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Dell Venue 11 Pro bets on a full HD displayIt costs more than other Atom-powered tablets, but the 1080p screen is a standout feature.
Hi. I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Dell Venue 11 Pro. And you probably guessed, this is an almost 11-inch tablet, it's actually 10.8 inches it kind of rounded up to 11. It looks like a lot of the other 10-inch, 11-inch Windows 8 tablets that we've seen. A lot of them were, of course, hybrids where they either come with or in this case you can add on a keyboard dock. There are a couple of things that helped the Dell version stand out from the crowd, the most notable of which is that it's got a full 1080p display, a 1920 x 1080, you don't really see that on the Atom powered Windows tablets and this is an Intel Atom system. Interestingly though, you can actually get an upgraded version for a lot more money that either has a core i3 or core i5 processor. Just with the basic Atom, it starts at $499. Now, unfortunately for the $499, you only get this part right here, just the tablet. If you wanna add this keyboard dock which you really sort of need, you know, for productivity, that's an extra-- it's $130 or $160, they seem to change the price on it every week. But I will say it's a very nicely made keyboard accessory and it's got its own second battery built in and when you put the 2 batteries together, the thing really runs all day. I also like that the Venue 11 really solidly built. It's got a nice soft touch finish on the back and again that's super high-res, 1920 x 1080 display that really helps it stand out. I also like that it has a full USB port on the side so you don't have to bring out the mini dongles to plug, you know, anything into it. Now, if you're looking to invest in something like this, why don't you start with $499 for the base unit and add $160 for the keyboard battery base. If you're kind of looking at almost what you pay for a, you know, budget minded, you know, core i3 full Windows laptop, and that kind of takes that in the same category, some other Intel Atom powered hybrids that could be, you know, 3, $350 and includes the screen and the keyboards, so keep that in mind. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Dell Venue 11 Pro.