It’s awesome the Dell Venue Pro 8, runs the full version of Windows 8.1, comes with Student Office and an 11 hour battery life. There was a deal through Microsoft but I missed it so I bought it from the Microsoft Store for $299, and that is a STEAL!
- Size, fits in your hand nicely
- Weight: Light
- Camera: 5 Megapixels
- Comes with Office Home and Student version, that you have to load from the internet
- Screen Resolution: Sharp as a tack
- Runs Visual Studio
- Runs Office and Office is supplied
- 2 Gigs of memory works well for the 32 bit O/S Windows 8.1 Home version
- Drive: 32 Gigs, although there is a 64 available from Dell, I overcome this by add a 64 Gig SD drive, $39.99 from Fry’s
- Screen Resolution: 1280 by whatever, makes the “Desktop” kind of hard to read, but the sharpness of the screen overcomes many ills
- Micro USB only mechanical output: Overcame this problem by buying at the Microsoft Store a MicrosUSB to VGA adapter, $34.99. Got a convertor from MicroUSB to regular USB for $4.99 from Fry’s.
- Screen Glare: Still can compete with the low resolution non-glare screen of a Kindle Paperwhite for reading outdoor, otherwise the screen is very well done.
- Doesn’t support DirectX 11.2 (wow, big deal)
- Reader, this system does PDFs and Kindle nicely, with the 11 hours it is fine for a long period of reading, taking notes using OneNote is a big help instead of the process on a Kindle PaperWhite
- Note taker: Using the extended capacitive pen ($25 from Dell, you can’t use other pens) this device is just like the pen driven devices like the Surface Pro and is pressure sensitive
- Sketching using Fresh Paint, well I won’t throw away my water colors just yet, but it’s close!
- Spreadsheets: Works nicely, just increase the size of the sheet
- Word Processing: On board keyboard is not really good for this, but add a Bluetooth and it’s fun
- PowerPoint: Easy to work with!
- OneNote: This system is built for OneNote!
Buy! This is just the stocking stuffer anyone wants, except for the diehard iPad user. This is a full up working tool that will run the most demanding software, except for 3D rendering.
For $299 you can’t beat this device. Get a few, and give them away for Christmas.