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A good Windows tablet, but wait for the bug fixes

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The Venue 8 Pro offers good value for a $300 device, but we suggest you wait for Dell to issue some bug fixes -- and for more competing tablets to start shipping.

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Critic reviews

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  • Battery life
    9.1
  • Display
    7.5
  • Durability
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8.6
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7.0
Engadget Dec 16, 2013

For now, though, it's clear the Venue 8 Pro offers a good deal of value for $300, and that its benefits ultimately outweigh its quirks.

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8.0
CNET Nov 26, 2013

The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes close to being a great pocket-size mini-PC, but a misplaced button and missing accessories feel like unforced errors.

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8.0
Ars Technica Feb 16, 2014

It's fast enough, attractive enough, and comfortable enough. Regular people buying their first tablet will still be served better by Android or iOS, but Dell, Intel, and Microsoft are beginning to close that gap.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Jan 29, 2014

This is by far the best 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet we’ve seen it’s just a shame that Microsoft's operating system is not yet fully equipped for a smaller screen.

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6.0
Digital Trends Jan 24, 2014

Dell’s $300 Windows 8 tablet has a bright IPS screen and solid build. But the ability to run Windows desktop software doesn’t overcome a limited tablet app selection and Windows 8.1’s difficulties on a small screen.

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Engadget Oct 2, 2013

Weighing just 400 grams and with a thickness of 8.9mm, the Venue 8 Pro feels nice in the hand. The tablet is easily the smallest Windows-powered 8-incher to date, with only Apple's super-slim iPad mini edging it out.

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CNET Oct 2, 2013

The 8 Pro seems like it could amount to a decent attack on small tabletdom; however, its price is getting up there for a small tablet, even one running Windows 8.1.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 2, 2013

If you can get past the odd Start button placement on this tablet, the Venue 8 Pro could satisfy buyers looking for a work-and-play device. We’re just not sure you’ll want to get used to it.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 2, 2013

The Dell Venue 8 Pro will come with Windows 8.1 at launch and will be powered by Intel Atom "Bay Trail" processors. There will be the option for adding HSPA+ so you're always connected, in addition to the normal Wi-Fi.

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Wired UK Oct 2, 2013

Sadly the Venue Pro 8 does not have a removeable battery -- a rather unique selling point of the Venue Pro 11 -- so you'll have to make do with the 8-10 hours of battery life it offers, and after that if you can't find a charger you're out of luck.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 2, 2013

The device does not have a silo to keep a stylus and a shipping accident caused Dell to lose the box of styli that they had planned to use at the event so therefore we were unable to test the stylus and handwriting functionality. However, we were told that it is an active digitizer with palm...

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TrustedReviews Oct 2, 2013

The Dell Venue Pro 8 is one of the most accessible Windows tablets we’ve seen yet. An 8-inch screen makes it smaller and much lighter than most, and Dell has made the most of this by giving the new Venue a slim plastic body.

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9.0
ricardio ricardio

You can get this tablet easily for under $300 when on sale, and it's worth it. Includes full versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. No bloatware came preinstalled with my device, just some Dell OEM programs which I'll keep. Runs full Windows 8.1 smoothly and it's great to...

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2.0
MacinUtah MacinUtah

I've deferred buying a tablet for a long time as I wanted one that was fully windows integrated, and not with a stripped down operating system. This one seemed to fill the bill and I could purchase it at a discount through my employer. I ordered a bundle which included the folio case and...

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9.0
Megacharge Megacharge

With the thin, light and powerful tablets we're seeing coming out with full desktop Windows 8.1 and it's new interface making it a joy to use on a touch screen, we are now witnessing the birth of truly powerful tablets, not just in terms of specs, but in terms of sheer functionality and media...

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9.0
Ayesail Ayesail

Not to reiterate what others have said, I'll just say as much as I love this tablet, I'm disappointing that an external (Bluetooth) mouse and keyboard, and perhaps the stylus were not included with the tablet. When I purchased this Venue 8 Pro (64gb) tablet from Costco, it had none of these...

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9.0
ReverendDC ReverendDC

I purchased this system as a carrying around system. As I am vertically integrated with MS products, from the Nokia 1520 to my HP laptop to an XBox 360, it seemed logical to get a tablet within these guidelines. I also wanted to get a true computer, not a large phone that severely limits what...

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joshljacobs1 joshljacobs1

Arguably one of the best devices I've ever owned. Sturdy, fast, great screen, and high build quality. Its full windows in your hand, for under 300 dollars. I managed to snag a stylus from dell too, and so far in design applications the stylus has surpassed my expectations and works perfectly...

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