Review: Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855
The first generation of Dell’s Venue 8 tablet hit the market back in 2013. In January of this year the company launched the updated version that we have here, which comes with a faster Intel Atom X5 processor and 64-bit Windows 10 as standard.
SO, how sages this later Version Measure Up and is it a Good Option for Business Users?
In the box
The Venue 8 Pro is Available as Wi-Fi Only Or You Can Have A Mobile Data Connection Too.It’s Powered by A 2.4GHZ Intel Atom X5 Z8500 - The Old Model Had The 1.8GHZ Z7340.You Get 2gb of DDR3 RAM, A 64GB Solid State Hard Drive and Wi-Fi As Standard.OUR Review Unit Came with 4GB of Ram and the Mobile Data Option, IF YOUNED MORE Space, Storage Can Be Further Expanded with A Microsd Card OF UP to 128GB.It’s Worth Noting that Dell Uses Emmc Storage-Which is Basically a Built-in Card-Rather than A Faster SSD Disk.
The Tablet Measures 130 by 216mm and IS Only 9.45mm Thick.AT 377 Grammes It Gives An Impression of Solidity Without Feeling Too Weighty to Carry Around.The Tablet Has an 8-Inch 1280 x 800 Screen, A 5MP REAR CAMERA and 2MP FRONT.The 5855 Supports Miracast SO You Can Wirelessly Connect to Compatible Peripherals Like Screens and Keyboards.The Battle IS A 19.5 WhR Single Cell Unit.
Security Is Taken Care of with The Dell Data Protection Software.
The Dell Has a Reassurgly Solid Feel and It Should Stand Up Well to the Rigours of EVEREYDAY BUSINESS LIFE.IT Comes with The Bamboo Paper Digital Notebook Software that allows you to write and drive on the Screen Either)?
The fact that MS Office Mobile is Included Means You can start work almost as so take it out of the Box.You Also Get Dell’s Data Protection Software Which Offers Encryption and Anti-Malware Features to Keep Your Tablet and Data Secure.The Venue 8 Pro Iso Compatible with The Dell Client Command Suite, Allowing It Departments to Centrally Manage Bios and Hardware Configuctions.
In Addition You Get Access to Dell Prosupport Plus as an Option, Which Helps Identify and Resolve Problems and Keep Your Hardware Running Smoothly.There’s The Option of Protection Workspace Too, this Opens Applications Likeles to Be Targeted by Malware in a Sandbox Environment to Guard Against Attacks.
Writing and Drawing on the Screen.YOU CAN ALSO GET An Adaptor that Gives Access to HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and USB 3.0 Via The Usb-C Port.Software Options Include Adobe Create Cloud, Photoshop Elements and Acrobat.
There’s a Power Switch on the Top Along with A Headphone Socket.The Bottom Edge Has a USB C Socket and Speaker Grille.On the Right Are the Volume Control and A Hard Windows Button Plus a Slot for Sim and Memory Cards.
The Back Has a Ridged Finish Which Makes Itsant To Grip, Though Its Tend to Show Finger Marks.While the Venue 8 isle Weighty Itsn’s too Heavy to Hold One-Handed.The Rear Camera is in a Slightly Raed Panel in the Center of the Back Towards The Top.You do tend to play your finners over this If You’re Holding the Tablet Landscape, So You’ll Need to Clean Before Taking Photos.The Back of the Machine Does Get Warm in Use But UNCOMFORTABLY SO.The Performance of this Tablet Isn’s to Set the World outt’s perfectly adequate for eventay Tasks.
The Screen Has Quite a Wide Bezel - Especially on the Short Edges - But The Viewing Area Itself is a good size.The Screen Itself Offer 283 Ppi Pixel Density (An Improviment on the 189 PPI of the Previous Generation).What this Means in Practise is that it has crisp colors, Good Contrast and Delivers Smooth Video Playback.Viewing Angles are good too Its Possible for Two People to Watch The Screen At the Same Time.It is quite bright enunch to cope with outdoor us on Sunny day that’s a minor quibble.There’s only a Single Speaker But it delivers decent Sound Quality.
The Number of Megapixels Deesn’T Tell the Story with the Rear Camera, As Although It’s ‘Only’ 5mp itally Delivers Pretty Impressive Results.There’S No Flash But it Takes Good Pictures in Both Daylight and Artificial Light.IT Uses The Standard Windows 10 Camera App Which Isa Basic But Functional.The 2MP Front Camera is good enunch for voip calling.
The Most Disappointing Aspect of the Venue 8 Pro Its Battle Life.EVEN In Relatively Light Use, Like Visiting Websites or Viewing Documents You’ll Struggl to Get More Or Six Hours on a Charge.Watch Videos Or Play Games and You’ll Eat Through The Power Reservs Much Faster.
At £ 366 for the 64gb Version with Mobile Data as Tested-You can get the 2GB Wi-Fi Only Version for £ 259-The Venue 8 ProM MAY SEEM A LITTLE PriceY.As a Business Machine Throwh It Looks Like an Attractive Package.IT’s Solidly Constructed, Has A Good Range of Practical Hardware and Software Options, and It Looks Smart in An Understated Way.
IF YOU CAN Live with The Rather Disappointing Battle Life and You Value ReliaBility Overter, It’s Well Worth Considering.