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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.

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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.

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User Reviews

90
lordberen
Dell surprised me with the device a month earlier than my estimated shipping...read more
40
Gunbuster
Got to play with one of these today. I was not impressed. Whoever was previously...read more
100
lofer
I'm not sure I've ever written a review and I registered just to write this...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average user Score

Durability

73
 

Speed and features

80
 

Portability (size / weight)

79
 

Display

88
 

Noise

91
 

Battery life

79
 

Expandability

87
 

Design and form factor

79
 
 
90
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 bright enough to hurt your eyes in the dark, terrific color with little shift on angles. The device is well built, although I would almost sacrifice a removable back for a slightly more solid surface, a couple of creaky spots around the side. Windows runs very quickly, I was worried I would be annoyed by the Atom processor, but navigation and web browsing and movies and office are as fast as my custom built desktop or gaming laptop. Expandability is perfect, and size, especially in comparison to the Surface Pro 2 seems the right weight for the device.I haven’t experienced the pen yet, I’m still waiting on that part of the shipment, but the response so far concerns me. As for the device itself Dell (and I NEVER expected to hear me say this) completely knocked it out of the park with this device. I paid $400 for it on special, and for less than an iPad I have a fully functional unit that for many uses will entirely replace my laptop.
 
40
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 brightness seemed weak even at 100%, Windows 8 slide in from the side of the screen gestures felt spotty and inconsistent. They had the thin keyboard with foldable stand, as well as the more traditional keyboard that turns it into a clamshell laptop. Both had intermittent connection issues and problems coming back from sleep.The entire setup feels cheap. This is not even close to the surface pro 2 design, build quality, and accessories.
 
100
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 android user. When my previous android tablet died I needed to replace it. The Surface 2 with Windows 8RT intrigued me but I was afraid it would result in a frustrating experience due to some apps I would be missing from the Windows store. I stumbled upon some limited information about the Dell Venue 11 pro and the fact that it runs full Windows 8 seemed to make it a perfect fit. I truly have not been disappointed at all! For $50 more than a Surface 2 the Dell Venue 11 Pro with the Atom processor running full Windows 8 is an absolute no brainer! Having the full version of Windows 8 completely makes up for any missing apps in the store. I have tested HBO Go, Slingplayer, Netflix, as well as many websites I've never been able to use on mobile device browsers and all work beautifully.I have enjoyed using the full size usb port to pop in usb drives and watch videos without the need to transfer them to the tablet ahead of time. The built in speakers are a bit on the quiet side but they are passable and I really appreciate that they placed them on the side of the tablet when in landscape mode so that when resting it on my lap or a surface the sound isn't muffled. Sound via the headphone jack is great. Crisp and plenty loud. The microSD expansion was a must have for me and the mini HDMI was a plus. I haven't experimented with the mini HDMI yet but I'm confident it will work great once my adapter arrives. The screen is beautiful and I've really enjoyed the 16:9 aspect ratio Windows tablets employ for watching movies and videos.The responsiveness of the touchscreen is perfect and I've yet to see any lag at all. Overall it runs so great and smooth. I will say that I believe this tablet is better suited to those who are a at least a little tech savvy. I think a working knowledge of Windows will go a long way toward avoiding a frustrating experience. For example, one of the only hiccups I've experienced so far was when I had to open the device manager and disable and enable my wifi driver to get my wifi working again. Overall I am very happy with the build quality and design. It's not as beautiful as the Surface 2 with it's magnesium chassis but it still very attractive. It feels very solid around the sides. You can feel that the back has a removable cover but it does not detract from the build quality and affords the ability to remove the battery. I'm not a big tablet camera guy but I have briefly tested both front and rear and find them more than adequate. I was worried when I ordered the tablet that it would be buggy and turn into a never ending project just to keep running well but I have had a great experience and would confidently recommend the Dell Venue 11 pro to anyone in the market for a new tablet.Edit: I wanted to add that Dell shows about a month build time before it ships. I was able to order from the Microsoft Store and they shipped the next day.
 
90
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 experience so far has been outstanding even with the Atom version with 2gb of ram, and I have to say, Windows 8 on a tablet is exactly where it belongs. The accessories available would also suit anyone's needs and I'm waiting for the mobile keyboard, case and stylus to arrive. And along with one full USB 3.0 port, micro SD storage and a replaceable battery? I think Dell has a winner.
 
90
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 be fixed with updates or another model of pen.
 
90
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 like it's quite a cohesive piece of tech yet.Don't get me wrong though, it's fantastic. Windows 8.1 was clearly designed with hybrids in mind, and even without the keyboard I'm able to use native Windows apps along with Metro/Modern ones with only a bit of difficulty (things are tiny at high res and a smaller screen). I've owned an iPad and a Nexus 7, and this is by far my favorite of the 3. A full operating system with a shiny coat of Metro paint on it to get to my most used apps. Full games from Steam and GOG and not just an app store. Full browser experience with Flash. Microsoft Office is included. Great battery life. Gorgeous screen.All this, and I haven't even gotten the keyboard or stylus yet. Well worth the purchase price, and I highly recommend it.My only real concern? I wish it had 4gigs of ram instead of 2. It's a trade off since I know the chipset used for Baytrail with 4gig is more power hungry, but at least with some games you'll really feel it. I'll live with it though, there are lots of ways to tweak memory usage.
 
90
Daynos
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
busybody
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
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.
 
70
sweetasanutnz
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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