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Topic # 112485 10-Dec-2012 21:05
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Hi, first time poster so apologies ahead of time if this has been discussed. Did a search but couldn't find anything.

I recently was given two Dell Latitude ST Slate Tablets from one of our regional offices. They're running Windows 7. Idea was to use them for product launches. However, after getting them back to NZ, I know why they were given to me...

Never have I used a more frustrating product. The whole thing is like playing with a house of cards in a windstorm. It crashes and freezes up entirely too easy. Our in house IT guy had a review of it and the overall performance is rated at 2.1 out of 7.9. And even trying to touch something on the screen, you need needle-like fingers to actually hit what you want. Also, I've noticed sometimes after crashing and forcing a shut down, it then starts up with 'hit F1 or F2' at the beginning. Hello - no keyboard??? How can you hit that???

Making a long story short, my questions - 1) How and why would MSFT and Dell even put such a piece of crap out on the market. What were they thinking?? Was it just to meet a deadline and have something that looked like a tablet?   

2) Is it possible to upgrade a tablets hardware - RAM? 

I'm tempted to chuck them out at the moment. Or they do make good oversized coasters...but an actual tablet...there's no way I'd put these in front of any customer to use for any product launch.

Thanks
  

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  Reply # 730003 10-Dec-2012 21:59
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I see this is running an Intel Atom 1.5 GHz - a processor that is not really the fastest one around. 2GB should be just enough for Windows Server, and the specs I see tell me it's using a SSD. It means this should be acceptable for business use, but not as a full on workstation.

It should be ok for light things such as browsing, email, word processing.

If you are having problems I wonder if it is running the original OS and/or correct drivers. If you are in Wellington I would be interested in playing with one to see if installing a new OS and drivers would make it any better...




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  Reply # 730005 10-Dec-2012 22:02
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Windows 8 might be the go. More suited to touch. Haven't looked at whether drivers are around. I set up a Samsung 7 Slate for a work project last week which admittedly has more "wompoms". Win 7 on it was a pain to navigate but Win 8 was great and like a breath of fresh air.

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  Reply # 730012 10-Dec-2012 22:11
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You are also better off changing the DPI to match the screen resolution!  I see many of these Windows Tablets with the DPI set for a normal monitor, if you use the 'Make text and other items larger' feature, you can use a ruler to set the UI size to properly fit the screen.  It will mean you will see less on screen, but also make it more usable.  Also upgrade to Windows 8.



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  Reply # 730155 11-Dec-2012 09:05
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Hi, thanks for the quick replies everyone. I have only used them for light things, which is another reason why it's been so frustrating. I'll check out the DPI too. Thanks, TC

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