DELL Latitude 10 is a budget Windows 8 tablet. It is low on RAM and is powered by a low end processor. Let’s see how it fares in with other tablets.
- The DELL Latitude 10 has a rubber based back.
- It weighs around 650 grams and is 10.5mm thick. It is very thick in comparison to its competitors.
- At the bottom we have a docking based port as well as a micro usb port and a small LED which indicates whether the device is getting charged or not. Both these ports can be used for charging the device. It’s again a user preference.
- On the right we have got a HDMI out and a USB 2.0 slot along with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
- On top we have got screen orientation lock, Power ON and OFF button along with a LED which indicates whether the device is turned ON/OFF. An SD Card slot is also provided.
- On the left we have got volume rockers.
- And if come on the front, we have got a 2 megapixel camera which is an HD camera. At the bottom of the screen we have the Windows button.
- At the back we have two speakers which makes it stereo. And we have got an LED flash along with a 8 megapixel sensor and a huge battery with a slider for opening the battery.
- The device sports a 10.1 inch display with a huge bezel and I have no clue why DELL kept such a huge bezel. If we compare this tablet with other tablets in the market, other tablets have a way smaller bezel. A very good example of this is the iPad Mini.
- The device sports a screen resolution is 1366×768.
- It makes use of Corning Gorilla Glass and it support 10 finger capacitive touch and also you can use the WACOM Active Stylus as your touch pointer.
- The device is embedded with a 2GB of SDRAM which has a refresh rate of 800Mhz.
- It makes use of Intel Dual Core Atom (Z2760) chipset as its processor.
- In the graphics department it makes use of Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.
- Boot Time – The tablet takes around 25 seconds to boot up which is way too much of time as it uses SDRAM and is running Windows 8.
- Shut Down – The tablet took around 4.5 seconds to shut down which was very fast.
- Applications – The device runs Windows 8 32 bit. This device has been very well optimized. The default Windows 8 applications open up really very fast and they are really very smooth and that’s a very good sign. If we look at third party applications like Google Chrome, the websites don’t open up that well. They lag many a times. However Internet Explorer was much better than Google Chrome and that is quite understandable because Microsoft has definitely optimized their applications for this tablet.
- Audio -The Sound output is really poor. Its not that great at all. And it gives a hollow effect from any one of the random speakers whenever I tried to play some sort of Music.
- Video – This device can play almost any sort of media file and thats all because of VLC media player. However only a few 1080p files can be played. Certain 1080p files may lag and cause lot of problems but 720p files and below work perfectly fine.
- Gaming – Because of a low end processor and lack of RAM, this device is not capable of playing high graphical games. However certain casual games that I downloaded from the store like Angry Birds – Star Wars, Cut the Rope, Riptide GP, etc. work perfectly fine. The app store lacks in number of games. High end games like Modern Combat 4, Real Racing 3, etc. which are available on other tablets, is not available for Windows tablet.
- Camera – The camera performance is average. Very limited options are provided. By default the rear camera shoots video at 720p and pictures with resolution of 2.1 megapixel. This can be changed by the user. Contrast changes rapidly while shooting videos. Videos lag sometimes. Video stabilization is poor. The audio recording from internal microphone while shooting video from front camera is pathetic. It makes me think of network with high jitter.
- Read/Write – I got a max read speed of 80.86 MB/s and write speed of 34.15MB/s. Read speeds are quite good but write speeds are poor.
- Temperature – I couldn’t get the temperature beyond 65 degree celsius, even on using some high GPU intensive applications. However the low temperatures were close to 55 degree celsius.
- Benchmarks – The NovaBench benchmark score was 221 which is very low. However it beats the Pentium based systems easily.
- Wi-fi Dropouts – One of the major problems that I faced was Wi-fi dropouts. I had to configure my hidden SSID like every time I woke up the device from standby. A unique name was given to the SSID of my Wi-Fi network. On forgetting the network all the SSID were removed.
- Touch Screen – Many a times the touch screen stops working. In such a scenario, you have only two options. First restart your device. 99% of the time the restart helps. But if the restart does not help in activating the touch screen then you may have to choose the second option that is visiting the service center.
An awesome feature of this device is its capability to connect to USB devices or SD Card directly without the need of additional peripherals.
I will just start off by saying that this device is not worth the price you are paying. This device is very heavily priced. If we look at other tablets in the market, there are various tablets in various price ranges and most of the other tablets are way powerful than this tablet. This tablet offers us with USB slots, SD Card slots, etc. Now that may lure a person but again those features are offered by other tablets.
What’s unique is that it runs the complete Windows 8 operating system that is the desktop operating system on this small device which is something really good. But as you all know that Windows 8 has got 2 interfaces. First is the Modern User Interface and second is the old Windows 7 User Interface. The Modern User Interface and the Modern User Interface based applications will perfectly fine because they are meant for tablet. However if you switch to the old Windows 7 User Interface, there may be applications which may not work properly and you may have to use the WACOM Active Stylus for selecting minute objects on the screen.
Though the WACOM Active Stylus is an additional accessory, it cannot be plugged inside the device. You may have to carry the stylus inside your pocket or somewhere like a Pen which is annoying. Plus there are high chances that you may lose the stylus. I think DELL should have got inspired by Samsung Galaxy Note Series where they have a stylus and they have an option to put that stylus in the device itself. And Windows has done that stylus integration with many of their devices many years ago but I don’t know why DELL did not do with this particular device. And that is something which I do not like at all.
This device is not very powerful and it will be able to run all those casual games like Angry Birds but may lag while playing high end games. Don’t even think of playing some of the top notch desktop based games. The marketplace does not provide high end games. Only casual games are available. And if you compare this with other tablets in the market, the other tablets can play extremely high end games, high graphical games like Modern Combat 4, Real Racing 3, etc. These are really high graphical games that are available for other tablets but for Windows tablet, its not available. So for gamers this tablet may not be what they want.
Not many applications are available in the marketplace. Again that’s another drawback. However you can download the desktop based applications. But as I told you earlier the desktop applications may work or may not work properly.
- Pros – Direct USB/SD Card Connectivity, Battery life, Windows 8 Desktop Experience
- Cons – Low RAM, Processor, Lacks Apps (Marketplace), Touch Problems, Wi-Fi Dropouts