Dell Venue 8 Pro
Manufacturer: Dell, Inc. Part number: FNCWV8P01H
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CNET editors' review
price range: $195.99 - $267.95
- Reviewed by: Dan Ackerman
- Reviewed on: 11/26/2013
The good: The tiny Dell Venue 8 Pro has a premium look and feel for such an inexpensive system, offers good stylus support, and runs full Windows 8 in something about the size of an iPad Mini.
The bad: A misplaced Windows button throws off the usability, and the 32GB of SSD storage won't hold much. A promised keyboard accessory isn't available yet.
The bottom line: The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes close to being a great pocket-size mini-PC, but a misplaced button and missing accessories feel like unnecessary errors.
Windows Tablet Done right
by glenroebuck10 on December 5, 2013
Pros: Full windows
Fast quad core
Awesome battery life
Cons: No dock option as of yet.
Summary: I was an early adopter of RT. I loved my Surface and Type Keyboard it was the perfect travel companion...almost. Office was great, movies, music a desktop, apps all ...
Summary: I was an early adopter of RT. I loved my Surface and Type Keyboard it was the perfect travel companion...almost. Office was great, movies, music a desktop, apps all of that was great. One problem, no cisco anycommect. MS blamed Cisco, Cisco blamed MS but not being able to vpn in to work with my perfect device was killing me.
I was contemplating a pro but a 10" screen at 1920x1080 was not going to work with my eyesight. Sure I could have scaled but then there was the cost. Then I found the Venue Pro 8. Even better I found it for 229 on amazon! Sure it only had 32 gb but I could add in my 64 GB UHS-1 micro sd (and i did!) to give me drive space. You can't install metro apps there but regular windows apps? Works great. Until you have full blown windows in your hands you don't realize what you missed with RT. I can VPN in now!! Running an rdp session to my desktop is a godsend for mobility!! I truly can survive traveling with just this 8 inch tablet. I picked up a ms wedge keyboard and mouse to make survival a bit easier though. Some people might not like the size but it is just perfect for me. I can read the desktop text just fine, web browse in portrait, heck this thing even plays portal, half life2 and left 4 dead2 with decent performance. Oh yeah and it lasts. I usually get a full days worth (around 10-11 hours) of usage. Just to test it I put immortals on a loop and after 5 hours of playing the battery was laughing at me it was still at 60%!
Are there things to complain about? Sure, if you want to nit pick there is no hdmi out, but I don't care about that. It does support intel wireless display so there is an option. I have zero complaints about the speed of this thing. Its fast, In the end there is nothing I don't like about my Venue 8 Pro. Finally a windows tablet done right.
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An excellent tablet for the money and Office preloaded.
by ARSacco on February 8, 2014
Pros: 1. Runs Windows 8.1 and Office well.
2. High quality build for an economical price
Cons: 1. Touch screen not at responsive as some tablets.
2. Can be a little slow.
Summary: If you are looking for a real Windows 8.1 tablet this is your most economical choice.
Summary: If you are looking for a real Windows 8.1 tablet this is your most economical choice.
Great little tablet, replaced my nexus 7
by Timme007 on January 10, 2014
Pros: -It's a full computer - Office, Chrome, VLC, etc
-Good battery life, comparable to Nexus 7
-printing - oh thank heaven I can print again to any printer
-Minimal bloatware :)
Cons: -Can't charge & use USB at the same time (neither can Nexus7)
-Win 8.1, while an improvement, still has some rough edges
-App selection, while surprisingly robust, is not as good as iOS/android
Summary: Lovely little device that if you're in need of real productivity is awesome, if you want just a reading machine is still awesome, and the benefits of have full ...
Summary: Lovely little device that if you're in need of real productivity is awesome, if you want just a reading machine is still awesome, and the benefits of have full Windows outweighs the lack of Android for me. Everything is a little more complicated at first than Android, but you end up being able to do so much more for it. Absolutely love it.
by aximuser on December 31, 2013
Pros: Metro apps and Office 2013 apps work great on this device. This tablet has an excellent build quality and the screen resolution is very sharp. You can expand storage easily with a microSD card. Performance is very fast and fluid.
Cons: This device is first and foremost a tablet. The Office 2013 applications work well on this device but older PC applications can appear too small to use on this 8 inch screen but they do install and work.
Summary: For the price the Venue 8 Pro is hard to beat. I got it on sale with a $25 app card but even at the full price of $299 this ...
Summary: For the price the Venue 8 Pro is hard to beat. I got it on sale with a $25 app card but even at the full price of $299 this is worth getting. It is much better and more productive than my daughter's IPad.
Excellent Windows tablet
by RoyAtl on December 17, 2013
Pros: Perfect size - easy to hold,
Nice screen, better than non-Retina iPad mini.
Full Windows 8.1,
Cons: Cameras are not that great and not positioned well in landscape. Microphone is crappy.
Summary: Very surprising. I was going to get a iPad mini Retina, but the Venue 8 Pro has it all over the Apple machine. Full Windows 8.1 with Office, and ...
Summary: Very surprising. I was going to get a iPad mini Retina, but the Venue 8 Pro has it all over the Apple machine. Full Windows 8.1 with Office, and I've loaded a lot of regular Windows applications with no hiccups. I don't have much disk space left, but it is expandable with a micro SD card. Don't expect to use it to replace your PC or laptop. However, it can come somewhat close in a pinch with the addition of a USB micro to host adapter, a USB hub, a wireless display adapter, and a bluetooth keyboard.
I really like this tablet.
AMAZING TABLET FOR THE PRICE!
by sanman1998 on December 15, 2013
Pros: Amazing battery life
FULL WINDOWS 8.1 PRO
Cons: Screen sometimes looks too low res
Sometimes cam feel a little small
Summary: All in all this is am amazing tablet for the money. It works well with Bluetooth keyboards so the smaller keyboard is not an issue. It is FULL windows so ...
Summary: All in all this is am amazing tablet for the money. It works well with Bluetooth keyboards so the smaller keyboard is not an issue. It is FULL windows so you cam download any .exe program you want, just like a real laptop. I had to correct all the workers at the Microsoft Store where I bought it so remember that it is full windows 8.1. It's compact size makes it easy to use and it feels great. I haven't had any problems with it so far and I don't see me having any. This is the tablet to get if you need a productive tablet for cheap.
5 stars for a windows tablet from a mac guy
by thp1972 on December 4, 2013
Pros: Portable, battery life, full windows, free MS Office (student version)
Cons: No full usb, very few accessories so far, small screen, no option for cellular data
Summary: I'm a mac guy. I have an iphone, and ipad, a macbook pro, and a mac mini. I do not like windows. But I have to use pc's ...
Summary: I'm a mac guy. I have an iphone, and ipad, a macbook pro, and a mac mini. I do not like windows. But I have to use pc's for work. There are times when I'm out in the field and I need to pull surveillance video from various surveillance systems from different manufacturers. With the Venue Pro and a microusb to usb (female) cable, I can do just about anything "in the field" that I can do in the office. With the small screen, it's sometimes tough to hit the right spot with your finger. But I'm sure with some practice I'll get better with it.
Excellent windows tablet
by therevcraig on December 3, 2013
Full Windows - NOT RT
Easy to navigate
Cons: OS takes up a lot of the 32gb so a Micro SD is really needed.
Summary: I want a Windows 8.1 experience without buying a new laptop. I had a serious problem with my first Venue 8 Pro and returned it to Dell. They tried ...
Summary: I want a Windows 8.1 experience without buying a new laptop. I had a serious problem with my first Venue 8 Pro and returned it to Dell. They tried to fix it - a problem with the OS - but sent me a new tablet instead. At least THIS time CS was great. That's not always the case.
THIS TABLET MAKES ANDROID FEEL LIKE LEAP FROG.
by rpkdc300z on December 3, 2013
Pros: Everything, beautiful screen, slick, stylish, thin, camera, full windows 8.1
Cons: No HDMI, Dell CS, Miracast?
Summary: I will start by saying I have owned/own: Surface RT, Galaxy Tab II, Hisense Sero 7 Pro, Galaxy tab 7, Nexus 7 1st and 2nd Gen. I agree with ...
Summary: I will start by saying I have owned/own: Surface RT, Galaxy Tab II, Hisense Sero 7 Pro, Galaxy tab 7, Nexus 7 1st and 2nd Gen. I agree with others, This tablet is near perfect. It is slick, stylish, fast, a powerhouse, with Full Windows 8.1 ... ...
I loved my Surface RT. The only thing that bugged me was its own bugs and glitches. The Dell Venue 8 pro fills the void left behind from the Surface RT and then some. Its faster for sure, it is not glitchy, and is easier to carry around. I thought that I would HATE the windows button on the side, but quickly realized that it is beneficial to be there. For starters, there are about 5 different ways to get back to the home screen, so no big deal there, and maybe even bigger...you do not accidentally touch the windows key. Its like a smaller version of my desktop PC. Completely identical... I have good luck with Miracast but I wish it had HDMI instead... If my inexpensive Hisense tablet can have hdmi out, why cant this? What some folks complain about is that the usb port is either used for charging or for drives etc.. It cant do both without modding a usb cable. It shorts 2 data pins together to charge... ok, so .. What I don't like....
1- No HDMI, 2-Dell CS support is horrendous, 3- The folio case is too expensive and I feel you need a form fit case because of swiping gestures. If you buy and aftermarket case, you make not be able to swipe very easily, 4- Stylus is so terrible it is not worth getting unless they can fix it.
Finally a real Windows Tablet that is affordable
by tocool37 on December 3, 2013
Pros: I love this tablet, it is like having a desktop in your hand. I love Windows phones so this was easy to learn to run. I bought a cover that is also a stand, cheap from amazon along with a small bluetooth keyboard,
Cons: It does not have a HDMI out port.
Summary: If you are looking for a good Tablet for work and play this is it hands down, Dell did a good job on this one.It synced right up to ...
Summary: If you are looking for a good Tablet for work and play this is it hands down, Dell did a good job on this one.It synced right up to my wireless printer. I also have first gen Nexus 7 running 4.4 Kit Kat it is a good tablet for playing and reading but for work and play the Dell smokes it.
- Manufacturer: Dell, Inc.
- Part number: FNCWV8P01H
- Bottom Line: The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes close to being a great pocket-size mini-PC, but a misplaced button and missing accessories feel like unnecessary errors.
- Type 8 in
- Display Resolution 1280 x 800
- Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1
- Processor Intel Atom
- Flash Memory 32 GB
- RAM 2 GB - DDR3L
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11n
Dimensions & Weight
- Weight 0.87 lbs