Impressed with the Dell Venue 11 Pro (Baytrail) in Hands-On

Posted on 07 March 2014 by



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At MWC last week I had my first chance to go hands-on with the Dell Venue 11 Pro. Yes, it’s been on sale for a while, I know, but it’s one of the devices I just haven’t got round to testing yet. I wish I had done this earlier because it’s a nice bit of kit with an excellent keyboard. It feels high quality and the tablet isn’t too heavy.  Video hands-on below.

The total battery capacity with the ‘Tablet Keyboard – Mobile’ unit docked is 60Wh which is huge for a Baytrail-T tablet. Yes, the weight suffers a bit because the keyboard weighs as much as the tablet but considering the battery life this setup will have (10-15 hours connected working time at least) it could be worth it. Leave the charger and USB power-pack at home because you can just use the Venue 11 to keep your smartphone topped up.

I didn’t get a chance to check the pen out but I did take note that it had USB3.0 on board. That’s useful for DisplayLink docking.

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I don’t see this being a cheap setup – the power keyboard costs $130 on its own – but it could be something that you could work with in most scenarios. What you might want to do though is wait to see if there’s a 4GB version coming. That’s the only specification that doesn’t quite match pro-mobile requirements.

Video hands-on below.

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. meengla yip says:

    Chippy,
    I have been seriously looking into buying this one; in fact, yesterday my new supervisor asked me if I needed a laptop and–I declined for now. Anyway, in the docked mode does this tablet flip to show in ‘Display’ mode like the Acer W510 does? I have grown quite used to the W510 on my tummy lying in bed at night–so it is important for me!
    Thanks.

  2. Lou says:

    I’d get this over the fail called the XPS 11. Well, the Core i versions.

  3. prax says:

    Hi, the pictures are showing the asus vivotab…

    Chippy Reply:

    Where?

  4. Cam says:

    I’m interested in the Core i version. Is Linux supported well on that one?

    Intel must like me, I have a desktop, X230 notebook (possibly replaced by the Core i Venue 11 Pro or Latitude E7240) and planning on getting the ASUS Vivotab Note 8. MS probably doesn’t like me because if I can get a device without Windows I would. Except for the Note 8. I think Windows 8 is currently the best when combining the desktop and touch UIs in a single 8″ screened device.

  5. williamlegeek says:

    Hi there Chippy,

    Interesting that this is the device that caught a lot of attention from you… I just got the very similar Medion P2212T that you wrote about a while back. Same battery capacity but with the less efficient Celeron N2910 Bay Trail, so you’re talking about 8 hours of real battery life.(not bad)Interestingly, the GPU layer is clocked higher and performs a little better.

    The Dell though looks like its more premium, better build and must come with an ips display and better battery life. Still, at £349 (I was lucky to bag a brand new one from ebay at £280!)the Medion is a solid contender.

    Cons about the Medion: Really quite heavy, takes 5h + to charge, does not tilt enough. Not ips screen.

    Do you know how much the Dell weighs with its keyboard?

  6. aa says:

    ATTENTION WITH THE DELL VENUE 11 PRO with i3, i5 Y processor! They have seriouse problems and production stop!

    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/mobile-devices/f/4586/t/19535987.aspx

    Baytrail is without problem, also not the Venue 8

    I had the i3 model. It was a disaster. Seems to be hardware cause not fixable by SW update, exchange or parts required! It would have been a good tablet if it would be realiable in use. (Ghost touch, freezes, pen not working, touch screen not react)
    After 3 month of introduction, problems are not yet solved! unconfirmed statements says that “soon” the fixed production batch arrives.

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