Rating: 8/10 | Price: £250Dell Venue 8 Pro review

WIRED

Decent screen, powerful processor, sturdy build, good batterylife

TIRED

No HDMI

Dell's Venue 8 Pro is an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet that's available either standalone or with some handy accessories including a Bluetooth keyboard, cover/stand and a stylus. So is it better than the other Windows tabs we've seen?

It's on sale now for £249.

Design

The Venue 8 Pro looks unremarkable with its functional all-black livery but it feels solidly built and is easy to hold with its textured rubberised plastic backing. At 9mm it's surprisingly slim for a Windows tablet too.

Weirdly, the usual large Windows start button that normally sits proudly beneath the screen of most Windows 8 tablets isn't here -- we eventually realised it's a hard button on the side. Presumably this is Dell's way of doing something different, but it's a pointless move that only confuses.

The 8-inch display offer a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, which boils down to 189ppi. This less than full HD resolution may not match the very best but it's fairly standard at this price and provides a decent compromise of sharpness, brightness and colour balance. It supports ten-point touch, which gives it one up on the five-point Lenovo Miix 2 for instance.