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170 reviews | 4 out of 5
I purchased the 32gb version from my local Walmart. I am very familiar with the tablet world. I have been using the ipad mini for the most part of this past year. Why, because it is a good tablet and lack of options. I have to note that I have tried but did not like the Galaxy tab 3 8-inch model. Enter Dell with what I would consider the best sub-10 inch Windows tablet. Like I said, I was very happy with the iPad mini as a consumption device. But I had grown bored and was looking for something that would allow me to also be productive. The Dell tablet has filled that void. Granted I doubt I will be generating any reports or spreadsheets, but what this little device allows me to do is tweak docs and spreadsheets without having to boot up my laptop. Battery life is good...I would say its about 90% of the battery life I would get with the iPad mini. But that is based on my usage. The screen is very nice to view. I have left mine set at default because having brightness set real high actually bothers my eyes. The screen is crisp and I would say is better than the screen on the iPad mini (first gen mini). Keep in mind that this tablet is a full blown computer in a tablet body. This means you have everything available to you. The processor is really fast. I have tested it to determine when I would start seeing lag. I tried having multiple flash heavy web sites and apps open in the background while playing graphics heavy video games... no lag that I was able to detect. The tablet has a quality build. I would say close if not on par with the iPad. Yes the iPad uses a different material of construction so my comment is relative. The app store is very good and growing. While it is not as developed as apples or androids, it is improving at a very fast pace. With the exception of a few games I played on my iPad mini, I have found all the apps or equivalent in the windows app store. Not only that, remember you can install actual software programs and don't have to rely on an app to be available. Overall, I would recommend this tablet. Walmart has even reduced the price of the tablet by $20. Which makes an already reasonably price tablet even better. I only knocked the overall score by one star because I feel they should've offered the micro SD adapter in the package. Aside from that, they have set the bar high with this tablet. Its a keeper for me!
Picked this up Black Friday for only $229. It functions extremely well as a Windows 8.1 tablet. Came with 8; upgrade to 8.1 was easy. Comes with real versions of Word and Excel which is a plus for me. But to my surprise it also functions extremely well as a desktop when paired with a Plugable USB Docking station. Using a Plugable UD-3900 docking station, a 19 inch monitor, usb keyboard & usb mouse turns the tablet into a dual monitor desktop - tablet is monitor 1 and 19 inch is monitor 2. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPPY4m8iY0k for Plugable "plug" from the manufacturer on this setup. Only con is the storage on this model, only 32GB, and the OS/installed software consumes 2/3's of the storage leaving you only about 10GB for personal use. I added a 64GB Sandisk Ultra micro SD to increase personal local storage. Use Microsoft Skydrive and this is an all around solution that really works for web, email and MS Office work. Mobile when I want but I can use a real monitor/keyboard/mouse for desktop work.
A user in the past of Kindle Fire, Surface and they are all now on eBay or given to family. This device is responsive, incredibly worthy of the Windows 8 experience w/ touch. The ability to have full office, along with no site being empty (this device allows Flash), and lastly can have any software I like on this machine. I've used this to watch video (ESPN 3), Xbox Video, and it was really nice to throw on some music & videos on an SD card and take with me wherever I like. This device in early days is very good!
Really impressed with the Dell Venue 8 Pro. I didn't think Windows would work well on an 8 inch tablet but it does! It feels great in the hand with its textured back and does a great job resisting fingerprints. The screen is vibrant with great viewing angles...I recommend you turn off auto brightness. Included is a full version of Microsoft Office 2013 - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. This is huge as Office costs over $100 if you buy it separately. Performance is great - apps run smoothly, start up/shutdown times are fast, and browsing the web is lag-free. I recommend using Internet Explorer as it's optimized for Windows tablets. I also installed Firefox as an alternate browser. Battery life is fantastic as it lasts the whole day for me with moderate usage. There's a single speaker on the side of the tablet and it's very loud! It's great for watching videos and listening to music. There's also a MicroSD card slot on the side - it accepted my 64 GB card with no issues. One unique thing is the placement of the Windows button on the side and making it a physical button rather than capacitive. I'm glad Dell designed it this way to prevent accident presses when holding the tablet with both hands in landscape mode. Overall this is an amazing tablet, especially if you can get it on sale! I bought mine at Walmart.com and picked it up at the store. Looking now to get a case and stylus for it.
I am buying these for business purposes. Already bought the early acer w3-810 tablet. Dont care for the acer w3 screen issues (flicker and poor viewing) but do like the hdmi port. Several days ago i bought the new venue 8 pro from walmart. Got lucky only paid $229.00 each. I like these better. Dont like the fact that it doesnt have a hdmi port so i could hook up to a large tv but took a chance because windows 8.1 has wireless miracast. After searching for good reviews for a hdmi adapter for my lcd tv i see that their is none. Even the couple that had user reviews above 2 werent rated that well. Searched dell venue 8 pro sights and found miracast is not working well on these tablets but to be fair they also not working well yet with the acer. Its claimed that microsoft is working on a fix but not done yet.
Found several issues with venue 8 but you can work around them. If on your tablet you use the dell register my pc app you will find that it doesnt work. First use the my dell app to get to dell then go to drivers and down loads. One of the downloads will fix the register app problem.
I tried to select the updates by adding them to my "Add to my download list" then downloading them all at once but their is a problem with the Dell digital delivery software that crashes the download. To get my downloads i had to download them one at a time as a save file, then used the run command. Be sure to go to power setting and change when the computer goes to sleep because the downloads will stop until the computer wakes.
I would highly suggest that you consider buying the 64 gb version. Also you will need a stylus. If buying for a kid get a case. If you are planning to hook up usb devices (keyboard, mouse ect) get a usb hub with power. Setting up the updates is a pain but be sure to do this. Uninstall norton anti virus then download free avg viruse software. The trial only good for 30 days but when you go to uninstall it, at the control panel, it will offer you the free version Have been using this avg for years with out problems.
Some of the other issues owners have complained about such as wifi disconnects i have had no problems with. Maybe the user is having problems with their wireless router and blaming it on the tablet. I Did notice when tapping with the stylus sometimes got a double text but was able to go to the control panel under pin and touch and made it less sensitive.
Good luck with your new tablet and enjoy.
Can't beat the value, very powerful 8 inch tablet. I have no complaints for the price. Personally I do not run legacy apps on such a small screen and they take up a lot of disk space. There are plenty of start menu apps for what I do. I have attached a wireless mouse and keyboard using an OTG adapter and USB hub and office works fine as well as my brother laser printer, but you can't use these and charge at the same time, due to only 1 micro USB output. There is no video out, like a HDMI or VGA, but if you need to use another display you can get a miracast receiver for a TV and use the built in wireless display capabilities of the Intel CPU or get a Pluggable USB video adapter. This tablet is comfortable to hold and there are lots of good inexpensive cases and Bluetooth keyboards. Battery life is good, my only complaint is the hard drive fills up fast, but you can add a micro SD card which helps or use onedrive or other cloud storage. Build quality is good and the tablet feels good in your hands and the back has a rubberized material.
I got this tablet during Thanks Giving sale from Walmart for $230 and have been using for over 3 weeks. It is a great little yet powerful tablet. I use it for general browsing, skype, music, youtube and also playing games. I like the ability to access and play music from my desktop, use Picassa, Chrome and the skydrive synchronization. Build quality by Dell is pretty good. The screen is bright and audio very loud for the size. This tablet PC runs the full version of Windows 8.1 which is great as legacy applications are supported. Further Windows 8.1 made good improvements from its predecessor. Intel Baytrail processor is pretty fast and offers good battery life. Windows App store is decent. In addition I run Android apps using Bluestacks emulator. Haven't tried Miracast wireless streaming to TV yet but intend to get the Netgear PTV WiDi adapter. The tablet comes with one micro usb port and SD card slot. My suggestions for future improvement for Dell are to have 64GB as default and have 2 usb ports. Also provide recovery image in SD card so additional disk space can be freed up.
This is a great tablet if you don't plan to run intensive computing. Hey it is a tablet and not a Desktop. Yes, the software library is not as intensive as others but realize this computer will run programs written for windows. I run full blown office without a problem. Just don't carried away with huge spreadsheets. NOW I DID SAY A LITTLE TWEEKING. When you get your tablet make sure you go to the support section at Dell.com and download all the current drivers. Some of the drivers just came out in December 2013. There will be compatibility problems until you do this. This should be done with any new computer that you get. This is why I knocked off a star. The tablet will not check for these updates. Once I have installed these updates I was a happy camper.
The new Dell Venue Pro 8 is a fantastic productivity too, especially if you need to take your "office" with you. With the full version of Microsoft Office 2013, you can save, edit & create documents, spreadsheets & presentations on the fly. The screen is pretty small, have had to increase font a few times to read. Lasts about 9 hrs if you set brightness to 60%. Extremely light & portable. I also bought the Asus bluetooth keyboard, doesn't specify for Dell Venue, but it fits in slot perfectly. Windows 8.1 already loaded so you don't have to deal with an upgrade. You can tweak settings so Win8.1 looks & feels like Win7. I still use my Nook for most reading, music, videos & internet, larger screen easier on the eyes. Dell got this one right and will definitely lead the pack for a while. I haven't seen any other company do what Dell has done with the Venue Pro 8 (I have 64gb version). Easily expand storage with microSD slot, put a high speed class10 in mine and it is perfect & fast. You can't go wrong. Plus I bought this when Wal Mart had it on sale for $229 a couple weeks ago.
I wanted a tablet that could also function as a full computer (like a laptop). This one fills the bill for a lot less than I expected to pay. It is a full windows 8.1 machine and even comes with Office 2013 Home and Office, which is worth over $100 alone. I purchased a bluetooth keyboard and a travel mouse, and I can use it just like a laptop. The screen is bright and sharp (once you turn off auto brightness and adjust it yourself). The only reason I did not rate it a 5, was because I have had to go to Dell tech support a few times to resolve issues that were mainly software compatability problems with Windows 8.1 (updates should be coming soon), but the tech support was excellent and they solved my problems. The camera stopped working once, but they got it going again. I'm only a couple weeks in, but I'm very happy with it at this point.
Well built, feels solid
Like the non-slip backing
Good tablet size
Pretty darn fast
So far great battery life
Ability to connect USB devices, keyboard, mouse, flashdrives etc (via a $2 OTG cable not included)
Can run 3rd party programs just like a PC
Basically a miniature PC with Windows 8.1/MS Office in your hands
Seems to already have good accessory choices (although many are 3rd party) Cons (Venue 8 Pro):
Would be nice to be able to charge/power the tablet and also have things plugged into the USB. You cannot do these things at the same time, it's either or.
If I had it to do all over again, I would have opted for the 64GB model. Cons (Windows):
These are not related to the Dell Venue but rather Windows/MS itself
Windows 8.1 takes some getting used to
Windows 8.1 on this screen size is difficult to see
Tough transition from Android devices and apps
Windows app availability growing but not all that great
Really need a stylus to hit all the small boxes, pull down menus, etc on the screen. Can be tricky with just a finger. Just picture everything you currently see on your desktop or laptop monitor using Windows and Windows-based programs condensed on an 8" tablet. That is what this is (but it is clear).
The good - It is responsive, runs anything I throw at it with no issues. Very impressive on that account. Boot up is super fast. Battery life is very good. Screen is not as good as more expensive devices but it is more than adequate. The bad - The stylus is not worth the trouble. Could use more ports. The materials online talk about bitlocker encryption, but the Standard Windows 8 that comes with the tablet does not include bitlocker. To upgrade to 8 Pro is $100. There is little room left on the SSD after Windows, but so far I have not had issues running out of room, but I am not an app hog,. I store documents, pictures, etc. on the removable mini SD card. Bottom line, I am very happy with the device. IT IS NOT A LAPTOP REPLACEMENT, but it works perfectly (after the upgrade to Win 8 Pro) for what I wanted it for, secure access to email and light duty tasks when out of the office. Cranking up my laptop takes more time that most of these tasks. This is instant on, I have it paired with my phone for Internet Tethering, and within seconds can read and respond to secure messages that my phone can't open. It is a lot easier to type on than my phone as well. This may be the device that allows me to give up email on my phone all together. It is also good for webbrowsing etc. I have not tested it yet presenting powerpoints using Miracast, but it is on my list to do.
I have been in the market for a Windows tablet for a while but I was waiting for the OS to mature and for more hardware selections. Well that time has come!!! This tablet is powerful, fast, has a premium feel and runs a full version of Windows 8.1 right out of the box! If you are worried about the future of Windows RT, this is the way to go. You are not risking it and you can do everything you can do on a full blown Windows computer. I have an Xbox and a Windows 8.1 laptop and they all work great together. I am a full time student and full time worker and this is great for productivity and entertainment! If you are looking for an 8" Windows tablet, this gives you the best bang for your buck. I would recommend it to all my friends!
I kick myself for not going for the samsung I was looking at but oh well water under the bridge. This has worked well so far (am not sure what people would run on this that would use all the memory as I haven't even come close) All I do is check e-mail and surf the net, watch videos and so far so good. It has frozen a couple of times but it always (so far) has unlocked after I left alone for a couple of hours. Like I said so far so good I have no problems. I would reccomend the 2 year warranty extension though just to be safe, doesn't seem like it will take too much to break it.
I have never written a review, but felt compelled to do so. This Dell Venue 8 Tablet rocks. I bought the HP 4000 wireless keyboard and mouse and had no troubles connecting the Bluetooth devices directly. These are great products as well out of the junk I have seen out there at similar costs. I have been looking for a couple of years for something to replace my combination iPad and laptop uses. I hate the cost of replacing 2 devices. I use the iPad for day to day quick emails, news, and web surfing, but the laptop twice a month for paying bills and doing spreadsheet work. This Dell Venue 8 perfectly meets the demands of both and love the size and performance. You do not have all the apps as Apple, but that is okay for my needs. I have been happy with my iPad, but still like the keyboard, mouse and MS Office products better. I'm now finally willing to part with the iPad. Note: I initially had BIOS and driver issues as many people have, but I followed the updates from Dell plus some other website suggestions and took care of the problems. I think Dell has a real winner here. For some background, I'm a fairly knowledgeable computer person and can address most issues on my own. I'm an expert in Microsoft Excel and use it extensively. This tablet has kept up with me nicely in all my advanced uses. I even easily installed iTunes and watched a move I purchased a while back without issues. Apple iPad has some strong competitors in town in the tablet space now.
I just bought this tablet a few days ago and its awesome! It took me awhile to get use to the new windows, but I'm fine with that. The screen is clear and crisp. For a smaller tablet, the sound is really good. This tablet is easy to hold. This tablet does all that I was looking for. The battery life seems to be pretty good, a solid 6 hour charge with heavy consumption. For the price, this is a very nice tablet. I downloaded Google Chrome browser, although I think internet explorer seems abit faster. For the casual tablet user like myself, I highly recommend this tablet.
Well I've had this tablet now for about 2 weeks and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I didn't know if the Intel Atom processor was going to be up to the task of running a full version of windows, but I have to say that this little tablet is very quick. Switching between apps is quick, web pages pull up quick, and programs don't seem to have any lag. I use this tablet for small tasks while working as well as for media consumption and web browsing. The battery life seems to be close to the stated 10 hours but I usually stop using it before the battery hits 40% which is about 5-6 hours of use. I thought the 2 GB of memory would be an issue but so far with everything running and several apps open at the same time, I have only had it using 1.3 GB. Beware that using the desktop on a screen this small will be pretty difficult since everything is so small but that is to be expected. You really would need a wireless mouse to make it work well. The tablet is really lightweight and very easy to use with one hand. It works well in portrait and landscape modes. I'm not a user of any particular brands of items so I have no loyalty to any brand but this is a very well built and solid feeling tablet and I think dell did a great job.
The 32GB version is too small. It was almost full in one day. I also had BSOD issues every 5 minutes after one of the dell updates. It may have been windows 8.1 upgrade issues also, as they both download and installed many files. Returned it for a refund. YMMV
The only browser that is finger zoomable is the internet explorer browser. Firefox and chrome can only be zoomed in or out using a + or - click box. I hope that changes in the future. 8 inches seems like a very good size, as I can hold it in one hand to view and it is light. Battery life is ok, but not all day life. It would be better if it had a GPS built in for travel. Everything else is good, except the BSOD issues of course.
Outstanding tablet with great build quality from Dell. The highlights for me are the 400 nit HD IPS display (which is extremely bright and vibrant once you disable the Windows 8 Auto Screen dim feature), the overall thin design, the growing Windows 8 ecosystem, and the fact Office Home and Student 2013 is included. One quick tip for anyone suffering WiFi issues after a recent Windows Update. I contacted MSFT and they are correcting, and posted the following: This issue may occur if specific Windows Updates are not installed in the proper order. Microsoft has made a change to prevent further customers from getting into this state. Customers must now have a pre-requisite update (KB 2883200) installed before being offered these updates. To restore wireless connectivity: 1. Uninstall all of the following updates:
• KB 2887595 – Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: November 2013
• KB 2903939 – Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: December 2013 To uninstall an update, go to the Control Panel and select Programs. Then, under Programs and Features, select View installed updates. Select the updates listed above and click Uninstall. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. 2. Install the updates listed below. When you run Windows Update, the updates will now automatically be installed in the proper order. You must restart the computer after you apply each update.
• Install KB 2883200.
• Install KB 2887595 and KB 2903939.
Like most everything about it except Dell's Tech Support. First all of the them I have talked with, four so far, are English challenged to be kind, not sure they are even in this country. In spite of difficulty understanding them they have helped me work through three of the four issues, I managed to solve the fourth one myself. You will definitely want the stylus and Bluetooth keyboard to go with it. But all being said, it is not a bad tablet for work.