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Back in November, Dell took the lid off of their Venue 11 Pro 7000 refresh which is their first tablet offering to have bộ vi xử lý core M powering it. Dell is aiming this tablet squarely at the enterprise segment, but with prices that start low enough for consumers khổng lồ take a look as well. Starting at $699, it is not an inexpensive device, but it does offer some compelling features on top of the powerful (for a tablet) processor. Dell has an entire range of accessories for the tablet to lớn let the end user get the maximum out of the device, & allows the device to lớn be used as a tablet, a laptop, or even a desktop computer.

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Dell has leveraged the Intel vi xử lý core M processor to power this tablet, which gives it quite a bit of a performance boost over most tablets. There are two offerings as well, with the bộ vi xử lý core M-5Y10c being the base model, và the chip core M-5Y71 being the upgrade. Those who opt for the 5Y71 will enjoy the benefits of intel vPro as well as the peak performance boost of the faster clock speeds of that model.

Dell Venue Pro 11 7140 Specifications
ProcessorIntel vi xử lý core M-5Y10c(Dual-core + HT 0.8-2.0GHz 4MB L3 14nm 4.5W TDP)Intel chip core M-5Y71 (Model Tested)(Dual-core + HT 1.2-2.9GHz 4MB L3 14nm 4.5W TDP)
Memory4 or 8 GB (model tested) LPDDR3-1600
GraphicsIntel HD 5300(24 EUs at 100-800MHz on 5Y10c)(24 EUs at 300-900MHz on 5Y71)
Display10.8" IPS 16:9 FHD (1920x1080)(Samsung SDC4C48 8-bit Panel)10-point Multitouch
Storage64GB / 128GB (model tested) / 256GB SSD (Sandisk X110 M.2 2280)
NetworkingIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 plus công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.0(2x2:2 802.11ac 867Mbps capable)Optional LTE
Cameras2 MP Front Webcam8 MP Rear Camera
Battery/Power38 Wh non-removable24 W Max AC Adapter
Ports and I/OHeadset JackMicroSD thẻ Reader1 x USB 3.01 x micro HDMINFC OptionalSensor Hub (Gyro, G-Sensor, Proximity)
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64-bit or Pro
Dimensions11.01" x 6.95" x 0.42" (WxDxH)(279.8mm x 176.4mm x 10.75mm)
Weight1.59 lbs (722.6g) Wi-Fi1.65 lbs (747.7g) LTE
Pricing$699 (5Y10, 4GB, 64GB)$749 (5Y10, 4GB, 128GB)$829 (5Y71, 4GB, 128GB)Contact Dell for other options

The Venue 11 Pro 7000 (henceforth called Venue 11 Pro) is truly an Ultrabook in a tablet size factor, with 4 khổng lồ 8 GB of memory on tap, 64 to lớn 256 GB of solid state storage, và Windows 8.1 64-bit powering the system. Dell has an optional 4G LTE modem as well, which is something that still seems to lớn be a rare feature on these types of systems.


While the Venue 11 Pro is a reasonable tablet on its own merits, what really makes this device is the accessories. Dell has practically everything covered too. If you need a keyboard and extended battery life, they have that. If you want a thin keyboard only, they have that too. A stylus? Check. Docking station? Of course. How about just a case that can be used as a stand? Yes.

Dell Tablet Folio

The folio includes a polycarbonate rear shell which keeps access available to the tablets ports. The front cover will fold behind và double as a stand. Dell sells this case for $24.99.


Dell Venue Keyboard - Slim

This slim keyboard is very much like the Microsoft Surface keyboard covers. Very thin, and yet they feature a keyboard & trackpad. Dell did not send this accessory with the đánh giá unit, so I can’t comment on the key feel, but they vày claim it has a tactile response. It also features an integrated tablet stand, which of course would be required since this tablet has no way of holding itself up. At just 3.6 mm thick, it is very much similar to the Surface cảm ứng cover in thickness, and it will add 313 grams lớn the total tablet weight.


The magnetically attached cover is going to lớn come with the same drawbacks of the Microsoft Surface line of attachable keyboards. Although it is thin & light, it really works best on a desk rather than in a lap. While it can be used in a lap in a pinch, it is not ideal. The Slim keyboard is priced at $89.99.

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Dell Venue Keyboard – Mobile

For those that want khổng lồ use the tablet as a convertible laptop, the sản phẩm điện thoại keyboard is likely your best bet. The tablet locks into the hinge of this keyboard, và with that proper connection it can be used just like a máy vi tính – albeit a small laptop. The 10.8 inch display means that the accessory is much smaller than a traditional máy tính keyboard would be. While the keyboard itself is sized pretty well, it is really the trackpad that suffers, since it is very small.


Dell offers one great feature with this keyboard though. It includes an additional battery, which bumps the tablet’s battery capacity to around 60 Wh total. That is a huge amount of battery for a low powered device, and can really extend the usable lifespan of the tablet which we will see later in the review.

All is not perfect with this keyboard though. First, the price is a very high $179.99. The keyboard và battery costs almost as much as the HP Stream 11 laptop. If it was a premium accessory, perhaps the price could be justified, but there are some major gripes I have with the keyboard. The keys themselves are very mushy & not a great typing experience. Also, there is no backlighting offered, which limits the usability in many scenarios. The trackpad was also not very good. Besides the limited surface area for it, it would often miss taps and it was frustrating lớn use. The hinge also lifts the rear of the máy vi tính up, và while Dell’s solution is much better than the asus Zenbook which does the same thing, ergonomically this benefits no one. Finally, the sản phẩm điện thoại keyboard adds a lot of thickness và mass to the overall tablet package, with the keyboard coming in at 8.9 milimet thick, and a staggering 794 grams. It actually weighs even more than the tablet on its own, over doubling the effective weight.


The keyboard can be charged separate from the tablet, but the power nguồn connector has to lớn be plugged into the tablet if both are connected together. It would have been nice for Dell to put the keyboard charging port on the side of the keyboard lớn allow the power connector lớn hook up there instead of the side of the tablet when it is being used as a laptop. I bởi vì not really have a lot of good things to lớn say about this accessory other than it does vày a good job of increasing battery life.

Dell Active Stylus

Dell’s Active Stylus is a Synaptics unit. There have been several revisions of the pen, and the previous Venue 11 Pro also supported an active stylus. Dell has a new mã sản phẩm available now, và the new pen works very well. It is smooth khổng lồ use on the display, and there was never any moments where connectivity would be lost. I am not a stylus expert lượt thích some people (ie Gabe at the Penny Arcade) but I had no issues using this model of stylus. The only slight issue was using the pen at the very edges of the display, where the pointer would sometimes jump right khổng lồ the edge.


Dell Tablet Dock

Unlike the sản phẩm điện thoại keyboard, the tablet dock is very well constructed. The frame is made out of a piece of stamped steel which ispainted black, so it is plenty sturdy. The mass of it also makes it feel well constructed, và the entire bottom is covered in rubber khổng lồ keep it from moving around on the desk.


Once docked, the tablet basically transforms into a full desktop. There are two USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the dock, & another on the front. The dock includes 10/100 Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort, & has a front headphone jack. The dock also includes a 65 watt power adapter, which should easily power nguồn the system and any USB accessories. The best part of this dock is the relatively low price at just $79.99.