Overview and Specs
The Dell Venue 8 Pro is an 8 inch tablet that runs on Windows 8.1 and is one tablet of four in Dell’s Venue series. The display screen resolution, like the Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8, is 1280 x800 pixels. The tablet has 2 GB of SD DDR3L-RS RAM, runs on an Intel Atom Quad-Core Z3740D up to 1.80 GHz, and has 32 GB of SSD hard drive space. The rear camera can take up to 5 MP pictures and video, whereas the front camera can only capture 1.2 MP pictures and video.
With a price-tag of $299, the Dell Venue 8 Pro costs about the same as other 8 inch tablets made by Dell’s competitors (e.g. Toshiba, Asus, Sony, Acer, etc.). Unlike competing brands, however, the Venue Pro 8 adds an active digitizer for pen input, although the stylus for the tablet is sold separately at $29.99. The tablet is geared towards use with accessories, such as the Dell Tablet Wireless Keyboard ($99), the Dell Tablet Folio (variable pricing), and the aforementioned active stylus, as it only has one basic configuration.
After purchasing all the accessories available for the Dell Venue 8 Pro, which has about twice as many available accessories as the Dell Venue 7, one might find themselves paying about $400-500.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro, overall, runs well for a tablet of its size. Unlike the Dell Venue 7, which tends to slow down significantly as a user runs bigger programs on it, the 1.3 GHz Intel Atom processor on the Dell Venue 8 Pro allows users to run most moderately CPU-intensive programs without much slowdown or stuttering. Additionally, the Venue 8 Pro’s Windows 8.1 interface is likely to be more familiar and user-friendly for most than the Dell Venue 7’s Android 4.2.2 OS interface.
The battery life for this tablet, however, leaves a bit to be desired. One charge will usually only give a user around 7 hours and 19 minutes of usage before requiring a recharging. Other tablets of comparable size and price have longer battery lives, such as the Apple iPad Air, the battery life of which is approximately 13 hours and 45 minutes.
Though, on the bright side, if you’re planning to use this tablet primarily for web browsing on-the-go, you can definitely count on the Dell Venue 8 Pro to help you surf the net quickly and efficiently. Not only can you skip between tabs with very little effort or wait, but you can also count on pages to load up fast.
Taking the relatively steep price for the Dell Venue 8 Pro as well as the issues with its battery life and lack of ability to bundle accessories with the tablet for a lower price, our recommendation at Drakeal Reviews is neither a definite yes, nor a definite no. We recommend that potential buyers consider what they wish to use their future tablet for. If you’re looking for a smaller-sized tablet that can run bigger programs faster, definitely keep the Dell Venue 8 Pro near the top of your list. However, if you’re looking for longer battery life, you might want look elsewhere in the tablet market.
Overall, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of the better Dell Venue tablets, but only if you’re looking for a tablet that is both small and powerful.