Dell Venue 11 Pro review

Dell's Venue 11 Pro is a tablet to be reckoned with – but the accessories don't come cheap

5
Price when reviewed 
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Dell's business-focused tablet, the Venue Pro 11, is deceptive. It isn't as lithe as Nokia's Lumia 2520, nor as stylish as Apple's iPad Air, yet behind its mild-mannered exterior lies one of the most promising tablets we've seen. Boasting Windows 8.1, a Full HD display, generous connectivity and even a removable battery, the Venue 11 Pro is a serious contender. See also: what's the best laptop you can buy in 2014?

It would be easy to overlook the Dell's talents, though. The dowdy, 11mm-thick body is cast in a muted palette of black and grey, and it's only once you cradle the tablet in your hands that the build quality becomes evident. At 760g, it's no lightweight, but the plastic body feels reassuringly stout and well constructed.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

The Venue 11 Pro is unmatched for practicality. There's a mini-HDMI output; a 3.5mm headset jack; a full-sized USB 3 port; a volume rocker switch; and a Kensington lock slot.The rear panel pops off to allow access to the 32Wh battery, and in a welcome change from its predecessor, the Latitude 10, the Venue 11 Pro charges via micro-USB.

The centre of attention is the 10.8in, Full HD display. It's as good as any tablet display we've seen. The panel boosts right up to a maximum brightness of 508cd/m2 – more than enough for outdoor use – and the contrast ratio of 1,058:1 is excellent. What's more, Dell has calibrated the panel to provide an unusual level of colour accuracy. Every shade is deftly reproduced, and the panel covers almost the entire gamut of sRGB colour. With an average Delta E of 2.4, colour fidelity is bang on.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell has equipped the most affordable Venue 11 Pro with an Intel Bay Trail Atom CPU. The quad-core 1.46GHz Atom Z3770 is aided by 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 64GB eMMC (embedded multimedia card) drive, and this combination is surprisingly fleet of foot. Startup and application load times are swift, and the Samsung-made eMMC drive is much faster than others we've encountered. Sequential read and write speeds of 151MB/sec and 50MB/sec respectively in the AS SSD benchmark are respectable.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions298 x 177 x 11mm (WDH)
Weight760g
Travelling weight1.4kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom Z3770
RAM capacity2.00GB
Memory typeDDR3

Screen and video

Screen size10.8in
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics
HDMI outputs1

Drives

Capacity256GB
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

802.11 draft-n supportyes
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Camera megapixel rating8.0mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use10hr 25min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.38
Responsiveness score0.48
Media score0.38
Multitasking score0.28

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 8.1 32-bit
OS familyWindows 8

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