Dell Latitude 10 tablet review

Reviews 8 Apr, 2013

This 10in features Windows 8, a Wacom stylus and incredible battery life.

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Price: 
£786
(£943 inc VAT)
Pros: 
Incredible battery life; Good range of peripherals; Decent build quality
Cons: 
High price; Peripherals could be better
Verdict: 
The best Windows 8 tablet to-date, this Latitude 10 from Dell offers incredible battery life, and decent performance. Price can stack up quickly if you plump for the many accessories, but it could be worth it.

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.

Standalone tablet

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.

Peripheral matters

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.

Specifications: 

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)
Weight: 658g/860g
Warranty: 1yr RTB warranty

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someone REALLY needs to come out with a Windows 8 tablet that is around the price of the Android/BlackBerry/Apple tablets, because these prices are just insane for just a tablet, although it is running a full OS, so it has full capabilities (rather than Android, BB10 or iOS which are designed to be more media consumption than creation)

once a Win8 tablet comes out at around £300 or so, then it'll be worth looking at, but at these prices you might as well just write them off and get a laptop!

Try the Dell Latitude 10 Essentials @ £375 ex VAT