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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

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.
81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

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nauthead
This is by far and away the worse computer purchase I have ever made. The first...read more
60
jbartkovsky
hate it... cant believe i wasted my money on this... dell... you fucked up once...read more
80
teknoswAG
I was able to pick up one of these bad boys recently and after three weeks,...read more
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Average Critic Score
Product Review
CNET
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.
Product Review
TechRadar
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.
Product Review
Engadget
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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Liliputing
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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Laptop Magazine
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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Pocket-Lint
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
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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PC Mag
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
80
Expert Reviews
You certainly won’t have a problem browsing the web, running MS Office applications or playing casual games.
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