In the latest of tablets from the company we have the new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet that comes complete with stylus support. This little 8 inch tablet from Dell is inexpensive and makes a good choice for those who are looking for a tablet but don’t want to spend a lot of money. While the Venue 8 Pro is on the cheaper side when it comes to pricing at just $299.99 the Dell 8 inch tablet does not feel, look or perform like it was cheaply made.
The 8-inch Venue 8 Pro from Dell come with Windows 8.1 and is equipped with an Intel processor. When it comes to design the one thing you will notice right out of the box is that the slate does not feel cheap. No its not heavy as it only weigh 0.87 pounds but some of the cheaper costing tablets actually for a better word feel cheap. The Venue 8 Pro tablet measures 0.35 x 5.12 x 8.50 inches and the screen resolution is 1280 x 800 IPS. The display is also compatible with a stylus and has 10-point multi touch.
Because the Dell Venue 8 Pro has the 400-nit display you can run it at full brightness but it will eat through battery life. To account for this Dell also equipped the 8 inch slate with an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust brightness to help save some of the battery power.
When it comes to the muscle powering the machine the Venue 8 Pro had the quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3740D processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and integrated Intel HD graphics. The home button is located on the top right of the slate along with the headphone jack, volume control, power butting and microUSB port. On the bottom right of the Dell Venue 8 Pro you will find the microSD card slot for extra storage.
The Venue 8 Pro features a single speaker on the bottom and has both a front-facing 1.2mega pixel and rear-facing 5mega pixel cameras. For color choices you have the choice between the sleek black model or the bright red. This slate is similar in size and weight to the Acer Iconia W3-810-1600 that costs about $50 more. And while the speaker is loud its not the best quality we have heard from tablets of similar pricing and size.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro gives really good performance also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi. You also have the option of LTE. It comes with Window 8.1, Wyse PocketCloud, My Dell and PC Checkup apps. If you are use to using Windows on other tablets this tablet is pretty much going to seem and feel familiar to you. Other than the touchscreen and stylus you will surely be able to just turn it on and get moving.
For day to day usage this is a good tablet for the price. You can get the Venue 8 Pro for $299.99 and the bundle pack for $369 which includes the stylus and a case. The cameras are the best in the world but will work for some decent captures of special moments. Dell ships the Venue 8 Pro with a 18 WHr battery and states it should last up to 9.9 hours from one full charge. This however will depend on how you use the slate and your settings. With heavy use you can expect that you will get a lot less than 9.9 hours.
When you are talking about spending sub $300 for a tablet like the Dell Venue 8 Pro you are usually talking about someone who is getting this as a back up machine or someone who is just going to be using it for chatting, light work and surfing the net. For the price this slate offers good value. If the Dell slate is not for you take a look at the ASUS Transformer Book T100. For about $349 you will find that this budget friendly tablet has a lot to offer.