Dell Venue 10 7000 Review

We have been taking a look at Dell’s Venue line of Android tablets for a few years now. Now, Dell has launched a bigger 10.5 inch display screen version, providing a quad-HD AMOLED display screen, quad-core CPU, and Intel RealSense Depth camera, and even an optionally available keyboard dock for increased productivity. Beginning at $499, the Android Venue 10 7000 has a premium vibe, however it struggles versus the competition when it comes to sheer productivity.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Design

Dell Venue 10 7000

Not like most other high end Android tablets, which, as a part of their overall Charnm and comfort, are often designed to be thin and lightweight, this Venue is not fully so. While slightly less than a quarter of an inch thick over most of its surface area, it is about 3-quarters of an inch thick at its bottom edge.

Furthermore, at 1.3 pounds, this Dell Venue 10 7000 is a bit heavier than competing 10.5-inch tablets normally. Samsung’s recent quarter-inch-thick, 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S, for instance, weighs only 1.03 pounds. Much of this Dell Venue 10 7000 weight, in fact, is in that tubular bar on the tablet’s bottom edge. Not only does that barrel act as a part of the hinge between the slate and its optional keyboard dock, however as mentioned, it holds a good-size battery and a pair of top notch speakers.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Display

Dell Venue 10 7000

Because tablets are essentially massive displays that you simply hold and interact with, it is very important that display quality is prioritized when designing a tablet. Based on the disappointing display efficiency of the Dell Venue 8, I was concerned about how nicely the Dell Venue 10 7000 would perform. Each units have 2560 x 1600 AMOLED displays, with the Dell Venue 8 being 8.4″ in size and the Dell Venue 10 7000 being 10.5″ in size. However, as a result of the Dell Venue 10 7000 is a more recent product with a distinct panel, it is very possible that it’ll have totally different attributes than the Venue 8.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Camera

Dell Venue 10 7000

Generally, those concerned with image high quality both buy a correct camera, or put money into a high-end smartphone that prioritizes optics. Dell’s attempting something completely different with its Dell Venue 10 7000. It included a strong 8 MP Intel RealSense camera on the device’s rear. Actually, there is an 8 MP primary camera accompanied by 2 720p cameras that capture a stereoscopic image and depth info with each shot. Dell’s stance is that the added cameras present the ability for the device to perceive depth, and it is capable of create a Z pixel for each X and Y pixel in a photograph. There is additionally a 2 MP camera on the front for use with video chats.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Keyboard And Touchpad

Dell Venue 10 7000

The Dell Venue 10 7000’s keyboard felt a bit stiff and shallow, however that was not its largest problem. The keyboard’s limited actual estate forced Dell to cut down the dimensions of important keys similar to Backspace, Enter and Backslash, and the cramped layout makes it hard to type quickly. This led to a rating of simply 59 phrases per minute on 10fastfingers.com, which is nicely short of my 70- to 80-wpm average. The 3.5 x 1.75-inch touchpad is bigger than the one on the Surface 3 (3 x 1.45 inches). Cursor motion was smooth, as were gestures similar to scrolling and pinch to zoom, with the latter even including little circles on the display screen to represent your fingers.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Hardware

Dell Venue 10 7000

The Dell Venue 10 7000 houses a Intel HD Graphics GPU, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 CPU, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB of inner storage, with a microSD card slot that is expandable as much as 512 GB. The Dell Venue 10 7000 additionally has 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities with Miracast support and Bluetooth 4.1.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Software

Dell Venue 10 7000

We are trying at the same fundamental setup from the Dell Venue 8 7000, which is to say it is essentially Google’s stock Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) UI without any annoying tweaks or arbitrary visual modifications. That is a breath of fresh air and one thing that goes a long way in separating this tablet from the pack: The software is actually cohesive, polished, and pleasant to use and it fits in seamlessly with the rest of the Android ecosystem.

Dell has added in a smattering of its own applications custom Camera and Gallery utilities together with a My Dell device management tool, an application for controlling the tablet’s audio system, and an application linked to the corporate’s Dell Cast Chromecast-like device. There is a little bit of bloatware preloaded, too, which is mildly annoying however apart from the My Dell app, you may simply disable and hide all of it from view, at least.

Dell Venue 10 7000: Battery

Dell Venue 10 7000

On the battery front, Dell features a 7000 mAh non-removable battery. The corporate claims that up to 7 hours may be squeezed out, which is on the low side for a tablet. In our tests, we found that score fairly reliable, and squeezed out a hair extra in our rundown test. A 2560 x 1600 pixel display requires lots of juice to remain lit, and the 2.3GHz quad-core processor sucks down its fair proportion of energy, too

Dell Venue 10 7000: Specification

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Body: 243.4 x 195.4 x 6.2 mm
  • Weight: 597 g
  • Display: 1600 x 2560 pixels , 10.5 inches
  • Memory: 32 GB internal, 512 GB expandable, 2 GB RAM
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3580
  • Camera: 8 MP, 5 MP secondary
  • Battery: 7000 mAh

Dell Venue 10 7000: Verdict

Dell Venue 10 7000

As a netbook-esque laptop in one configuration and an ergonomic tablet in one other, the Dell Venue 10 7000 genuinely gives a 2 in 1 experience that offers you one of the best of both worlds. If that is what you are interested in, the sturdy aluminum constructed, cleverly build keyboard and smooth performance may justify its high cost.

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