stress test (47 degrees Celsius; ~117 °F), and the hottest spot was 33 degrees Celsius (~91 °F) while idling.

The Venue 11 Pro's CPU performed the stress test with 900 to 1000 MHz, and its GPU with 500 MHz. Both components were throttled since they have to share the low TDP. The HD 5300's clock climbed to 600 MHz when we turned off the CPU part of the test. On the other hand, i.e. running Prime95 alone, the processor clocked with 1.7 to 1.9 GHz. A benchmark performed directly afterward resulted in the same scores as in a cold start. The SoC heated up to 90 degrees Celsius (~194 °F), but settled to around 88 degrees (~190 °F) in the stress test.

Stress test Prime95+Furmark CPU@900-1000 MHz
Stress test Prime95+Furmark [email protected] MHz
Prime95 Multi CPU@1.7-1.9 GHz
Prime95 Multi [email protected] GHz
Furmark Solo GPU@600 MHz
Furmark Solo [email protected] MHz
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111
HD Graphics 4200, 4610Y, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Hynix HFS128G3MNM
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
Heat
-23%
6%
-2%
-4%
7%
Maximum Upper Side *46.355.7
-20%
38.6
17%
39.8
14%
45.2
2%
42.6
8%
Maximum Bottom *4767.1
-43%
41.5
12%
39.4
16%
46.4
1%
40.2
14%
Idle Upper Side *30.635
-14%
33.3
-9%
38.6
-26%
35.2
-15%
30.4
1%
Idle Bottom *33.337.7
-13%
31.6
5%
36.6
-10%
34.4
-3%
31.8
5%

* ... smaller is better

 28 °C30.4 °C30.6 °C 
 28 °C27.7 °C28 °C 
 28.2 °C29.1 °C28.5 °C 
Maximum: 30.6 °C
Average: 28.7 °C
33.3 °C33 °C28.5 °C
30 °C30.5 °C27.2 °C
27 °C25.8 °C26.3 °C
Maximum: 33.3 °C
Average: 29.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  24.2 °C | Room Temperature 21.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers are positioned on the Venue 11 Pro's left and right so that they are normally not covered when holding the device. Their maximum volume is quite impressive, and the sound remains free of distortions or crackling even at maximum volume. The speakers are quite suitable for listening to music. Although they lack bass, the mids and trebles are acceptably differentiated.

Energy Management

24 watt power supply: The batteries in the tablet and dock are charged in turn.
24 watt power supply: The batteries in the tablet and dock are charged in turn.

Power Consumption

The power consumption is low in the category comparison. There are differences with Haswell particularly while idling. Just two Watts are consumed in minimum brightness. A Haswell-Y has never before been so frugal. On the other hand, the load power consumption has increased by 30%. The handy power supply recharges the tablet's battery via micro-USB. The disadvantage of this is the low charging current and thus very long charging time of almost six hours (tablet and dock battery).

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10a, Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180A3L
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2
HD Graphics 4400, 4300U, Lite-On IT L8T-128L6G-HP
Toshiba Portege Z10t
HD Graphics 4000, 3339Y, Toshiba THNSNF256GMCS
Power Consumption
-120%
-19%
-11%
-52%
Idle Minimum *27.9
-295%
4.1
-105%
2.1
-5%
5.2
-160%
Idle Average *5.910.3
-75%
7.4
-25%
4.4
25%
6.8
-15%
Idle Maximum *6.211.5
-85%
7.4
-19%
4.6
26%
8.6
-39%
Load Average *19.129.2
-53%
13.5
29%
24.7
-29%
20.8
-9%
Load Maximum *18.234.6
-90%
13.2
27%
31.1
-71%
24.5
-35%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2 / 5.9 / 6.2 Watt
Load midlight 19.1 / 18.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Runtime

The battery life of 9:22 hours of the dock and the Wi-Fi test outruns the entire competition. The tablet lasted for 358 minutes in the Wi-Fi test without the dock. That is almost six hours. The first Venue 11 Pro that we tested (Core i3-4020Y) managed 6:42 hours in the Wi-Fi test, and achieved an idle runtime of 12:42 hours. Although the runtime has apparently decreased, the computing power has increased. The Venue 11 Pro 7130 (i5-4300Y) only manages 4:40 hours in this test compared to 4:04 hours in the Broadwell-equipped Pro 7140.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 57min
WiFi Surfing
9h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 04min

Verdict

Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Not the perfect tool, but a pretty good one.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Not the perfect tool, but a pretty good one.

Good gets even better? While Dell's Venue 11 Pro 7130 (Haswell i5) was almost penalized with a rating of 78% in the tablet sector, the Venue 11 Pro 7140 Broadwell update (Core M-5Y10a) reaps in more points. We tested it as a convertible alongside its keyboard dock, which we believe does the 10.8-inch device most justice.

Dell wanted to create a handy Windows office device, and achieved its goal. Long battery runtimes in conjunction with good computing performance, maintenance options, extensive productivity accessories, decent camera, silent operation, and a very good IPS screen in Full HD. The only real point of criticism that we have relates to the keyboard, which has an undefined pressure point.

In the intro we asked: Venue 11 Pro (7140) with travel keyboard: Will the Broadwell tablet make a subnotebook superfluous? This is in fact the case. We can reward the Venue 11 Pro with an outstanding performance score (compared with subnotebooks, Haswell tablets). The little tablet based on the fanless Broadwell architecture reaped in scores that can often compete with the best Haswell tablets from the recent past. Dell has every conceivable accessory that predestines the Venue 11 Pro as the sole PC for everyday work with different keyboards, a tablet stand (supports two monitors), and digitizer.

The competitors in the 770 to 1000 Euro (~$924 - ~$1200) price range all have shorter runtimes. The build of Toshiba's Portégé Z10t is not as good, but it has a superior keyboard. Like the Toshiba, the HP Pro X2 410 G1 has a good keyboard and despite Haswell is passively cooled. We complained about the screen's tight opening angle. The Surface Pro 3 features the best build, but it is doubtful whether business users will want to get used to the cramped keys of the Type 2 Cover. The tester gave Surface Pro's input devices the better rating, though. The integrated stand also allows a flatter and much more agreeable opening angle for typing.

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In Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140) with travel keyboard. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany
In Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140) with travel keyboard. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany

Specifications

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
, LPDDR3 1600 MHz
Display
10.8 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, 10 finger capacitive, Dell P/N 6FR8F, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-Y PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Sandisk X110 M.2 SD6SP1M-128G, 128 GB 
, 75 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC - bis 64 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: ambient light, gyroscope, TPM 1.2 optional, chassis lock slot
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, optional mobile broadband, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.75 x 279.8 x 176.4 ( = 0.42 x 11.02 x 6.94 in)
Battery
38 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 2H2G4 7.4 V 4980 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2 MP front, 8 MP back
Additional features
Speakers: 2 x stereo, MaxxAudio by Waves, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, mobile tablet keyboard, 24 watt AC adapter (micro USB charger), 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.401 kg ( = 49.42 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 133 g ( = 4.69 oz / 0.29 pounds)
Price
960 Euro

 

Dell's Venue models were welcome guests in 2014.
Dell's Venue models were welcome guests in 2014.
No matter if with a Haswell i5 (Venue 11 Pro 7130)...
No matter if with a Haswell i5 (Venue 11 Pro 7130)...
...or a Bay Trail Atom (Venue 8 Pro)...
...or a Bay Trail Atom (Venue 8 Pro)...
...or even a 7-inch device (Venue 7 LTE)...
...or even a 7-inch device (Venue 7 LTE)...
...not to mention the Core i3 entry-level model (Dell Venue 11 Pro),...
...not to mention the Core i3 entry-level model (Dell Venue 11 Pro),...
...we tested them all.
...we tested them all.
Now the 10.8-inch device sports Intel's Core M (Broadwell)...
Now the 10.8-inch device sports Intel's Core M (Broadwell)...
...and we go a step further:
...and we go a step further:
Alongside the optional travel keyboard, we tested the newest Venue 11 Pro the way...
Alongside the optional travel keyboard, we tested the newest Venue 11 Pro the way...
...most buyers will use it: A work convertible...
...most buyers will use it: A work convertible...
...that makes a subnotebook superfluous.
...that makes a subnotebook superfluous.
Unfortunately, the especially important keyboard's feedback is weaker...
Unfortunately, the especially important keyboard's feedback is weaker...
...than we would have hoped for.
...than we would have hoped for.
However, the Venue 11 Pro scores full points in things like Wi-Fi range.
However, the Venue 11 Pro scores full points in things like Wi-Fi range.
Dell again relies on a color and viewing angle stable IPS screen.
Dell again relies on a color and viewing angle stable IPS screen.
An AR-coating like in Toshiba's touch work devices... (max. brightness)
An AR-coating like in Toshiba's touch work devices... (max. brightness)
...will have to be retrofitted with a screen protector by the buyer.  (min. brightness)
...will have to be retrofitted with a screen protector by the buyer. (min. brightness)
The picture shows the screen in medium brightness (150 cd/m²)
The picture shows the screen in medium brightness (150 cd/m²)
Rare: the back cover can be removed.
Rare: the back cover can be removed.
Thus, the Wi-Fi card, SSD (M.2) and 4G modem can be replaced.
Thus, the Wi-Fi card, SSD (M.2) and 4G modem can be replaced.
Note! This screw secures the back cover.
Note! This screw secures the back cover.
Typical Core M: passive cooling without a fan
Typical Core M: passive cooling without a fan
Dell treats the Venue 11 Pro to a 38 Wh lithium ion battery.
Dell treats the Venue 11 Pro to a 38 Wh lithium ion battery.
Swift: the Sandisk M.2 SD6SP1M128G1012 SSD.
Swift: the Sandisk M.2 SD6SP1M128G1012 SSD.
Barely another Windows tablet offers such good maintenance options.
Barely another Windows tablet offers such good maintenance options.
Optional: the protection case without a keyboard
Optional: the protection case without a keyboard
A stable plastic part protects the back.
A stable plastic part protects the back.
But the ports are accessible.
But the ports are accessible.
Even on the right.
Even on the right.
Unlike the slim keyboard.
Unlike the slim keyboard.
This is a typical Folio input device with a very low key drop.
This is a typical Folio input device with a very low key drop.
It primarily protects the tablet.
It primarily protects the tablet.
Extended typing tasks are not very enjoyable.
Extended typing tasks are not very enjoyable.
The slim keyboard dock...
The slim keyboard dock...
...also features a stand.
...also features a stand.
As usual its lock is magnetic, which is not particularly shock resistant.
As usual its lock is magnetic, which is not particularly shock resistant.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Office assistant with a high wireless range.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Office assistant with a high wireless range.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): The IPS screen does not give much reason for complaint. Great!
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): The IPS screen does not give much reason for complaint. Great!
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Tablet's stiff but somewhat dull-looking chassis.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Tablet's stiff but somewhat dull-looking chassis.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Right
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Right
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): The Venue really gets down to business with the travel keyboard.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): The Venue really gets down to business with the travel keyboard.
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Longer runtime, more power owing to Core M
Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140): Longer runtime, more power owing to Core M

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Pro

+Bright, high-contrast, viewing angle stable IPS screen
+Maintenance-friendly
+Removable battery
+Full-size USB 3.0
+Swift SSD
+Long battery life in keyboard dock
+Primary camera's decent quality
 

Cons

-Plastic casing
-Slightly pliable back
-Keys' poor feedback

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What we like

The bright screen with the generous viewing angles. The primary camera's good pictures. Considering the assets of the Venue 11 Pro, the price of just below 1000 Euros seems justified for the bundle with a keyboard.

What we'd like to see

A real mechanical input device with a higher drop and better feedback. The dock could also be a bit thicker.

What surprises us

The strong computing power compared with Haswell low-voltage SoCs. The long batter life outclasses all contenders.

The competition

Toshiba Portégé Z10t-A2111 (11.6 inches, Haswell, starts at 770 Euros)

HP Pro X2 410 G1 (11.6 inches, Haswell, starts at 850 Euros)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (12 inches, Haswell, starts at 950 Euros)

HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 (11.6 inches, Haswell)

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 3G (11.6 inches, Haswell, 1450 Euros)

Rating

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 - 03/08/2016 v5
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
56 / 81 → 69%
Weight
70 / 78 → 81%
Battery
91%
Display
84%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
69 / 87 → 79%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
69 / 91 → 76%
Camera
66 / 85 → 77%
Average
75%
83%
Convertible - Weighted Average
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Sebastian Jentsch, 2015-01- 1 (Update: 2015-01- 9)