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Dell Latitude 10 review

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Dell Latitude 10 tablet

Dell's Latitude 10 offers businesses a Windows tablet with all-day battery life and go-anywhere connectivity in a device very close in size and weight to Apple's iPad. On the downside, its modest performance may limit it to basic productivity tasks.

Pros:

Long battery life; removable battery; sturdy construction

Cons:

Modest performance with 2GB limit on memory; USB 2.0 ports only

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £516 (with mobile broadband)

Manufacturer: Dell

Dell's Latitude 10 is a business-focused tablet that offers long battery life in a device comparable in size and weight to an iPad, but running Windows 8 Professional.

First announced last year as part of Dell's corporate Windows 8 line-up, the Latitude 10 has taken a while to finally reach customers, only shipping in the UK within the past few weeks.

Dell's release is an attempt to address the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend by building enterprise-class devices that have more consumer appeal, and the Latitude 10 is one of the resulting products.

To this end, the Latitude exhibits good build quality and one feature few other tablets can boast: a removable battery, which can be swapped for a spare or easily replaced, should it develop a fault.

On the plus side, even the Dell's standard battery delivered a full working day's use in our tests, while on the downside, the device's 32-bit Atom processor limits it to 2GB memory and more modest performance than tablets based on Intel Core chips.

Dell Latitude 10 tablet

As a Windows PC, the Latitude 10 will slot easily into a company's existing Active Directory domain, but whether enterprise buyers are ready and willing to welcome Windows 8 onto the corporate LAN is another matter.

The Latitude 10 adopts a dark colour scheme reminiscent of corporate laptops, with an iPad-like bezel surrounding the display, while the rear is a charcoal grey.

At 274x177x10.5mm, the Dell device is similar in size to Apple's iPad, but about an inch wider in landscape mode due to its slightly larger 10.1in screen.

Meanwhile, the 658g weight is almost identical to that of Apple's tablet, and much lighter than Microsoft's Surface Pro Windows 8 device, which has yet to go on sale in the UK.

With a magnesium alloy frame and Gorilla Glass screen, the Latitude 10 seems rugged enough to stand up to everyday knocks and feels reassuringly sturdy and well made.

Next page: Connectivity

Display: 10.1in, 1366x768 Gorilla Glass
Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz
Memory: 2GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
Storage: 64GB eMMC SSD (128GB optional)
Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3G/HSPA+
Ports: USB 2.0, mini HDMI, micro USB, SD Card, dock, headset jack
Camera: 8MP rear, 2MP front-facing
Dimensions: 274x177x10.5mm
Battery: 2-cell 30WHr lithium polymer (4-cell 60WHr optional)
Weight: 658g (with 2-cell battery)

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Daniel Robinson
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Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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