Dell challenges the tablet market with the Venue 10 Pro. The US producer’s newest gadget is a mid-range Windows tablet developed for the most difficult of surroundings, the classroom. This product is a strong representative of the primary Atom-based gadgets in classrooms, with good efficiency and enough battery power.
Unfortunately, when placed against opponents in the same market category, it fails to deliver top scores and is surpassed by the superior models’ excellent note-taking options. The tablet has included its docking keyboard; however the product can be bought alone for $400.
This keyboard is linked with the device either facing forward and backward, or collapsed in various different modes: tent mode, clam shell mode, slate mode and stand mode. This type of multi mode development looks like the one seen on Acer’s Aspire Switch. When linked to its keyboard, the overall tablet is a both wider and thicker, having a weight of almost 3 lbs.
The 10-inch screen has 5-point touch and rocks an IPS display with a 1,920×1,200 resolution. Compared with many Windows-based tablets that keep a 16:9 screen ration that is normal for laptop rendering, the Dell Venue 10 has a bit more squarish aspect at 16:10.
This ratio has the advantage of offering higher quality images in landscape mode and not that filtered when the tablet is kept in portrait mode, making the device more suited for regular use, without considerably changing its laptop experience provided by a docking keyboard.
Writing on its screen with the additional pen is not quite as smooth as writing on other hybrid gadgets, but it is still very precise, with a pretty relaxed feel and reasonable palm rejection. On this tablet, you will find one full-sized USB 2.0 slot, the micro HDMI connector, a small USB slot for power charging and the slot for memory expanding via microSD card.
Its USB port represents a good addition for people who use a USB drive to keep data files and it is a port missing on many tablets. The port for charging through a micro USB connector is a nice element, since it indicates that people can charge their device with an identical charger used for a smart phone.
The connection features also include wireless and Bluetooth capabilities. There are various physical control buttons for volume control, power along with the dedicated Windows key. At the base of the device is a docking connector for the equipment keyboard, which offers the push-button attachment system.
It is not as smooth as other magnetic attachments used on similar gadgets, but its push-button lock mechanism is a bit simpler to use in comparison to the moving seen on other Dell hybrids. The product is equipped with two integrated cameras: the front facing has 1.2MP while the rear-facing sensor has a 5MP digicam.
The frontal camera is good for interactive videos via Google Hangouts or Skype, but pictures are noisy, so it has difficulties adapting to light changes, making even lighter shadows to look rather black. The back camera has a lot better details, thanks to its higher resolution, even if the colors appear only a bit washed out.
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