Windows 8 tablets have the potential for a wide range of uses thanks to their combination of portability and functionality. Dell extends the functionality of the Latitude 10 by offering a number of accessories for the tablet. The most notable of these accessories include a docking station with additional ports and an extended-life battery. Of course, Dell also offers wireless keyboards and mice, cases, a stylus, and other accessories you’d expect to be able to use with a Windows 8 tablet.
In our benchmark tests, the Dell Latitude 10 performed well. It consistently earned solid scores for its class of product. You can’t expect a system such as the Latitude 10 to compete with a Core i3 or Core i5-based system with dedicated graphics, but it will hold its own in comparison to other Atom-based tablets or Android/ARM solutions that are designed for mobile use. Overall, we were pleased with the performance of the tablet during our time with it.
We weren’t overly fond of the docking connector found on the docking station for the Latitude 10 but it’s a minor annoyance and the dock serves its purpose. We also wished the Latitude 10 had a higher resolution display. As it is, the screen resolution of 1,366 x 768 left us wanting just a bit more in certain applications, though it certainly wasn't a showstopper.
The fact that the Latitude 10 has a user-swappable battery will be a key feature to business users who are on the go and want to use this tablet during a long workday. The longevity of the Latitude 10 using either the 2-cell stock battery or the extended 4-cell battery is excellent. Since the Latitude 10 runs on a full version of Windows 8, you’ll also have the ability to run any and all of your favorite Windows 8 apps—another key feature for business users.
All in all, the Latitude 10 tablet has a lot to offer including swappable batteries, a full version of Windows 8, storage expansion options, connectivity options and ports, and much more. If you’ve been thinking about getting a Windows 8 tablet and want one that offers a number of usage scenarios, accessories, and ports, the Latitude 10 is a versatile option, starting at $499, that should definitely make your shot list of devices to consider.