Dell Venue 10 7000 2-in-1 Review: Brains And Beauty

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Dell Venue 10 7000: Wrap Up

Dell's beautiful Venue 10 7000 signals somewhat of a turning point for Android tablets. With Android for Work available through Android 5 (Lollipop), it's clear that even Google's mobile OS is taking productivity seriously. Suddenly, we're able to take a convertible tablet such as this and evaluate it as a possible laptop replacement.

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It won't suffice for those who work in advanced graphics or multimedia, but for staying on top of everyday tasks (document processing, spreadsheets, email, and video calls), it's surprisingly capable. The 2.3GHz quad-core Atom processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of eMMC flash storage, makes for a potent tablet. Toss in a magnetic keyboard/trackpad attachment, and it's even more functional.

concludeIn many ways, the Venue 10 7000 is the tablet that road warriors have been waiting for. It's powerful enough to handle most office-type productivity chores, yet nimble enough to be easily used as an e-book reader or a multimedia consumption device. Yes, the $500 base price point is high, but you get a lot for your money. For casual computer users, you may even find enough here to serve as a laptop replacement.

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The striking design, thoughtful internal makeup, and handy barrel edge combine to make a very compelling package. The software is sleek and responsive, and the hardware is top notch. Our only major knock is the price of the optional keyboard, which is so vital to filling out the entire package. The $500 base point is possible to stomach, but adding in another $129 for the keyboard throws the value proposition into question. At $629, it's dollar-for-dollar in line with Microsoft's base Surface 3 paired with a Type Cover -- a machine that runs a full version of Windows rather than a mobile-centric OS like Android.

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Yes, the Venue 10 7000 offers greater mobility and battery life, but the cost is still a concern. If the keyboard were included at the $500 entry point, this would be a no-brainer recommendation. Perhaps prices will fall a bit as back-to-school creeps ever closer, but with it's current sticker price, it's a tougher sell despite its elegance.

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  • Beautiful high-res display
  • Nice keyboard/trackpad
  • Great design and build quality
  • Solid overall performance
  • Intel RealSense Camera
  • Battery life compared to rivals
  • Middling graphics performance
  • Pricey for an Android slate


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