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Dell Venue 8 Pro

Specifications

Dell Venue 8 ProNotebook: Dell Venue 8 Pro (Venue Series)
Processor: Intel Atom Z3740D
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 8.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.388kg
Price: 269 euro
Average Score: 75.58% - good
Average of 19 scores (from 27 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 77%, features: 69%, display: 79% mobility: 87%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 69%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the Dell Venue 8 Pro

82% Review Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet | Notebookcheck
8-inch versatility. The Dell Venue 8 Pro is an 8-inch tablet based on Intel's current-generation Atom processor. Does the pint-sized Windows 8.1 tablet, which comes with MS Office free of charge, really enhance productivity and is it a worthwhile investment?
60% Dell Venue 8 Pro review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Dell Venue 8 is a good-looking tablet which feels very well made, and has the advantage of the full version of Windows 8.1, so you have access to thousands of Windows applications. However, we're not happy with its screen; if you're after a Windows 8.1 tablet, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 tablet has a better panel and is significantly cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/04/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Dell Venue 8 Pro Review
Source: T Break English
The Dell Venue 8 Pro is certainly a capable tablet and coupled with a stand and keyboard it can be a capable budget laptop as well. It comes with a full version of Windows and the inclusion of Microsoft Office is a good bonus. At AED 1299 in some shops here in the UAE it’s not too far off similarly priced Windows tablets and definitely easier to handle than some.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 85% performance: 75% features: 75% workmanship: 85%
60% Dell Venue 8 Pro review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Overall, we were impressed that a fully working PC can be squeezed into such a light and compact device as the Venue 8 Pro, but we also wonder who the exact target market is for these 8in Windows tablet devices. The form factor makes it too small to be useful for any serious productivity work, while anyone looking for a consumer tablet for web browsing and watching videos is likely to prefer an iPad or Android device. That said, a device such as this could be viewed as a companion to a full size PC or laptop, which the price point of £249 is in keeping with. In this case, the bundled copy of Microsoft Office could prove useful.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: It Pro English
Microsoft has finally given manufacturers the green-light to develop sub-10in Windows 8.x tablets. Dell is aiming to capitalise on this by offering the Venue 8 Pro, a device chocked full of business features. Dell proves there is life in 8in Windows 8.x devices. There are advantages to having a small tablet which can support all Windows applications, but the screen and specification could be better.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Dell Venue Pro 8 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you are intent on buying a 8-inch, Windows 8.1 tablet then the Dell Venue Pro 8 is currently the best one out there. It's comfortable to use, has a nice, bright display, the battery life really impresses and general performance is very good. For £250, it represents great value for money as a standalone tablet you are going to use for everyday tasks. We still have our niggling issues most of which are levelled at the operating system more than anything else. Until Microsoft sort out scaling issues for the traditional desktop mode, Microsoft Office is difficult to use without an additional keyboard. That means investing more pushing the price closer to £300 if you go for Dell's official option.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8
Source: Hot Hardware English
We like both of Dell’s Venue 8 tablets, but they’re entirely different devices, with different hardware and operating systems. They’re likely to appeal to different segments of the market, too. So, while our HotHardware Approved award applies to both tablets, we’re separating our conclusions here.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2014
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: Liliputing English
There aren’t many tablets that offer what the Dell Venue 8 Pro does: It’s an inexpensive device that can run mobile-friendly apps as well as the same apps you might run on your desktop or notebook PC. There’s an option for a pressure-sensitive pen which lets you jot handwritten notes in OneNote, enter text with handwriting recognition, or draw in art and graphics apps. And it’s cheap.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/24/2013
Dell Venue 8 Pro review
Source: Slashgear English
Bottom line here, the Dell Venue 8 Pro appears to be a decent value for the asking price. We do have to admit though, we struggled a bit to find a place where it truly fits in our work flow. Granted, that is just one specific person, so we have to discount that thought a little bit. If you are living in a Windows world, whether it be for work or pleasure, the Venue 8 Pro could be a viable alternative as compared to your basic Android or iOS tablet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/19/2013
Dell Venue 8 Pro review: a good Windows tablet, but wait for the bug fixes
Source: Engadget English
Should you buy the Venue 8 Pro? The answer isn't exactly "yes," and it isn't exactly "no." It's "wait." Wait for Dell to issue some firmware updates to address the aggressive auto-brightness settings and the flaky pen performance. And wait for more of these 8-inch Windows tablets to start shipping.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/16/2013
80% Dell Venue 8 Pro review: Windows 8.1 in a pint-sized package
Source: PC World English
The Dell Venue Pro 8 will never replace your laptop, but that’s not the point. For $300, you get full Windows in a mini tablet, and despite the low price, it’s not cheaply done. It’s well built, performs well, and will run all day on battery. The only big caveats are the lack of ports and the half-baked active pen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: PC Mag English
The Dell Venue 8 Pro is much easier to recommend than older Atom tablets. It can actually perform multimedia tasks in a reasonable amount of time, but still manages to excel at battery life. It fits easily in the hand, and is more portable than the 10-inch tablets we've seen up until now. It's got a much better screen than the muddy one on the 8-inch Acer Iconia W3, so it's easier on the eyes. That said, while recommended for ultramobile users who don't need a lot of local storage, the Dell Venue 8 Pro doesn't quite earn an Editors' Choice for two reasons: The Venue 8 Pro's base model is still a bit short on storage, and we haven't seen enough 8-inch Windows tablet competitors to unequivocally award the Venue 8 Pro an EC.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: Laptop Mag English
With smooth performance, built-in Office and a comfortable lightweight design, the $299 Dell Venue 8 Pro is a dependable device for taking Windows 8.1 on the road. That is, as long as you can get over the strange placement of the home button. While the Pro's initial price tag is inviting, you'll have to spend an extra $89 to add in a keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: Comp Reviews English
For those wanting a highly portable tablet that features the full Windows 8.1 operating system, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is a solid choice. Performance is quite surprising thanks to the new Atom processor and its size means that it can be held with one hand much better than larger 10-inch tablets. Even the limited storage can be dealt with thanks to the microSD card slot.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

70% Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet Im Test
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/04/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Dell Venue 8 Pro (32 GB)
Source: c't - Heft 9/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/16/2014
87% Dell Venue 8 Pro (32 GB)
Source: Chip (Print) - Heft 5/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 87%
86% Dell Venue 8 Pro im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 91% features: 82% display: 86% mobility: 84%
91% Dell Venue 8 Pro (32 GB)
Source: SFT - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 91%
80% Venue mit Windows-Handicap
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 75% features: 76% display: 73% mobility: 89%
Office to go
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: expedient supplement for the daily routine Negative: no notebook replacement
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2014
80% Windows 8.1 für die Jackentasche
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Positive: convincing allround package; attractive price; handy format; very good performance
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell Venue 8 Pro, análisis
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Dell Venue 8 Pro : une tablette Windows 8.1 abordable mais au stockage étriqué
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
La Dell Venue 8 Pro, un vrai Windows dans une tablette 8″
Source: Mobi France French FR→EN
Positive: Good performance; good autonomy; good IPS screen. Negative: Low resolution of the screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/12/2014
Dell Venue 8 Pro – test 8-calowego tabletu klasy premium
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good screen; good performance; good performance. Negative: no HDMI.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/09/2014
Windows-планшет Dell Venue 8 Pro
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Unibody-design; good build quality; high contrast and good color balance of the matte display; good sound system; good emission; good battery runtime. Negative: Low drive performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2014

Comment

Model:

The 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablets are an increasingly popular niche. Dell's Venue 8 Pro sets itself apart with an active digitizer for stylus input, whereas the stylus is sold separately. The tablet is available in a textured rubber casing that comes in black or red. Its 8 inch size is compact enough to fit into back pockets. Compared to other 8 inch Window devices the Dell Venue 8 Pro weighs in at a svelte 0.394 kg, making it one of the lightest and most portable. A microSD slot is included to expand storage by up to 64 GB. Unfortunately, a micro HDMI port is not included. The rear camera is an unimpressive 5 MP camera, and a front facing camera is features a resolution of 1.2 MP. This device can also be bought as a bundle with a keyboard and case.

The 8 inch screen is a 1280 x 800 IPS panel, which should deliver good color and contrast. The Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet is powered by Intel's latest Bay Trail processors, which means more than enough power for most light to moderate uses and a great battery life. Dell has reported that this device will last for approximately 9 hours and 54 minutes with appropriate power saving settings. Overall, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is an interesting device, though users looking for a better deal may find slighter lower prices from the competition. However, the active digitizer that enables touch input is a unique addition that may be worth the slight difference in price.

Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail):

Integrated GPU for tablet and notebook Bay Trail SoCs. Based on the Ivy Bridge GPU with four Execution Units and support for DirectX 11.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


Z3740D:

SoC with an integrated quad-core Atom processor clocked up to 1.83 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a single channel DDR3L-RS-1333 memory controller.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


8.0": This is a very small format, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.388 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Dell reviews


75.58%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Acer Iconia One 8
Atom Z3735G
» Lenovo Tab S8
Atom Z3745
» Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
Atom Z3735G
» Asus VivoTab Note 8
Atom Z3740
» Lenovo Miix 2 8
Atom Z3740
» Toshiba Encore
Atom Z3770

Devices with the same GPU

» Acer Iconia W4-821
Atom Z3740, 8.1", 0.425 kg
» HP Pavilion 11-n016tu x360
Pentium N3520, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Toshiba CB35-B3340
Celeron N2840, 13.3", 1.3 kg
» Samsung Chromebook XE500C12-K01US
Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-17XE
Atom Z3735F, 10.1", 1.1 kg
» Acer Aspire E3-111-C1BW
Celeron N2930, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Asus X553MA-XX044H
Celeron N2830, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-111P-P6VM
Pentium N3530, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Medion Akoya P2214T MD 99430
Celeron N2940, 11.6", 1.604 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Click 2 L35W-B3204
Pentium N3530, 13.3", 2.2 kg
» Toshiba Encore Mini WT7-C16
Atom Z3735G, 7.0", 0.36 kg
» Asus EeeBook X205
Atom Z3735D, 11.6", 1 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1M6
Pentium N3530, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Toshiba Satellite C50-B-14D
Celeron N2830, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-111P-27AC
Celeron N2830, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Asus C300
Celeron N2830, 13.3", 1.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-11-26 (Update: 2013-11-26)