Dell's Venue 8 Pro cools down with new BIOS

A new fifth iteration of Dell's Venue 8 Pro BIOS has arrived, and the consumer response is positive. I have had a few days to try it myself, and after a five hour flight playing graphics intensive games, I was surprised at how long the battery lasted. I have also noticed some users have been holding on to the third version of the BIOS, because updates since then have reportedly decreased battery life. 

However, users on Tablet PC Review forums have been reporting cooler temperatures using benchmark software despite running programs that can normally cause the tablet to become quite warm. Performance increases are discussed as well.  The forum has an incredibly large thread about the Venue 8 Pro, pointing to its successful launch. Various discussion including DIY (Do-it-yourself) projects for the Venue can be found there as well.

The positive response is a welcome change, and should allow all users to finally upgrade their BIOS and enjoy longer battery life and a palm with reduced moisture. During wintertime, the warm back of the device is welcome, but as we approach summertime, a cooler tablet is a nice improvement. Dell has periodically released updates to its BIOS and firmware, but this update is quite substantial. As we near the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1, we can expect to see even further improvements in system efficiency. A link to the updated BIOS can be found here.

Sources: Dell, Tablet PC Review

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Win 8.1 has built in Windows Defender Antivirus. I know it is not the best but I have not seen a need to change it and so far so good.

As long at they keep proving updates it should keep running well. I am interested in seeing version 2 of this thing. I would get it for sure. I would like more color options though. The red one seems nice but in the end it is the functionality that matters.

flynempire said,
Win 8.1 has built in Windows Defender Antivirus. I know it is not the best but I have not seen a need to change it and so far so good.

As long at they keep proving updates it should keep running well. I am interested in seeing version 2 of this thing. I would get it for sure. I would like more color options though. The red one seems nice but in the end it is the functionality that matters.

I'm hoping v2 gets a GPS chip and it'll already have faster internals.

I looked into buying one of these, but I'm still on the fence. Since this is running x86 Windows, I feel I would need to install AV. How does one of these run with AV installed?

pookie62 said,
It already does... it comes with windows Defender.

No offense, but I might as well not have AV if I'm depending on Defender. I'm not average Joe computer user, so I know not to do stupid stuff on the net, but WD is just awful. Cleaned off way too many infections for people that just outright disables MSE and I assume that carries over to WD on 8.

Its a shame RT didn't get the momentum it needs, cause for a tablet, I'd prefer not to have to worry about things like security software.

deadonthefloor said,

WD of Windows 8 is not WD optional for XP.

This is a realy AV suite and does a sufficient job.

As I understand it, WD in Win8 is just MSE baked into the OS. I doubt MS would be maintaining two separate code bases for an antimalware application. If it can be disabled to install other antimalware, then rogue applications can disable it as well.

RT doesn't require AV at this time I don't believe. Its a different architecture and Win32 malware can't do anything to it.

BTW, WD enabled on WinRT as well.

AR556 said,

Security Essentials and Windows Defender started out as two different products.
Windows defender was only an anti-malware tool initially.

It was a later security acquisition that allowed them to add antivirus capabilities.

While I wouldn't insinuate that MS would run two separate codebases, when XP was relevant, WD was only anti-malware, and weak at that.

The addition of antivirus really helped the product stand on its own against paid for tools.

Think the new revision pen is supposed to solve the issues (Although it's never going to be a Wacom)
I'm waiting for my replacement V8P though - mine came with 2 small areas of the screen where it was brighter than the rest...

Great. I hope all can improve the performance by bios update optimization. But I hope dell releasing the tablet which use hasswell / non atom processor

It already has... The Venue 11 Pro comes in both i3 and i5 Haswell flavors. I don't see the release of a i3 (or i5) in the Venue 8 as a realistic proposition due to the smaller space for battery.

I just updated my BIOS and Wireless. I love this little tablet as it is my favorite of all the ones I have had.

I dont know if anyone else noticed this but I see a difference in performance after the updates in both internal use of the tablet as well as surfing the web. I have to admit Dell really did a good job with this tablet except for that digital pen but I dont use that.

Every update seems to improve things.

As others mentioned the BIOS update is fairly new March 5, but more importantly
updated WiFi/BT drivers were also made available just days ago March 19

Gornot said,
Don't they all? :)
This little guy was getting to the point that you can barely hold it where the proc obviously is when playing any 3d games. I don't think that's changed much tbh.