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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 153543 30-Sep-2014 14:13
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Hi all
Have had word that our hardware is being replaced, and we have been given the choice between the below.  Would like to get opinion/experiences with the tablet in particular as its the first time i'll be using one if I go that route.
If you were presented with the below, what would you go for.
This is to cover general desktop tasks/email/spreadsheet work. 
I currently use dual displays, printer, Ethernet, speakers and an external backup drive on the dock

Tablet Spec for the Dell Venue Pro 11 Tablets:  


  • Intel® Core™ i5-4300Y Processor (3MB Cache, 1.6 GHz Dual -Core)
  • 10.8 inch IPS Display with FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch
  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64Bit) English
  • 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 256GB eMMC Solid State Storage
  Weight Starting at 771.5g / 1.57lb (weight varies depending upon the configuration and accessory)        

Laptop Specs for Dell Latitude 14 7000:  


  • 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5-4310U Processor (2.0GHz, 3M cache
  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64Bit) English
  • 14.0" Full HD (1920x1080) LED-backlit LCD
  • 8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory
  • 128GB Full Mini-Card Mobility Solid State Drive
  Weight: 1.63 kg

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  Reply # 1144289 30-Sep-2014 15:06
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Not a huge Dell fan, but a couple of comments that might help:

There is not a huge performance difference between the processor chips, though the laptop processor is the faster one.

Have a think about portability vs the display size you would be working with then out and about.  Not much point in getting a tablet if the screen is too small to do anything meaningful with when visiting clients etc or you would have to carry a larger LCD with you.

The "128GB Full Mini-Card Mobility Solid State Drive" is almost certainly upgradable to a larger drive (it appears to be a standard 2.5" SATA SSD where the eMMC is likely fixed to the motherboard.

Both will of course take an SD card for more storage.

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  Reply # 1144292 30-Sep-2014 15:08
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I think you may find the laptops better for your eyes at 14 inchs. A 10 inch screen to work on spreadsheets at FHD would be painful. Is the laptop touch screen enabled? I would possibly suggest a touch screen laptop?

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  Reply # 1144293 30-Sep-2014 15:09
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Thanks Dynamic
Will have a think about that


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  Reply # 1144311 30-Sep-2014 15:18
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Serious question. Why would you consider a tablet for desktop work? The only advantages I can see are less weight to carry home and a nice device for reading and mail catchup in transit. There's nothing worse than lugging hardware. That might be decisive, but other than that I can't see it.

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  Reply # 1144368 30-Sep-2014 16:23
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Mainly due to being on a dock, I can still use normal function.
Currently carry an ipad for demos and this can eliminate that requirement. It will also mimic the desktop functions I can't use on the ipad now.
We use a lot of serial based comms and progs. The tablet can use the xp environment and retain the serial requirement whilst mobile.
I'm still doing the pros and cons myself on all of it

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