There are plenty of reasons why we're excited about the reboot of the business-focused Dell Venue tablets. They were such a good thing to begin with: sleek, powerful, designed around Windows, and run on Intel, all while being affordable. Luckily, Dell isn't messing with a good thing, and there are only improvements to report. The tablets still have what we need for use in the professional world, but now they're sporting faster processors, Windows 10, and USB-type C.
Dell's Venue 8 and 10, now upgraded into the Venue 8 Pro 5000 and Venue 10 Pro 5000 series, remain humble in their less-than-$500 pricing, all while providing a something for everyone type of vibe. On one hand, we've got the higher-end Venue 10 Pro 5000, a 10-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, and Direct Bond touch display for more viewing angles inside and outside. On the other, is the 8-inch Venue 8 Pro 5000- a more versatile choice, offering either 1280x800 HD resolution or 1920x1200 FHD resolution options. Its super light, less-than-a-pound design is perfect for one-handed use.
Because these tablets are “designed for corporate use”, they should have the willingness to act like a laptop replacement. Nothing says all-in-one tablet more than a nice snap-on keyboard on the 10 Pro 5000. In this mode, the tablet has been compared to the Microsoft Surface (it pretty much looks and acts just like laptop). The 10 Pro also features extra storage of up to 64GB eMMC, and the Dell Active Stylus for easier note taking.
Onto function, how about Intel's Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor for these guys? This is the latest from Intel, and better than what was found in both predecessors (Slash Gear). Not too bad, and all you have to decide on is whether you'd rather sport the smaller Venue 8 Pro 5000 with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, or the larger Venue 10 Pro 5000 with the standard 4GB of RAM it comes with. As always, NFC, Wi-Fi, and LTE (LTE is 10 Pro 5000 only) are included in connectivity options, and both will sport the latest USB standard, the USB Type-C.
How nice it is to pick exactly what's right for you, without leaving your favorite brand and operating system behind. With both systems, you should experience faster browsing and easier navigation, thanks to Dell's choice of Intel, not to mention reliable software from a fully productive Windows 10. The big difference between the two is whether or not that 2-in-1 functionality is something you need from a tablet. The reboots will be competitively priced, starting at just $299 for the Venue 8 Pro 5000, and $429 for the Venue 10 Pro 5000.
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