Extreme Tech Deals: Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet + $75 gift card for $300
Tablets have reached a price point where almost anyone can own one, but it can still be hard to find one that excels at productivity. Large premium tablets like the iPad or Galaxy Note 10 are among the better options, but those can run you $500 or more. At $300, bundled with a $75 gift card, Dell’s Venue 8 Pro provides an intriguing value. Including the gift card it’s less than half the cost of an iPad and even less than a 2013 Nexus 7, while shipping with the full version of Windows 8.1 and Office 2013.
The Venue 8 Pro packs an 8-inch IPS display, which is a size that’s growing in popularity as a sweet spot for users valuing real estate but needing something more portable than your typical 10-incher. It also features a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740D processor, 2GB RAM and a 32GB HDD, giving it power and storage that matches up well with other top tier tablets. You can be sure it’ll be at home running professional quality apps.
Beyond the specs, the defining feature of the Venue 8 Pro is really the software it ships with. Running the full version of Windows 8.1, you’re getting the same legacy support you’d find in a PC, meaning you’ll have access to a rich catalog of both PC and mobile apps. Speaking of which, Dell has already bundled Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 with this tablet, which usually costs another $100 or more. It’s one of the bigger reasons people buy Windows mobile devices and is definitely a large boost to the appeal of this tablet.
Dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are included standard, as well as card-reader support for MicroSD, SDHC and SDXC in case the built-in 32GB storage isn’t enough. There’s no HDMI port, but you’ll at least be able to stream HD videos to compatible TVs with Miracast. For video conferencing Dell has included a 1.2MP front facing camera, as well as a 5MP shooter on the back.
At 0.35 inches thick and 0.87 lbs, the Venue 8 Pro is easily portable enough to slip into a bag and carry with you wherever you go, and the 10 hour battery life should let you keep the power cord at home more often as not. Dell also supports it with 90 days or phone support and a standard 1-year warranty.
Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet + $75 eGift Card for $299.99.