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#1 Dinggus

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 21:42

I'm interested in a Windows tablet which cannot run RT. So, I seen the Dell Venue Pro 8 and love it. My only question is, who here has one? What are your pro's and con's?

 

I need it for simple things when I travel; must have a USB port (which Dell Venue Pro 8 doesn't, it's only for charging), support keyboard and mouse.

 

But, when I'm at home, all I need is a USB port; occasionally.

 

 




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Posted 17 January 2014 - 16:13

I just watched a video review on this. Here is the link: http://twit.tv/show/before-you-buy/103

 

My wife just bought one of these at Costco last night. This is her first experience with a tablet and with Windows 8 (she has a Nexus 4). She got it to use at school for reading e-textbooks and taking notes in class. She wanted/needed MS Office, so Win tabs were her only option. She was disappointed it didn't come with a stylus, even though one is pictured on the box. 

 

I only had it in my hands for a minute when I set up the wifi for her. It feels like a nice piece of hardware. It's about 4-5 pounds. I think that's too heavy for very much one-handed use. The screen resolution seemed pretty clear, but the font was soooo tiny. I could never read on that or use it for more than 5 minutes before I would have a headache. The font size is probably adjustable, though. 

 

Anyway, I will ask her what she thinks about it!



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 16:25

I'm interested in a Windows tablet which cannot run RT. So, I seen the Dell Venue Pro 8 and love it. My only question is, who here has one? What are your pro's and con's?

 

I need it for simple things when I travel; must have a USB port (which Dell Venue Pro 8 doesn't, it's only for charging), support keyboard and mouse.

 

But, when I'm at home, all I need is a USB port; occasionally.

 

I got one of these for my mom. I'm fairly sure the micro USB port functions like a normal USB port in addition to being a charge port. It's the Dell Venue 11 Pro that has a micro USB port only for charging. It's a decent Win8.1 tablet.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 16:41

I have a Dell Venue Pro 8 that was a gift from Santa.  He left me the microusb to full size usb adapter, so I can hook up external devices.  I use Bluetooth devices and haven't had a need for the full size USB at this time.  I also purchased the stylus which works "OK".  Nothing special, in my opinion.  For what I need, web browsing, listening to Pandora, it really works well.  I added a 64GB microsd card to have additional storage, but I haven't use the 64G of internal storage yet.  I have a laptop that I use if I really need to work.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 17:13

I have a Dell Venue Pro 8 that was a gift from Santa.  He left me the microusb to full size usb adapter, so I can hook up external devices.  I use Bluetooth devices and haven't had a need for the full size USB at this time.  I also purchased the stylus which works "OK".  Nothing special, in my opinion.  For what I need, web browsing, listening to Pandora, it really works well.  I added a 64GB microsd card to have additional storage, but I haven't use the 64G of internal storage yet.  I have a laptop that I use if I really need to work.

 

Can you show me your set up for it please? I want to be confident knowing I can hook up USB devices to it. I need a CAC reader to plug into it.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 17:21

My friend has one - recommended it over the Nexus 7 since it was about $20 more. The only thing is they fudge the storage capacity numbers - 32 GB was really 16 GB internal, and they wanted him to add an microSD card. Otherwise nice device - comes with Office, and OTG USB cable works. 



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 17:37

Attached are pics of the venue in my rugged case, with the stylus and usb to Ethernet adapter on the left side.  The micro usb to full size USB I have plugged in to show what is look like.  All my accessories I purchased directly from Dell.com (except mouse)

 

Hope this helps.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 17:45

My friend has one - recommended it over the Nexus 7 since it was about $20 more. The only thing is they fudge the storage capacity numbers - 32 GB was really 16 GB internal, and they wanted him to add an microSD card. Otherwise nice device - comes with Office, and OTG USB cable works. 

 

I have an iPad Mini, and I was going to get the Nexus 7. But, decided since I have the Nexus 5, why not get a Windows tablet. I don't want to be stuck to 1 OS anymore. So, thank you!

 

Attached are pics of the venue in my rugged case, with the stylus and usb to Ethernet adapter on the left side.  The micro usb to full size USB I have plugged in to show what is look like.  All my accessories I purchased directly from Dell.com (except mouse)

 

Hope this helps.

 

Yes that helps a lot! I also found this video which makes it even more exciting!

 

Does that mouse need a bluetooth USB or does the Venue detect it? I have that keyboard, and a magic mouse for when I had BTC Trackpad for the iPad Mini.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 17:56

It syncs with the Bluetooth adapter that is installed on the venue.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 18:06

My sister got one a few weeks ago, she loves it a lot.  She's not computer savvy in the least bit but has seemed to figure out everything on her own after very minor help from me.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 20:42

If I could get a Dell Venue Pro 8, I could possibly get rid of VMware on my iMac. I just need Java which this should support it, right?



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 20:45

If I could get a Dell Venue Pro 8, I could possibly get rid of VMware on my iMac. I just need Java which this should support it, right?

yes, its win8 like on any laptop or computer.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:04

I have a Venue Pro 8. It's a tiny powerhouse of awesome.

 

Pros:

I leave the laptop at home so much, my next big computer might be a desktop.

Full desktop class browser on a tablet.

Runs legacy apps.

Can use USB devices with an OTG cable.

Bluetooth Mouse/Keyboard turns it into a mini-laptop.

Crisp and clear screen.

 

 

Cons:

Pen is okay, not great

32GB version fills up too fast, wish I bought 64, but I got this for $220, so I'm not upset.

Not a lot of touch friendly apps, but enough to get around.

It's not 1080P, I don't really care that much though, it looks as almost good as my NookHD+.

 

It's a 8/10 for me until I factor in the price, then it's a 9/10, and my android tablets are getting sold.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:03

I have a Venue Pro 8. It's a tiny powerhouse of awesome.

 

Pros:

I leave the laptop at home so much, my next big computer might be a desktop.

Full desktop class browser on a tablet.

Runs legacy apps.

Can use USB devices with an OTG cable.

Bluetooth Mouse/Keyboard turns it into a mini-laptop.

Crisp and clear screen.

 

 

Cons:

Pen is okay, not great

32GB version fills up too fast, wish I bought 64, but I got this for $220, so I'm not upset.

Not a lot of touch friendly apps, but enough to get around.

It's not 1080P, I don't really care that much though, it looks as almost good as my NookHD+.

 

It's a 8/10 for me until I factor in the price, then it's a 9/10, and my android tablets are getting sold.

 

I use my iPad Mini to scan paperwork into a PDF and then sign my signatures and what not. Can I do that on this? Is there a PDF creator?



#15 Joe User

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:45

I use my iPad Mini to scan paperwork into a PDF and then sign my signatures and what not. Can I do that on this? Is there a PDF creator?

 

A quick search found a few in the Windows store. Add that to whatever PDF managers that have been around in Windows for the past few decades. You could also do it manually by taking a picture and using any free convert to PDF.