Dell Venue 8 Pro Vs Lenovo Miix 2 8

Posted on 19 March 2014 by

Two 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets that stand out as attractive choices for the average user are the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 2 8. They don’t have HDMI ports as the  Acer W4, Thinkpad 8 and Toshiba WT8 do but they are two of the smartest and lightest. The specifications are so close that you can’t choose based on a simple side-by-side comparison so we’ve put the two side by side in the studio and run some tests for you.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro


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Lenovo Miix 2 8

Summary of differences.

The performance and price on these two 8-inch Windows tablets is almost exactly the same but the Dell is a clear winner in terms of WiFi performance. We saw a solid 300Mbps connection over a WiFi-n 2.4Ghz network two walls away form the router. The Dell also has a better speaker and better cameras and can be used with an optional digitizer pen. The Lenovo, on the other hand has a faster disk and includes a GPS on board. The array mic is much clearer but does have some background interference. In theory it does have a fast memory bus but it’s difficult to measure much advantage.

In a web performance test using Peacekeeper (and the Modern IE11 browser) the two devices are evenly matched.


Dell Venue 8 Pro Advantages

Lenovo Miix 2 8 Advantages

Z3740D has slower memory bus. Not affecting general usage. Z3740 slightly faster memory performance than Z3740D of Dell VP8.
Pen support (not included) Disk performance: Faster disk in Seq. read especially. 25% fast in 4K write.
Bigger battery size (about 5% more) Array mic. is much clearer than Dell Venue 8 Pro but has some background interference.
Slightly deeper black level on-screen. GPS on board.
Better rear camera and better front facing cam. (Very) slightly lighter and smaller.
Dell WiFi performance: Solid 300Mbps in test. Better transfer speeds. Very slight pink tint to screen.
Slightly warm in some situations. not hot.
Mono speaker much more powerful with better dynamic-range.
Hardware Windows button.Much better feel to casing and buttons. (Lenovo ‘chrome’ scratch easily)
CrystalDiskMark Speed Test
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CrystalDiskMark Speed Test
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Wifi Speed Test


Wifi Speed Test

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Lenovo Miix 2 8 Vs Dell Venue 8 Pro Editors Evaluation

Use our editors ratings to find a solution. By rating each criteria based on your requirements you'll find a 'Winner' shown at the bottom of the table. Ratings below based on editor experience. Some ratings may be provisional.

Lenovo Miix 2 8 Dell Venue 8 Pro
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Battery LifeNot important
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ConnectivityNot important
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Screen qualityNot important
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PortabilityNot important
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SensorsNot important
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ProductivityNot important
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A/V/P experienceNot important
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GamingNot important
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Result TBC TBC
Latest pricing 175.00404.00
Available from $233.27

Buy the Dell Venue 8 Pro

Available from $233.27

Buy the Dell Venue 8 Pro

Editors Comparison Version: Alpha V3.0 - 29 Feb 2014 (Alpha - Features may change)
Ratings shown are the latest entries entered by an expert/admin
Thanks to Bryan Cryer and Steve Litchfield for interactive code.

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