Dell Latitude 10 tablet review
This 10in features Windows 8, a Wacom stylus and incredible battery life.
Windows 8 hasn't taken off as well as Microsoft would have liked, but six months on there's still a steady stream of products being rolled out with Redmond's latest OS.
Dell's Latitude 10 is of particular interest to businesses. There are three versions of this Windows 8 Pro tablet, and it's the Standard edition we're interested in. It’s the most versatile - having support for Wacom’s digitiser hardware and the option for a removable battery.
The Latitude 10 stands out thanks to its bevy of accessories rather than its design. It's a plain-looking bit of kit, with a glossy Gorilla Glass front panel giving way to a matte black rear. The Dell branding is discreet, and the front panel is only disturbed by a 2-megapixel webcam and a Windows button.
Despite being constructed from magnesium alloy, the Latitude 10 doesn't get a clean bill of health when it comes to build quality. Although the back panel is reasonably strong, there's a little too much give around the bezel for our liking.
The left-hand side has a Kensington lock slot and soft-touch volume rocker, there's a USB port, headphone jack and mini-HDMI output on the right-hand edge, and the top houses an SD card reader, power button and auto-rotation toggle. There's a microUSB slot at the bottom of the device next to the proprietary power connection. None of the Latitude's USB sockets use the quicker USB 3 standard, but they are powered, so they can be used with external hard disks.
The Latitude 10 isn’t particularly chunky or heavy with its standard battery installed: its 10.5mm girth and 658g weight are in the middle of the tablet pack. Slot in the four-cell power pack and it’s a different story: the thickness hits 15.9mm. It’s an issue if you want to use the Latitude with its larger battery inside its case – it doesn’t quite fit and, even if you do cram it inside, the lid doesn’t close properly.
We've not yet seen a Windows 8 tablet include a dock, and Dell's peripheral helps its device to stand out. The matte base is made from soft-touch plastic, and the tablet itself rests on a curved metal stand that rises up from the desk.
Dell has kitted out the dock with a broad range of ports and sockets. The front has a USB 2 socket and a headphone jack. Three more USB ports are served up on the rear along with a Gigabit Ethernet socket and an HDMI output.
There's one thing key feature missing from the dock - a battery. Dell has deemed it unnecessary due to its offering of an extended power pack for the tablet itself. It's not our only dock-related quibble: there's no way to change the tablet's angle, and the connection between dock and tablet is flimsy – a gentle nudge was enough to send the Latitude tumbling to the desk.
OS: Windows 8 Pro 32-bit
Processor: 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z2760
RAM: 2GB DDR3
Storage: 64GB SSD
Screen: 10in 1,366 x 768
Connectivity: Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, mobile internet
Dimensions: 274 x 176 x 10.5/15.9mm (WDH)
Warranty: 1yr RTB warranty