Okay, so I just couldn’t stand it anymore, and had to have a new tablet running Windows 8. Would it be worth it? Could I actually get work done on it? These are just a couple of the many questions that I had. Of course, if you’re going to get a Windows 8 table, the one to have is the Microsoft Surface Pro (not RT), but that costs about $900, and it’s just not as good unless you also get the keyboard and other accessories, and by the time you’re done, you’ve now spent something like $1100… on an “experimental tablet”… Yeah, I don’t think so. So, imagine my joy when I found the Dell Venue Pro at only $299! Nice!
Here’s the Windows 8 Menu screen… Pretty cool. And the lock screen.. Also cool, and attractive, and it sets a new image every day. That helps to keep it fresh, and gives me a little bit of an extra little something to look forward to when I log in.
Which is a damn good thing, because even though this tablet makes an excellent hardware platform, I’m a little underwhelmed at the actual usefulness of it!
Hardware 5 Stars!
This tablet is a pretty good size at 8 inches… not too big, not too small. It’s got a pretty good bit of weight to it, which makes it feel good, not cheap and/or flimsy at all. The back of it has a nice rubberized surface, as well, which feels good, and keeps it from sliding around when you set it down.
It’s fast, too! This sucker has a real honest to goodness quad core Atom processor, and most tasks happen almost immediately! There’s no waiting on this bad boy for things to happen… it’s quite equivalent in this way to a desktop computer, even when launching standard desktop apps like Microsoft Outlook 2010.