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conclusion:We like it

81 February 20th 2014 2:03 pm

With a 1080p display and comparable performance, the Venue 11 Pro stands out among other Atom-powered Windows tablets. While CNET says the display is "excellent," its 10.8" size also results in a heavier tablet, with Laptop Magazine calling it "a bit on the bulky side." With an Atom processor inside you won't be running any high-resource tasks, but IT Pro Portal says "there’s enough power here to cope with Office, some light photo editing and other mainstream tasks." That lower processing power does have one signficiant benefit, though -- Expert Reviews says the battery life is "impressive." In the 10-inch Windows tablet space the Dell Venue 11 Pro has enough going for it to be a viable option, but the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is still the better slate.

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Critic reviews

8.2
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    7.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.4
  • Battery life
    9.2
  • Display
    8.8
  • Durability
    7.7
  • Expandability
    7.8
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
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7.9
14 reviews
9.0
PC Mag Feb 28, 2014

With its great battery life, 1080p IPS screen, and flexible mobile and desktop docking systems, the Dell Venue 11 Pro slate tablet means business.

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8.0
CNET Feb 4, 2014

Betting on a full 1080p display partly justifies the Dell Venue 11 Pro's higher price compared to other Atom-powered tablets. But the keyboard dock add-on, which should turn this into a functional laptop alternative, is too expensive and occasionally frustrating to use.

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8.0
PC World Mar 7, 2014

The hardware isn’t strong enough for hardcore games or producing the next great animated short, but its three combinations were more than adequate for my entertainment and routine computing needs.

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8.0
PC Advisor Jan 29, 2014

The screen of the Venue Pro 11 needs to be easier to turn up to proper levels, but the tablet performs well for its price and is an option for business users who want a convertible tablet with Window 8.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Mar 17, 2014

The Dell Venue Pro 11 is an excellent, cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 2. If you want a Windows 8 hybrid for serious work then the Pro 11 has you covered.

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9.0
TechRadar Apr 4, 2014

The Dell squares up to the Surface Pro with great versatility, better accessories and a stunning screen, and it's just as good value when bought with its best peripherals. The Surface Pro might be a bit faster, but the Venue has enough power to get the job done ...

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8.0
IT Pro Portal Dec 19, 2013

The Venue 11 Pro is a big improvement on the old XPS 10 and one of the best Windows tablets on the market. It’s fast enough to get some real work done, battery life is more than adequate and it has a great screen.

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7.0
Notebookcheck Jan 31, 2014

Overall, the Dell Venue 11 Pro is quite a decent Windows tablet. Considering that Microsoft does not offer WWAN, the lower price is even more appealing - as long as the lower performance of the i3 processor is not an issue.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 2, 2013

Like Microsoft's "lappable" tablet, the Venue 11 Pro sports a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display and will be offered with Intel's Atom quad-core Bay Trail processors or a fourth-generation Haswell processor up to Core i5 -- supporting up to 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage, WiDi and NFC.

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CNET Oct 2, 2013

The Dell Venue 11 Pro appears to be more than just another Windows tablet, with standout features like its removable battery and desktop docking capability. Its appeal, of course, will depend heavily on price, which is something Dell has yet to reveal.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 2, 2013

The Venue 11 Pro sports a full HD 10.8-inch display with IPS technology that offers wide viewing angles and rich colors. The 1.6-pound design feels somewhat hefty, but we like the soft touch finish on the back. The Surface 2 weighs a lighter 1.5 pounds.

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PC Mag Oct 3, 2013

The Dell Venue 11 Pro is moving in on Microsoft's territory with a Windows 8.1 tablet built to rival the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, complete with a bunch of accessories.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 2, 2013

Not only does the Dell Venue 11 Pro offer power, but it's also well connected, with the option for storage expansion via SD, a full-sized HDMI and USB, so you'll be able to connect to peripherals or a larger display with minimal fuss.

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Wired UK Oct 2, 2013

This tablet didn't strike us as being as sleek as the iPad or the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in our hands-on first look, and it felt bulkier too. It seemed to lack the premium feel of Apple's tablets, and didn't offer the personality of the surprisingly pleasant textured leather back of the Note.

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TechRadar Oct 2, 2013

As with Microsoft's Surface tablets, we can see the Venue 11 Pro appealing to regular folk too for its flexible configuration options and plentiful battery life.

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Liliputing Oct 2, 2013

The first thing I noticed when picking up the Venue 11 Pro is that it feels much lighter than the Surface Pro 2. It starts at 1.6 pounds for the Intel Atom version and the Core i version doesn’t quite get up to the Surface’s 2 pounds. The rounded edges make it more pleasing to hold.

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Digital Trends Feb 18, 2014

Dell’s Venue 11 Pro lacks a kickstand, but in many other areas, it keeps pace with or bests Microsoft’s Surface 2. It also runs full-blown Windows 8.1, starts at a reasonable $499, and has more versatile, lower-cost accessories than Microsoft’s latest tablets.

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9.0
lordberen lordberen

Dell surprised me with the device a month earlier than my estimated shipping date, and for your sake I hope the same happens. I’m a huge techie and play with new toys constantly, but I’ve rarely been as completely satisfied with a device as I am with the Venue 11 Pro. The screen is crisp and...

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lofer lofer

I'm not sure I've ever written a review and I registered just to write this one. I wanted to write this to help people in the position I was in. Liking the look of this tablet but struggling to find many reviews or first hand experience with it. I will say I'm a bit of a techie. Normally an...

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9.0
CTM66 CTM66

I was looking for something portable, but more powerful than my Android in terms of usage, expandability. I didn't want an iPad for the same reasons. I was trying to avoid a laptop, even a touch one, as I found the user experience with Windows 8 on my just 2-year old laptop very, very poor. My...

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9.0
furyswrath furyswrath

I highly recommend this. Once all the bugs are worked out with the Digital Pen, this will be a top notch tablet. Right now im using it to take notes at work.. And it hasnt failed me yet, but it does get a little annoying at time trying to get the pen to work consistently. But this can easily...

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9.0
zerohalo zerohalo

I purchased the tablet because I wanted something to use for productivity and not just for goofing around. Ironically, I'm still goofing off with it, but I guess that goes to show how much fun this thing is. I'm waiting for the Mobile keyboard to arrive, and until then this thing doesn't feel...

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9.0
Zeealpal Zeealpal

Windows 8.1 works beautifully, and the excellent hardware (i5/8GB/256GB SSD) leads to a very fast and powerful device, thats also portable and great for note taking or programming.

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4.0
gotheike gotheike

To me this really was the tablet of choice... and based on spec it still is. Full HD screen, nice CPU/mem/hdd combo and a lot of 'i want them' features like NFC, GPS, 3G wireless builtin and replaceable battery. Also the stylus and keyboard with additional battery are a plus. Unfortunately the...

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4.0
gunbuster gunbuster

Got to play with one of these today. I was not impressed. Whoever was previously designing Dell's chunky netbooks must have moved on to this little guy. Its like my old creaky HP firesale tablet and Latitude netbook had a baby that needs to be swaddled in ipad accessories to survive. The screen...

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8.0
teknoswAG teknoswAG

I was able to pick up one of these bad boys recently and after three weeks, I was surprised how good this Windows tablet performed. It just might be the tablet that pushes Windows 8 into acceptance. And it might be the Windows tablet that Microsoft needs to sell to the masses. Read on to find out...

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