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Dell Venue 11 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £407
inc VAT

A 10.8in Windows 8 tablet that makes perfect sense for business


10.8 in 1,920×1,080 display, 760g, 2.4GHz Intel Atom Z3770, 2.00GB RAM, 64GB disk, Windows 8.1


Unlike 8in Windows tablets, such as the Toshiba Encore, we had no trouble working on the Windows Desktop with the Venue 11 Pro. We could see icons and text clearly because Dell has enabled 150 per cent text scaling by default. If you connect a USB keyboard, though, you’ll quickly bemoan the lack of a built-in kickstand.

Dell Venue 11

If you use the optional docking station (£139,, you can turn the Venue 11 Pro into something approximating a desktop PC. The dock has three USB3 ports, DisplayPort and HDMI video outputs, a 3.5mm headset jack and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The docking station conveniently holds the Venue 11 Pro in place.

You can also buy an optional keyboard dock (£160, for the Venue 11 Pro, but unfortunately Dell didn’t have a keyboard dock available for us to use in this review. However, it does look like a worthwhile purchase, as it has Chiclet keys, a small touchpad and an integrated battery. Dell claims the battery can extend the tablet’s battery life by up to 50 per cent. Of course, without testing the keyboard dock’s battery we won’t know how much longer you can expect the tablet to last with the keyboard dock attached.

Dell Venue 11

By focusing on the business market with the Venue 11 Pro Dell has sensibly avoided any comparisons with Android, iOS and even Windows RT tablets. Instead, the Venue 11 Pro’s main rival is Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 2, although the Surface Pro 2 costs almost twice as much as the Venue 11 Pro.

If you fancy the Venue 11 Pro it might be a good idea to invest in the keyboard dock, as the touchscreen simply is best used for typing a quick email and web browsing rather than working on involved MS Office documents. Even so, for sheer flexibility, the Venue 11 Pro provides a good alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Atom Z3770
Processor clock speed2.4GHz
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
SoundIntel HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchscreen


Viewable size10.8 in
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics
Graphics/video portsmini HDMI
Graphics Memory384MB


Total storage capacity64GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports1
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsmicro SD
Other ports3.5mm audio output


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includednone
Optional extras£160)

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB