The Dell Latitude tablet built solid, heavy


The Dell Latitude tablet comes with a 64 GB built-in storage which you can expand up to another 64 GB with a microSD card. It runs on an Intel Atom processor which was designed to work with Windows 8 Pro.

Having a 10.1 inch HD 16:9 widescreen display covered by Corning Gorilla glass, you know you have a good chance against scratches and spills. And while it only has a maximum display resolution of 1366×768, which is lower than some of its competition boasting true 1080p resolutions, the images and videos look clear enough. After all, most laptops use 1366×768 resolutions anyway, I doubt anyone will notice the difference between that and 1920×1080 pixels on a 10.1 inch screen.

The touchscreen is five point multi-touch, whereas its competitors are using 10 point multi-touch. Why Dell let this fly past them is a mystery, although in my opinion, unless you’re some kind of a robot who can multi-task faster than the Intel Atom processor, you won’t really need all 10 fingers on the screen at the same time.

Having the Windows 8 Pro as an operating system is one of the best features of this tablet PC. This ensures that you can immediately resume work from a laptop, and that all the software that you would install on a Windows OS will work just as it would on your desktop or laptop. And with two GB DDR memory, it’s comforting to know that you can run more apps at the same time before noticing a significant drop in your frame rate or loading time.

However, I wish that Dell installed a customizable touchscreen keyboard software that can be adjusted to one’s needs, as the fly-out keyboard does not have a text indicator to tell you what you’re typing when it’s covering the screen. And yes, it will cover the screen.

The default Windows 8 Pro touchscreen keyboard covers half of the entire screen which makes it hard to see when you’re typing, add to that – it doesn’t automatically show up when you press a text box to type anything, unlike the Android OS.

This is a big oversight, coming from a big name such as Dell, the manufacturers of the top rated Alienware Series, unlike Asus, which creates customized software for their products to make them user-friendly, from basic touchpad gesture controls to power saving functions.

The tablet has a dedicated video card, which means it can take the burden of rendering high quality images off the processor. Although you won’t find yourself running home and gaming away on this tablet, especially because of the lack of a keyboard and the availability of pure mouse or touchscreen driven games available on Windows 8, the graphics card proved to be powerful enough to run mid-level games, but lacked the muscle to run the more graphics heavy games such as Borderlands 2 or Heroes 6, if you insist on benchmarking it and that you actually take the time to add those nifty gaming peripherals.

At a pound or so in weight, it ranks among the heavier tablets. That’s standard for Intel Atom processors, but it’s still lighter than its closest competitor, the Microsoft Surface Pro. It boasts two cameras, a 720p HD webcam in front for video calls, and an 8.0 megapixel camera on the back for taking high resolution pictures.

Around the tablet are slots for audio, miniHDMI, USB 2.0, and microUSB. And while any tablet that has a full size USB 2.0 slot will have us jumping for joy, I still wish that for its size, they added another one. The microUSB slot can only be used as an alternative means of charging the device, however when I tried it, the device said that it was plugged in but not charging. That renders it useless, because when I tried using it to connect an external microUSB keyboard, it didn’t work at all.

The dock that comes with the Dell Latitude 10 also has its merits and flaws. The first thing you’ll notice is that Dell didn’t make the dock portable at all. It is shaped like a shelf stopper and can’t be folded or dismantled. And while it is loaded with functionality – an audio connector, four USB ports, a full-sized HDMI slot, and a LAN port, its lack of portability takes away the excitement of having all those features. It would be superb if users could take that dock anywhere to accompany the tablet. Another thing to notice about the dock is that it lacks an optical drive, which would have come in handy running a Windows 8 Pro operating system.

With a price tag of a bit under P30,000, I’d say it’s just about right, not too steep for its accompanying merits, but not low enough to make it an exceptional buy, what with the aforementioned drawbacks.


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