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First Look: Dell Latitude 10, a Windows 8 touch-screen tablet

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First Look: Dell Latitude 10, a Windows 8 touch-screen tablet

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The Dell Latitude 10 offers excellent battery life, and costs less than many other Windows 8 tablets.

I'm Dan Ackerman. We're here taking a look at the Dell Latitude 10. That is an Intel Atom, full Windows 8 touchscreen tablet from Dell. It actually looks and feels a lot like pretty much every other Windows 8 touchscreen tablet that we've seen, so they have Intel Core i5 CPU, like the Microsoft Surface Pro. Other ones like this one are Atom-powered. The big difference between those two, even though they kinda look the same at first glance, is that the Atom ones are gonna be lighter, they're gonna be a little bit thinner, of course, they're not gonna be as powerful. They do have really good battery life, however, and of course, the Core i5 versions are gonna be more expensive. The Surface Pro starts at $899. You really want the $999 version of that. Meanwhile, the Latitude 10 and a lot of the other Atom tablets start around $499 for a really stripped down version. This pretty mainstream configuration is $649. You can also add for $100, something like a docking station, this custom docking station for this, which adds a video out and an Ethernet in jack and some additional USB ports because on the body of the tablet itself, you've only got one USB 2.0 port. In fact, all of them are USB 2, that's one of the downfalls of using this Atom platform instead of the more advanced Intel Core i-Series platform, where USB 3.0 is required. Now, of course, you've got a touchscreen that despite the fact that this is an Atom processor, still feels very responsive. Windows 8 was really designed to take advantage of the Core i-Series and the Atom and give you a pretty decent performance in the Microsoft optimized out in any case. If you use from 3rd party apps, you may not have an experience that adds good. I took a look at Internet Explorer 10, when you go to the webpage of that, it's very nice, very smooth. If you load up the same webpage in Chrome, it's actually very stunnery, a lot more like what you would think an Atom would feel like based on our experience with netbooks. Now, if you're using this for everyday tasks and all you're doing is sending some e-mails, surfing the web, maybe doing one thing at a time, you could probably get a way with the Atom and take advantage of the lower cost associated with one of these tablets. If you're a big multi-tasker or you're gonna use this as your all day everyday computer by let's say, hooking it up to a monitor and a keyboard and a mouse, then you may wanna seriously consider upgrading to something with a Core i5 CPU that really won't be that much more expensive when you consider that the performance on the system is just so, so, so much faster. I am Dan Ackerman and that is the Dell Latitude 10.

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