Dell XPS 10

The Good The Dell XPS 10 includes expandable storage and a depressible Windows button, and its $180 keyboard features plenty of useful ports as well as an extra battery.

The Bad There are a few annoying performance bugs. The base tablet doesn’t have as many ports as the Surface RT. It lacks a kickstand and its keyboard isn’t as comfortable to type on.

The Bottom Line The Dell XPS 10 is a valiant effort at a Windows RT tablet but doesn’t pack enough value into its base package to favorably compete with the Surface RT.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.8 Overall

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Dell XPS 10 (Windows RT)
Dell XPS 10
Microsoft Surface Pro (128GB, Core m3, 4GB)
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Apple iPad 2017 (space gray, 32GB)
Apple iPad (9.7-inch, 2017)
Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, silver, 64GB)
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Huawei MediaPad M3
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Review

A serviceable if unremarkable tablet

If you're reading this review of the Dell XPS 10, you either have already considered or will in the very near future consider the Microsoft Surface RT first. It's simply an overall better tablet value, thanks to its slightly wider screen, better build quality, more comfortable keyboard accessory, built-in full USB, and Micro-HDMI. Yes, this is a review of the XPS 10, but I think it's important to know what sets these tablets apart. The XPS 10 does feel more like a laptop when paired with its keyboard and gets a battery life advantage thanks to the keyboard's built-in battery; however, to get the complete package it'll also cost you more than the Surface RT.

The XPS 10 is a fine effort, but once compared with what the Surface RT offers, it comes up a bit short. And while the Surface RT holds its own even without its keyboard, the XPS 10 feels stunted without its keyboard accessory.

That old tablet feel
Like many recent tablets, the Dell XPS 10 is mostly black in color and highlighted by silver trim along its edges. Its corners are smoothly rounded and as 10-inch tablets go, it's fairly light, weighing about as much as a current-generation iPad. The tablet feels quite plasticky compared with the Surface RT and doesn't take much pressure to bend; there's a slight bit of screen warping when you apply pressure to the back of the tablet.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $500
  • Brand Dell, Inc.
  • Diagonal Size 10.1 nm
  • Type Microsoft Windows RT
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